The Foundery is building a model to connect Baltimore residents to jobs.
Lionel Hall stood in the Foundery makerspace in Port Covington. He just completed a graduation ceremony, and representatives from companies looking to hire were passing business cards.
“I’ve been wanting to work with my hands before all of this, so when I got the opportunity I just ran with it,” the East Baltimore resident said, adding that he wants to weld.
Elsewhere in the room, Timothy Paul talked about using the makerspace’s tools. He said he enjoyed metalworking. “I like a challenge,” he said.
They were among 16 recent graduates of Sagamore Development’s Manufacturing Bootcamp at the makerspace within City Garage that opened last year.
The recently-completed six-week session is designed as a pre-apprenticeship program. Participants are referred by the Center for Urban Families, a nonprofit that does outreach and teaches the “soft skills” involved in getting a job, and also helps with transportation. Participants took classes four days a week for four hours, and learned how to use the various heavy-duty tools at the Foundery.