HARRISBURG – November 30, 2017 State Sen. John Sabatina today praised the announcement of $435,000 in grant money, provided by the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP), for the expansion of the Vocational Internship Program (VIP) at The Finishing Trades Institute (FTI).

“It is extremely important that we develop and train a skilled workforce from today’s students, so that we may combat the predicted shortage of skilled tradespeople in the future,” Sabatina said.

“These opportunities provided via professional and technical training offer students a future career path that delivers lucrative and family-sustaining jobs. Making important investments such as these, in high-quality vocational instruction, will benefit our students, the city and state for years to come.”

The Vocational Internship Program is a one-day-per-week career-education program that provides high-school juniors and seniors with professional and technical instruction in preparation for apprenticeships as industrial workers.

The grant money will allow FTI to expand the VIP by doubling the size of the program to serve 120 students annually and by extending enrollment to a variety of district, charter, and private schools. For high school seniors, the VIP will also transition from a once per week to an immersive, four-days-per-week experience.

The event highlighting the announcement was also attended by Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite, other school officials, and representatives of PSP who presented a ceremonial check to FTI to mark the occasion.