"It's very hard for us to find skilled welders," Brent Ford, human resources manager for PTR Baler & Compactor told Philadelphia City Paper. "We go through hundreds of resumes for every single one we hire."
The city expects to help change that in 2015 by opening the Center for Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at Benjamin Franklin High School. The school will teach in eight areas, all planned at the needs of local industry, such as maintaining electronic equipment and repairing solar gear. All the fields are new, except for welding, which is offered in four other schools.
The Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, in Scnecksville, Pennsylvania, inspired Philadelphia, which needs to hire qualified teachers and possibly recent engineering graduates.