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Volume 18, Number 1
October 21, 2009

College to Share $2.92M Stimulus Grant to Train Jobless Workers

The College will share in a $2.92 million federal stimulus grant that the city received to provide training programs for recently laid-off workers. The courses will be offered during the fall. The grant was announced by Mayor Nutter during a news conference at the College’s Center for Business and Industry on July 1.

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Mayor Nutter announces stimulus grant at College’s Center for Business and Industry. Photo from Philadelphia Mayor’s Office.

“This new funding is being used quickly and strategically to meet the needs of our workforce and our businesses. It will be distributed across a variety of growing industries to help strengthen our economy. And, many individuals who enroll in these training programs will be able to receive college credits or certification,” Mayor Nutter said. “When I took office, I said education and jobs were priorities. This funding is expected to improve our city on both fronts.”

The grant is part of an overall $6.7 million in workforce funding awarded to Philadelphia through the American Investment and Reinvestment Act. Training will be available in the fields of construction, health care, education and social services, logistics and transportation, business and financial services, hospitality and clean energy.

The College’s share, $360,000, will be used to train people in medical billing and coding, social service assistance and network administration. “We always welcome the opportunity to enhance the connection between higher education and the workforce, and the College is prepared to develop new, innovative programs to meet the needs of our business community,” President Curtis said.

“The selected training programs are a great first step toward getting our residents reconnected to the workforce,” said Roosevelt Hairston Jr., chairman of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and vice president of Government & Community Affairs for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hairston said several of the programs link workforce training and academic credit, which will help further Mayor Nutter’s goal of preparing people for lifetime employment.

The $2.92 million awarded to the city will create 631 job training slots. The Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation will contract with the College and other providers for the delivery of the programs.