classes & programs
CLASSES & PROGRAMS / workforce development
Making Opportunity for All.
A century ago, Baltimore was among the world’s most productive manufacturing cities. It was a leader in the production of chrome, copper, and steel products and rivaled New York as an epicenter of the American garment market. As domestic manufacturing recovers in this century, Baltimore is in a position to reclaim the mantle as a titan of American industry by mobilizing a workforce eager to learn the skills for tomorrow’s manufacturing jobs. We’re excited to be working with the City if Baltimore, the State of Maryland, local business leaders, and our community partners on programs designed to get Baltimore’s job seekers ready maker careers.
Baltimore Sewn Trades Training Program
First piloted in 2017 and officially launched in the Spring of 2022, the Baltimore Sewn Trades Training Program is a collaborative project of Open Works, SewLab USA, the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center, and Made in Baltimore.
This 12 week program is designed to get Baltimore residents over the age of 18 with no previous experience ready for an industrial sewing career. Over the course of 200 hours participants receive instruction in 45 technical and 4 soft skills related to the cut-and-sew industry. Graduates will be able to service and operate the following machines: lockstitch, serger, cover stitch, and binder. Graduates will also be able to handle technical, stretch, knit, and woven fabrics. A coalition of 38 local employers has committed to hiring qualified graduates.
Applications are now open for the Spring 2024 cohort!
4Makers Unite CAD Training Program
Are you interested in computer-aided design, CNC routers, 3D printing, laser cutting, and making furniture? The Makers Unite CAD Training program will teach AutoDesk Fusion 360, use and operation of our CNC wood routers, and basic woodworking skills. Program is 12 weeks, 20 hours/week. Stipends available to qualifying participants.
Applications are now open for the Spring 2024 cohort.
Arrivals 20 minutes late or more will not be admitted into class and registration is not transferable.
Appropriate & Safe Attire
To avoid accidents with machinery, please avoid wearing loose clothing, pull back hair and scarves, wear closed-toe shoes.
Wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth.
Open Works must have at least 3 participants enrolled in the class 48 hours prior to start date in order to run the class.
Open Works follows Baltimore City Government schedule for closures. Classes will run according to this schedule unless otherwise informed by Open Works staff.
In order to exchange or be reimbursed for class fees, it is your responsibility to notify Open Works at least 24-hours in advance of class start date.
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