You choose the career,
together we chart the path.


January 14th, 2022


"It gives us great pleasure to announce that the District 199C Training & Upgrading Fund, in partnership with SEIU Education and Support Fund (ESF) and Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), was awarded an Industry Intermediary Contract, by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), to expand the utilization of Registered Apprenticeship in the care economy,” announced Teresa Collins, executive director of District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. Read more about the US DOL Contract in Partnership with SEIU.


April 18th, 2021

How EMT job can be a springboard

When Dominique Johnson, 28, imagined her life as an emergency medical technician, or EMT, she pictured lots of drama. "I thought it would like 9-1-1," she said, "but it really hasn't been. It's more like transport." Read more about Dominique Johnson.

March 26TH, 2021

Training Fund and partner coalitions awarded grants worth $7.5 million in first quarter of 2021

The Training Fund extends our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the public and private funders who have invested in supporting our work so far this year.

In addition to grants expanding our work in healthcare, human services, and early childhood education, the Training Fund has received our first-ever Early Head Start grant from the US Administration for Children & Families
! Our Early Head Start work with center-based and family child care providers builds on new Executive Director Teresa Collins's leadership of Philadelphia's Family Child Care Hub, an innovative program that enables family providers to access PHLpreK subsidies for growing the number of high-quality early learning slots in low-income neighborhoods.



January 19TH, 2021

Training Fund releases Connections Vol. 2, Iss. 1, the latest installment of our newsletter for students, graduates and partners

The Training Fund's newsletter for students and partners, Connections, is back out once again! Check it out to learn more about our leadership transition, employer partnerships, training during the COVID-19 pandemic, the successes of our first class of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and more!


February 20TH, 2020

Ms. Jones (and Ms. Feldman) Go to Washington: the Bipartisan Policy Center examines the ECE Apprenticeship Model

Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman and Jameelah Jones, a member of our inaugural Apprenticeship cohort, joined a panel of nationally-recognized Early Childhood Education workforce experts for a panel discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center, moderated by the Director of the Office of Child Care for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click "Read More" to view a recorded webcast of this enlightening chat!


December 4TH, 2019

Spotlight on Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Program

The idea for this program originated with an organization in Philadelphia, the District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund (Training and Upgrading), that specializes in creating practical pathways for career opportunity and advancement. Training and Upgrading offers education, training, and work-based learning across the healthcare and human services fields, including early childhood education.


Fall 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary 1199C!

We have accomplished so much for the Philadelphia community over the last 45 years. Here's to another 45 years of outstanding programs! Here is an excerpt of the original Trust Agreement that originated the Training Fund on September 24, 1974.



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.