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November 9TH, 2017

Training Fund highlighted in report, honored at launch of Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund was among a handful of national partners, all Apprenticeship or work-base learning (WBL) trailblazers, to be honored in Washington, DC as Jobs for the Future launched the first virtual center for Apprenticeship and WBL programming. We're very proud of all that our Apprenticeship team has achieved!


October 26TH, 2017

The Atlantic features Training Fund pioneer apprentices in its online coverage of the credentialing crisis in America's pre-schools

New America's Mary Alice McCarthy writes, "efforts to fill centers with better qualified early-childhood workers are threatening the jobs of those who can’t afford to get their college degree, and some states are turning to apprenticeships to solve both problems at once." Her article features the Training Fund-sponsored CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship and interviews with program participants.


September 11TH, 2017

ECE Apprentices, barriers to participation studied in new report from Early Childhood Action Collective

The Early Childhood Action Collective, a PHMC program, has released a new report entitled "Math, Money, & Minutes: Barriers to Educational Advancement among Early Childhood Teachers." Authored by local early learning experts Kelly Feighan and Amy Friedlander, the report examines and analyzes reasons why otherwise-qualified and dedicated ECE professionals find themselves unable to continue their education, focusing on the District 1199C Training Fund's first-ever cohort of ECE Apprentices.


September 6TH, 2017

Training Fund/CCP Apprenticeship featured in Washington Monthly's "12 Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners"

The Training Fund-led CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship for Early Childhood Education Teachers catapulted CCP onto this national list. Our partnership also includes the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), the Southeast Regional Key (SERK) at PHMC, the City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Education, Philadelphia-based ECE employers, and other local stakeholders.


September 1ST, 2017

Training Fund-supported Trailblazer Apprentices Amber & Clay featured on US DOL blog

Amber and Clay aren't just engaged to be married: they're also members of the Training Fund's first-ever cohort of Direct Support Professional (DSP) Registered Apprentices. This month, their story was highlighted by the US Department of Labor in a feature blog post, "Doubling Down on Success."


July 31sT, 2017

Training Fund's College & Career Readiness and EL/Civics instructional teams honored by PA Department of Education

Receiving top honors for the Training Fund was the EL/Civics team, led by Arlyn Freed. For the fourth year running, the Fund achieved the highest level of EL/Civics Educational Functioning Level (EFL) gains in Pennsylvania, and also finished #1 for % of EL/Civics students entering employment. The Training Fund's College & Career Readiness team also excelled again this year, finishing third in the state in overall student outcome attainment, and #1  for % of EFL gains for Beginning ABE students.


July 19TH, 2017

Training Fund's "New and Noteworthy" Apprenticeship Programs Highlighted in New Fed Report

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund's Community Health Worker (CHW), Pre-K Teacher, Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Medical Assistant (MA) Registered Apprenticeship programs were featured in the Apprenticeship Guide 2017, published by the Community Development Studies & Education division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.


July 13TH, 2017

Training Fund-supported Trailblazer Apprentice Brenda Bowens featured on US DOL blog

Brenda was one of the Training Fund's first-ever Registered Apprentices, completing a Community Health Worker (CHW) Apprenticeship at Philadelphia FIGHT with supported from the Fund's Industry Partnership (IP) team. This month, she was highlighted by the US Department of Labor in a feature blog post, "Letting Her Light Shine: Brenda's Apprenticeship Story."


June 29TH, 2017

Training Fund's Groundbreaking ECE Apprenticeship 'Could Be a Game-Changer in Early Education'

The Training Fund's CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship for early childhood education workers in Philadelphia has been featured in a report from New America. Rethinking Credential Requirements in Early Education: Equity-based Strategies for Professionalizing a Vulnerable Workforce explores the debate around degree requirements for early educators and offers up apprenticeship as an alternative approach that is more equitable and affordable.


June 23RD, 2017

Training Fund's Apprenticeship Work Featured in Grow PA

Training Fund Executive Director and US Apprenticeship pioneer Cheryl Feldman was asked to contribute to the Grow PA solutions journalism series, a partnership between Philly and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.


June 16TH, 2017

Sayre Health Center honored by National Fund for Workforce Solutions

At the National Fund's Workforce Leadership Convening in Philadelphia, Training Fund and GPHP partner Sayre received the Youth Program Award for an innovative new Apprenticeship Program developed and sponsored in partnership with GPHP.


June 1ST, 2017

Congratulations, Training Fund Grads!

The Training Fund held its annual Graduation & Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, June 1 at the Kimmel Center in Center City Philadelphia. District 1199C President Henry Nicholas was honored for his decades of service to Philadelphia's workers and learners, receiving the Training Fund's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you and congratulations, President Nicholas, and congratulations and good luck to all of our graduates!


May 1ST, 2017

Congratulations to our VITA Tax Team!

With our partners at the Campaign for Working Families, the IRS, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, the Training Fund was part of a strong regional team responsible for bringing over $34,000,000 in tax refunds to individuals and families in the Delaware Valley.


April 27TH, 2017

Training Fund & Generation Work Philadelphia Partners Awarded "Reimagine Retail" Grant

In 2016, in collaboration with the Walmart Foundation, the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program launched Reimagine Retail, a project to explore ways to enhance job quality and improve mobility for workers in retail. Aspen has selected six local partners from around the country to receive up to $200,000 each to participate:
     - Philadelphia: Philadelphia Youth Network on behalf of Generation Work
     - Pittsburgh: Allegheny Conference on Community Development
     - San Diego: San Diego Workforce Partnership
     - San Francisco: Pacific Community Ventures
     - Chicago: Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
     - Phoenix: Center for the Future of Arizona

Over a two-year period, this diverse group of organizations, listed below, will grapple with important questions such as: What strategies best encourage improved job quality in retail? How do we support economic stability and mobility for entry-level workers? Who should lead these strategies? How do different economic circumstances and regional environments influence them?


April 3RD, 2017

Gov. Wolf visits Training Fund

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited the Training Fund to talk apprenticeship, adult education, and healthcare workers' important role in the state's economy. He met with students and hosted a roundtable discussion on apprenticeship with Fund partners.


March 9TH, 2017

Groundbreaking Apprenticeship Program for Pre-K Teachers Launches in Philadelphia

Apprentices will earn Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education through the first-of-its-kind Training Fund-sponsored, William Penn Foundation-funded program.


February 28TH, 2017

Sharing Our Heritage Day at the Training Fund celebrates 20 years

Training Fund students and staff of diverse ethnic backgrounds gathered to celebrate and share personal anecdotes, meaningful memories, cultural artifacts and family recipes.


February 9TH, 2017

Training Fund, GPHP and Sayre Health Center register Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program with PA Apprenticeship & Training Council

GPHP Director Susan B. Thomas and Sayre HR Director Kenya Hall successfully register Medical Assistant Apprenticeship including 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning and 424 hours of classroom instruction provided by the Sayre Health Initiatives, Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD) program.


January 31ST, 2017

District 1199C Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman recognized at 2017 Social Innovation Awards

Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman named second runner-up in Education Innovators category at Greater Philadelphia Innovation Awards.


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