Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s official! Peirce College and Year Up formally recognize and celebrate our partnership

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Philadelphia County, Pa. posted the highest unemployment rate among the 11 counties that make up our metropolitan area -- 10.4 percent -- last year. This alarming number is the direct result of an ongoing issue that we have discussed here on our blog in the past, the opportunity divide, or the idea that young adults have the talent that companies are looking for, but don’t have the right tools and opportunities to pursue these jobs.
CUTTING THE RIBBON: Leaders from around Philadelphia
came together to celebrate the partnership. 

Peirce College is on the front lines of this battle against unemployment in many ways, but our partnership with Year Up and our support of its Professional Training Corps program in particular deserves a spotlight. Students that enroll in the program fulfill 27 credits at Peirce College and participate in a full-time internship at a Fortune 1000 company.

So on Wednesday, March 5, we celebrated a ribbon cutting to formally recognize Year Up’s partnership with The College. Wednesday’s ceremony was dedicated to the faculty and staff from Peirce and Year Up, and, of course, the current classes of Year Up students.

We had the honor of hosting some of Philadelphia’s top dignitaries and business leaders including Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia; Darrell L. Clarke, President of Philadelphia City Council and Representative for the Fifth District; and Bill Strahan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast.

We were so inspired by the impassioned and motivating speeches and messages shared that day that we wanted to make them available to you here on the blog. Click on each of the videos below to enjoy a few words from each special guests:
James Mergiotti, President and CEO of Peirce College
Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up
Leticia Thomas, featured Year Up Professional Training Corps student
Bill Strahan, Executive Vice President of Comcast
Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination from the Mayor’s office