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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

 

Bringing New Life to a Changing Industry

 

PHILADELPHIA, JAN. 9 – Community College of Philadelphia seeks to satisfy the demand for skilled workers while providing every neighborhood in the city access to highly-skilled technical careers with its new, conveniently located Advanced Manufacturing training programs.

This academic year, the College launched an historic partnership with the Philadelphia School District’s state-of-the-art Benjamin Franklin High School Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, which will allow it to offer technical courses at that location in the evenings and on Saturdays, when high school classes are not in session. The high school is located just blocks from the College’s Main Campus near Center City, and major public transportation hubs.

The first of three technical training programs begins Jan. 23 and classes continue throughout the spring semester: CNC Precision Machining Technology, Welding Technology, and Electro-Mechanical/Mechatronics Technology. All these courses provide a path to high-paying, entry-level careers. Labor data from EMSI for the greater Philadelphia region show entry-level salaries for CNC operators at $41,120; electro-mechanical technicians, $61,780; machinists, $43,820; and welders, $39,120.

Advanced manufacturing is a growing industry that uses technology to produce, improve, and design the products people use daily. According to a recent Philadelphia Works report, core industries in advanced manufacturing grew by 13 percent between 2007 and 2013.

The creation of the College’s program came out of a task force, cited in the city’s Office of Manufacturing & Industry 2016 Annual Report, which was charged to come up with ways to best serve the City’s workforce and employers city-wide. “Our Mission is tied to providing programs that can train our City's residents with the skills matched to the needs of our businesses. Through employer-focused partnerships, we contribute to the success of students and in the development of its businesses,” said Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia.

All three advanced manufacturing programs have been approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. Prospective students can contact a local PA CareerLink office to determine if they are eligible to receive vouchers to cover the costs of the training programs. In addition, the College has partnered with the Wanamaker Institute of Industries to establish the Wanamaker Scholars Program that can provide partial financial support to Philadelphia residents who meet eligibility requirements. In addition, classes are currently open for registration for Welding and Precision Machining. The Electro-mechanical program will be offered at the College’s Center for Business and Industry. To learn more, visit their website.

 

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

WHAT: PECO Energy Company will award Community College of Philadelphia $10,000 through the company’s Solar Energy Equipment Grant. The PECO grant will provide the College state‐of‐the‐art solar energy-analysis equipment for the Architecture, Interior Design, and Building Science associate’s degree programs. The equipment will improve the study of solar energy analysis and energy‐saving strategies for students, many of whom will enter directly into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers after completing degree and certificate programs at the College. The equipment will serve 150 students each semester, for a total of 300 students per year.

“As there is a rising demand for STEM expertise in the workforce, increasing the available resources for institutions of higher education has become critically important,” said Craig Adams, president and CEO of PECO. “PECO is proud to provide grant funding that will enhance the department’s energy analysis capabilities, help students prepare for careers in STEM, and support the development of a pipeline generating the workforce of the future,”

PECO has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the College. It previously established the PECO Scholars Program, awarding 50 students pursuing STEM majors $500 toward tuition; and it has donated to the College’s Pathways Awards.

WHO: Speakers include Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia; Craig Adams, president and CEO of PECO; Gregory Murphy, the College’s vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation; and David Bertram, chair of the College’s Architecture, Design, & Construction program.

WHEN: Check presentation will be made at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Rotunda in the Mint Building, 1700 Spring Garden Street.

 

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

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