In the Media
JARC Board Member Hal Baron was known as Mayor Harold Washington’s “idea man.” He passed away January 18.
With all the flying sparks, it’s easy to assume professional laborers are welding metal on a manufacturer’s shop floor. JARC is a vocational training center in Chicago’s Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.
Guy Loudon, JARC's Excutive Director, said businesses are struggling to find qualified candidates for “middle-skilled” manufacturing positions, many of which give non-college graduates the opportunity to earn incomes well above the national average.
Lifetime's The Balancing Act recently featured JARC and its partners LISC and the MetLife Foundation for their tireless work to promote financial empowerment.
JARC partner Women With Drive donates cars to low-income women to drive them out of welfare and down the road to self-sufficiency. Caress, a JARC graduate, received Women With Drive's first ever car donation, a 2010 Nissan Altima.
JARC, with 30 years' experience in the field, will move into a former elementary school in the Park Heights neighborhood in Baltimore that was the site of a similar training program that closed last year. The center will offer programs in welding and running computerized machine tools, skills that are in demand now and expected to be in the future in advanced manufacturing, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
With the support of Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation fund, JARC helps unemployed Chicagoans with obstacles to employment get back to work.
September saw the introduction of a new ally for JARC and LISC in the work to help low-income families gain financial stability with the formal announcement of the City of Chicago’s Office of Financial Inclusion (OFI). Chris Vargas, JARC's Manager of Financial Services, spoke about the importance of financial stability for self-sufficiency.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership aims to get the unemployed "job ready" and back on the payrolls. The agency funds organizations, like JARC, that support people who are looking for jobs, training, career planning and much more.
"The skill shortage is getting more and more acute every day," said Craig Freedman, President of Freedman Seating Co., a manufacturer of vehicle seats who is partnering with JARC to develop an in-house apprenticeship program.