Last column, “Aurora chamber finding pathways to career opportunities,” I detailed the process the city of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College, School Districts 129, 131, 204 and 308 were pursuing with the Aurora Regional Chamber to generate career pathways for our area students as part of our workforce development efforts.
In addition to the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, the Chamber has a number of other initiatives in place to improve our region’s employment.
The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is another. It is an industry-driven youth program that offers train-to-hire internships for out-of-school youth between 18 and 21 years of age an opportunity to learn about manufacturing careers. The program includes a three-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that includes tours of manufacturing facilities in the area, development of work acumen and work-readiness skills, mentoring and a 10-hour OSHA certification training.
Following the boot camp, participating employers will provide a six-week, 240-hour internship to the students. During the internship, Business Career Services, in partnership with the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE) serves as the employer of record. As a result, they are responsible for employee wages, liability and insurance during the internship.
The employer has the opportunity to train the intern for specific job requirements in the company. Following the internship, the manufacturer has the option of hiring the intern. Through the collaboration, we work to create a pipeline of motivated, skilled employees who are ready to start work or gain additional training and certifications.
The program received the 2013 Innovation Solutions Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership and was featured as a best practice by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals.
Results of previous program sessions are impressive. For example, according BCS and Medusa Consulting Group, 70 percent of the interns are now employed in or pursuing additional education and training for manufacturing careers.
The Aurora Chamber is currently partnering with the BCS and Medusa to secure local manufacturers interested in partnering to provide tours, mentoring, and internships for the youth. For more information, employers may contact Sid Hussaini at (847) 809-8901.
In addition, youth between 18 and 21 who are interested in learning more about the program and manufacturing careers can contact Eddie Perez at (224) 358-1039 for more information.
We are excited by the number of workforce development initiatives we have at the Aurora Chamber. We believe that our focus here will benefit our employers as well as our community. Of course, as you can see from the Pathways to Prosperity and the MCIP, we are not alone in these efforts. We appreciate our partners for their commitment to the efforts. We look for forward to great successes and to sharing more of our workforce development programs with you.
If you have questions or would like more information on the Chamber or its programs, please feel free to contact the Aurora Chamber office at (630) 256-3180.
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has been named a recipient of a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment. The award program is part of a promising new partnership between the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Lumina Foundation to engage the business community in efforts to increase postsecondary education attainment.
“We have been excited to work with Lumina Foundation on regional strategies to engage businesses in education attainment,” said Mick Fleming, president of ACCE. “This latest step in that strategy enables us to support chambers that are maximizing the link between post-secondary education and economic development goals.”
The award will support the Aurora Chamber’s established goals to increase the percentage of high-quality credentials held by community residents after high school, including certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.
“The Chamber and its collaborative partners have clearly demonstrated momentum in advancing education attainment,” said Chamber President Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, “and this award will help expand and deepen our work.”
Along with Aurora Regional Chamber, the winning chambers include: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Metro South (Mass.) Chamber; Greensboro (N.C.) Chamber; Greater Sarasota (Fla.) Chamber; Birmingham (Ala.) Business Alliance; and Greater Omaha Chamber.
This awards program serves to advance chambers’ previously defined regional attainment goals. The overall effort connects to Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025, a national effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information about ACCE’s Education Attainment Division visit: http://www.acce.org/divisions/education-attainment-division/
About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. For more information, visit www.LuminaFoundation.org
Aurora Area MCIP Overview
Manufacturing Careers Internship Program
Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships
What is the MCIP?
The Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. At the same time, it provides out-of-school youth ages 18 – 21 with the opportunity “try out” and enter into a manufacturing career.
The MCIP starts with a 3-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” followed by a 6 to 8-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.
Launched in 2011 to help fill the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing, the MCIP has introduced manufacturing to over 130 young adults in 5 counties, with over 70% of them finding employment or pursuing additional education and training. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa Consulting Group and the Kane County Department of Employment and Education (KCDEE).
Benefits to Employers:
The MCIP builds and leverages alliances with local organizations including:
1) Kane County Department of Employment and Education
2) Local Manufacturers
3) Economic Development Organizations
4) Industry Associations and Local Chambers
5) Community Colleges
July 21 Aurora MCIP Bootcamp Starts (includes plant tours and OSHA certification)
August 6 Manufacturer’s MCIP Internship Selection
August 8 “Draft Day” – Intern assignments made
August 18 Internship Program starts (approximately 240 hrs.)
September 26 Internship Program ends
For more information contact:
MCIP Project Manager Rand Haas 630-351-9795 firstname.lastname@example.org
Employer Outreach Liaison Sid Hussaini 847-809-8901 email@example.com
BCS Services Youth Coordinator Eddie Perez 224-538-1039 firstname.lastname@example.org
For video overview go to: www.worknetncc.com