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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!!

Tech Trip | C. Cretors

On Thursday October 9th, C.Cretors staff, Dennis Bott and Margie Heffernan, graciously hosted our Freshman APA students on their first visit to Cretors. Students enjoyed learning about the C.Cretors way, various departments, the Cretors Museum and the Production Floor. At the end of a wonderful visit, students enjoyed some freshly popped popcorn in the cafeteria and Q&A with Dennis and Margie.  

IMTS and GIE Media donated $20,000 to Chicago-area school focused on STEM education

McLean, Va. – A check for $20,000 was presented to Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) by IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show and GIE Media on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to help advance the school’s mission of preparing students for manufacturing and engineering careers.

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APA Class of 2012 graduate Jeralmiah Garmon was interviewed by Richard Steele, a well-respected, local radio correspondent, on his Barbershop Show.

APA Class of 2012 graduate Jeralmiah Garmon and I were interviewed yesterday by Richard Steele, a well-respected, local radio correspondent, on his Barbershop Show, which will rebroadcast today (Saturday) at Noon. http:/ 89.5fm (NWI/CHI) and 90.7fm (CHI).. We're on during the last 20 minutes of the hour-long show. Jeralmiah had the quote of the day when Mr. Steele asked if he was able to get a job after participating in our program "I graduated on a Friday and started work that Monday"

APA featured in a video produced by the AFL-CIO

We are pleased to share a video created by the AFL-CIO highlighting Austin Polytech. The video features APA students Neopatra Hawkins, who is a member of the National Honor Society, and Rene Kenney Plymouth Jr. who won first place in the SkillsUSA Illinois Statewide CNC Turning competition, two students who best represent what APA is about.


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