STEM and career training come alive with the Out-of-School Time into the Workforce pilot program. Supported by Public Health Management Corporation’s Public Health Fund and the Department of Human Services, youth in the United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia at Furness High School program receive A+ Certification training from Metropolitan Career Center/Computer Technology Institute (MCC/CTI) instructor, Donald Jones.
The Out-of-School Time into the Workforce pilot applies an experiential learning approach by providing youth with hands-on computer technician training which results in an industry-recognized certificate (COMP TIA) which is equivalent to job experience. Within the CTI A+ curriculum students are required to install, upgrade, repair, configure, optimize, troubleshoot, and perform preventative maintenance on basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. Youth also participate in a mathematics course that builds their speed, accuracy, and confidence in performing computational tasks common in business and industry. Youth may transfer credits for this certificate course to post-secondary programs.
Youth utilize 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration and critical thinking as they learn various emerging technologies and prepare themselves for entry level computer career pathways through industry A+ certification. Thanks to Jesus Soto of UCSEP and Principal Dan Peou of Furness High, the program currently has 19 youth enrolled and hopes to prepare youth to take the certification exams in the upcoming months. For more information about organizations mentioned above, please visit the links below (click on each image).