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File #: 180142    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/22/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/22/2018
Title: Honoring and Recognizing February 2018 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Signature18014200.pdf
Honoring and Recognizing February 2018 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, The School District of Philadelphia offers CTE Programs in over 40 occupational areas, allowing students to acquire both technical (hands-on) and academic skills. More than 6,000 Philadelphia School District students attend a Career and Technical Education program in 31 high schools across the City; and

WHEREAS, 81% of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE is 90.18%, compared to a national average of 74.9%; and

WHEREAS, CTE students in the School District of Philadelphia earn over 3,400 industry credentials annually; and

WHEREAS, These students earn valuable college credit and industry recognized credentials in these programs. These credentials can lead to real job opportunities in the skilled trades; and

WHEREAS, There will be more than 6,700 jobs opening in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector over the next five years in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Councilwoman Blackwell, along with Penn Medicine, L.F. Driscoll and the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, with support from Philadelphia Works and the General Building Contractors Association, started the PennAssist Program which made a historic commitment to train and help Philadelphia School District CTE Graduates to enter the trade unions as apprentices; and

WHEREAS, While there have been challenges along the way, many of the kids who entered the PennAssist Program are currently working in real jobs, in the skilled trades, earning a livable wage; and

WHEREAS, The School District of Philadelphia has planned several events throughout the month of February to raise awareness around the opportunities within the Career and Technical Education Programs they run; now, therefore, be it


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