Austin Polytech and Manufacturing Connect represents a unique public-private partnership. Although Austin Polytech is operated by the Chicago Public School system, Manufacturing Connect is funded through private foundations, the US Department of Labor and local manufacturing companies through Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization. Every year we work hard to raise funds to support the unique programs and enrichment activities to help our students make the connection between school and their futures. Please consider supporting one of the following initiatives:

  • Robotics Team: we are working to re-boot our robotics program 
  • Mech Creations: our student-run manufacturing business start-up. 
  • Student Incentive Program: APA regularly rewards top performing students in academics and attendance. 
  • Alumni Network: help alumni to navigate their new careers and college goals. 
  • Mentoring Program: support team building and enrichment activities for mentors and mentees.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation today. You can contribute online securely via PayPal by clicking the button below.

We also gladly accept contributions via check. Please make yours payable to the Manufacturing Renaissance and mail it to us at 3411 W. Diversey, Suite 10, Chicago, IL 60647.

To learn more about supporting Austin Polytech, please contact Erica Swinney at or (773) 534-6326.