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By Desiree Wordlaw, APA Senior
On November 16th, the National Honor Society inducted five new members:Deon Shanklin, Dontae Thompson, Neopatra Hawkins, Reginald Jones,and Quan Trimble. These students demonstrated academic excellence and a strong will to learn. During the ceremony Mr. McIlrath gave a powerful speech to encourage us to never give up and the importance of black pride. The speech was very moving to everyone; it brought tears to parents' eyes who watched on as their children blew out their candles as the final step of induction, becoming the newest members of the National Honor Society at Austin Polytechnical Academy.
Dear APA Career Dept.;
I've been working here at Aallied Die Casting for almost 5 months now; and everything has been going great. My co-workers treat me with respect and are very friendly. I have created some friendships. My supervisor is still awesome, and I have learned so much. This is an amazing experience. I couldn't have asked for anything better. We had a small segment about our company on the Fox Business channel network; basically explaining what we do. It was nice for my company to gain more exposure. We are having a Christmas party Friday, I can't wait! I have been saving up to get a nice car, and I have been helping out my family by doing some Christmas shopping. I really do appreciate the effort that you all did to help me get this job. I really do like it here, and don't plan on leaving anytime soon!
by Ms. Hill, APA Counselor
Seniors, will need to begin to consider which college they will actually attend, apply for scholarships, and complete the FAFSA, etc. Additionally, seniors will be preparing for luncheon, prom and graduation. We will hold our annual FAFSA party for the parents on February 7, 2013. The night will include a senior parent meeting to discuss prom and graduation requirements, FAFSA completion for seniors, college admissions and scholarship information and dinner and dancing for PARENTS ONLY. No students allowed at the party. Please be advised that the FAFSA and senior parent meeting portions are mandatory. Best wishes for the New Year!
-From the APA Family
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).
“We need to invest in something other people recognize as one of a kind. We have it right here in the city of Chicago.” – Mayor Rahm Emanuel
The $1.25 million in funding is Chicago’s share of the $5.6 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds returned by United Airlines. Mayor Emanuel has committed to use returned TIF funds to support the city’s key priorities and neighborhoods.
The investment will fund the following five programs
Austin Innovation Park
Austin Polytech Career Program
Austin Manufacturing Training Center
Outreach to inspire local elementary school students to pursue education and careers in advanced manufacturing-related fields
Bridge program to prepare local African-American males for advanced manufacturing training (in partnership with Austin Coming Together)
“Austin Polytechnical Academy has always been about training students to get good jobs so they can have productive, steady careers,” said Ali Muhammad, Austin Polytech’s principal. “This funding will allow Austin Polytechnical Academy to continue its evolution and adaptation to the modern economy, and we are pleased to be implementing one of the Mayor’s key goals.”
In this week's focus, Crain's addresses the gender gap found within manufacturing and the people trying to create a solution.
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