INAM Partnerships

PLEASE NOTE: The INAM Consortium was funded by a $12.9 million grant from the Department of Labor and tasked with delivering certificate programs in Advanced Manufacturing that can be completed in one year or less and prepare participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. While the INAM grant project has ended, these training programs remain vibrant at the individual Community Colleges. Please visit the colleges for ongoing program information.  

Dream It Do It Illinois

Dream it! Do it! Illinois identifies the assets within the community that enable potential employees to earn the training and credentials that employers value. These may be found in the business community, educational system, non-profit sector or workforce development system. Dream It Do It Illinois identifies the necessary steps along each career pathway in the state’s fastest-growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing; transportation, distribution and logistics; quality control and mechatronics to name just a few and connects you with these assets by sharing messages about job fairs, factory tours, job training or professional development programs and more. It provides information to students, parents, transitioning workers and the broader community through traditional marketing and advertising, social media and community outreach efforts. Get involved today!


IMA Education Foundation

Illinois Manufacturer’s Association Education Foundation has a mission to be the premier influencer of education programs to attract and develop Illinois’ future manufacturing workforce. This is done 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.



Get Skills to Work empowers military veterans to translate the skills learned during their service into manufacturing careers or gain the industry-certified skills needed to secure a future in manufacturing. Founded in 2012 by GE, Alcoa, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin in partnership with The Manufacturing Institute, Get Skills to Work brings together over 600 manufacturing companies and educational institutions in a combined effort to bridge the manufacturing skills gap with veterans’ talent.


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