On May 5, the Pittsburgh Public School’s Career and Technical Education (PPS-CTE) Program held its graduation for Seniors. It was a tremendously beautiful event honoring all of the young people who chose to invest their time in and stay committed to the CTE process. Their teachers, parents, mentors and representatives of their future plans (be it the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program or LaRoche College), were all in attendance.
At the beginning of the program, two persons close to our hearts were honored with an “Industry Partnership Award”---the Pittsburgh Penguin’s David Morehouse (represented by Tracey McCants-Lewis) and The Buccini/Pollin Group’s Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis. It was a great day for the Lower Hill District! Morehouse was honored because forming a partnership with the CTE Program is something he had always wanted to do and had mentioned to State Representative, Jake Wheatley, many years ago. A former welder who took the helm of a Stanley Cup repeat-award-winning hockey team has been no small feat for David Morehouse. After she was hired by The Buccini/Pollin Group, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis too the dreams of Morehouse, Wheatley, Howze and more, added to it and made the CTE Partnership and Mentorship Program a real, living development.
“I’m delighted to be doing some of the things my mother did,” said Dr. Ellis, who always speaks fondly of Freda C. Ellis, a beloved member of the Pittsburgh community. Now, Ellis has become a beloved member of the CTE Program and certainly The Buccini/Pollin Group.
Congratulations and thank you for representing us so well, David Morehouse and Dr. Kimberly Ellis!
Lower Hill Redevelopment Kicks Off Pittsburgh Public Schools Partnership Career Technical Education Program with "Career Exploration Day"
Thursday April 28th, 2022 the Lower Hill Redevelopment Team kicked off a partnership with Pittsburgh Public School's Career Technical Education program at PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District) with a behind-the-scenes look at the arena and career opportunities / pathways as part of the Lower Hill Redevelopment. Student's from schools - Allderdice, Milliones, Westinghouse and Carrick, some of which had never been to the arena, were abuzz as they filed into the Highmark entrance and were greeted by members of the development team before receiving their VIP credentials. Following introductions by Penguin's COO and general counsel, Kevin Acklin, BPG's VP of Development, Bomani M. Howze, BPG's Director of Community, Arts and Culture, Dr. Kimberly Ellis and CTE Executive Director, Angela Mike the student's dispersed for career-path "walk and talks", informational guided tours from executives working in collaboration on the Lower Hill Redevelopment project. Student's from all schools - Carpentry, Engineering, Entertainment Technology, Finance, RHVAC and Business regrouped at the FNB Club landing to hear concluding key speakers Chris Buccini, Co-President of the Buccini/Pollin Group (LHR master developer) and David Morehouse, long time CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins (LHR development project partner).
Stay tuned for more pictures from the event as well as programming updates in this ongoing partnership!
If you are interested in getting involved with the CTE Program, contact the Lower Hill Redevelopment by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lower Hill Street Team underwent two different trainings during this quarter and we are out and about in the city of Pittsburgh!
Our first event for the Summer was tabling at the August Wilson Birthday Block Party, at which there were 7,000 persons in attendance over the course of the day. The purpose of this gathering is to honor and celebrate the birth of the Historic Hill District native and inestimable playwright, August Wilson, who is the winner of many Pulitzer Prizes, Drama Critics Circle Awards, and whose plays have won Tony Awards. Wilson was posthumously nominated as a screenwriter for the Paramount Film’s production of “Fences,” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; and he is the first and only African American to have a Broadway Theater named after him. It was an honor to table at the Birthday Block Party!
The newest street team members were delighted by the crowd and signed up followers for the Lower Hill newsletter, while the senior members canvassed the Block Party, to spread the word about the opportunities at the First Source Center. This was also the first time the Street Team was able to display their freshly-labeled T-Shirts, produced by Hill-based company, Prints of The City PGH, so they were excited!
Street Team trainings were lead by BPG's Development Marketing Manager, Rachelle Pownall-Brown, and Director of Community, Arts and Culture, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis. During the first training - a comprehensive onboarding - Street team members were by joined First Source Center concierge, Dayna Wilson, and Program Coordinator, Brittney Gardone.
If you see the street team out and about this Summer, come and say hello! We may have something special for you! We are still hiring, so join the team if you are outgoing and ready to meet and greet the public! We also welcome our new street Team Manager, Denna Zenmon, who joined the team this Summer!
The August Wilson Birthday Block Party is a pre-cursor for the upcoming Grand Opening of the August Wilson House, the weekend of August 13, 2022.