Workforce Development that WORKS Project JumpStart Celebrates 10th Anniversary

It’s been ten years since Project JumpStart held its first class in the footprint of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since that time, more than 700 city residents have gone through the 13-week, 90 pre-apprenticeship program that prepares its participants for a career as a skilled craft professional. Of those 700, 80 percent have graduated. And of those who graduate, more than 75 percent have been placed in high-paying, skilled construction jobs. More than 100 of those graduates have gone through formal registered apprenticeship programs. In fact, last spring, the top electrical apprentice in the Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Craft Training program was a Project JumpStart graduate, who just seven years earlier had been homeless.

Nearly 75 percent of the graduates are ex-offenders.

This past Saturday night, more than 500 people packed the Marriott Waterfront as JumpStart celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Mike Rowe, CNN host of ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ and formerly of ‘Dirty Jobs’ said Project JumpStart boasts an “astonishing success rate, especially when compared to other programs that aim to provide a second chance to non-violent offenders who served their time.” Rowe, who served as the keynote speaker for the event, had also spent time the previous week speaking with past JumpStart graduates to “learn of their remarkable transformation first hand.

To see a clip of those conversations, click here:

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