(Gregg) How do you fit 100 people in here?

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(Gregg) How do you fit 100 people in here?

Postby admin » Thu May 26, 2016 11:33 am

“Exactly,” responds Sherman McLeod, founder of PTT.

The mechanical engineer says he started the school with just 15 students teaching them manufacturing, welding and automotive skills in the span of six months. He says the students get jobs, sometimes making as much as $45,000 a year:

“These are real world jobs, not everybody wants to go to college.”

And the word seems to be spreading. In just a few years, for the first time they’ve enrolled 100 students; the class sizes are so big they are teaching them in shifts.

Now McLeod is broadening his vision, hoping to buy the old Berean Institute building at 19th and Girard so they can expand.

“It’s a 2.2 million dollar acquisition,” he says. “We have raised a significant amount of the funds.”

McLeod says they’ve already put down ten-percent of the property, have another ten-percent in cash, as well as a portion in donations and loans.

“It’s going to happen,” says McLeod. “Our goal is to raise the rest of the money we need in the next 90 days.”

To further the effort, the non-profit is holding a series of fundraisers, hoping to raise awareness about all the people they say they’ve helped over the past several years.

“As long as a student really wants to change their life, we can help them,” says Debbie Colelli, who recruits students for PTT.

Colelli says they focus on students that many other schools overlook. She says they work with re-entry organizations and other agencies to bring in ex-offenders, the homeless and the long-term unemployed.

Colelli says the school costs about $12,000, but a portion is usually paid through government grants, and with an 80-percent graduation rate, the average student owes about $7500 in student loans when they graduate:

“Many of these students had no goals, but now their future is in the palm of their hands.”

This 37-year-old student says he used to live a life of street crime…but not anymore.

“I’ve learned you can do things the right way,” he says, “the honest way and live your life.”

He adds it feels good to finally be getting good grades.

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Re: (Gregg) How do you fit 100 people in here?

Postby admin » Sun May 29, 2016 12:40 pm

Hi Gregg, great question: we have 2 shifts from 8am to 3pm and then from 3pm to 10 pm, 5 days a week (with the weekend for make-up hours). Once we are in our new facility at 1901 Girard Ave, this will increase to 1,500 students and then to 5,000 students per year, same week day times. PTTI's goal is to get 30,000 new jobs in technology by year 2030. We will probably exceed this goal.

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Sherman McLeod, President & CEO of PTTI


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