Tuesday, January 5, 2010

PhillyGoes2College

In Pennsylvania today, nearly half of all jobs (51 percent) require some postsecondary education (though not a bachelor’s degree), but more than half of our adult population ended their education at or before high school. Over the next few years, Pennsylvania expects 6,600 job openings in Licensed Practical Nursing, 3,870 openings for EMT’s and paramedics, and 1,470 openings for bus and truck mechanics: all positions that require some postsecondary training.

With an economy that is still struggling and a high unemployment rate it is crucial for Philadelphians to further their education in order to compete for jobs. In an effort to help more Philadelphians do so, the city has announced that it will open a new office called PhillyGoes2College. The overall purpose of the office is to motivate more youth, adults, and current college students in Philadelphia to pursue and complete college.

While a PhillyGoes2College Initiative has been in place for the last year in the city, the new office will provide a centralized location for individuals to contact or go to with questions.

The office, which is set to open early this year on the first floor of City Hall, will direct city residents on where to get help in filling out aid forms and applications, preparing for SATs, and writing college essays.

Realizing the economic hardships of many families, the mayor will also look to bring up to 1,000 fully funded college scholarships for city students from the area’s universities before the end of his first term.


(For more information about the status of higher education in Pennsylvania, particularly Community Colleges please see PathWays PA’s Ready to Compete: Pennsylvania’s Community Colleges.)


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