PLA University, Phalen’s free job training and placement program for adults, is now accepting students for classes starting October 4th, 2023, in Tarrant County. The program works to support adults in and around Fort Worth, and has recruited high-powered partners and local universities to provide adults with the ability to learn more and earn more.

PLA Founder & CEO, Earl Martin Phalen, founded PLA University in order to provide the network, skills, experience, and support needed to help our scholars, families and communities realize their full learning and earning potential. 

“We’re so excited to welcome the new cohort to our courses this October,”  said PLA Founder & CEO Earl Martin Phalen. “Our commitment to our scholars, families, and communities continues to thrive with each graduate. Those enrolling for fall courses are taking action to uplift themselves and their families, and we’re honored to be a part of that growth.” 

PLA University was designed to create economic parity and give adults an opportunity to train in high-demand career fields, secure a certification, and then be placed with an employer paying a competitive salary plus benefits. Now a 501(c)(3), PLA University is one of the most innovative adult educational institutes in the country, created for adults seeking a no-cost certification in one or more of the following career fields: Health & Life Sciences, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain Logistics and/or Entrepreneurship.

“We have over 60 students that have graduated from PLA University in Fort Worth, many of which are now employed with reputable organizations making great salaries,” said PLA University Vice President James Swift. “Our program has been truly life-changing for many of our participants and we look forward to putting more people on the path to financial stability.”  

Those interested in joining the program should visit and click apply. 

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