The Friends of Father Judge High School, Inc. (The Friends) received a $1 million grant this week, bringing funding for its Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to a total of $4 million. dollars.
The grant was awarded to help construct the Career Pathways Academy (CPA) building.
Currently in the second phase of construction, the CPA Building will be a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot facility dedicated to Career and Technical Education (CTE) that will house the Faulkner Automotive Training Center.
Father Judge’s CTE program provides students with the training and certifications needed to fill high priority positions (HPOs) throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The welding program was established in 2019 and the first cohort of graduating students in the class of 2022 received job offers (ranging from $41,000 to $66,000 per year) from several large local employers such as DC Fabricators , Holtec, L3 Harris, PTR Baler, SeaBox and SEPTA.
Over 60 students are enrolled in the welding program for the 2022-23 school year. After the CPA building is completed, Automotive Technician training will be added as a second CTE offering to students.
“This project is not done without Senator Tartaglione. From the beginning, she passionately supported the expansion of opportunities for our students and the community. said FJHS President Brian Patrick King ’97 when asked about the recent grant.
In addition to Senator Tartaglione’s endorsement, Councilman Mike Driscoll, Mayor Jim Kenney and newly elected Senator Jimmy Dillion endorsed the Friends bid.
Asked about her support for building CPA and expanding CTE offerings, Senator Tartaglione said, “As a Senator from Pennsylvania and Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, I have seen the desperate need for quality career preparation training. She added: “The Career Pathways Academy is a shining example for the Commonwealth to see how we can better prepare the next generation to enter the jobs of the future.”
Founded in May 2002, The Friends is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation with officers and trustees who raise funds on behalf of Father Judge High School. All funds raised by this organization are securely managed and designated for use at the school. Since its inception, The Friends has raised and invested more than $16 million to make school campus improvements, provide financial aid, and fund academic programs that supplement the traditional curriculum.
The RCAP is a Commonwealth grant scheme administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historic improvement projects.
Father Judge Secondary School was founded in 1954. The all-boys school is dedicated to educating the mind and soul of its students in the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales. For more information, visit www.fatherjudge.com/.