About & HISTOry
Employers need good workers. Workers need good jobs.
An aging workforce, emerging new technologies, and continuing decline of trades in high schools and community colleges will result in an estimated two million unfilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S. over the next ten years. This is a tragedy when so many people struggle to pay the bills, find a living wage job, and support their families in places like Baltimore.
Launched in 2015, we support healthy communities and economies by teaching low-income adults and workers the skills they need to earn a living wage. But we go beyond basic skills training. We also connect job seekers with good jobs in the manufacturing sector, and we foster the life skills that create a path out of poverty.
JARC Baltimore's affiliate in Chicago was founded in 1985 as a community development organization, and its initial efforts focused on keeping good manufacturing jobs in the neighborhood.
Its focus evolved to focus on helping both job seekers and employers through training and support services. In 2015, JARC Baltimore was launched out of the former Magna Training Center in the Park Heights community to help low-income adults get the skills and supports they need to move along a manufacturing or construction career path.
Where We Are Today
To date, we've enrolled over 100 low income job seekers in our Careers in Manufacturing Programs. Over 80% of our graduates have been placed in full-time employment at an average starting wage of $16/hour.