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May 02, 2022

High-tech training for careers that pay

Community College of Philadelphia to open new Career and Advanced Technology Center in fall 2022

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Community College of Philadelphia is set to open its new Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC) in West Philadelphia in fall 2022. This state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility will help prepare Philadelphians for well-paying, in-demand careers, in addition to serving as a hub for community-centered activities.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been looking to make a career switch for a while, the CATC can connect you with the training you need to get hired – fast.

Here are just a sample of the opportunities that will be available at the CATC.

Automotive Technology

Maybe you’re already an auto enthusiast and want to turn your passion in a career, or you’re looking to take your existing auto career to the next level. Either way, our high-tech offerings have you covered.

With the Toyota T-TEN Automotive Technology degree program, you’ll learn how to fix, diagnose and repair vehicles from the top auto maker in the U.S. You’ll also earn money while going to school by splitting your time between class at the CATC and working at a Toyota or Lexus dealership! This is the only Toyota T-TEN program of its kind in the region, so be among the first to take advantage.

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If larger vehicles are more your speed, consider the brand new Medium/Heavy Truck Technology degree program or proficiency certificates. Get hands-on experience servicing trucks, buses, tractor-trailer systems and off-road equipment. Industry accreditation and career flexibility await!

And if you’re an experienced auto technician and want to expand your skillset, consider the Alternative Fuels micro-proficiency certificates, specializing in both Electric Vehicles and Hybrids and Carbon-Based Fuels. As more Americans are turning away from traditional fossil fuels, make sure you’re ready for this rapidly changing industry.

Advanced Manufacturing

Did you know that advanced manufacturing invents, creates, and repairs the products we use every day? And as technology evolves, so does the training needed to serve the growing advanced manufacturing industry.

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Precision Machining Technology may be the best entry-level career field you’ve never heard of! CNC technology uses machines to transform materials like metals and plastics into auto parts, and products for the military, aircrafts and space vehicles. The average starting salary in the area is more than $46,000, and the demand for CNC programmers and machine operators is increasing.

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Our Welding Technology program can prepare you to work on everything from cars to spaceships! By combining classroom education with hands-on training, you’ll get the experience you need to start a high-paying career as a welder.

Or, if you’re always up on the latest technology, our Electro-Mechanical Technology program can help you turn that passion into a career. Electro-mechanical technicians install, repair, test and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled systems, and can start their careers with a salary of nearly $48,000.

Health Care

Everyone knows Philadelphia’s a city of eds and meds. Our entry-level health care training programs can help you start and progress in the industry, where opportunities abound.

Make a positive difference in patients’ lives as a certified nurse aide. In the Nurse Aide Training program, you’ll benefit from both time in the classroom in addition to simulated lab and clinical training in a long-term care facility. Learn more about resident rights, nutrition, infection control, and more.

Our National Entry-Level Dental Assistant program can prepare you for a career as a dental assistant in as little as three months. Learn about dental procedures and the role of the dental assistant, who plays an important part in patients’ health and wellness!

If you’ve ever thought about working in a pharmacy, now is the time. Our Pharmacy Technician program trains you to work in one of the fastest-growing areas in medicine in various settings, including hospitals, company pharmacies and more. Hundreds of thousands of pharmacy technicians will be employed by 2024, so make sure you’re ready!

These are just some of the programs Community College of Philadelphia is excited to offer at the CATC. Check out for more information and to register!