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Business and Workforce Development

The Business and Workforce Development programs at JARC add firm side value through a strategic mix of incumbent worker training and economic development resources.

Incumbent Worker Training Classes

JARC provides high quality, customized training classes for manufacturing employers and their incumbent workers. JARC’s industry experts provide practical, hands-on training for employees at every level in every area.

Training classes can be held at the JARC Training Center or on-site at your manufacturing facility.

This link to the course catalog will give you information about these and other classes, as well, as relevant financial aid options:
Safety classes (partial listing)

  • OSHA 10 Hr for General Industry
  • OSHA 30 for General Industry
  • Forklift Safety and Operation
  • OSHA 7100 (Safeguarding)
  • OSHA 7115 (Lock Out / Tag Out)
  • OSHA 501 (Train The Trainer)

Basic Skills (partial listing)

  • Mfg Skills 1 (Math, Print Reading and Metrology)
  • Workplace English as a Second Language (WESL), all levels
  • Financial Education

Quality Assurance (partial listing)

  • Fundamentals of Quality Control
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

Manufacturing Skills (partial listing)

  • CNC Milling (Program, S/U and Operation)
  • CNC Turning (Program, S/U and Operation)
  • Welding (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW)
  • Punch Press S/U and Operation
  • Machine Tool S/U and Operation (Drill, Mill, Lathe)

Business and Continuous Improvement

  • Computer Skills classes ranging from MOS to ERP
  • Leadership and Supervisory Training
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Manufacturing, various applications
  • Six Sigma, various applications
  • ISO Training, various standards, including:
  • ISO 9001 (Quality)
  • ISO 14001 (Environment)
  • ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive)
  • ISO 18001 (OSHA)
  • ISO 19011 (Systems)

Financial Aid for Incumbent Worker Training Classes

JARC employs a variety of governmental funding streams to help employers meet the expense of incumbent worker training. Funding options for approved classes include:

  • The Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) program administered by Illinois DCEO. Employer pay a 10% co-pay for the cost of training plus paid release time for the trainees when they are in class. This program is limited to firms with 250 or less employees and trainees earning $16.68 or less.
  • The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) also administered by Illinois DCEO. Employers pay 50% co-pay. Use of this funding stream is not dependent on the size of the firm or the trainee’s hourly wage.
  • The TIF Works training program administered by the City of Chicago, Department of Housing and Economic Development (DHED). There is no employer co-pay. Use of this funding stream is limited to city firms that are physically located in TIF districts that have money for training.

What other services are available?

  • JARC can provide an array of diagnostic tools to quantify the skills gaps in your workforce and help design practical, customized solutions.
  • JARC can help your organization design a customized apprenticeship program that combines coursework, demonstration of hands on competencies and relevant industry certifications.
  • JARC also offers low-cost, open enrollment classes at its training center; topics include Forklift Safety and Operation, welding, and various CNC and CAD-CAM technologies.

You may also call 773.751.7124 or email for more information about JARC’s incumbent worker training programs.

Business Services

JARC’s Business Services helps connect manufacturing firms in the city and throughout the region to business development resources and tools. Every year JARC hosts a series of events to provide local manufactures with new opportunities and information. Subject areas include new markets, supply chain, using university resources, and current incentives for manufacturers.

Business Services also leads JARC’s research in labor market and manufacturing policy. With an emphasis on employer engagement, this effort provides internal and external stakeholders with essential and timely information about the manufacturing sector.

You may also call 773.751.7124 or email for more information about JARC’s Business Services or to learn about upcoming events.

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