Two notes from Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh's Facebook page:
On behalf of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Councilman Bobby Henon, I'd like to thank the employers who attended this morning's meeting on establishing a VET (vocational education & training) Program in Philadelphia. VET offers a high school degree and a certificate in a vocation based on hands on experience & training with an employer. The student is paid while employed and must pass a vocational test to receive a certificate. It is a very competitive program and offers students up-to-date training with the latest technology and skills with an employer who will most likely hire the student when the program is completed. Based on this morning's feedback, we will move forward with trying to establish a pilot program.
Participants included: Councilman Oh; Councilman Henon; Ben Brock, Councilwoman Blackwell; Michael Cooper, Office of Manufacturing & Technology; Chris Beck, University of Penn Health System, Dr. Robert Beck, Fox Chase Cancer Center; William Carter, Gilbane Building Company; John Clayton, Independence Blue Cross; Alexander Fazzini, L.F. Driscoll Company; Jackie Green, B&G Manufacturing Company, Inc.; Jon Hood, CHOP; Jerry Moser & Amy Hennessey, Subcontractors Association of Delaware Valley; Steve Herzog, Philadelphia Energy Solutions; David Holmes, AgustaWestland;
Keith Howard, Philadelphia Airport Marriott; Dawn McEleney, AT&T; Ron Manos, TMK Produce; Nick Piergallini, Lockheed Martin; Dorothea Renner, Day&Zimmermann; John Russell, Allied Barton Security; Bill Ryan, Einstein Healthcare Network; Bill Simmons, Honeywell; Erika Spott, UGI Corporation; and Greg Stafford, The Inn at Penn, Hilton.