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!!

Scholarship to Support Chicago’s Advanced Manufacturing Educational Initiative

Summit Media Group will donate the 2013 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship to Chicago’s Austin Polytechnical Academy Advanced Manufacturing Career Program. The scholarship will be awarded during The Automation Conference, May 14-15 in Chicago.

Bringing Manufacturing Back to the US: Austin Polytech

In the latest installment of the Field Guide to Investing in a Resilient Economy series, Capital Institute highlights the Manufacturing Renaissance Council and its Austin Polytechnic Career Program.

Mayor Emanuel Announces $1.25 Million Investment in Austin Manufacturing Education

At Austin Polytechnical Academy on Chicago’s West Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city will invest $1.25 million in advanced manufacturing education programs led by the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council and its managing partner, the Center for Labor & Community Research (CLCR).

APA Senior Torres Hughes featured on the Huffington Post

One in Six Million: My Story from the Edge of 'Disconnection"
Torres HughesTorres Hughes
National Youth Ambassador, Youth Leadership Institute

My name is Torres Hughes and I am a 17-year-old senior at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA). I know about new research showing that there are 6.7 million "disconnected youth" in the U.S. -- young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school and are not working. That might have been me -- but it isn't. Here's why.


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