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Summer 2019

Sustaining the Apprenticeship Program

Lynda Calvano, Owner/Director of Care A-Lot Children’s Center, reports, “I am fortunate because my coach and apprentice are so good. I thought I had a good system of supporting both of them and doing what 1199C needed us to do. Through this directors group, I have learned that there was much more to do to make the program grow and be sustained here at Care-A-lot. As a result, we have developed a handbook for the apprenticeship, including some new policies and procedures that support the apprentices, the coach and the program. We have created a coaches’ book where she records all the progress the apprentice has had and any challenges that needed to be addressed. I have also been able to use both tools and the policies to help orient the next teacher who will participate in the 1199C Apprenticeship starting this summer.” Like several of the other directors, Lynda recognizes that this project is also about building systems that support her leadership.



May 15th, 2019

Celebrating the Academies at Roxborough

The Academies at Roxborough High School, led by Principal Dana Jenkins, received formal notification on Wednesday May 15th that their Health Sciences and Research Academy has earned National Career Academy Coalition accreditation as Model Status! This makes The Academies at Roxborough the first school in the Northeast section of the United States to have an academy achieve Model Status.
District 1199C Training Fund developed the STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Scholars Program at Roxborough High School. This pilot program will provide 70 students with 5 years of enriched academic programming, career exposure, supportive services and coaching to prepare them for success in post-secondary healthcare pathways. Programming will begin in high school and continue post-graduation.
Teachers and administrators noted the importance of the Training Fund's STEAM Scholars program to this accomplishment.
Achieving Model Status is a prestigious honor, one that is usually awarded to less than 30 academies nationwide each year.



April 2019

CHW Apprenticeship – Philadelphia FIGHT

We were invited by the National Skills Coalition (NSC) to a Business Leaders United (BLU) fly-in to provide testimony in NSC’s advocacy efforts to secure more funding for apprenticeship programs. Jeffrey Bond spoke about his experience as a CHW at FIGHT and blew people away. Lorelei Gauthier, FIGHT’s Chief Strategy Officer, provided the employer perspective. We met with staffers working on behalf of Representative Susan Wild, Senator Roy Blunt, and Senator Bob Casey as well as presented to a large group of DOL managers.
All staffers were receptive to our feedback and impressed with 1199C's and FIGHT's partnership. Attached are a couple of photos (one is with Casey's staffer and one is Jeffrey addressing department managers from the U.S. Department of Labor, several of whom run programs like Ready to Work and America's Promise).
We met our counterparts from around the country who work in automobile manufacturing, construction, and hospitality, and made great contacts with organizations like ours that help create sustainable jobs. The meeting with Casey also allowed us to thank him for his support of FIGHT in helping expand our services, and his staffer made note of that. Susan Thomas highlighted how important the partnership is. An NSC staffer let Lorelei know she'd be in touch about having FIGHT talk about their work again in future advocacy efforts.
Pictured is Jeff Bond addressing the DOL audience along with panelists (including Susan) representing healthcare, hospitality (Keith Schulle Area Director HR Wild Dunes Resorts, SC) and construction (Veda White, CEFGA Student Success Manager, Atlanta) industries.


Summer 2019

District 1199c Training Fund Connections Newsletter

Lift every voice and sing – that’s how the anthem begins, and that’s how we begin this letter to you. This year, the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund celebrates its 45th birthday. How better to celebrate than our annual Triumph of Education ceremony?
On June 5, we will truly lift every voice, and sing of the accomplishments of our union, our students, our members and our friends. Yes, many have known the stony road, the weary years, the silent fears – maybe even the days when hope, unborn, had died. Yet, on this day, we show that we can march on — and we will march on — till victory is won. We have proven that we can tread a path, despite weary feet, from a gloomy past. We know that we can sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.
We believe in the Triumph of Education. We’ll never forget the sacrifices we’ve made, and those made by our ancestors, friends and family, so we could march in triumph to celebrate our achievements.


April 17TH, 2019

Job training partnership at Dobbins Community School is a home run

In February, Jermaine enrolled in the UNITE HERE Philadelphia Hospitality Academy at Dobbins, which is run by labor union UNITE HERE. The program is entirely free for participants and offers job training in service industry skills, especially cooking. Best of all, everyone who completes the training program is connected to a union job. For Jermaine’s cohort, the guaranteed jobs are at Citizens Bank Park.


April 9TH, 2019

Abington teams with union to offer addiction counselor apprenticeship

The Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corp. (PMHCC) wanted to better equip their employees, who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. PMHCC, in conversation with Penn State Abington faculty member Kathleen Fadigan,proposed an Addiction Counselor Apprenticeship to the District 1199C Training Fund.


March 11TH, 2019

Building a workforce for PHLPreK: not an easy proposition

An apprenticeship program launched through the 1199C Training and Upgrading fund aims to tackle the issue of early childhood workforce development from both sides. Started around the same time as PHLpreK, this initiative updates an older model of manufacturing apprenticeship programs.


March 5TH, 2019

Connecting Apprenticeships to the Young People Who Need Them Most

Philadelphia’s District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund has found the relatively new approach of apprenticeships in the health and human services sector to be an effective way for employers to grow their own internal talent pipeline or find new populations— especially those out of school—to replace the baby boomers who are aging out of the workforce. The Training Fund operates a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program in the behavioral health field for out-ofschool youth, many of whom have experienced trauma or mental health and drug and alcohol issues themselves or in their community, and can be expected to relate to clients.


February 19TH, 2019

Training Fund, LISC and Citizens Charitable Foundation partner to increase employment and retention for Philadelphia jobseekers

Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney joined Citizens Bank regional president and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board member Dan Fitzpatrick for a launch ceremony recognizing the Training Fund and Philadelphia LISC's successful "Bridges to Career Opportunity" partnership, now in its fourth year of providing Training Fund students with career and financial coaching.


February 14TH, 2019

Training Fund awarded $500,000, Philadelphia $2.5 Million, in PAsmart Grants to Expand Apprenticeship

Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry have announced that Philadelphia workforce stakeholders will receive more than $2.5 million to support innovative approaches in industry partnership programs and apprenticeships – including nearly $500,000 awarded directly to the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund.


January 22ND, 2019

Philadelphia FIGHT/Training Fund Community Health Worker Apprentice Featured on NBC News

Denise Nakano, a reporter with Philadelphia's NBC 10, featured FIGHT's CHW Apprentice Jay Adams and his manager Anthony Powell on a recent broadcast. She followed Hiram through his meeting with a client, and interviewed him to discuss his past life and current job. Powell was also interviewed, and discussed the merits of Registered Apprenticeship.

November 14TH, 2018

Training Fund hosts 2018 Healthcare & Human Services High School Career Fair, part of National Apprenticeship Week in Philadelphia

The Training Fund held its annual Health Career Fair National Apprenticeship Week event on November 14, 2018 as part of the US Department of Labor event. We had a plenary panel including federal, state and local Apprenticeship officials as well as 29 Healthcare Professionals from several different career paths to present to 164 Philadelphia High School students interested in Health Careers. Two panels presented on Apprenticeship and included actual Apprentices and their mentors. Pictured here are Brittany Fowler, a Direct Service Professional Apprentice at SPIN along with Angelica Velasquez who manages the DSP Apprenticeship at the Training Fund.

October 10TH, 2018

Philadelphia Inquirer retrospective on Mayor Kenney's First 1,000 Days highlight's Training Fund's ECE Apprenticeship

The Training Fund's pioneering ECE Apprenticeship Program was highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer's comprehensive review of Mayor James Kenney's first 1,000 days in office. Writing in the 'Jobs' section, the Inquirer's Juliana Feliciano Reyes summed up:
"The administration released a workforce development strategy for the city, focusing on training and connecting Philadelphians to blue-collar jobs in seven sectors: retail and hospitality, business and financial services, manufacturing and logistics, construction and infrastructure, tech services, health care, and early childhood education. It's an ambitious program that prioritizes city residents who have been left behind by the city's resurgence.Longtime workforce development leaders, such as Cheryl Feldman, of union 1199C's Training Fund, championed the strategy, saying it was the first comprehensive plan of its kind for the city.
"The plan coordinates workforce efforts across Philadelphia programs and funding streams. For example, Kenney's new pre-K program requires its teachers have associate's degrees, so the Training Fund created an apprenticeship to get teachers those credentials. The funding came in part by state and federal dollars secured by the quasi-public nonprofit Philadelphia Works, led by Kenney appointee Pat Clancy. The gains are slow, as most are with workforce development programs —  the 2017 inaugural class began with 36 apprentices and next year, it'll recruit 36 more — but the apprenticeship has been successful enough that it is now being re-created in Delaware County."


September 26TH, 2018

Training Fund receives Pennsylvania Outstanding Apprenticeship Program Award 2018

The Training Fund was recognized by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Office for its "exceptional non-traditional Apprenticeship programs and dedication to apprentices and community" at Pennsylvania's first-ever State Apprenticeship Summit in Harrisburg.


September 12TH, 2018

Training Fund named Frontline Worker Champion

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has honored the District 1199C Training Fund, naming us a 2018 Frontline Worker Champion. The National Fund's CareerSTAT Frontline Worker Champions program honors industry partners who support the growth and development of the frontline healthcare workforce.


July 25TH, 2018

Apprenticeship Accelerator a Major Success

The Training Fund and Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership joined the Healthcare Career Advancement Project (H-CAP) to sponsor an Apprenticeship Accelerator for the healthcare and human services sectors in Philadelphia on July 25th.


April 30TH, 2018

Cheryl Feldman joins Philadelphia Works on WOGL's The Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall

Mark Genua, Apprenticeship Program Director, Philadelphia Works and Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman discuss new state grants for Apprenticeship and Pre-ApprenticeshipClick through to listen!


April 28TH, 2018

Honoring Fallen Workers

April 28th is Workers' Memorial Day, honoring those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all.


February 15TH, 2018

City of Philadelphia announces new Citywide Workforce Strategy; Training Fund committed to implementation

Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman was among the guests and partners assembled at City Hall for the Kenney Administration's announcement of its new citywide workforce development strategy, Fueling Philadelphia's Talent Engine. The Training Fund was among a handful of high-performing workforce practitioners to participate in the planning process prior to the Strategy's announcement, and we are fully committed to implementing the Kenney Administration's key priorirites in our direct service work, and to supporting the Administration's implementation of the Strategy with a network of public, private and non-profit partners across Philadelphia.

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January 9TH, 2018

CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship highlighted in New York Times Magazine feature on Early Childhood Education teachers

The Training Fund-led CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship for Early Childhood Education Teachers was one of the innovative ECE workforce strategies highlighted in this detailed New York Times Magazine article.


December 14TH, 2017

AJC presents 2017 Civic Leadership Award to Training Fund Founding Co-Chair Henry Nicholas

The Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Region of the American Jewish Committee presented its 2017 Civic Achievement Award to Henry Nicholas, president of Philadelphia Hospital & Health Care Employees District 1199C. A lifelong activist and a labor and civil rights legend, President Nicholas stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights movement leaders in the 1960s.

November 15TH, 2017

Award-winning ESL, EL Civics Programs Highlighted by

The inspirational stories of English language learners in dedicated instructor Mike Van Hoy's intermediate EL Civics class were profiled in Zari Tarazona's moving piece for Billy Penn.


November 14TH, 2017

Training Fund Apprenticeship Pioneer Grace Rutha profiled by Working for America Institute

The inspirational story of Grace Rutha, one of Pennsylvania's first Community Health Worker Apprentices at Philadelphia FIGHT, was highlighted in the Working for American Institute/Jobs With Justice Education Fund report, Advancing Equity Through Workforce Intermediary Partnerships: Best Practices in Manufacturing, Service and Transportation Industries.


November 9TH, 2017

Training Fund highlighted in report, honored at launch of Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund was among a handful of national partners, all Apprenticeship or work-base learning (WBL) trailblazers, to be honored in Washington, DC as Jobs for the Future launched the first virtual center for Apprenticeship and WBL programming. We're very proud of all that our Apprenticeship team has achieved!


November 6TH, 2017

Training Fund Executive Director contributes to early childhood ed workforce report highlighted by the Council for Professional Recognition

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Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman provided valuable input to Philadelphia-based Early Childhood Action Collaborative authors Amy Friedlander and Alison Lutton as they prepared a new report entitled Child Development Associate: A Successful Tool to Develop Philadelphia’s Existing Early Childhood Teachers.


October 26TH, 2017

The Atlantic features Training Fund pioneer apprentices in its online coverage of the credentialing crisis in America's pre-schools

New America's Mary Alice McCarthy writes, "efforts to fill centers with better qualified early-childhood workers are threatening the jobs of those who can’t afford to get their college degree, and some states are turning to apprenticeships to solve both problems at once." Her article features the Training Fund-sponsored CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship and interviews with program participants.


September 11TH, 2017

ECE Apprentices, barriers to participation studied in new report from Early Childhood Action Collective

The Early Childhood Action Collective, a PHMC program, has released a new report entitled "Math, Money, & Minutes: Barriers to Educational Advancement among Early Childhood Teachers." Authored by local early learning experts Kelly Feighan and Amy Friedlander, the report examines and analyzes reasons why otherwise-qualified and dedicated ECE professionals find themselves unable to continue their education, focusing on the District 1199C Training Fund's first-ever cohort of ECE Apprentices.


September 6TH, 2017

Training Fund/CCP Apprenticeship featured in Washington Monthly's "12 Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners"

The Training Fund-led CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship for Early Childhood Education Teachers catapulted CCP onto this national list. Our partnership also includes the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), the Southeast Regional Key (SERK) at PHMC, the City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Education, Philadelphia-based ECE employers, and other local stakeholders.


September 1ST, 2017

Training Fund-supported Trailblazer Apprentices Amber & Clay featured on US DOL blog

Amber and Clay aren't just engaged to be married: they're also members of the Training Fund's first-ever cohort of Direct Support Professional (DSP) Registered Apprentices. This month, their story was highlighted by the US Department of Labor in a feature blog post, "Doubling Down on Success."


July 31sT, 2017

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

Receiving top honors for the Training Fund was the EL/Civics team, led by Arlyn Freed. For the fourth year running, the Fund achieved the highest level of EL/Civics Educational Functioning Level (EFL) gains in Pennsylvania, and also finished #1 for % of EL/Civics students entering employment. The Training Fund's College & Career Readiness team also excelled again this year, finishing third in the state in overall student outcome attainment, and #1  for % of EFL gains for Beginning ABE students.


July 19TH, 2017

Training Fund's "New and Noteworthy" Apprenticeship Programs Highlighted in New Fed Report

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund's Community Health Worker (CHW), Pre-K Teacher, Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Medical Assistant (MA) Registered Apprenticeship programs were featured in the Apprenticeship Guide 2017, published by the Community Development Studies & Education division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.


July 13TH, 2017

Training Fund-supported Trailblazer Apprentice Brenda Bowens featured on US DOL blog

Brenda was one of the Training Fund's first-ever Registered Apprentices, completing a Community Health Worker (CHW) Apprenticeship at Philadelphia FIGHT with supported from the Fund's Industry Partnership (IP) team. This month, she was highlighted by the US Department of Labor in a feature blog post, "Letting Her Light Shine: Brenda's Apprenticeship Story."


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.

UPDATE: The Training Fund's CDA-to-Associate's Degree Registered Apprenticeship for Early Childhood Education Workers was also featured in a second New America report, Eight Recommendations for Connecting Apprenticeship & Higher Education, released on December 6, 2017 at a New America and Center on Education & Skills #ApprenticeshipForward policy forum. The Training Fund's own ECE Apprenticeship Coordinator, Ta`Mora Jackson, spoke on a Program Design Panel.


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!


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