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July12, 2012

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Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams Delivered Commencement Speech; Graduate Spoke of Addiction-to-Employment Success Story

PHILADELPHIA—After dropping out of high-school in her junior year, Pashun Bailey found herself in a downward spiral with addiction dominating her life. Bailey reached her lowest point last year, when she was arrested for selling drugs and found herself in a court-mandated rehabilitation program. But on Thursday, June 28, 38-year-old Bailey proudly walked up to the podium at the University of Arts and delivered a stirring speech to 149 fellow-graduates of the Metropolitan Career Center (MCC) and its Computer Technology Institute (CTI). More important, the audience included her two children. “I had obstacles in my path, but I was determined to succeed,” recalls Bailey, “I found a job a through MCC and I plan to continue to work and stay on the right path.”

Bailey shared the stage with commencement speaker Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, whose speech emphasized overcoming struggles. “Our students loved having Seth as graduation speaker,” says CTI’s school director Amy Miller. “He was very motivational and our students could really relate to it.” Williams“focused specifically on the everyday struggles that make one stronger, a topic that really resonated with our students,” noted Metropolitan Career Center’s (MCC) director of workforce development programs Veronica Phillips. Williams also helped to present the students with their diplomas and stayed after the ceremony to meet them and their families.

Metropolitan Career Center (MCC) helps prepare students to meet the challenges of the modern workforce by providing technical skills and job placement support. “Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances to accomplish a common goal–professional success,” says Miller. “Pashun’s story provides just one example of how our program makes a positive difference in the lives of our students.” As a graduate of MCC’s “Strive Plus” program, a motivational and self-development approach to job training, Bailey took classes on job readiness, résumé writing, interview training and more. She now works as a cake decorator and has dreams of one day opening her own bakery.

MCC encourages sustainable careers and economic independence by building a supportive learning environment where students get personalized attention. MCC’s Computer Technology Institute (CTI), an approved and accredited training provider through the Department of Education and one of the few not-for-profit secondary career schools in Pennsylvania, offers an associate in specialized technology degree and a diploma in health information technology. “Our school creates a learning environment that teaches theory while providing practical, hands-on experience with real-world exercises,” says Miller. “We’re proud of Pashun and all our other 2012 graduates and confident that they have what it takes to succeed in their chosen careers.”

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About MCC/CTI

Metropolitan Career Center (MCC) was launched in 1974 as a nonprofit workforce development organization established by the clergy and members of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown to help neighborhood youth and adults gain greater access to resources that could lead to better careers and higher education. Today, MCC and its nonprofit career school, Computer Technology Institute (CTI), educate and train individuals who have limited access to resources, to connect them to employers and help meet the changing needs of the workforce. MCC and CTI encourage sustainable careers and economic independence by building a supportive learning environment in which students receive personalized attention. To further that mission, CTI, an approved and accredited training provider through the Department of Education and one of the few nonprofit secondary career schools in Pennsylvania, offers an associate degree in specialized technology and a diploma in health information technology.

About PHMC

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit www.phmc.org.