Try living in the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), where you wake up in a sea of joblessness like over 200,000 people in the city do: in deep poverty. It’s a demoralizing feeling not being able to afford simple things like getting a weekly $24 transportation-pass to look for a job or $5 to enjoy a sandwich while travelling by bus or train to look for a job. But what probably hurts the most is the realization that your high school diploma does not provide an upward-mobility to compete in the skilled labor markets.
Let’s roll-up our sleeves - to start, I like the simple things. There are billions of dollars to be made in the trade labor markets for Philadelphians in poverty. Yet, there are not enough workers to fill these jobs. Typical employees are well paid, given generous vacation days, sick days, and generous health benefits. Rare companies like Philadelphia Technician Training Institute (PTTI, www.ptt.edu) is bucking the trend by helping people get into well-paying trade skill jobs at a sweeping pace. After graduation, students gain employment in super skilled labor careers like welding, industrial electrician studies (via a manufacturing program) and automotive technicians’ education that is hands-on and provided by highly skilled instructors.
Donal Jackson, PTTI’s Director of Education says, “We have figured out a way for men and women to gain entry into the middle class in just 6 months of a trade school education and job placement. This benefits the City of Philadelphia’s tax base with an increased work force and making people being more optimistic about their future as Philadelphia is a competitive force and weapon in the national and global economies for good and services.”
That’s Not All: Sherman McLeod (President) and Donal Jackson, both co-founders of PTTI, put their money where their passion is: significant increase in trade skilled jobs lay. Last year in July, they just purchased the Berean Institute building on 1901 Girard Ave in Philadelphia to greatly expand its building capacity to help Philadelphians deep poverty obtain new jobs in technology by 2030. The Berean Institute building is 45,000 solid square feet of educational space where PTTI will be expanded from its current location with only 6,000 square feet in the Mt Airy.