Our Programs:
Designing & Supporting Workforce Pathways

In a state like Maryland, where unemployment is low and many industries are facing a labor shortage, it is important that low-income workers have opportunities to upgrade their skills in order to keep up with the demands of the changing economy and to meet the needs of employers.

While Maryland has a large proportion of highly educated people, many more workers have only a basic education.  Almost 40% of Marylanders have no more than a high school education, and 13% have not even completed high school.

JOTF focuses on “special populations” because distinct and large numbers of individuals continue to be added to them each year in the Baltimore area; high social and economic costs are imposed on them, their families, their communities, and the region; and we do not yet implement adequate preventive and remedial measures to help them realize their full economic potential.



In May 2020, through an anonymous donation, the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) established its first community bail fund – the Community Bail Fund for Baltimore City.  This Fund supports city residents represented by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender who are charged with nonviolent offenses. This Fund prioritizes individuals who identify as women and individuals under the age of 25.   The following month, JOTF began soliciting funds to support individuals incarcerated in pretrial detention due to an unaffordable cash bail. These funds will prioritize pretrial defendants, regardless of gender or age, in Baltimore County, Montgomery and Prince George’s County.  In addition to facilitating the payment of cash bails, JOTF provides customized, intensive case management support to the individuals released. This includes transportation supports, court preparation, connection with critical services and resources, and more.

Learn More about The JOTF Community Bail Fund

Project JumpStart

Baltimore’s Premier Construction Training Program

Project JumpStart is a 14-week construction-training program for Baltimore residents with a high school diploma or GED. Experienced teachers help students learn plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills. Students also receive essential safety training, financial coaching, a stipend and driver’s education.

Project JumpStart gives graduates a full-spectrum of career preparation. Through hands-on training, the development of math skills and high performance standards, our students develop the skills to do the job right and learn how to meet expectations of a future employer.

Learn More about Project Jumpstart


Train Baltimore

Do you want a better job, but need more training? Train Baltimore is your one-stop shop for information on job training and career advancement.

About Train Baltimore

On the Training section of the website, you can search hundreds of local job training programs to find one that’s right for you. The search results will give you detailed information on each program, so you know what to expect before you enroll. All of the programs listed here are either free or low-cost. To get more information or to enroll, please contact the program directly.

On the Resources section of the Train Baltimore website, you can find a variety of other useful tools and links, including:

  • Links to career exploration resources to help you find the right job
  • Information on GED classes and English language classes
  • Links to local colleges if you’re ready for a degree
  • Information on community resources and services
  • Job search and job placement help

For more information on how to use the site, and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please view our Train Baltimore User Guide.pdf

About the Job Opportunities Task Force

Train Baltimore is developed and managed by the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF). JOTF is an independent nonprofit based in Baltimore, Maryland, with a mission to develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers. JOTF thanks the Surdna Foundation for their support in developing this website.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for informational purposes only. No representation is made or warranty given about the content or usability, including but not limited to the cost, availability, or quality of the services listed. User assumes all risk of use. Train Baltimore, the Job Opportunities Task Force and their suppliers assume no responsibility for any loss resulting from such use.