In Philadelphia, Developing Skilled, Credentialed Employees

From Philadelphia Business Journal, “Phila. launching green jobs program“:

Using a $3.18 million federal stimulus grant awarded last month, Community College of Philadelphia will launch a green jobs training program, which will recruit participants from Port Richmond, Kensington and Upper/Lower North Philadelphia. In as little as seven weeks, CCP’s Job Ready Training Program will train individuals that are home to neighborhoods estimated to have at least 43,148 unemployed adults, 5,600 to 9,200 ex-offenders, approximately 62,000 high school dropouts and 82,000 disadvantage individuals. Many from the neighborhoods CCP reported lack the basic math and reading skills to succeed in today’s workplaces, an issue Urban Industry Initiative said over the summer has left hundreds of jobs unfilled in the city’s manufacturing industry…[snip]

The green manufacturing trainees who successfully complete the 300-hour program will receive an industry-recognized certificate from the college and the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia, as well as a National Career Readiness Certificate endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. Trainees who successfully get through the 280 hour construction/weatherization training track will be tested to receive Pennsylvania Labor and Industry certification as installers, CCP reported.

The Community College of Philadelphia announced the program at this news release, “College Unveils $3.18 Million Green Jobs Training Program for Low-Income Residents in Parts of North Philadelphia, Kensington and Port Richmond.”

The NAM is enthusiastic about the initiative because of its accountability, affirmed through the NAM-endorsed National Career Readiness Certification. Certified workers more effectively demonstrate their skills, making them more marketable and mobile. For more on that program, please visit

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