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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Samantha Byles Hired as Account Executive at Bellevue Communications Group



PHILADELPHIA– Bellevue Communications Group today announced that Samantha Byles has been hired as an Account Executive, effective immediately. In her new role with the company, Byles will support a number of the firm’s major accounts while assuming direct control of several other client projects as well.

“We are excited to have Samantha join the Bellevue team,” said Bellevue President Kevin A. Feeley. “She has outstanding qualifications and experience in public relations, and we expect that Samantha will work directly with a number of our client’s right from the start.”Samantha_Byles

Prior to joining the team at Bellevue, Byles managed all public relations for the 1200+ employee-owned engineering firm, Pennoni. Her duties and responsibilities included social media management, website maintenance, the production and publication of the quarterly newsletter, the creation of external and internal communications, as well as managing media relations and the writing and pitching of press releases. Her efforts earned placements in national and local industry publications and increased the firm’s presence on social media.

“I’m excited to be a part of a firm with such a respected and long-standing reputation in Philadelphia,” said Byles. “Their commitment to their clients is clear and is demonstrated through each project and its successes.”

A graduate of Temple University, Byles earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in news-editorial writing and a minor in sociology. Before her time with Pennoni, Samantha developed and wrote for hyper-local community magazines, which were distributed to approximately 5,000 homes nationwide, with media company hibu. She also worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, and several other local publications. At the Inquirer, Samantha published a front-page article on an unknown Philadelphia philanthropist, which earned her the 2013 Excellence in Student Journalism: Best News Writing award from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications.


About Bellevue Communications Group

Bellevue Communications Group is a full-service public relations firm specializing in media relations, crisis communications and issue management. Bellevue was created in a joint venture with S. R. Wojdak & Associates, and Bellevue draws on Wojdak’s long-standing reputation as one of the preeminent lobbying and government relations firms in Pennsylvania. Bellevue is committed to the development of strategic, carefully tailored communications that put a premium on getting results for the client.