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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 7, July 2011, Posted On: 6/22/2011

Philadelphia Vending Repair Program Moves To Randolph Technical

Tim Sanford
vending, vending machine, vending machine repair training, vending machine service, vending mechanic, technician, James Clark, vending machine mechanics program, Edison/Fareira High School, Randolph Technical High School, Philadelphia vocational schools, inner-city students, vending industry employment, Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council

PHILADELPHIA -- James Clark reports that the vending machine mechanics program that he has conducted for two decades at Edison/Fareira High School here is relocating to Randolph Technical High School.

The program, designed to give inner-city students the opportunity to train for vending industry employment, has been supported strongly by the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council (now the Tri-State), and by manufacturers and suppliers. Many of its graduates have found full-time employment in the industry.

But the time had come for a change, Clark said. "Over the years, Edison/Fareira High School has had many changes that have negatively impacted the level of training which is required by the vending industry for entry-level employees," he reported. At the urging of the Tri-State council, the Philadelphia School District has decided to move the  program to Randolph Technical High School.

Clark explained that both schools are open to the same inner-city students and are less than four miles apart. Randoph is an "application-only" institution that draws students from all parts of the city. Edison/Fareira is a neighborhood high school.

As a result of the move, student industry training time will be increased by 16%, the veteran instructor said. "And technical training will be considered a major, required for graduation, as opposed to an elective," he said.

The Philadelphia School District has initiated the process to relocate the program. Clark reported, and expects a normal year's startup at Randolph in September. The principals of both schools have agreed that currently enrolled vending students will be offered the opportunity to transfer with the program.

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