Build Your Own
A Career Pathways Initiative for Students, Teachers, Families, and the Community
CTU Foundation believes in ensuring all students have access to high quality and relevant Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in every Chicago Public School through Build Your Own, a Career Pathways Initiative for students, teachers, and the community.
By building partnerships with the skilled trades, school district, employers, and local representatives, Build Your Own addresses the workforce skill gap due to decades of disinvestment in CTE programs at neighborhood schools.
Build Your Own develops a system of programs and services as a model to close the racial wealth gap for families in underserved communities.
Skilled Trades and Manufacturing Scholarship 2019
The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation has unveiled a new initiative –the Build Your Own Campaign and Scholarship Fund. The Build Your Own campaign raises awareness of opportunities in the skilled trades and manufacturing industry. The goal is to develop a pipeline of CPS students interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades and manufacturing industry to help meet the skilled trades shortage. Scholarships are available to graduating CPS students and/or former CPS students enrolled in an apprenticeships or skilled trades program in a community college.
All documentation must be received to be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.
1. Completed Scholarship Application
2. Scholarship essay statement from applicant – “What I hope to gain from a post-secondary apprenticeship and/or education.” Be sure to include what you intend to accomplish, how you will give back to your community and if completed a CTE program, what you have gotten out of the program. The essay must be 500 words or less, typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with numbered pages and one-inch margins.
3. One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, dean, counselor, union rep or employer.
4. Proof of enrollment to the apprenticeship or community college being attended
The application must be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, June 5, 2019 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org /include in subject line: Trade & Manufacturing Scholarship or mail in a sealed envelope to:
Chicago Teachers Union Foundation
Attention: Carmen Curet, Executive Director
1901 W. Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
All winners will be notified of the Committees’ decision by Monday, June 10, 2019. The material received by the Committee will become the property of the Committee and will not be returned. For more information or questions, please contact Adella Palmore at email@example.com or (312) 421-2102.
BUILD YOUR OWN
|FOR OUR STUDENTS|
|NEED – Students learn from current and engaging curriculum written by teachers and technical experts in the field.||SOLUTION – Collaborate with teachers and technical experts to design innovative and work-based pre-apprenticeship curriculum that is culturally responsive and trauma-informed.|
|FOR OUR TEACHERS|
|NEED – Address the shortage of highly qualified CTE instructors to ensure program investment leads to careers for students of color.||SOLUTION – Instructors Apprenticeship for CTE develops educators’ technical, cultural, and pedagogical competence through a comprehensive professional development program.|
|FOR OUR FAMILIES|
|NEED – Strengthen communities by ensuring students can have access to middle-class careers in their neighborhood.||SOLUTION – Advocate to families the advantages of CTE through marketing and develop training in CTE fields such as construction, solar energy, and advanced manufacturing.|
|FOR OUR COMMUNITY|
|NEED – Currently, the school district cannot provide the resources needed with limited funding, fragmented planning, and lack of stakeholder input.||SOLUTION – Build a coalition of unions, employers, educators, and representatives for advancing CTE programs through public-private partnerships.|
Build Your Own is a Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Career Pathways Initiative of the Children and Teachers Fund, a non-profit 501(c)3.