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THE MANUFACTURING RENAISSANCE
Dan Swinney, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Renaissance, reports that enrollment at Austin Polytechnical Academy is up 38 percent this year and academic performance and on-track-to-graduate rates are rising. Austin has trained 40+ adults in its evening program, giving these adults nationally recognized credentials or new manufacturing jobs. In a pilot training program for 15 men returning from prison, all received three or more industrial credentials and 14 are now in career manufacturing jobs.
Eleven manufacturers have signed MOUs to consider moving production into an abandoned candy manufacturer’s site, which will house the Austin Manufacturing Park, where it is hoped 500 new jobs will be created on the West Side of Chicago.
All of these programs are being considered for replication nationally—in Detroit, the Bay Area, New York City, Spokane, Washington and Mobile, Alabama. The Manufacturing Renaissance leaders have visited the White House for many meetings and returned there December 5 to speak to urban mayors from around the country.