Item Coversheet

Action Item - 50.

Title: Contract with Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (District Council 21) ($175,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

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: 


Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (District Council 21)




Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

 Start date: 7/1/2020

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $175,000 

Dobbins, Murrell Career and Technical Education High School; Edison,Thomas A. High School; Franklin, Benjamin High School; Mastbaum, Jules E. Area Vocational Technical High School; Randolph, A. Philip Career and Technical High School; Swenson Arts and Technology High School


 Renewal Options:  Yes

 Number of Options: 3

 Duration of each option to extend: Years: 1  Months:
 Maximum compensation authorized per option period:   $195,500


The Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) of the Mid-Atlantic Region is the official training provider of The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 21. FTI provides a painting and glazing apprenticeship preparation program at District Council 21's state-of-the art training facility, located in Northeast Philadelphia. The District's Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) has partnered with FTI/District Council 21 over the past eight years in an effort to offer CTE students quality, real-world training in the finishing trades, thereby preparing students to enter the painters and glazers trades union, District Council 21, or other trades unions as apprentices.


To be considered for admission, students must express a true desire to excel in the finishing trades, as well as sit for an interview with FTI staff. Courses will be offered twice a week over the course of the school year, and on those two days, students will report directly to District Council 21's state-of-the-art training facility in Northeast Philadelphia. The criteria on which students will be selected for admission include grades, attendance, and behavior. Among 2018 graduates, 35% of those students who completed the program were offered positions as Apprentices, Industrial/Glassworkers or Sign and Display workers within District Council 21. Others will be able to secure positions with other building trades apprenticeship programs.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career   

 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 

June 27, 2019; No. 18

May 17, 2018; B-18

August 17, 2017; B-20

 Funding Source(s): 

FY20-21 Operating

FY20-21 Perkins

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support