The Skills Initiative is now hiring a Recruitment Coordinator and a Career Specialist

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The Skills Initiative is now hiring a Recruitment Coordinator and a Career Specialist: Recruitment Coordinator   University City District (UCD) is a non-profit, special services district that leverages a unique partnership of universities, health systems, large and small businesses, and community groups to invest in public spaces, address public maintenance and public safety issues, bring […]

New life sciences initiative targets local industry growth, talent pipeline acceleration

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Originally published by The Philadelphia Business Journal A new local initiative launched this week with $3.4 million in funding and a goal of growing Philadelphia’s life sciences industry and strengthening its talent pipeline.   The Keystone LifeSci Collaborative was established by a group of local life sciences leaders and community partners to serve as a […]

$500,000 from Hummingbird Foundation Will Fuel WPSI University

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We are very excited to begin 2024 by sharing the exciting news that the Hummingbird Foundation, the New Jersey-based charitable organization that helped us launch WPSI University in 2023, has continued its support of the Skills Initiative with a new gift of $500,000 over two years.   The initial $150,000 investment from Hummingbird in January of […]

Phlebotomy program gives lift to lab, community

Originally published by Cap Today December 2023—The clinical laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is solving two problems at once: its phlebotomist staffing shortage and the need for some in its community to learn a new skill and obtain employment.   In a program for which planning began in 2022, CHOP has partnered with West […]

This Is Philadelphia’s Big Life Sciences Moment

This is Philadelphia’s Big Life Sciences Moment On the heels of EDA Tech Hubs designation, Philly has everything it needs to keep its life sciences ecosystem strong, leaders say. Here’s how stakeholders across the region are working together to build up real estate and workforce programs to support the growing industry.   Words by: Sarah Huffman,  @sarahghuffman Edited […]

Philly Money Moves: West Philadelphia Skills Initiative won a big workforce development grant

Originally Published by West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), a workforce development program through the University City District, won a $339,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to support workforce development for justice-involved individuals.   During FY22, 17% of WPSI’s participants were justice-involved individuals and only half of them graduated, according to the org. These […]

Graduate Spotlight: Iyana from Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Iyana Pearson saves lives. Before she joined the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative in 2022, she had worked as a dialysis technician for eight years. Like so many other Americans, however, she found herself looking for work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.     As Iyana explored getting back into the medical field, she discovered the pilot […]

Announcing the Third Class of WPSI Scholars

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The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is pleased to name the third annual class of WPSI Scholars. These ten Skills Initiative alumni will each receive financial assistance to help with continuing their professional education. Through generous funding from the Chappell- Culpeper Foundation, Scholars each receive a $2,000 scholarship toward tuition to cover degree, certification, or […]

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative: Building Customized Talent Solutions

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Originally published by BioBuzz Going on 13 years, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) has acted as a workforce intermediary with local companies. The Skills Initiative operates a year-round, cohort-based, jobs-driven training model designed to find and train talent. Over the years, the Skills Initiative’s programs have connected more than 91% of graduates to employment […]

Cutting the Ribbon on New West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Headquarters

WPSI Ribbon Cutting

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our pioneering workforce intermediary that has connected Philadelphians to career-ladder positions with major employers since its formation in 2011, has cut the ribbon on a new headquarters at 22 S. 40th Street in West Philadelphia. Members of our UCD and WPSI staff were joined by 3rd District Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, […]