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Program Basics


The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is a training program which connects you to the tools, behaviors and supports you need to build a career that can change your life. To join a training program, you must be unemployed, in most cases a resident of West Philadelphia, and have a high school diploma or GED. Specific programs may have additional education, work, or residential requirements. 

Current Programs

Who should apply?
Goal-oriented, motivated individuals with a desire to work at the leading edge of laboratory science. Successful candidates must thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment which operates 24 hours per day. A keen attention to detail and high-quality people skills are a must, as well. 

This program is a blend of virtual courses and in-person sessions which will maintain high standards of safety compliance in the face of COVID-19. Participants must commit to either of the following schedules, depending on the cohort to which you may be accepted:

Cohort A

  • Virtual Group Sessions, Two Weeks: 11/9-11/23/20, Mon-Fri, 9a-12p, plus:
    • Approximately 2 hours of daily, independent lessons
    • Week One: A 30-minute one-on-one virtual session
    • Week Two: Two separate 15-minute one-on-one virtual sessions
  • In-person, Lab Basics Training, 11/30-12/11/20, Mon-Fri, 7a-3:30p
  • Virtual Group Session, 12/15/20, 9a-12p

Cohort B

  • Virtual Group Sessions, Two Weeks: 11/30-12/14/20, Mon-Fri, 9a-12p, plus:
    • Approximately 2 hours of daily, independent lessons
    • Week One: A 30-minute one-on-one virtual session
    • Week Two: Two separate 15-minute one-on-one virtual sessions
  • In-person, Lab Basics Training, 12/15-12/30/20, Mon-Fri, 7a-3:30p
  • Virtual Group Session, 1/5/21, 9a-12p

 

What is WPSI?

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is a career development program which connects you with tools and supports to grow in your career. 

 

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 95% of WPSI graduates finding employment.
  • A $150 weekly stipend while enrolled in the program.
  • The opportunity to interview for open, full-time, benefits eligible, Lab Assistant positions at Penn Medicine starting at $18/hr.

 

Are you eligible?

  • Live in the city of Philadelphia
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be unemployed
  • Be tobacco-free
  • Have excellent manual dexterity to complete repeated fine tasks
  • Be comfortable working on your feet and moving for an 8-hour shift while wearing a face mask, goggles, lab coat, and gloves
  • Be available to work any of three shifts, including weekends, as assigned
  • Commit to the training schedule of either cohort to which you may be accepted

 

APPLY HERE TODAY! The deadline is Friday, November 6th at 5pm.

 

Upcoming Programs

 

  • Stay tuned for details on our next recruitment!

Stories

 

“The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative has changed my life. When I came here, I knew I had the skills to land a job, but working closely with the staff, they brought out my potential to build a future career and to pull out my best self. I know that I am capable of doing whatever I put my mind to because I have a phenomenal group of people behind me.”

Tyler Wood, Brightview, Landscape Technician, March 2019

 

 

My experience at WPSI was life changing. I finally found a way to use my skills and an opportunity to gain the experience that I desperately needed in the medical field. Along with gaining connections, I also gained relationships with an amazingly supportive group of people. I now have a career that I’ve been working towards since I got my certification and I am excited to see what the future holds.

Aquanette Blakely, DUCOM, November 2018

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