Sagamore Starts ‘Manufacturing Bootcamp’ to Spur Workforce Development

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s development firm appears to be trying to make good on its promise to give back to Baltimore while transforming Port Covington. Sagamore Development shared today that it has partnered with several other companies and organizations in Baltimore on a workforce training program for city residents based out of The Foundery in Port Covington.

The first eight participants in the program, called the Manufacturing Bootcamp, actually already finished up on Jan. 5. The Foundery and the Center for Urban Families partnered up with Sagamore and other companies in the effort by handpicking each pupil and providing four hours of instruction, four days a week for seven weeks, at the space housed within the City Garage building. Class options ranged from woodworking and welding to textiles and 3D printing, among others. In the final week, participants were asked to pick a specialized skill, learn about it and finish a final project.

In the end, the jobs are what matters most, and that’s exactly what each pupil got. Sagamore said employers attended the “graduation” ceremony on Jan. 5 and met with each partipants. All of them walked away with jobs that they will start next week, according to the company.

“We’re incredibly proud to celebrate the graduation of our first cohort, the Elite 8, who have completed this one-of-a-kind introduction to practical, hands-on fabrication processes,” said Jason Hardebeck, CEO of The Foundery, in a release.

Sagamore and fellow developers Whiting-Turner and The Commercial Group sponsored the boot camp, funding memberships to The Foundery and providing stipends to participants to buy supplies and take additional classes. The company said there will be more programs designed to create new opportunities for city residents.

The programs is a sign that Sagamore is taking its contractual commitment to help Baltimoreans seriously. The company already agreed last summer to pull at least 30 percent of its hires from within the city for the construction work and give nearly $40 million to six neighborhoods around the city for projects over the next three decades.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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