Pittsburgh Promise http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Students to Get a Head Start onTrade Education http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-students-get-head-start-ontrade-education <p>More than 60 percent of the 25,000 jobs available in the Pittsburgh region require specialized technical training - but only 40 percent of them require a four-year degree, according to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.</p><p>That’s why the Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh Public Schools are offering a new trade education program for 10<sup>th</sup>, 11<sup>th</sup> and 12<sup>th</sup> grade students starting this September.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:47:50 +0000 Jessica Nath 31234 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Promise Grows Closer To Its Goal http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-promise-grows-closer-its-goal <p>Since 2008, the Pittsburgh Promise made a pledge to pay for the higher education of city high school residents, and this past week it reached the 70 percent mark in raising the money it needs.</p><p>But to continue the program for the next 30 years the organization would have to raise $250 million, and so far it has collected $173 million.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 27429 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Promise Receives Largest-Ever Individual Gift http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-promise-receives-largest-ever-individual-gift <p>The Pittsburgh Promise has announced it has received its largest-ever individual gift.</p><p>Marty and Ann McGuinn have pledged $1 million to the scholarship fund.</p><p>“This money will support hundreds of kids in their pursuit for higher education after high school,” said Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril, “and will ensure the majority of them will be able to graduate from college or whatever post-secondary education they pursue, without debt.”</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:57:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21738 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Promise Shows Growth; Area Foundation Doubles Contribution http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-promise-shows-growth-area-foundation-doubles-contribution <p>Since the inception of the Pittsburgh Promise, 4,101 students have received college scholarships, and that number will go up to more than 4,600 when scholarships for the class of 2013 are factored in.</p><p>With 707 recipients graduated from college, program leaders say the Pittsburgh Promise is having a positive impact on students and the district. The 2013 Report to the Community shows some areas of change, including two demographic shifts.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:40:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17076 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Promise Shows Growth; Area Foundation Doubles Contribution Making Promises the City Can Keep http://wesa.fm/post/making-promises-city-can-keep <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org/about.php">Pittsburgh Promise</a> has been providing scholarships to Pittsburgh public school students since 2008. They've pledged to promote the development of neighborhoods, city school reform, and give city students access and opportunities to attend a higher education institution.</p><p>Five years since its inception, the first batch of Promise recipients are graduating from their respective colleges and universities, and <a href="http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/4364873-74/promise-pittsburgh-schools#axzz2ZmIvJfJy">many critics are argue </a>that the program has not been effective. Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise maintains that the scholarship program is helping hundreds of students succeed after high school, while Jake Haulk, President of the <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org">Allegheny Institute for Public Policy</a>, asserts that little has been done to improve the quality of the public schools. He says students are not receiving a sufficient education upon high school graduation.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:53:52 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13816 at http://wesa.fm Making Promises the City Can Keep With New Money, Pittsburgh Promise Shortens Fundraising Timeline http://wesa.fm/post/new-money-pittsburgh-promise-shortens-fundraising-timeline <p>Happily announcing a trio of major gifts from locally-based corporations, Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril said Monday that the city's scholarship fund now expects to raise $90 million more by 2015, three years earlier than expected.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:39:34 +0000 Noah Brode 8260 at http://wesa.fm With New Money, Pittsburgh Promise Shortens Fundraising Timeline