Digital Service Fellows (DSF) AmeriCorps Program
The Digital Service Fellows (DSF) is an award-winning AmeriCorps program for recent Philadelphia high school graduates who are interested in various aspects of Information Technology, from computer repair to graphic design. Each Fellow trains directly with a School District IT professional, either a Master Technician or Digital Media Specialist, for a full year. This apprenticeship model is a win-win for Fellows, mentors and schools. DSFs learn the ins and outs of the IT field, receive industry standard certifications, a stipend and a $5,300.00 Education Award upon completion; while mentors receive daily assistance in supporting the technology infrastructure of the School District. DSFs also lead and support in-school and after-school technology clubs as well as technology trainings for students, teachers and parents. The most outstanding DSFs are graduated into the Computer Support Specialist Program, expanding their Information Technology career pathway.
IT Apprenticeship Program
The IT Apprenticeship Program, a Pennsylvania Department of Labor Registered Information Technology Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative effort of the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Information Technology and Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. This partnership provides its participants with a pathway that will lead to employment in the Information Technology field or prepare them for a 2 or 4 year degree. The IT Apprenticeship Program provides support to over 38 schools and offices.
The IT Apprenticeship Program extends the Urban Technology Project career pathway. They are primarily recruited from the pool of qualified Digital Service Fellows alumni and graduates of School District technology programs.