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30 Nov 2018

Laborers District Council readies for groundbreaking of Center City Training and Learning Center

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November 30, 2018 Category: Local Posted by:

Fulfilling a commitment to its members and to community residents, the Laborers’ District Council, through its Education and Training Fund, will break ground on a state-of-the-art Training and Learning Center, Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Located in the heart of North Philadelphia at the former William Penn High School, the Center’s primary focus will be educational and technical vocational training to develop the next generation of well-trained, professional construction craft laborers.

Community residents will also benefit – general education classes are planned in literacy, English as a second language, GED, and writing and math, along with softer skills aligned with life management, such as financial and stress-related skills.

At the project’s inception, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke stated that, “The Temple and LDC Fund partnership creates significant advancement for North Broad Street and provides important opportunities for enhancing the knowledge, skills and career prospects of Philadelphians.”

In a subsequent development, a number of plans and considerations were explored to create the right mix of formal training, educational options, meeting, and community use alternatives for the Center.

Laborers’ Local 332 Business Manager and LIUNA Vice President, Sam Staten, Jr., noted that the Laborers have always been supporters of the community. “While employment that emphasizes competence, safety, and training of our members is our main priority, this facility will enable us to be a greater resource to the community beyond some of our other activities, like the holiday toys and coats drive, or library and afterschool programs. We’ll be a help to those preparing for job and life success.”

Labor and management, which comprise the LDC Training Fund, view the new center as a link to bring together resources from the Laborers, academia, business, and government that provide training and learning opportunities for workers seeking to better the future for their families.

Work on the facility is expected to be completed in late 2020.

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