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Find out how UTP program works!
The US Department of Labor has designated November 14-20, 2016, as the 2nd Annual National Apprenticeship Week. National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for
the apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation
to business and industry, education, career seekers, community based organizations, students, and workers to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model. Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on-the-job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.
The Computer Support Specialist Apprenticeship is a School District of Philadelphia initiative in partnership with Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. that provides young adults, interested in a career in technology, the opportunity to grow their technical experience while developing leadership skills. Computer Support Specialist Apprentices master their craft through hands-on training, attainment of industry-standard technical certifications and college coursework leading to a Computer Science degree.
The School District of Philadelphia and Communities In Schools of Philadelphia are excited to recognize ten new Computer Support Specialist Apprentices on November 17, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Please join us at 440 North Broad Street, Room 1075, Philadelphia, PA 19130 for our apprentice signing ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!
Selfies on Fleek at AmeriCorps Launch Day 2016
On October 21, 2016, we celebrated our one millionth AmeriCorps member milestone. Members were sworn into service at Dillworth Plaza at City Hall. AmeriCorps cohorts including City Year, YouthBuild, College Possible, PowerCorps and of course the Digital Service Fellows came together to show the city of Philadelphia how much they care about giving back to the community.
The day kicked off with fun and exciting team building activities. The cohorts were mixed up and broken down into small groups where members from the Digital Service Fellows, Playworks, and City Year lead the activities at the City Hall courtyard and Love Park. After about an hour or so of this, members marched to Dillworth Plaza, reconvened and recited a pledge where they dedicated themselves to a year of service through AmeriCorps. Each individual cohort had a chance to recite a cheer that embodied their work in Philadelphia. The AmeriCorps members were then treated to live music and lunch provided by Subway.
Once lunch wrapped up, Digital Service Fellows broke out into teams with other AmeriCorps members where they were deployed to different locations across the city to participate in a host of different service projects. Some of the Fellows supported in the cleanup of the Germantown Ave corridor in North Philadelphia while other served at the High School fair that was located at the Pennslyvania Convention Center.
The purpose of the day, which was ultimately fulfilled, was to allow the City of Philadelphia to see the spectacular work that is done by AmeriCorps members. Also, it was important for these AmeriCorps members to see that they were not alone, but over one million strong, in their fight to change Philadelphia for the better.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Digital Service Fellows cleaned up the Urban Technology Project Office and transformed it into a Computer Training Center. The group arrived to the UTP facility around noon after attending a MLK Day of Service showcase presented by West Philadelphia High School. After a quick lunch, the DSF team go to work riding the space of trash and junk. Much of the materials that were discarded were outdated computer devices and random bits of unusable furniture and other odds and ends. The team took care to ensure that all material that could be reused we kept. Cleaning out and organizing the space took the majority of the day.
Over the next few week, the DSFs team developed a number of training stations. Some of the stations included a break-fix areas where individuals could get hands on experience with troubleshooting Mac and Windows hardware issues. Due to the needs of the school sites where the fellows are stationed the majority of the week, some DSFs are unable to to receive hands on experience. The purpose of the training lab is to ensure that all apprentices leave the program with the skills they need to succeed in the IT world.
The Urban Technology is proud to announce the successful term of service by one of our Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Digital Service Fellows cohorts. We are incredibly proud of the service our fellows provided and the mentorship that each foster by District mentors.
Please see Technically Philly’s story.
For more information on our partners Philadelphia Housing Authority, here is their website. PHA