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Development & Communications Director
Director of Innovation and Implementation

Dania Ibrahim

Managing Director of Pathways & Operations

Scaling Transformative Advanced Manufacturing Pathways (STAMP)

Manufacturing is a cornerstone of the Illinois economy. The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) publishes a biannual economic analysis report titled “Manufacturing Matters: Our Impact in Illinois” that summarizes its economic analysis of the impact of the manufacturing industry on Illinois and its communities. IMA’s economic analyses demonstrate that the labor market remains tight, and manufacturers continue to report large numbers of open positions. As of June 2021, the manufacturing industry had more than 800,000 unfilled positions nationally.

The IMA and EdSystems partnered in spring 2022 to launch the Scaling Transformative Advanced Manufacturing Pathways (STAMP) to help meet the demand for skilled manufacturing workers in Illinois while advancing equity.

The overarching goals of STAMP are to:

  • Increase secondary enrollment in manufacturing pathways, particularly by underrepresented students.
  • Increase dual credit offerings and enrollment in manufacturing pathways.
  • Increase the number of students who complete a manufacturing pathway, earning a College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE) and industry credentials.
  • Increase matriculation into postsecondary manufacturing programs and the workforce.

Our Role

Through a community of practice and technical assistance to regional teams, STAMP serves secondary students enrolled in manufacturing pathways that articulate to community college programs and employment opportunities, with a particular focus on under-represented students with one or more barriers to education, training, and employment.

EdSystems is supporting STAMP regional teams, which are made up of school districts together with their postsecondary and employer partners, to:

  • Establish a Manufacturing College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE) program aligned to the Illinois Model Programs of Study Guide in Manufacturing & Engineering.
  • Incorporate both in-person and virtual work-based learning into Manufacturing CCPE programs.
  • Target engagement and recruitment efforts to student populations that are underrepresented in manufacturing and face barriers to training and employment, including females and students of color.

The structure and supports provided through STAMP will accelerate and expand manufacturing pathways across numerous population centers in the State and establish a foundation for broader scaling in future years.

Project Resources

The Latest


Performance-Based Assessment Showcase

At the Performance-Based Assessment Design Cohort Showcase on May 18, 2023, we were able to hear the teachers talk about their projects and the process of creating them, and see up close how performance-based assessments can be used across disciplines and with students from a range of backgrounds with a variety of characteristics.

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Community College Pathway Equity and Currency

To help encourage learners to complete the rigorous requirements and earn the College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE) opportunity, as well as matriculate into postsecondary pathways, EdSystems is supporting the development of equity-centered strategies alongside incentives or currency that will help students and their families.

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I-WIN Events

Supporting Young Women in Manufacturing

On Tuesday, May 23, 10–11 a.m., learn about best practices, community models, and resources for supporting young women to pursue experiences in manufacturing. This session will also share insights and feedback gathered from female high school and college students on what they want to see in these efforts.

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I-WIN Events

Regional Team-Based Challenges

On May 9, leaders from Ridgewood High School, Triton College, Waubonsee Community College, and Elgin Community College shared how they are hosting regional team-based challenges in education, manufacturing, and health sciences.

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