JARC’s Women in Manufacturing Program (WMP) simultaneously addresses poverty and unemployment in Chicago and Baltimore. JARC does this by tackling the skills gaps in the traditionally male-dominated metal fabricating and manufacturing sectors, by offering comprehensive manufacturing training and job placement services for women. Each WMP trainee can access the Emergency Fund and family support services to mitigate short-term emergencies that may interfere with completing training and advancing in their careers.
Fondation CHANEL is supporting JARC to expand its Women in Manufacturing Program, by reinforcing its financial literacy, family support and emergency fund services. The Foundation is also supporting JARC to draw upon its extensive knowledge of, and data about, women in manufacturing. This will be used to evaluate its impact and share knowledge on best practices for training women in non-traditional fields with other organizations and professional associations.
Jane Addams Resource Corporation helps low-income workers and community residents attain financial self-sufficiency through a combination of high quality skills training and bundled financial capability support services. JARC’s Women in Manufacturing Program seeks to break down gender barriers and place more women in “nontraditional,” high-wage trades like welding, computer numerical control (CNC), and press brake.