Manufacturing jobs in Philadelphia once accounted for 45 percent of the city’s workforce. Today, that number is closer to 5 percent, leaving thousands without jobs – and without the level of education required to find new ones.

philadelphia-tech-learningSixty-five percent of job seekers in the city’s employment system read at only a fourth- to sixth- grade level, and 80 percent can only do math at a sixth-grade level.

The level many employers expect an applicant to have? At least tenth grade, said Judith Renyi, executive director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on...

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