Working with University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Drexel is developing employer-driven job training programs tied to its employment needs. In its first effort, Drexel and the Skills Initiative collaborated to create a pipeline for local residents to receive training, mentoring and job opportunities as Certified Medical Assistants in the College of Medicine. The 24-week program provided paid clinical and interpersonal skills training, mentoring by seasoned medical professionals, career development and job coaching services, along with job opportunities through the College of Medicine. The project attracted $101,100 from the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation to provide wage subsidies for the new COM employees. Twelve Medical Assistants completed the classroom and on-the-job training and have been retained by the College of Medicine. The medical practices were so pleased with the quality of candidates that they requested a second cohort; Drexel is currently training the second cohort.