$150,000 grant will support the school’s new welding program.
The Archdiocesan Educational Fund awarded Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia, a grant in the amount of $150,000 for the 2019-2020 academic/fiscal year. The funded program will support the school’s welding program within their new Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum. Matthew H. McCloskey, Jr. (1893-1973), building contractor and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland (1962-64), created and funded the charitable organization in 1967 to advance Catholic education and evangelization throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
“Not every student wants or should go to college,” said Matthew H. McCloskey IV, president of the Archdiocesan Educational Fund. “Father Judge’s leaders recognized this fact and made a strong and solid case for expanding the school’s curriculum beyond college prep to include career and technical education for students who want to go right to the workplace. Mercy Career & Technical has been doing this for many years,” he added, “but there’s been nothing like this in either Northeast Philadelphia or even in the Chester area. Father Judge is out front on this in the Archdiocese. Their research showed that a welding program, with high academic standards and certification, will produce skilled tradesmen for placement in a high-priority occupation. We’re happy to play a part in Father Judge’s vision, and we’d like to encourage more schools to take this approach.”
The welding program is the first-of-its kind at the school and will play a vital role in launching the CTE initiative in the 2019-2020 academic year. Father Judge High School intends to implement additional course offerings in CTE over the next five years as part of its strategic plan.
Sister Maureen Lawrence, McDermott, I.H.M., Ph.D., Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education, noted, “I am grateful to The McCloskey Family for their generosity and commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic education through the Archdiocesan Educational Fund.” Sister went on to say, “The grant is transformational for the Father Judge High School community. It provides school leadership the ability to execute their creative vision to serve students who seek to learn trade skills taught in Career & Technical Education. My hope is that our schools continue to foster similar innovative opportunities to prepare students for success.”
When learning that Father Judge High School was awarded the largest grant in school history from the Archdiocesan Educational Fund, Brian Patrick King ’97, president of Father Judge High School, remarked, “I am humbled by the Archdiocesan Educational Fund’s decision to invest in our school. This level of financial commitment allows us to create different learning experiences for our students who are interested in exploring programming offered in CTE.” He continued, “This new career pathway, along with our existing rigorious college preparatory program truly provides something for every one of our students. It is our duty to give students every opportunity and experience to help them utilize their God-given talents. As the school’s patron saint, Saint Francis de Sales, said, “let them be who they are and be that well.”
Father Judge High School was founded in 1954. The all-boys school is dedicated to educating its students’ minds and souls in the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales. For additional information about Father Judge High School, please visit fatherjudge.com/.