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Workforce Development at Drexel University

Workforce Development and Economic Inclusion

Drexel University Workforce Development aims to open portals of economic opportunity to the residents of the West Philadelphia neighborhoods that surround Drexel University. In partnership with the Office of University & Community Partnerships, Drexel Human Resources is committed to improving the economic vitality of Drexel's community.

Initiatives:

Career Services with Drexel Human Resources

Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

Employment Pipelines

Temporary Hiring Opportunities

Adult Education

Beachell Learning Center Computer Lab

Youth Employment

Career Services with Drexel Human Resources

The mission of Career Services at the Dornsife Center is to provide local West Philadelphia residents with the guidance, support and resources necessary to prepare for entry (and reentry) into the workforce.

Additional Details

Available services:

  • Career Counseling
  • Resume Writing & Review
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Online Job Search Assistance
  • Online Job Application Assistance
  • Interview Preparation

Through collaboration with existing KEYSPOT internet and technology resources, this program provides individualized attention to address the employment needs of local community residents who visit the Dornsife Center.

Schedule

Thursdays: Open Hours 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Scheduled appointments only. Contact Courtney Claiborne at cnp45@drexel.edu to schedule an appointment.


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Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

Drexel has made a commitment to enhance the quality of life and increase economic stability in our community through a series of Neighborhood Initiatives. Our faculty, students, trustees and administration are aligned with our neighbors in Mantua and Powelton Village to address six different key areas that, taken together, will strengthen our community and improve the quality of life for residents. View more at the University & Community Partnerships website.

Additional Details

Located on 1.3 acres in the heart of Drexel's University City campus, the Dornsife Center is a neighborhood hub that embodies the spirit of collaboration. The center brings neighbors together with Drexel's 15 colleges and schools and our many nonprofit partners to offer programming and education that support the health, wellness and stability of the surrounding community. Described as an "urban extension center," it offers various programs that place Drexel students, faculty and staff alongside community members to solve problems in West Philadelphia. The Dornsife Center opened on June 12, 2014.


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Employment Pipelines

Employment Pipelines aim to provide employment opportunities to local West Philadelphia residents while simultaneously decreasing turnover within targeted job industries. This is achieved by providing customized recruitment,training and assessment to residents, preparing them for long term success at Drexel University. Drexel often partners with the University City District for training services.

Previous and Ongoing Employment Pipelines at Drexel University:

  • Medical Assistant Pipeline (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Food Service Pipeline (2015)

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Temporary Hiring Opportunities (Employers)

For Drexel University hiring managers seeking to fill temporary roles within their department, Drexel Human Resources houses a database of qualified community applicants that may be referred to your available temporary opportunity.

If you have a temporary opportunity, contact your HR Business Partner for more information.

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Adult Education/GED

The Helms Academy, a division of Goodwill, offers free courses to help individuals attain their high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits. Helms Participants will receive:

  • Life skills training;
  • college admissions guidance and counseling;
  • individualized academic skills training; and
  • other various support services.

For information on enrolling in the Helms Academy, contact the Dornsife KEYSPOT at 215.571.4065

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Internet and Computer Access and Training

KEYSPOT provides free computer use, internet access and training for anyone and everyone!

The Dornsife Center Beachell Learning Center Lab is open 5 days each week, located in the Ryan Building of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

Weekly Computer Lab Schedule:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays – 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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WorkReady Summer Internship Program

WorkReady summer programming provides thousands of Philadelphia High School Students with summer jobs designed to enhance their understanding and mastery of skills needed to become active and productive citizens. This paid internship program runs for six weeks each summer during the months of July and August.

  • Interested high school students should visit the Philadelphia Youth Network site for information and application materials.
  • Interested Drexel University Faculty and Professional Staff members should visit the Drexel WorkReady page for information on how to hire interns.
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