Adult Education and Workforce Access
We support families by helping individuals overcome common obstacles to full-time employment. The Beachell Family Learning Center hosts a range of programs aimed at supporting residents in their search for family-sustaining wages, while our Community Lawyering Clinic helps workers address some of their most pressing employment-access concerns.
Meet four local residents who have used our services to find jobs at Drexel.
BEACHELL FAMILY LEARNING CENTER
Get one-on-one help with job searches and applications, resume development and interview coaching as well as career planning and counseling with Courtney Claiborne of Drexel's Department of Human Resources. Appointments are available every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with walk-in Open Hours every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact Courtney Claiborne at
The Dornsife Center's KEYSPOT is part of a city-wide network of free-access computer labs. Participants can get on the internet, get support with digital literacy skill building, and join instructor-led and self-paced training in common software applications like Microsoft Word, Quickbooks, and more. KEYSPOT is located on the first floor of the Carriage House.
Offered with our partners at Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and Community College of Philadelphia, Helms Academy is a zero-cost, community-based educational program for adult learners over 18 who have not yet completed their high school diploma. Participants work towards their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma while getting 30 free credits of community college courses. Meeting students where they are, dedicated staff members provide the extensive support services needed to help participants complete the program and create their own strategy for personal success. For more information call 215-571-4011 or stop by the Carriage House, room C201 at the Dornsife Center.
UConnect is an information, referral, and follow-up service connecting residents to a range of public benefits and resources, including those for jobs and education.
EMPLOYER-DRIVEN JOB TRAINING
The Beachell Family Learning Center is the home for workforce development programs designed and offered in conjunction with both Drexel and its vendors. Past pipeline programs, featuring paid training time, have connected West Philadelphia workers with full-time positions with Drexel medical practices and with our campus food service vendor.
COMMUNITY LAWYERING CLINIC
Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law brings this free legal assistance resource to the Dornsife Center. Pro bono law clinics and free community workshops offer training, direct representation, and referrals in areas like criminal record expungement, employment discrimination and other employment-related matters, and estate planning (creating wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives).
Students enrolled in the Community Lawyering Clinic courses carry out research on legal issues that are common in the community, and share key information resources about common legal obstacles and challenges. Our students have represented neighborhood clients in court in matters like home foreclosures and job discrimination. Pro bono clinics are offered during the School of Law's fall and spring semesters.