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Many careers have been identified in partnership with WPSI’s employer partners, including certified medical assistant, health information technician, and laboratory animal technician. These full-time career-ladder jobs provide our graduates with family-sustaining wages, benefits and real opportunities for advancement.
Neighborhood Job Pipelines
WPSI and Drexel College of Medicine have partnered to build a pipeline for Certified Medical Assistants, an area of high need and high turnover. Drexel recruits West Philadelphia residents for this program, and WPSI provides intensive support services, including innovative professional development and career coaching, that prepare participants for career success. Program components include:
- Paid technical skills training
- Paid professional development training
- Mentoring by seasoned medical professionals
- Career development and job coaching services
- Real job opportunities
To apply for the program, you must attend a 1-hour information session. These will be held at the following times:
- Tuesday, November 12, 6pm
- Tuesday, November 19, 10am
- Thursday, November 21, 6pm
- Wednesday, December 10, 6pm
Call 1-888-290-6177 to register for an information session. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Application forms will be available at each session. Completed applications require copies of your resume and MA license. The application deadline is December 11, 2013. The program begins in February 2014.
Past Pipeline Programs
The initial results showed dramatic impact: 90% satisfaction with the program, 43% improvement in productivity and 36% return on investments for the employer partner.
WPSI and Penn Medicine partnered to develop a pipeline for para-professional IT analysts in Desktop Support and Field Support. By building positions that allowed IT analysts to work “at the top of their license,” we helped create opportunities for employment at the entry level. The program provided ICDL certifications and A+ training in addition to our top-of-the-line professional development and career coaching. Participants in this “earn and learn” program are now providing value to Penn Medicine’s IT department as full-time employees.
For information about how your organization can benefit from a pipeline program, contact Sheila Ireland: Sheila@universitycity.org
With the support of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, cohorts of West Philadelphia high school student are graduating from the Penn Medicine High School Pipeline into employment at Penn Medicine. These young adults work part-time in trainee positions while pursuing studies at Community College of Philadelphia. WPSI supplements their wages, so the trainees are eligible for employer-funded tuition benefits. WPSI also provides career coaching and professional development, beginning while students are still in high school.
Based on employer needs and funding availability, additional apprenticeship programs will be developed.
For more information, visit the Penn Medicine Academy.