The IMA Education Foundation

The mission of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Education Foundation is to be the premier influencer of education programs to attract and develop Illinois’ future manufacturing workforce. We do this by providing both financial support to school districts, community colleges, vocational schools and Illinois’ four-year institutions and by encouraging member companies of the IMA to provide internships at their manufacturing facilities for students and opportunities for educators to observe and discuss the needs of manufacturers in their area.

The IMA Education Foundation is funded through grants that are matched by the generous contributions of manufacturing companies from all corners of Illinois.  Your tax deductible contribution will help assure the Foundation meets its Mission.

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The IMA Education Foundation is proud to be part of the Dream It Do It network. Whether you’re a student, parent or teacher you’ll be able to find out that careers in manufacturing are rewarding, and high paying, too. Employers can also access a number of tools in our specialized sections, and teachers can access a number of great resources for use in the classroom.

Illinoisans often hear that we’re “at the top of the bad list, or the bottom of the good list.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why the IMA Education Foundation helped to build a coalition of manufacturers and educators, along with other workforce professionals to bring Dream It Do It Illinois to life. Each has a stake in its success—and so do you.

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The Illinois Advanced Apprenticeship Consortium (IAAC) is a collaboration between the IMA Education Foundation, the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, the Greater Peoria Center of Excellence for Secure Software and William Rainey Harper College.  In addition, community colleges in all regions of Illinois are partnering with IAAC apprenticeships to expand opportunities for men and women to train for highly skilled careers in the manufacturing and information technology sectors.  Working with local employers, the consortium plans to create 600 new apprenticeship positions linked to Illinois Pathways, the state’s career pathway initiative, to create a seamless transition for students and workers into apprenticeship and employment and further on into community college and higher education.

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