June 7, 1991 |
Three former students of the Watterson School of Business and Technology say they enrolled in the Fern Rock school in hopes of learning a trade and finding an escape from poverty. Instead, their attorneys contend, the students got a con job and a lot of broken promises. Alleging the school is nothing more than a scam to steal tax-funded federal school grants and loans, the lawyers in federal court yesterday accused Career-Com Corp., the school's parent company, of racketeering and fraud.
June 2, 1988 |
The idea of opening a free trade school for "poor and deserving young men" in Delaware County was born in 1888. The man behind the idea was Bucks County native Isaiah Vansant Williamson, the son of Quakers who wanted other young men to have the opportunity to acquire the type of trade skills that he learned in his youth - skills that had enabled him to build a successful business career. Over the years, The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Middletown has turned out more than 2,500 tradesmen, many of whom went on to become self-made millionaires.
May 19, 2015 |
Officials at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades discovered just how much of a millstone the institution's name could be when it looked as if it might cost them millions. Philanthropist Henry M. Rowan had promised the Delaware County school $5 million if the post-secondary institution could match the grant with additional donations. When board members began calling potential donors, not only was the private school unknown to many, its name clouded its mission. Then a branding expert delivered more bad news.
June 30, 1994 |
A federal judge has ordered the owners of PTC Career Institute, the defunct trade school in Philadelphia, to pay $131,000 to former employees of the Philadelphia school and schools in five other cities. The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division sued PTC, at 40 N. 2nd St., in February. The division claimed that the school's owners, Richard and Rimona Friedberg of Villanova, their daughter, Miryam Friedberg Mishkin, and her husband, William Mishkin, had violated federal minimum-wage and overtime laws.
December 28, 1993 |
Pennsylvania has decided that the much-criticized PTC Career Institute at 40 N. 2nd St. in Center City should be closed. The state Education Department's Board of Private Licensed Schools issued an order last week revoking the licenses held by the school's parent, Philadelphia Training Center Corp. in West Conshohocken. The order prohibits the school from enrolling more students and orders it to return pre-paid tuition. Does that mean the school is closed? That it won't try to sign up new students?
February 21, 1992 |
Two former executives of the Downingtown Industrial and Agricultural School have been arrested on charges of embezzling $185,929 from the institution over the last four years, authorities said yesterday. Police allege that the couple used the money for a variety of personal purchases and to boost their income. Hersey Gray and his wife, Myrtis Gray, of the 500 block of Chestnut Street in Coatesville, are accused of stealing public funds from the school between 1987 and 1991.
September 10, 2015 |
Quake was back at Bok. Daniel "Quake" Gibbons, a proud member of the Class of '93 and an immovable force on the offensive line of the Bok Technical High football team, had read on Facebook about an alumni gathering at a new restaurant atop his alma mater's roof. Gibbons wasn't going to miss it. He was looking forward to busting it up with his old Wildcats teammates, catching up with the cheerleaders, and maybe even running into some of his old auto-body shop teachers. The posting said to bring Bok gear if you had it, so Gibbons, who is 41 and works as a security guard in West Philadelphia, proudly broke out his royal blue 1992 division championship jacket.
September 24, 2010 |
The parents of a freshman who was fatally shocked last year at a Delaware County trade school sued the school this week. Laurie and Michael Savage Sr. of Glenolden said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that their son, Michael Jr., 18, had not been properly trained or supervised and had not had the proper equipment when he was sent to work on an energized commercial light fixture at the power plant on the campus of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades...
October 4, 2005 |
Students from Harrison Career Institute, a private trade school based in Voorhees that appears to be the subject of a federal criminal probe, say the school failed to deliver promised training, externships and jobs in their areas of study. "They told me I'd get an externship, but once I enrolled, they said there were no externships available in dialysis," said Kelly Covington, 39, of Northeast Philadelphia, a former Harrison student. "I felt like I was conned. . . . Once they got you in there, they just totally ignored you. " According to the U.S. Department of Education, Covington is not alone.
December 17, 1993 |
Daylight had barely touched the campus when the young men started to line up in front of the main building. "Prepare for inspection," yelled senior class president P.J. Hajduk once the 240 students, dressed in blazers and ties, not military uniforms, formed three rows. On time, shoes shined, faces cleanshaven - lapses in any of those areas could mean several hours of work on the grounds Saturday. But this morning, all seemed in order. Roll was taken, the flag was raised and, at 6:45 a.m., another day had begun at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades - the last all-male, free post-secondary private trade school in the country.