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Careers in Manufacturing Programs

JARC’s job training programs target strategic skills gaps in the metal fabricating and manufacturing sectors, such as CNC and welding, and serve a variety of populations.

The Careers in Manufacturing Programs (CMP) cluster serves unemployed adults, dislocated workers and disadvantaged job seekers, including ex-offenders and female heads of household.

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 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM on an open enrollment schedule. CNC tuition: $8000 (but free if eligible)
  • Press Brake Fast Track — A 10 - 14 week, 250 hour job training program for unemployed adults. Trainees learn how to set up and operate a Press Brake machine. Graduates attain at least two industry credentials through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), such as:  Metalforming Level I and Press Brake II. Graduates also complete the OSHA 10 HR (General Industry) safety course. Classes run Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM on an open enrollment schedule. Press Brake tuition: $5000 (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 D1.3. Graduates also complete the OSHA 10 HR (General Industry) safety course. Classes run Monday through Friday 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM on an open enrollment schedule. Welding tuition: $7000 (but free if eligible)
  • Women in Manufacturing Program (WMP) — A 32 week, 240 hour welding program that is designed for working female heads of households. The curriculum and certifications are the same as the Welding Fast Track but the program and wrap around support services are customized to meet the needs of this demographic. Classes are held part-time on a case-by-case schedule, as determined by work schedule. 
  • 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 9:00 AM to 1:00 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 administered by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Foundation support for these three programs is provided by the Chicago Community Trust, Fry Foundation, McCormick Foundation, and Polk Brothers Foundation.
  • The Women in Manufacturing Program is funded by the Eleanor Network at the Chicago Foundation for Women and Wider Opportunities for Women.

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?

Jane Addams Resource Corporation is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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You may also call 630.317.5952 or email for more information.