You choose the career,
together we chart the path.


June 29TH, 2017

Training Fund's Groundbreaking ECE Apprenticeship 'Could Be a Game-Changer in Early Education'

The Training Fund's CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship for early childhood education workers in Philadelphia has been featured in a report from New America. Rethinking Credential Requirements in Early Education: Equity-based Strategies for Professionalizing a Vulnerable Workforce explores the debate around degree requirements for early educators and offers up apprenticeship as an alternative approach that is more equitable and affordable.


June 23RD, 2017

Training Fund's Apprenticeship Work Featured in Grow PA

Training Fund Executive Director and US Apprenticeship pioneer Cheryl Feldman was asked to contribute to the Grow PA solutions journalism series, a partnership between Philly and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.


June 16TH, 2017

Sayre Health Center honored by National Fund for Workforce Solutions

At the National Fund's Workforce Leadership Convening in Philadelphia, Training Fund and GPHP partner Sayre received the Youth Program Award for an innovative new Apprenticeship Program developed and sponsored in partnership with GPHP.


June 1ST, 2017

Congratulations, Training Fund Grads!

The Training Fund held its annual Graduation & Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, June 1 at the Kimmel Center in Center City Philadelphia. District 1199C President Henry Nicholas was honored for his decades of service to Philadelphia's workers and learners, receiving the Training Fund's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you and congratulations, President Nicholas, and congratulations and good luck to all of our graduates!


May 1ST, 2017

Congratulations to our VITA Tax Team!

With our partners at the Campaign for Working Families, the IRS, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, the Training Fund was part of a strong regional team responsible for bringing over $34,000,000 in tax refunds to individuals and families in the Delaware Valley.


April 27TH, 2017

Training Fund & Generation Work Philadelphia Partners Awarded "Reimagine Retail" Grant

In 2016, in collaboration with the Walmart Foundation, the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program launched Reimagine Retail, a project to explore ways to enhance job quality and improve mobility for workers in retail. Aspen has selected six local partners from around the country to receive up to $200,000 each to participate:
     - Philadelphia: Philadelphia Youth Network on behalf of Generation Work
     - Pittsburgh: Allegheny Conference on Community Development
     - San Diego: San Diego Workforce Partnership
     - San Francisco: Pacific Community Ventures
     - Chicago: Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
     - Phoenix: Center for the Future of Arizona

Over a two-year period, this diverse group of organizations, listed below, will grapple with important questions such as: What strategies best encourage improved job quality in retail? How do we support economic stability and mobility for entry-level workers? Who should lead these strategies? How do different economic circumstances and regional environments influence them?


April 3RD, 2017

Gov. Wolf visits Training Fund

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited the Training Fund to talk apprenticeship, adult education, and healthcare workers' important role in the state's economy. He met with students and hosted a roundtable discussion on apprenticeship with Fund partners.


March 9TH, 2017

Groundbreaking Apprenticeship Program for Pre-K Teachers Launches in Philadelphia

Apprentices will earn Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education through the first-of-its-kind Training Fund-sponsored, William Penn Foundation-funded program.


February 28TH, 2017

Sharing Our Heritage Day at the Training Fund celebrates 20 years

Training Fund students and staff of diverse ethnic backgrounds gathered to celebrate and share personal anecdotes, meaningful memories, cultural artifacts and family recipes.



February 9TH, 2017

Training Fund, GPHP and Sayre Health Center register Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program with PA Apprenticeship & Training Council

GPHP Director Susan B. Thomas and Sayre HR Director Kenya Hall successfully register Medical Assistant Apprenticeship including 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning and 424 hours of classroom instruction provided by the Sayre Health Initiatives, Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD) program.


January 31ST, 2017

District 1199C Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman recognized at 2017 Social Innovation Awards

Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman named second runner-up in Education Innovators category at Greater Philadelphia Innovation Awards.


December 7TH, 2016

District 1199C Training Fund student featured in Philadelphia LISC Community Connector newsletter

Brittany succeeded in multiple Training Fund programs with support from program staff and LISC-funded Bridges to Career Opportunities coaches.


November 16TH, 2016

Over 185 Students and Dozens of Health Professionals Training Fund/Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership High School Health Career Fair a Success


This year’s High School Health Career Fair was one of many local events celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

Read all about it on the GPHP blog at!

September 13TH, 2016

Training Fund's Occupational Center awarded 2016-17 OSHA training grant



US Labor Department awards $10.5M in workplace safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations — including Training Fund — to help high-risk workers, employers.


September 7TH, 2016

Training Fund featured in US Department of Labor Newsletter



Training Fund's Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership in the Employment & Training Administration's "Grantee Spotlight" in H-1B Skills Accelerator newsletter.


July 29TH, 2016

Training Fund's College & Career Readiness and EL/Civics instructional teams honored by PA Department of Education



Training Fund receives four Bootise and W.E.S.T.O.V.E.R. Awards for excellence in adult education; EL/Civics team sets state record for EFL gains


JUNE 22ND, 2016

Training Fund's Roxborough STE(A)M Scholars Profiled in Philadelphia Inquirer Feature



Jane M. Von Bergen's June 22nd Jobbing feature: "Nursing a new generation of health workers: A union program provides a pipeline."


JUNE 2ND, 2016

Training Fund and Roxborough STE(A)M Scholars open HHS-funded RoxCITe Center



District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Drexel ExCITe Center and Academies at Roxborough reveal new collaborative maker-space designed to promote STE(A)M Learning.



District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund Opens Philadelphia’s 4th Financial Opportunity Center



Training Fund's new FOC will support career pathways for workers and job-seekers, helping them secure and maintain employment, increase their income, build savings, and acquire assets.



Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Literacy (MCOL) recognizes Training Fund tutor



This month, the Mayor's Commission on Literacy's website describes how Training Fund tutor Gary Rose is "paying it forward."


JANUARY 21ST, 2016

LISC, Social Innovation Fund and District 1199C Training Fund join forces to open new opportunities for lower skilled workers in Philadelphia



New ‘Bridges to Career Opportunities’ addresses crippling education gaps — will support additional new services for Training Fund students in Occupational Bridge classes.



Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Literacy (MCOL) recognizes Training Fund student and her tutors



This month, the Mayor's Commission on Literacy's website features the inspiring story of Training Fund student Marisol Olivero and her tutors, Sylvia Cottmon and Keith Forsyth.


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