Mar 20, 2017 8 months ago

The Skills Initiative Receives Major Support from The Pew Charitable Trusts

UCD’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is a constant source of inspiration for us. We love meeting new neighbors at our info sessions; watching participants connect with staff and alumni to hear how the program can transform their careers;  and supporting our participants as they use their new skills to nail a job interview, and better yet, thrive in a new job. And when these accomplishments are recognized by respected partners, we pause to celebrate. 

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Jun 07, 2016 18 months ago

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Visits with the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On June 6th, 2016, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Patrick Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, paid a visit to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to learn more about the WPSI program. During their visit, Chair Yellen and Mr. Harker learned about the work being done by WPSI to connect unemployed residents of West Philadelphia to the growing job opportunities in the neighborhood. 

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Dec 09, 2015 2 years ago

WPSI Participants Tell Their Story

Three graduates of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative program spoke about their experiences and how their lives have changed since completing the program.

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Mar 05, 2014 3 years ago

Citizens Bank Foundation awards $50,000 grant for UCD's West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On February 28th, Citizens Bank Foundation announced a $50,000 grant for University City District's West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), an innovative job training program that connects West Philadelphia employers to unemployed West Philadelphians. The check presentation was made during a training session for the Drexel College of Medicine Certified Medical Assistant pipeline, a partnership between WPSI and the Drexel University College of Medicine. UCD was honored to be joined at the presentation by John Fry, President of Drexel University; Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; and Henri Moore, Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Citizens Bank.

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Feb 19, 2014 3 years ago

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is now accepting applications from qualified 12th graders for the 2014 Summer Jobs Program

Each summer for the past 7 years, University City District has worked with high school students in our Summer Jobs Program. This program helps students access professional development, explore career pathways, build their work history, create mentoring connections to workplace professionals, and prepare for post-secondary education. A key learning objective is building awareness of the connection between education and success. For the first time, UCD is focusing on students who graduate in 2014 as a way to support these students in the first phase of their careers.

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Jan 27, 2014 3 years ago

Connecting WPSI Graduates to Employment

As a result of November's Connect to Success program, four formerly unemployed West Philadelphians are back to work! This four-week training session prepared participants to locate, maintain, and succeed in careers that suit their interests and long-term goals. WPSI partnered with Allied Barton to provide a customized training curriculum, specific to security work and the broader hospitality industry.

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Nov 07, 2013 4 years ago

Updates from the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

WPSI is recruiting for the next Certified Medical Assistant Pipeline Program as well as offering financial management sessions.

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Oct 31, 2013 4 years ago

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative - In The News

Shrinking the 'skills gap'

"Millions of Americans are looking for work, but at least 3 million jobs are open. Rev. Sharpton highlights a group helping to bridge that 'skills gap.'"

Watch the video here.

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Oct 25, 2013 4 years ago

WPSI-CHOP Partnership Grows

WPSI continues to strengthen its relationship with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Building on the success of our first CHOP program that resulted in immediate job offers for nearly 70% of participants, WPSI has launched a second Connect to Success that will prepare individuals for success as Patient Sitters at CHOP.

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Oct 23, 2013 4 years ago

Eight WPSI Interns Complete Penn Medicine Academy

On October 11, eight interns completed their year-long internships in the Penn Medicine Health System. A partnership between Penn Medicine and UCD, the Penn Medicine Academy (PMA) Internship Program helps recent high school graduates transition to the working world.

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