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The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) provides youth ages 18-24 an opportunity to explore meaningful and productive careers in manufacturing. Simultaneously, the program addresses the critical shortage of qualified workers in the manufacturing sector. The MCIP has been very successful with a large percentage of the youth currently employed or pursuing post-secondary education. Developed by Business and Career Services in partnership with Medusa Consulting Group; The MCIP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and theIllinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

It’s been nine days since the video of Laquan McDonald was released. Among the millions viewing the shooting are his classmates. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the killing through the eyes of other teens. Students at Sullivan House High School have not only seen the infamous video of their former classmate, Laquan McDonald, pelted with bullets by a Chicago cop, but they’ve watched numerous times. One youth says he’s seen it “at least 30 times.”

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:09

2015 ASN Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

Alternative Schools Network would like to thank all the schools that participated in the 2015 ASN Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament! Congratulations to Prologue Early College High School, 2015 ASN Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament Champs!

For some teenagers in Chicago, the Laquan McDonald case is hitting very close to home, stirring up deep emotion and raising lots of questions - about race, and about their city and country.

Despite a growing national economic recovery, a new report by the University of Illinois Chicago Great Cities Institute, Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless And Out Of School Teens and Young Adults In Chicago, Illinois and the U.S., shows that Chicago is one of the nation's leaders in youth joblessness with 88 percent of Chicago’s black teens (16-19) and 85 percent Hispanic teens jobless. Nearly 1 of 2 young Black men, 20-24, in Chicago are jobless and out of school – 47%. 44% in Illinois and 32% in the country. In response to these findings, as well as proposed cuts in federal and state employment programs, and the rising death toll as gang battles escalate, a group of youth, legislators, public officials and key agency leaders will tackle the impact of youth joblessness at a public hearing, Solution to the CRISIS: Youth Employment.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 17:38

Laugh for a Cause - Buy Tickets!

Come join the Alternative School Network for an evening of laughter at a Pre-Valentines Day Comedy Show. Three of Chicago’s top comedians will be there to bring the laughter and entertainment. This event is a fundraiser for the Alternative School Network to host future events for student benefits. Be sure to stop by the Information table to collect flyers and brochures about The Alternative School Network. Video footage of past events that the schools have participated in will be shown for your enjoyment.

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