Item Coversheet

Board of Education Meeting Date:  10/10/2019

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 


Coded by Kids

JobWorks, Inc.


Training for the School District's Information Technology (IT) pre-apprentices utilizing existing PAsmart grant funding

 Start date: 10/18/2019

 End date: 6/30/2020
 Compensation not to exceed: $74,000 
 Separate Compensation by Vendor:

Coded by Kids - $30,000

JobWorks, Inc. - $44,000


Blankenburg, Rudolph School; Bregy, F. Amedee School; Brown, Henry A. School; Cassidy, Lewis C. Academics Plus School; Childs, George W. School; Cook-Wissahickon School; Dobson, James School; Fell, D. Newlin School; Gompers, Samuel School; Hartranft, John F. School; Henry, Charles W. School; Heston, Edward School; Houston, Henry H. School; Hunter, William H. School; Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences; Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA); Lamberton, Robert E. School; Lingelbach, Anna L. School; McDaniel, Delaplaine School; McKinley, William School; Mifflin, Thomas School; Overbrook Educational Center; Overbrook High School; Roxborough High School; Shawmont School; South Philadelphia High School; Southwark School; Stanton, Edwin M. School; Welsh, John School

PAsmart Advancing grants are designed to support broad, cross-sector partnerships that are using the ecosystem and networked approaches to establish integrated and/or stand-alone CS/STEM experiences for K-12 students as part of a high-level strategic approach to workforce development. The District was previously awarded, and the Board of Education approved in June 2019, a PAsmart grant in order to provide training that would prepare pre-apprentices to enter the computer science field and to mentor students taking the Digital Literacy & Technology course which they're assigned to support this school year. This action item will now authorize those funds to be expended on the two partner organizations named in the grant proposal, to provide the requisite training.

The School District's IT apprenticeship program – also known as the Urban Technology Project (UTP) – has curated a 10-month experience for Pre-Apprentices who will meet once a week at the UTP training center to engage in three hours of learning and exploration. Two partners will assist in facilitating this training: JobWorks, Inc. and Coded by Kids. These partners have been identified in the proposal awarded by the PA Dept of Education and will build the skills of our Pre-apprentices to prepare them for careers in IT and build on the District's work in expanding access to computer science for students through their mentorship with students at 23 district schools.  Through the mentorship, the pre-apprentices will expose students in grades 6-8 to computer science careers, support our computer science curriculum in the Digital Literacy Course and guide students to computer science opportunities in high school.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported:    

 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 
June 27, 2019; No. 9
 Funding Source(s): 
FY20 Categorical

 Office Originating Request: Board of Education