20,000 Square Feet. Three Disciplines. Endless Opportunities.

The Career Pathways Academy is a state-of-the-art new 20,000-square-foot building that will house industry-level vocational education in three main disciplines: welding, automotive technology, and HVAC. The academy will prepare students for the world of work by grounding them in academics, introducing them to workplace competencies, developing employability skills, or soft skills, and providing hands-on experience to earn the certifications necessary to advance into a trade upon graduation.


By completing these programs, students will gain unique opportunities to increase their perseverance, confidence, trust, and self-respect while building skills to become life-long learners and valued members of society.


The Connely Welding Lab houses a three-year program requiring daily 90-minute classes beginning the student's sophomore year. Students must complete the full three years in order to successfully complete the program and take the AWS welding certification test.


Students will gain an understanding of welding equipment, tools, safety procedures, machine operation, and industrial applications as they work toward their high school diplomas and American Welding Society Certifications. Our welding program partners include SEPTA, Steamfitters Local 420, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, PTR Baler & Compactor, DeVal Lifecycle Support, Holtec International, L3 Harris, DCF Fabricators, Inc., SeaBox, and The Philly Shipyard.


Automotive Technology

The automotive technology curriculum focuses on shop safety, customer relations, and technology used in the diagnosis and repair of common problems found in automotive systems. Students must maintain strict academic, attendance, and conduct requirements as they work toward their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and OSHA certifications.


This program is sponsored by the Faulkner Automotive Group, a family-owned network of more than 31 dealerships and 22 vehicle brands. Faulkner’s management philosophy closely aligns with Father Judge’s educational foundation and values, ensuring a strong path forward for our future automotive technicians.


The Elliott-Lewis Mechanical Services Institute encompasses the mechanical service and maintenance of commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation, and heating equipment.


This field covers electric, gas-fired, and oil-fired hydronic and forced air heating equipment and associated combustion controls, and temperature and humidification controls. Students will also learn to repair, overhaul, and replace refrigeration compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices, and cooling towers, and support building automation equipment service, or energy management system service. Students who complete this program will obtain the necessary skills and certifications to become a certified, licensed mechanical equipment serviceman (MES).

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