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Metro West manufacturing workforce collaborative

The Metro West Manufacturing Workforce Collaborative, a partnership between JARC and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing, provides job training and support services for suburban jobseekers.

The Metro West Careers in Manufacturing Programs target strategic skills gaps in the metal fabricating and manufacturing sectors, such as CNC and welding, and serve a variety of suburban populations.

What programs are offered?

Component programs include:

  • CNC Machinist Fast Track — A 20 week, 500 hour job training program for unemployed adults. Trainees learn how to program, set up and operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools. Graduates attain at least two industry credentials through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), such as: CNC Milling Level 1, and NIMS CNC Turning Level 1. Graduates also complete the OSHA 10 HR (General Industry) safety course. Classes run Monday through Friday 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM on an open enrollment schedule. CNC tuition: $8000 (but free if eligible)
  • Welding Fast Track — A 14 week, 350 hour program. Trainees learn the fundamentals of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW or “MIG”) processes that are used in manufacturing. Graduates are qualified to a standard of the American Welding Society: AWS GMAW Structural 3/8 Plate, 2F Position. Graduates also complete the OSHA 10 HR (General Industry) safety course. Classes run Monday through Friday 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM on an open enrollment schedule. Welding tuition: $7000 (but free if eligible)
  • Manufacturing Bridge Program — A 12 week, 120 hour program that prepares trainees for advanced training programs, such as the CNC and Welding Fast Tracks programs, or for entry level employment in manufacturing. The curriculum stresses baseline skills in shop math, print reading and precision metrology. Classes run Monday through Thursday 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM on an open enrollment schedule.


What is the cost to the job seeker?

There is no cost to the job seeker for these programs.

  • The CNC Fast Track, Welding Fast Track and Bridge Programs use WIA funding. Foundation support for these three programs is provided by the Weinberg Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and the McCormick Foundation.

What other services are included?

  • Program participants are also enrolled in the Center for Working Families (CWF) at JARC; this means that they receive bundled support services such as income supports, financial coaching and employment services.


How do I apply to any of the Careers in Manufacturing Programs at JARC?

  • To apply to any Careers in Manufacturing Program, attend a CMP Orientation.


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