Ort Trade School in New York to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary
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Ort Trade School in New York to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

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The 10th anniversary of the ORT Trade School here, which is providing tuition-free vocational training for refugees arriving in the United States, will be celebrated this month, it was announced today by the American ORT Federation.

More than 5, 000 persons have attended the school during the ten years of its existence, the announcement said. At various times there have been former lawyers, judges, government officials, rabbis and business men. While city public schools all have entrance restrictions, the ORT school has no special entrance requirements. Immigrants from 22 countries are now enrolled in the school learning a trade with which to make an economic beginning in the United States.

The school maintains classes in drafting, jewelry making, machine shop and radio-television. Entrance is not limited to age, and one can find in the classes students aged between 15 and 70. The chief support of the school is the membership of the American and European Friends of ORT, an organization of new Americans who arrived in this country with some financial means.

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