Finishing Trades Institute Holds Apprenticeship Open House For National Apprenticeship Week

PHILADELPHIA – The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) kicked off 2016’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by hosting an “Apprenticeship Open House” on Monday November 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its facility in Northeast Philadelphia.  The event featured live demonstrations by apprentices working in the construction finishing trades. Educators, employers and registered apprentices also answered students’ questions on how to apply and succeed in an apprenticeship at FTI.

FTI offers young people with Apprenticeships or “earn  and learn” opportunities that lead to family sustaining careers in drywall finishing, glazing and glass working, commercial painting, bridge painting and wall covering industries.  FTI is a partner in the Vocational Intern Partnership (VIP) Program: a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia that serves as a pathway for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students into union apprenticeships.  The program is a pre-apprenticeship program that prepares these students with the technical and professional skills necessary to enter and successfully complete a union apprenticeship in these fields.

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Russell Byers Charter School Holds 2015-2016 Admissions Lottery

Over 1,300 Applications for 23 Spots

March 11, 2015 (PHILADELPHIA) – Russell Byers Charter School (Byers) held its annual lottery to determine admission for the 2015-16 academic school year on Thursday, March 12 at noon.  For this coming year, 1,345 applications were submitted to fill 23 open Kindergarten spots.  This equates to a 1.7% admission rate for the highly diverse charter school, which serves grades K through six.  Several dozen parents gathered to learn whether their children gained admission to one of the highest performing charter elementary schools in the city.  For these parents, Byers stringent admission margins represent a sliver of hope that their children can attend a school with a proven track record of serving students from all backgrounds.

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