Austin Polytech is home to the Manufacturing Connect program that works directly with with manufacturers around the Chicagoland area to provide a variety of work-based learning opportunities to students. Over 80 manufacturing companies have partnered with Austin Polytech and Manufacturing Connect since 2007 to help our students learn about manufacturing first-hand.

Manufacturers are the foundation of the Manufacturing Connect program. Your company can help our students learn real world skills through:

  • Provide Facility Tours of your company

  • Host students for Job Shadowing

  • Hire students for Spring-Break Internships, Summer Jobs, or full-time career employment

  • Collaborate with teachers to give classroom presentations and/or help develop entire lesson plans integrating manufacturing into subjects such as math, English, engineering and more

  • Job Coach APA Seniors to help them get that first job after high school

  • Attend Quarterly Advisory Meetings at the school to hear the latest updates and participate in discussions to help us improve our program.

    • Sign up to become a mentor to one of our motivated students.

      To learn more about participating in the Manufacturing Connect program, please contact Henrina "Dee Dee" Jones at or (773) 534-6326.

      Become a Partner