Scholarship to Support Chicago’s Advanced Manufacturing Educational Initiative

April 2, 2013
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.

Across the country, parents, business owners, educators and civic leaders are increasingly focusing on the need to educate a workforce that can excel in manufacturing jobs and careers. Towards that end, Summit Media Group is pleased to announce that this year’s David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Chicago’s Austin Polytechnical Academy Advanced Manufacturing Career Program. 

The David A. Harvey Scholarship is underwritten by Summit’s Automation World magazine and the sponsors of its annual event, The Automation Conference, scheduled for May in Chicago.

Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) is a college and career prep public high school with a focus on manufacturing and engineering. APA prepares students for a variety of manufacturing jobs, from skilled production and engineering to management and company ownership. Graduates go on to work in industry or to pursue advanced degrees in related fields.

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC), a partner in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s advanced manufacturing educational initiative, founded the APA in 2007. CMRC’s managing partner, The Center for Labor & Community Research (CLCR), operates the Austin Polytech Career Program. On behalf of Austin Polytech students, CLCR works with over 60 local manufacturing partners to provide internships, mentoring, NIMS certifications, career job placements and other academic and career support services.

Last year's award was donated to Purdue Calumet University. The two students who shared the 2012 award are David Ramos and Ryan Richardson—both students in the mechatronics engineering technology program. The 2013 scholarship will be awarded during The Automation Conference, May 14-15.

Conference sponsors for 2013 are: Festo, Lenze, Invensys Operations Management, Microsoft, Advantech, Anixter, Beckhoff Automation, Belden, Eaton Corporation, ePlan Software + Services, Hilscher North America, Inc., Kepware Technologies, Moxa, Inc., Opto 22, Red Lion Controls, Siemens Industry, Inc., SMC Corporation of America, TURCK, and ZPI Inc.

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