Workforce training for Philly's young people

City council members Derek Green, center, and Darrell Clarke, left, joined Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center chief executive Kevin R. Johnson in June to launch a new program to train bank tellers.

Philadelphia residents, aged 16 to 21 who didn’t complete high school, can earn their degrees and one of three workplace-oriented certifications — the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute certificate, BankWork$ certificate for tellers, or the ServSafe certificate for restaurant workers from the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center Workforce Academy on North Broad Street. Class schedules will allow time for internships at local banks, hotels, restaurants, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Students can apply, enroll, and begin lessons anytime until the class of 125 is filled. Contact Philadelphia OIC at for additional information on the free program.