About CGMP

Purpose/Mission of the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP) is to enhance the manufacturing industry in the Millennium Reserve/Calumet Region by addressing the labor/skills mismatch and promoting careers in manufacturing to ensure a competitive workforce is a key asset for regional economic development.

1. Increase employer investment in the Calumet regional workforce.
2. Meet manufacturers’ labor needs by aligning available consultative services, preparatory services and training resources to serve the needs of businesses as well as the needs of unemployed, dislocated and incumbent workers.
3. Promote careers in manufacturing.

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This Program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

This program is sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

14 Responses to About CGMP

  1. CGMP says:

    By Reggie Greenwood, July 23, 215

    Jim Schultz, Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Andria Winters, Deputy Director, visited the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership Employer Advisory Committee meeting Thursday July 16th.

    See more on the information on the Employer Advisory Committee tab.

  2. CGMP says:

    Dear manufacturers, we invite you to review the material recently posted for you:
    – A study on existing workforce assets and opportunities for a more coordinated system in Manufacturing and Freight in the Millennium Reserve
    – An updated flyer for you, manufacturers
    – An updated 2014 wage study

    We hope this information will serve you well.


  3. CGMP says:

    10/2: 2nd CGMP Manufacturing Day Event – Bloom High School – 2014

    8:45 Schools and guests arrive
    9:00 Welcome and Introduction Principle Michael Campbell, Bloom High School

    9:05 Edge Factor Video Principle Michael Campbell, Bloom High School

    9:10 Acknowledgement of Supporting Politicians; Partners, Dr. Navarre, Superintendent, School Dist. 206

    Mayor David Gonzalez, Chicago Heights

    Mayor John Ostenburg, Park Forest

    9:25 Panel Discussion
    Julio Martinez, Plant Manager, Kay Manufacturing
    Linda McGill-Boasmond, CEO, Cedar Concepts Corp.
    Wayne Batkiewicz, General Manager, Kocsis Brothers
    David Nase, Prairie State College

    9:55 Explanation of Tour Schedule Vernell Glover, Bloom High School

    10:00 Break to Vans
    Travel to Tour Location

    10:30 Tours of manufacturing facilities Begin

    12:00 Tour Ends
    Travel to Prairie State College

    12:30 Lunch at Prairie State College
    12:45 Tours and Expo at PSC
    2:00 Return to Home School

  4. CGMP says:

    “Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities Survey 2014

    The purpose of this survey from the Society of Mechanical engineers and Manufacturing Engineering Media is to identify performances, practices and progress U.S. manufacturers have made towards implementing Advanced Manufacturing strategies.

    All company information will be kept confidential. Results will only be presented in an aggregated form. Your firm will not be revealed in any publication or presentation of the results of this survey.

    In return for completing this survey your name will be entered to win a free iPad Mini.”

    here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/advmfgsurvey?c=000015277412

  5. CGMP says:

    The City of Chicago, World Business Chicago and the Digital Lab are hosting a series of Open Forums on the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. Digital Lab for Manufacturing is a new $320 million program for small- and medium-enterprise (SME) manufacturers across all industries.

    * Wednesday, 4/23, 8:00 am to 9:30 am — Engineered Glass Products at 929 W. Exchange Ave.
    * Friday, 5/2, 8:00 am to 9:30 am — A. Finkl & Sons at 1355 E. 93rd St.
    * Wednesday, 5/28, 8:00 am to 9:30 am — Eli’s Cheesecake at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

    RSVP Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f1AR20qONKZgBeTya5xK6tO65cjL5WzwTr6pZf3GgG0/viewform
    (Important: When signing up, it is important to indicate in the text box along with your question that the “Calumet Green manufacturing Partnership” informed you about these forums).

  6. CGMP says:

    CGMP recognized by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council:

    From: Rebecca Schneider
    Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:49 AM
    To: Mollie Dowling
    Subject: Talented Workforce Initiative – Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership

    Dear Ms. Dowling:

    Congratulations! I am writing to share the exciting news that your Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership program has been nominated for recognition in the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative.

    The Council embarked on this ambitious drive last Fall to identify the most imaginative and effective workforce development and talent recruitment initiatives in the Great Lakes region. The goal of this initiative is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes trading region, the fourth largest economy in the world. It is the most frequently cited issue by manufacturers in our region.

    We plan to publicly recognize our nominees and honor the region’s most compelling programs at THE BIG M, in Detroit on Thursday, June 12, 2014. We hope you will plan to join us as we share these best practices and celebrate the “best of the best,” as determined by our panel of judges. In the weeks ahead, we will keep you informed of the Council’s plans for recognizing these highly regarded initiatives.

    For more information about our organization, please visit our website. For additional information about this initiative, please feel free to contact me at rschneider@detroitchamber.com or 517-449-0960.

    Rebecca Schneider
    Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

  7. CGMP says:

    Official Press Release:
    Local Workforce Agency Recognized at White House Event

    The manufacturing training programs at Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) were recognized as a best practice model at Friday’s White House event on Long Term Unemployment. JARC’s Careers in Manufacturing Programs target strategic skills gaps in the regional manufacturing labor market such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist and welder. The agency has placed over 200 graduates with 122 firms since January 2011.
    JARC Executive Director Guy Loudon represented the agency at the event and noted, “The president’s comments signaled a break with the ‘train and pray’ approaches of the past. Public investment in job training needs to be aligned with and driven by labor market opportunity and demand.” Loudon added, “We also need think about the quality of jobs. Our national workforce efforts must target industries and occupations that offer family sustaining wages, benefits and authentic career paths.”
    Loudon was joined by Danielle King, a 2012 graduate of JARC’s Careers Manufacturing Programs and now employed by Nortrak as a CNC machinist. King, a mother of one, had lost her job during the recession and was homeless at one point.
    While at JARC, King earned industry certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills and OSHA. During and after her training she worked with JARC’s Center for Working Families and its network of support services to tackle the web of financial and family issues created by unemployment and homelessness.
    After completing the training programs at JARC, King enrolled in the Calumet Green Manufacturing program at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago. She has earned three more industry certifications and plans to earn an Associate’s Degree in Manufacturing Technology. King received a statement of congratulations from Ray Prendergast, Dean of College to Careers at Richard J. Daley College, “We look forward to awarding an Associate of Applied Science degree to Danielle King as she advances her career into CNC programming and beyond.”
    Following a speech by President Obama, King participated in a panel conversation with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and three other workers who had completed skills training programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) after struggling with long-term unemployment.
    Guy Loudon
    Executive Director
    Jane Addams Resource Corporation

  8. CGMP says:

    Congratulations to Danielle King, a 2012 graduate of CGMP and came to us for training after completing the JARC program. She will attend a White House event on 1/31/2014 on the issue of long-term unemployment. The president will convene a discussion of best practice strategies for skills training and employment. Below is a copy of the press release prepared by JARC and the National Skills Coalition.

    Danielle is now employed at Nortrak as a CNC machine operator. JARC is honored to participate in this important event, and we think it is a great credit to the work we do together. Danielle moved on to train in the Calumet Green Manufacturing Program (CGMP) at Daley College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago, a program funded through the DOL’s Green Jobs Innovation Fund. Danielle earned industry recognized NIMS credentials that helped complete her path toward job readiness.

    Congratulations once again and we look forward to awarding an Associate of Applied Science degree to Danielle King as she advances her career into CNC programming and beyond.

    Ray Prendergast
    Dean, College To Careers
    Richard J. Daley College
    Official announcement: Local Workforce Agency Invited to White House

    Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), a non-profit workforce development agency, has been invited to the White House on Friday, January 31 to participate in a meeting with President Obama to discuss the problem of long term unemployment. The event will highlight skills training and employment strategies to help the estimated 4 million long term unemployed adults get back into the labor market. JARC will attend the event along with members of the National Skills Coalition.
    JARC will be represented by Guy Loudon, Executive Director of JARC, and Danielle King, a graduate of JARC’s Careers in Manufacturing Programs, currently employed at Nortrak as a Machine Operator. JARC is considered a national leader of the “Sectoral” approach to job training and workforce development for the manufacturing sector. Loudon explains, “Sectoral programs align skills training with labor market demand as a strategy to drive opportunity for jobs-seekers with barriers to employment.”
    JARC’s programs target strategic skills gaps in the manufacturing sector, including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist and Welder. Since January 2011, JARC has placed 196 low-income adults and unemployed jobseekers in full-time employment at 122 manufacturing firms throughout the Chicago Metro region.
    Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will be joining President Obama at the event to discuss a number of new efforts by the Obama Administration to bring new attention to the long-term unemployed. Among those efforts, it is anticipated that President Obama will be announcing new support for sector partnerships and other workforce intermediaries working with the long-term unemployed, building on the successful models developed by such organizations as JARC.

    Hayley Crabb
    Director of Development and Research
    Jane Addams Resource Corporation
    4432 N. Ravenswood Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60640
    (p) 773-728-9769 ext. 64
    (d) 773-751-7120

  9. CGMP says:

    Feedback from an employer who recently hired a CGMP candidate:
    “I recently attended a Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership meeting at South Suburban and interviewed several candidates from this program after the meeting. I found them to be well prepared with great resumes, able to express themselves in an interview, well dressed and eager to work. I have hired one person who is starting with us this week and several more are scheduled for interviews. Take advantage of this program. It is a great way to find local talent with certifications.
    Linda Kavois, HR Director, Chicago Magnesium”

  10. GCA has a current need for some candidates for our manufacturing environment, “Packer/ Inspector” to assemble small boxes by hand and fill product and components and instructions into boxes, working in a one piece flow (elbow to elbow) with other associates. Attention to detail, ability to work closely with others and A positive “attitude” and willingness to be flexible and work in multiple environments. The starting salary is around $13.67.
    If you can send some students in MSSC CPT courses we would love to talk to them.
    Deborah Murphy
    Sr. HR Manager, GC America Inc.

  11. CGMP says:

    CGMP Employers Advisory Committee meeting: August 22nd, from 8am to 10am

    South Suburban College (Main Campus)
    15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois 60473-1200
    Auditorium: Kindig Performing Arts Center
    Please RSVP by August 16!

    This meeting will be very special: Less than 10% of you were aware of these credentials before we met. During this meeting you’ll learn more about these national credentials, MSSC and NIMS, used as the building blocks of the CGMP program. We have invited an executive representative of each of these organizations to present their programs and provide answers to your questions directly from the source. This is a FREE meeting, and unique in the Chicago area.

    – Don manning, President of South Suburban College, will open the meeting
    – MSSC’s Marketing Manager will conduct interviews of CGMP students and employers
    – 3 more CGMP students hired since last week!
    • Welcome from the hosts: South Suburban College, SSMMA, and OAI
    • Special announcement: New sub-committee for Chemical/Pharmaceutical/Food industries
    • Introduction of speakers
    • Presentation of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) by Rebekah Hutton, Director of Strategic Initiatives
    • Presentation of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) by Dave Morgan, Director of Business Development
    • Panel discussion with both speakers, joined by CGMP students who earned the respective credentials
    • Closing by host
    • Coffee break and networking
    • Post event: Onsite interview of CGMP students by employers (contact Fabrice for advance scheduling)

    We have posted online a Catalog of CGMP candidates specially for you. Please invite the executives you know (manufacturers only) to attend our meeting and consider our CGMP candidates for the positions they may have.

    We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd of August for an exciting and important meeting.

    Fabrice Bonvoisin
    Tel (312) 236-5555

  12. CGMP says:

    Recently added to the Documentation section:
    – 2013 calendar of CGMP classes
    – CGMP course catalog (2013)

    For employers:
    We have several students available for the positions you may have to fill. We can send you their resumes and assist you in scheduling interviews.

    For immediate assistance (FREE):
    Please call Fabrice Bonvoisin of FB International LLC at (312) 236-5555.

  13. CGMP says:

    Last month, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, speaking at the Chamber’s Regional Consensus Luncheon, noted the Southland is ahead of most communities in building a workforce for today. CGMP is part of this success! read the full article at: http://www.chicagosouthland.com/Press-Room/chamber-a-connector-for-job-training-programs-1057.aspx

  14. CGMP says:

    4th Annual Manufacturing Workforce Development Conference – 10/26/2012
    South Suburban College

    “Providing the Skilled Workers Manufacturers Need: CGMP – An Effective Partnership”

    During this breakout session, we presented the accomplishments and the results this unique program has provided to local manufacturers and our students. To view the presentation (PDF format), click on “Results as of 10/2012” on top-right of this page.

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