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Congratulations to Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program Graduates


Photo (from left): l-r:  Al Saulys, Eddie Perez , JaTaun Drummond, Ashley Bridges,  Rand Haus, Kreshina Ingram, Isiah Thomas,  Britini Stern, Mollie Dowling and Kristian Collins

Photo (from left): Al Saulys, Eddie Perez , JaTaun Drummond, Ashley Bridges, Rand Haus, Kreshina Ingram, Isiah Thomas, Britini Stern, Mollie Dowling and Kristian Collins


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The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Business and Career Services, Inc., OAI, Inc. and  South Suburban College hosted a Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program recognition event at Prairie State College on Dec. 11, 2014. SSMMA and CSEDC helps support this coalition and program participants with employer engagement and grant support to connect unemployed or underemployed young adults with sustainable jobs with  local manufacturers.

The Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program enables Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-eligible youth ages 18 to 21 an opportunity to explore meaningful and productive careers in manufacturing. Simultaneously, the program addresses the critical shortage of qualified workers in the manufacturing sector. The CMCIP has been very successful in its placement of youth in employment and post-secondary education opportunities.

Developed by Business and Career Services in partnership with Medusa Consulting Group. The CMCIP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

This turn-key program is driven by the needs of the manufacturers to find and train skilled workers. It starts with a three-week “Manufacturing Boot Camp” and ends with an eight-week paid internship at a local manufacturing company. It provides the mentoring, guidance, skills training and hands-on work experience needed to help youth transition to a rewarding career in manufacturing or pursue additional post-secondary education and training.

The Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is a program of the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership. This initiative has been underway in the South Chicago/ South Cook County region, also known as the “Calumet,” since 2012. The goal is to enhance the manufacturing industry in the Calumet region by addressing the labor/ skills mismatch and promoting careers in manufacturing to ensure a competitive workforce, which is a key asset for regional economic development. Objectives include increasing employer investment in the Calumet regional workforce; meeting manufacturers’ labor needs by aligning the consultative services, preparatory services and training resources available to businesses as well as unemployed, dislocated and incumbent workers; and promoting careers in manufacturing.

Fall 2014 graduates:

  1. JaTaun Drummond completed an eight week internship with Chicago Magnesium, where he is a current employee participating in an On-the-Job-Training (OJ1′).

  2. Anthony Hood completed an eight-week internship with Continental Midland and was hired by the company.

  3. Jarrett Johnson completed an eight-week internship with Bimba Manufacturing where he is a current employee participating in an On-the-Job-Training (OJ1′).

  4. Jahari Sandifer completed an eight-week internship at Best Diamond Plastics, where he is a current employee.

  5. Brian Smith completed an eight-week internship at Avatar Corporation and is currently employed at Revers Electronic

  6. Brittini Stem participated in an eight week internship at Kay Manufacturing, where she is a current employee.

  7. Isaiah Thomas completed an eight-week internship at Best Diamond Plastics, where he is a current employee.

  8. Gordon Waites completed an eight-week internship at RotaSkipper. He is currently a student at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL.

 Thank you to the following participating organizations:

Avatar Corporation, University Park, IL Founded in 1982, Avatar Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of raw materials and ingredients for the food, drug, and cosmetic industries.

Best Diamond Plastics, Chicago, IL Since 2007, Best Diamond Plastics has been manufacturing straws and providing outstanding quality, service and value. While it’s a new enterprise in straw manufacturing, their management team has a combined 86 years of experience with the Quick Service Restaurant industry.

Bimba Manufacturing Company, University Park, IL Bimba Manufacturing Company is a 100% employee-owned company that is a forward-thinking innovator of actuation, fluid power, and motion control technology. We offer an extensive range of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric actuators, air preparation, and motion control products.

Chicago Magnesium, Blue Island, IL Since 1953 Chicago Magnesium has been at the forefront of magnesium and aluminum sand casting. They produce castings for helicopters, jet fighters, jumbo transports and regional jets, satisfying many diverse applications both military and commercial.

Continental Midland, Park Forest, IL With over 200 years of combined experience in the fastener industry, the ContMid Group (CMG) of companies has established a comprehensive product line that includes both standard and custom designed bolts/studs, pins, bushings, nuts, shafts, rivets (tubular & non-tubular) stampings/ door strikers, wheel nuts, and other specialty cold formed/ machined or stamped steel parts and assemblies. Our innovative products are used in automotive, agricultural, building/ consumer and industrial market sectors worldwide.

F .H. Ayer Manufacturing, Chicago Heights, IL Founded in 1904, Ayer continues to manufacture custom machine parts for the steel, chemical, petro-chemical, electronic, municipal and food industries.

Jero Medical Supply & Equipment, Chicago, IL Jero Medical Equipment & Supplies, Inc. has been in operation since 1987; a manufacturer of disposable wearing apparel, isolation & procedures gowns, jumpsuits/coveralls, lab coats.

Kay Manufacturing, Calumet City, IL Since 1946, Kay Manufacturing has prided itself on using the most cutting edge processes to create high quality components for automotive suppliers, all over the world. Kay produces the highest quality components for transmissions, which are allocated to the automotive industry.

Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Glenwood, IL Morrison Container Handling Solutions is a manufacturing company based in Illinois Since 1971. They manufacture timing screws, change parts, drive units, and custom designed container handling machines; Building the best solution available in the container handling industry.

Rota Skipper, South Holland, IL Rota Skipper has been machining parts for more than 45 years but has four divisions within its operation; a machine shop, mechanical engineering, electrically engineering and a UL certified panel shop.

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