Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades is a men's junior trade college located in Media, Pennsylvania, 14 miles away from both Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. It was founded on December 1, 1888 by Isaiah Vansant Williamson, opened in 1901, and is not affiliated with any religious organization, although it does subscribe to a "Judeo-Christian" belief system.:95
Williamson is the only trade college in the United States of America that gives all students full scholarships to cover tuition, textbooks, and room and board. The school uses their endowment to cover two-thirds of their student costs each year, with the rest coming from private fundraising. The college and its students do not accept federal financial aid.
Programs of study are offered in carpentry, masonry, horticulture, landscaping, turf management, machine tools, painting, and power plant technology. Upon graduation, students receive Associate's degrees in their chosen fields, unless they opt for a lesser diploma in carpentry or masonry. The term of study at the college is three years.
All students are required to live on-campus in supervised dormitories, attend a daily chapel service, and follow a dress code. Students must also participate in at least one official student activity each year; choices include team sports, the student newspaper, and student government.
Williamson is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
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- Williamson Approach to Education - accessed April 16, 2006
- Williamson At a Glance - accessed April 16, 2006
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- The full text of Life of Isaiah V. Williamson at Wikisource
- Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
- Williamson Men's Lacrosse
- The College Board: Williamson Free School