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August 7, 2015
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Metropolitan Career Center receives grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide workforce
development program to help families increase workforce mobility and achieve economic security

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – The Metropolitan Career Center (MCC), an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), has been awarded a $850,000 grant as part of a national WKKF program called MOVE UP (Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents) to lead on-the-ground efforts to ensure that more low-income parents have the skills and opportunities to move up the ladder of economic success.

MCC is one of seven community-based workforce organizations that have received grants as part of the MOVE UP pilot study program to increase employment, workforce mobility and family economic security across the country.

The MCC initiative will serve more than 100 parents by providing them with a suite of services including job training, financial education, benefits and child care subsidies that will help women, single parents and African American parents advance into higher-wage information technology and health care jobs.

“As a long-time provider of workforce development in Southeastern Pennsylvania, we are excited to receive this grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,” said Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson, Executive Director of MCC. “We look forward to developing a low cost employer-approved training model with additional financial, family, and social supports to help advance the careers of low-income parents in this region.”

MCC serves 400 people annually by providing workforce development and post-secondary education to low-income, working parents of color with young children. A member of the STRIVE International network and with access to a nationally recognized work-readiness curriculum, MCC’s Career Pathways Initiative will design and implement new training and education programs to create a sustainable career pathway model, strengthen and grow its existing network of 40 employer partners and address the skills gap in Philadelphia.

“All parents deserve the opportunities and training to obtain good jobs, advance in their careers and provide financially secure homes for their children,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of WKKF. “We believe working with these 14 organizations and their supporting partners in the community will provide greater access to safe, quality jobs and the skills and training to help parents earn a family-sustaining income and increase the opportunities for their children to succeed in school and in life.”

The MOVE UP grantees include workforce development organizations like MCC that are partnering with employers to offer incumbent working parents in low-wage, entry-level jobs access to training programs, career development and work supports, like child care and transportation, so that they can move up in their careers and provide better opportunities for their children.

About Metropolitan Career Center
Founded in 1974, Metropolitan Career Center (MCC), an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that transforms lives by providing job readiness training, industry specific certifications and post-secondary education to those with limited resources, empowering them to pursue dynamic careers in the growing fields of technology, business and healthcare. MCC addresses critical employer needs by developing students into highly qualified employees and building partnerships with employers in high-growth industries. In 1997, MCC founded its career college, Computer Technology Institute (CTI), to accompany its other workforce supports and prepare students for high demand jobs in information technology and health information technology. CTI offers three associate degrees in information technology (IT) with majors in Computer Support Specialist, Software, and Web Design; and a diploma in Health Information Technology (HIT). By offering a supportive learning environment and personalized attention, MCC and CTI prepare even the most vulnerable students for family sustaining careers and economic independence. MCC has served over 20,000 people in its 40-year history.

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.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.