Sagamore Development Co., owned by Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank, has launched a workforce training program focused on manufacturing jobs.
Sagamore is running its Manufacturing Bootcamp with The Foundery, a maker space at the Sagamore-developed City Garage in Port Covington that offers entrepreneurs access to industrial grade tools and education, and with Baltimore-based The Center for Urban Families.
A pilot Bootcamp started in November and graduated its inaugural class last week. It offers Baltimore-area residents training in a range of skills as well as exposure to manufacturing -related trades.
The Foundery and Center for Urban Families, which works to strengthen urban communities, selected the first participants, who took classes four days a week for seven weeks at The Foundery. Classes taught woodworking, welding, computer numerically controlled machinery, textiles, 3D printing and other skills. All eight participants received job offers will start in their new positions this week.
Besides Sagamore, Port Covington's developer, other sponsors include Whiting-Turner and The Commercial Group. Sagamore planned the bootcamp as the first of a series of programs to create jobs and training opportunities for city residents as part of the Port Covington redevelopment.