U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, announced a $100 million apprenticeship grant at the Urban Technology Project

FACT SHEET: President Obama Launches Competitions for New Manufacturing Innovation Hubs and American Apprenticeship Grants

Today, in conjunction with the launch of the American Apprenticeships Grants competition, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will preside over a graduation at the Urban Technology Project, an apprenticeship program in Philadelphia, PA, whose graduates learn IT skills for careers as computer support specialists. The Department of Labor competition will use $100 million or more of H-1B funds to award approximately 25 grants to partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, non-profits and faith-based organizations. Read More at WhiteHouse.gov

Showcased by US Labor Dept., this Philly apprenticeship program could get $5M in grants

Michael Washington has two big dreams.
One is to develop a flying car. The other is to graduate college with no debt.

That’s why Washington, 23, of Germantown, applied to become a Digital Service Fellow. The program, run out of the Philadelphia School District and supported by a mix of public and private dollars, is an apprenticeship for high school grads who choose not to go straight to college. It trains students in tech support and places them at Philadelphia public schools, where they work as technicians. Read More at Technically Philly.

An Unprecedented Investment In Apprenticeship

Jessica Cunningham started off on the path we traditionally see as the “right path” – graduating from high school and going off to college. But she quickly realized that the courses she was taking weren’t leading her in the right direction – and on top of that, it was a major strain on her finances. That all changed when she discovered the Urban Technology Project.

A partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and the Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, UTP offers a unique opportunity to connect young people with hands on learning opportunities through a computer support specialist registered apprenticeship program. The apprentices receive work-based training and gain industry-recognized credentials in information technology while earning solid wages. Read More at DOL Blog: Promoting and Protecting Opportunities.

Phila. Apprenticeship Program Serves as Backdrop For $100M US Labor Dept. Announcement

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — US secretary of labor Thomas Perez came to Philadelphia this morning to announce $100 million in grants to fund high-tech apprenticeships.

“You’re a smart man! Tom Perez. Nice to meet you,” he said, greeting one apprentice in the Urban Technology Project at school district headquarters. Read More at CBS Philly.

Apprentice Programs in High-Tech Fields Get $100M Boost From Dept. of Labor

Calling apprenticeships in high-skilled, high-tech fields a “ticket to the middle class,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced Thursday a new $100 million federal grant competition for public-private partnerships to develop registered apprenticeship programs.

The money—to be doled out via 25 grants ranging from $2.5 million to $5 million apiece—will come from employers who use H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, according to a news release issued by the Department of Labor. Read More at Education Week.

U.S. Labor Secretary in Philly to tout apprenticeships as “the other college” without the debt

Go to college. Get an internship. Get a job.

That’s been the pathway to success for many young adults for years. But these days, student loan bills are crippling, and many employers are looking for candidates with specific kinds of experience.

Enter apprenticeships, something that U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez calls “the other college” but without the debt. On Thursday, he was in town to announce the creation of a $100 million apprenticeship grant competition to promote the expansion of the Registered Apprenticeships program meant to bring recent high school graduates into high-demand, high-tech careers. Read More at Philadelphia Business Journal.

 Apprenticeship programs vie for $100 million

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on Thursday announced a $100 million competitive grant program – the largest in department history, he said – aimed at expanding innovative apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

Perez made the announcement in Philadelphia, where he touted a successful apprenticeship program that equips students to be information technology professionals – jobs that can land graduates of the program starting salaries of $50,000 or above. Read More at Philadelphia Inquirer


Secretario Perez anunció competencia de subsidio para programas de aprendices en tecnología

El secretario del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU., Thomas Perez, visitó hoy el Distrito Escolar de Filadelfia para anunciar una competencia de un subsidio de $100 millones de dólares para programas de aprendices de tecnología.

Perez fue acompañado por el alcalde Michael Nutter y el superintendente William Hite, durante un tour del programa de Especialistas de Ciencias Computacionales del distrito. Leer Más en Al Dia News.

Secretary Perez Visited The CIS Philadelphia Urban Technology Project

Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez visited Philadelphia to announce the formal launch of the $100 million American Apprenticeship Grant competition. This is the largest single federal investment in apprenticeship ever in the U.S. and it will help transform our workforce for the 21st century. As a backdrop for the announcement, Secretary Perez visited The Urban Technology Project (UTP), a Pennsylvania Department of Labor, registered apprentice program.  This program has been a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and Communities In Schools of Philadelphia for fourteen years. Read More at Communities In Schools of Philadelphia.