Become a Donor

Austin Polytech represents a unique public-private partnership. Although APA is primarily funded as part of the Chicago Public School system, we have several academic and enrichment programs that go under- or un-funded every year. APA's nationally-recognized Advanced Manufacturing Career Program is operated and supported by the not-for-profit (501c3) organization Manufacturing Renaissance(MFGREN).

We are seeking donations for the following initiatives:

  • Safe Passage School Bus Transportation for APA Students: We pick-up and drop-off APA students from two neighborhood sites everyday so students can safely commute to school. 
  • ACT Preparation Tutoring: Students receive extra tutoring and test prep to succeed on the ACT. 
  • Student Incentive Program: APA regularly rewards top performing students in academics and attendance. 
  • MFGREN fundraises year-round from individuals, businesses and foundations to support the dedicated Career Program staff and activities including fieldtrips to manufacturing facilities, job shadowing, internships, industry credentialing  manufacturing partner-cultivation, community outreach, student leadership development and many more.  

If you are interested in supporting the Austin Polytech academic and enrichment programs or the MFGREN-operated Adv. Manufacturing Career Program at Austin Polytech 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 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.


Congratulations to APA's first Manufacturing Technology Dual-Credit Class!
All 16 passed! All earned 3 college credits! All earned 1-2 industry credentials!!

Reaching Out To Local Manufacturers

Manufacturing Connect welcomes its newest partner Chris-Tia Donaldson, Founder of TGIN which stands for Thank God I'm Natural, a complete line of products made with natural and organic ingredients for ethic hair and skin including shampoos co

Introducing Our New Industry Coordinator Henrina "Dee Dee" Jones

We are happy to welcome Henrina "Dee Dee" Jones to the MC team. Dee Dee has hit the ground running, working closely with Bill Vogel and the rest of the team to recruit manufacturing companies for field trips, job shadowing, internships and prepare MC participants for career opportunities in manufacturing.

Announcement to Manufacturers:Save the Dates!

We are getting ready for a productive Spring Semester! Manufacturing Connect Partners will receive invitations soon for the following events:


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