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MFG CONNECT CASE STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF SCHOOL & SOCIETY

April 14, 2016 – Erica Swinney was invited to be one of the “Community Voices” for the Journal of School and Society’s latest issue exploring the future of vocational education. Erica wrote a case study on the Manufacturing Connect program titled Building the Bridge as We Travel, which tells the full story of how the MC program developed, including its origins which stretch back to the founding of Manufacturing Renaissance as an organization, key features, strengths, challenges and lessons-learned. This issue also includes “Educator Voices” with an article written by an Austin Multiplex teacher, Mr. Kevin Russell, who works regularly with our program. Mr. Russell offers his perspective on

TESTIMONY FOR A COOK COUNTY COMMISSION ON SOCIAL INNOVATION

On April 12, 2016, Dan Swinney, MR’s Executive Director, was asked to address the Cook County Business and Economic Development Committee to provide testimony in support of the formation of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. Dan presented the following: Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of the proposed Cook County Board Commission on Social Innovation. Being globally competitive in advanced manufacturing is the ONLY way to dramatically reduce poverty in Cook County and to rebuild a broad-based middle class. It’s about the math. The average wage in manufacturing is $75,000 when you include benefits. The average wage in the service sector is in the low 30s and

MANUFACTURING CONNECT: A REPLICABLE MODEL IN URBAN HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

There’s a new paper on our Manufacturing Connect program in the Austin community written by Nichola Lowe, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina. Manufacturing Connect is a program of Manufacturing Renaissance. Professor Lowe writes: Chicago’s Manufacturing Connect program, demonstrate(es) opportunities for providing high school students within high-poverty neighborhoods with the foundational skills and tools to embark on successful manufacturing careers…Manufacturing Connect provides a replicable model for helping firms not only recruit and retain recent high school graduates, but also formalize internal mentoring and training systems that benefit incumbent w

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