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Program may lead to Chicago engineering jobs

Posted on March 2, 2018

The expansion of a key program may lead to the creation of more Chicago engineering jobs.

Engineering Futures, which launched in 2015, will expand to include ten new partnerships between high schools and local engineering companies. Dyson, an industry leader with pre-engineering programs at CPS, will also announce plans to offer internships to students at its affiliate schools.

“Engineering skills are not just critical today’s economy, this education provides another outlet for students to expand their horizons and explore their creativity,” said Mayor Emanuel. “These unique partnerships forged through Engineering Futures provide our students with an incredible opportunity to develop the skillsets needed to compete and win in the 21st century.”

Engineering Futures was initially launched in 2015 at seven CPS high schools with industry leaders Dyson, Siemens & Accurate Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti, HNTB and Paschen. The ten additional companies that will forge partnerships and develop pre-engineering programs at area high schools in SY2019 include:

  • Alcott College Prep – JGMA Architects
  • Austin College & Career Academy – GMA Construction
  • Curie Metropolitan High School – Turner Construction
  • Foreman High School – Sodexo
  • Lindblom Math & Science Academy – EXP
  • Mather High School – Landrum & Brown
  • North-Grand High School – Jacobs
  • Northside College Prep – RTM Engineering
  • Phoenix Military Academy – AECOM Tishman
  • Schurz High School – WSP

The Engineering Futures program, which now includes partnerships at 17 CPS high schools, builds on CPS’ robust pre-engineering programs across the district. Each corporate partner will be closely involved with both principals and CPS leadership in the development of engineering curriculum mapped to real, viable jobs, and informed by current and future industry standards. Students will focus on both hard and soft engineering skills needed to succeed in related fields, including technical and problem-solving skills that will increase preparedness for college success.

“Thanks to the dedication of our teachers and school leaders, and the generosity of our partners, Engineering Futures is helping reveal the inner scientist, technologist, mathematician, and engineer in all of our students,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “Chicago continues to the set the national standard for STEM education and Engineering Futures creates a platform where students can explore new ideas and demystify the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”