Phillies owner gives $16.2 million for education and job training

Posted: July 19, 2012

THE MAYOR'S Reception Room at City Hall filled with cheers Tuesday when Mayor Nutter announced that Phillies co-owner John Middleton and his wife, Leigh, will donate more than $16.2 million over the next four years toward educational, workforce-training and professional-development programming.

The Middleton family picked eight educational efforts to support, providing money to the cash-strapped school district, Philadelphia Academies Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

"Many Philadelphians lack the education and skills to acquire higher-paying jobs," Nutter said at the news conference. "This is about investing in the future. We hope that this announcement today will inspire others who have the interest first, and maybe the means, to join us in a new quest to turn this city around."

The school district will receive $5.7 million to support a three-year Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, professional development coaching for students and an expansion of students enrolled in the program over the next two years.

Philadelphia Academies Inc. will receive $2.25 million to fund the Career Academy Expansion for curriculum, professional and digital-technology development to support 5,000 students in 16 career academies to be housed in four target schools. Nutter's wife, Lisa, is the president of Philadelphia Academies.

Philadelphia Youth Network will get $5 million, and Drexel University will get $2 million to expand online learning and workforce development and $1.34 million for its Center for Strategic Leadership.

Contact Jan Ransom at 215-854-5218 or Ransomj@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @Jan_Ransom.

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