Forget about signing days for sports. The real championships may be won by companies that successfully sign on students completing the Manufacturing Connect program through Chicago's Manufacturing Renaissance.
Manufacturing Renaissance is a training program created in the 1980s to help prepare high school students for jobs and guide young adults in starting their careers. This year, 21 students enrolled in the 12-week Manufacturing Connect training course that prepares them for an entry-level position. Eighteen of those students also completed a credential program from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.
On May 4, participants will tour Daley College Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center, where they will announce their plans after graduating — entering the workforce immediately or pursuing more training. Recent graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Berry Global Group.
Manufacturing Renaissance is also accepting donations that will help the graduates pay for trade school or buy items needed as they start work.