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How to Get Started

Interested in taking classes at the Training Fund?

Take a look at our programs and then complete our Agency Intake!

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund offers free or low cost education and job training classes to eligible students. Our classes focus on training for healthcare, human services and childcare.

Use the menus below to choose a program, and then complete our Agency Intake Form; a Training Fund Career Coach will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • College and Career Readiness + GED®
    Intensive Academic Refresher
    Basic Language Arts, Writing and Mathematics skills review (8 weeks)
    High School Equivalency and Foundation Programs
    Foundational knowledge to pass the GED® or HiSET, refresh high school academics and build computer skills
    For more information, please visit
    GED® Classes
    Transition Bridge Programs
    Accelerated and contextualized classes for adult students preparing for post-secondary training and/or a new career.
    Part-time classes in English, mathematics and science help students upgrade their academic skills to pass the TEAS Test for admission to nursing programs.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) + Citizenship + ESL Health
    FREE ESL / English Literacy, Citizenship and Civics Classes
    These programs are for non-native speakers of English who want to improve their reading and writing skills to prepare for employment, training, post-secondary education, and the citizenship test.
    English Literacy and Civics students will:
    • Improve Reading & Writing Skills
    • Study U.S. Government & History
    • Increase Civic Participation & Volunteer for Community Service
    • Prepare for the Naturalization / Citizenship Test and Interview
    • Become U.S. Citizens!
    Vocational ESL (VESL) students will:
    • Improve Reading & Writing Skills
    • Prepare for the U.S. Workplace
    • Practice Interviews and Write a Résumé
    • Increase U.S Citizenship Knowledge & Volunteer for Community Service
    • Meet Your Employment Goals!

      For more information or to register, visit ESL
    ESL Healthcare students will:
    • Prepare for work the USA
    • Train for a healthcare career
    • Practice for Citizenship exams
    • Improve English Language skills
    • Complete 12-week Home Health Aide Training
    • Receive help finding a job after finishing the program!

      For more information or to register, visit ESL Healthcare 
  • Youth (17 to 24 years old)
    Pharmacy Technician
    Pre-Apprenticeship program preparing students to work in the Pharmacy section at local CVS stores.
    For more information, email Roland Williams at
    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    Career exposure and professional skill development that can lead directly to employment, or qualify graduates for a Behavioral Health Registered Apprenticeship Program that awards free college credits.
    Contact Valry Leroy at 215-568-2220 or or visit
     Youth Programs
    Youth Nurse Aide and Home Health Aide - free job training
    Full-time academic enrichment along with *FREE* Nurse Aide and Home Health Aide training programs for 17-24 year old out-of-school youth
    Contact Lydia Parsons ( or visit Youth Programs
    GED® to CareersProgram
    Intensive and highly-successful full-time program for youth aged 17-24, who have dropped out of school and want to obtain a GED® and attend college
    Contact Roland Williams at or visit
     Youth Programs
  • Nursing
    Practical Nursing
    20-month, post-secondary program offering part-time evening and weekend classes that prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse
    For more information please visit
    Practical Nursing
    Nurse Aide
    16-week part-time training program prepares graduates to take the Pearson VUE competency examination and for placement on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry
    For more information please visit
    Nurse Aide
    ESL Home Health Aide
    Three-month, part-time certificate program for English language learners which prepares graduates for employment as Home Health Aides.
    For more information please visit
     Home Health Aide
    Community Health Worker
    150-hour program prepares students to work as Community Health Workers, providing services and support in their community to patients suffering from chronic illness
    For more information please visit
    Community Health Worker
  • Health Information 
    We do not currently offer any Health Information classes.  Please check again later.
  • Continuing Education - Allied Health Care 
    Pharmacy Technician
    Four-month part-time prepares students for the pharmacy technician certification examination
    This course is presently open to District 1199C union members only.
    For more information, please contact Jim Keller at 215-568-2220 or email
    Telemetry Technician
    Three-month course provides students with the skills necessary to analyze and interpret normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms in a clinical telemetry setting.
    This course is presently open to District 1199C union members only.
    For more information, please contact Jim Keller at 215-568-2220 or email
    SPD (Supply, Processing & Distribution) Technician
    Intensive part-time program prepares students to attain Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM)
    This course is presently open to District 1199C union members only.
    For more information, please contact Jim Keller at 215-568-2220 or email
    16-hour course prepares students for the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe examination (certification valid for five years)
    This course is presently open to District 1199C union members only.
    For more information, please contact Jim Keller at 215-568-2220 or email
  • Behavioral Health 
    Behavioral Health Technician (BHT)
    Nine-month, part-time certificate program prepares students to work in behavioral health fields including mental health, development disabilities and drug/alcohol recovery, and qualifies students to enter Jefferson University's Behavioral Health Program. BHT Completion will qualify students to take one course at Jefferson and be awarded 24 college credits.
    Contact Stephen Ridley at 215-568-2220, or visit
    Behavioral Health
    Thomas Jefferson University Behavioral Health Articulation Program
    Articulation program to help Behavioral Health workers move up their career ladders; includes 30-Credit Collegiate Certificate and Associate Degree Programs at Jefferson University. Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the Jefferson Bachelor of Arts degree program in Behavioral Health.
    Contact Stephen Ridley at 215-568-2220, or visit
     Behavioral Health
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    EMT to Paramedic Pre-Apprenticeship to Apprenticeship Pipeline
    This program prepares students for rewarding positions as an EMT in a variety of job settings including the Philadelphia Fire Department Fire Academy, private ambulance companies, and in transport positions in hospitals.  For more information visit Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Childcare + Early Childhood Education
    Child Development Associate (CDA):
    120-hour part-time program prepares working Childcare Professionals to apply for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. For more information, visit CDA.
    Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Program:
    Earn an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education.  This program allows you to be an apprentice at your current employer, earn college credits for work experience, and take classes at the Community College of Philadelphia.  Your employer must agree to participate.  For more information visit ECE Apprentice. For more information, please contact Theresa Collins at 215-568-2220, or visit Early Childhood Education.