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Workforce Development

participants in a job training program listen to a presenter 

Workforce development is critical to Drexel’s anchor mission to hire locally and support local residents’ access to 21st century economic opportunity. Beachell Family Learning Center’s efforts have consistently included programming to support entry-level candidates in foundational skill employment. We also recognize that it is important that Drexel support incumbent workers through either upskilling opportunities, such as advanced workforce development and computer software training programs programming at Beachell or Goodwin College’s reimagined Skills Hub. The services and programming available at Beachell include: 

CAREER WORKSHOPS – Career Workshops provide opportunity by placing hiring mangers directly in front of community job seekers. Drexel leverages our supplier and community partner relationships to bring organizations who are hiring and training partners who are recruiting in front of community members to learn about positions for which they are interested and qualify. Employers share information about their companies and also give tips on what it is they are looking for in potential employees. If you are an employer who is looking to hire or if you are interested in attending our next Career Workshop email BFLCDornsifeCenter@drexel.edu to find out about our next opportunity. 

CAREER SERVICES – Community members receive individual support with job searches and applications, resume and cover letter development, and interview coaching from Drexel staff. Click here to schedule a telephone appointment for 30 minutes and please email your resume to BFLCDornsifeCenter@drexel.edu in advance of your appointment. 

RESUME DROP-OFF SERVICES – Resumes can by dropped off for review by Drexel staff and volunteers. To send in your resume for critique, please send your resume to BFLCDornsifeCenter@drexel.edu and explain the nature of your employment search and needs so we can provide relevant guidance. Resumes will be returned three days upon receipt. 

COMPUTER CLASSES – The Beachell Family Learning Center offers free software classes from Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint) and Google Suite (e.g. Docs, Sheets, GMail, and Google Drive). Community residents are welcome to participate in these courses to prepare to enter the workforce, start or sustain a business, or improve their technology proficiency. To enroll in upcoming online classes, email BFLCDornsifeCenter@drexel.edu for more information. 

CREDENTIALING PROGRAMS WITH THE LENFEST FOUNDATION

We believe that anchor institutions can serve as models for how collaboration can be a powerful and necessary ingredient in addressing seemingly intractable economic challenges. In 2018, Drexel University and the Science Center received a three-year grant from the University City District through the Lenfest Foundation to support access to local career opportunities for residents of West Philadelphia communities. We are partnering on a new approach that leverages University City’s explosive economic growth in order to train and place under- and unemployed residents of West Philadelphia in career-ladder, family sustaining jobs today, while simultaneously equipping the emerging workforce in our community with the skills and certifications necessary to ensure they are ready and able to connect to the jobs of the future. The Lenfest Foundation’s new investment in Drexel’s Beachell Family Learning Center allows us to deepen our programs and services with respect to a multi-generational approach to economic opportunity through career education, creating jobs today and ensuring access to jobs tomorrow. 

The Beachell Family Learning Center has the capacity to newly develop its workforce development programming. Workforce credentials provide additional training and education without the high cost or long-term commitment of a traditional degree program. Drexel shares its limited grant funding to offer credentials that give individuals the skills they need for jobs with sustainable wages. The following credentialing programs are currently supported by the Beachell Family Learning Center:

  • Community Health Worker Peer Academy is operated by Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social JusticeThe CHWP Academy is a training and employment program for young men (ages 18-30) with lived experience of violence. A combination of traditional Community Health Workers and credentialed Certified Peer Specialists, the CHWPs are trained to work with both individuals and the broader community to promote healing from trauma due to intentional interpersonal injury and violence. 
  • The Child Development Associate Credential™ (CDA) is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the first major steppingstone on the path of professional development and career advancement for teachers throughout the United States. This training program is a collaboration with Drexel's Action for Early Learning initiative that is committed to improving the quality of childcare centers in West Philadelphia and is operated by the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund
  • Drexel's Emergency Medical Services EMS Training, offered by the Department of Emergency Medical Services, is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of EMS as a Basic Life Support Training Institute. The goal of the department is to provide initial and basic knowledge and skills to anyone interested in becoming a pre-hospital care provider or EMT. Through funding from the Lenfest Foundation, Drexel awarded four scholarships to West Philadelphian residents who were accepted into this program
  • Drexel partnered with Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) to bring the Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Certification (BPI-BA) to previously unemployed West Philadelphians. Six participants were accepted into the training program which prepared to complete the Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Certification (BPI-BA). ECA taught the course in September that included classroom work at the Dornsife Center as well as hands on instruction at ECA’s training facility in Kensington. All participants who completed the industry certification exam are awaiting official results. 
  • Beachell staff will offer a Microsoft Office training program to incumbent workers and jobseekers in West Philadelphia to demonstrate their intermediate proficiency with office productivity tools. This basic technology credential is the starting point of technology careers and other administrative and managerial opportunities. 

For more information about these credentialing programs, please email Howard Pinder at hwp26@drexel.edu.

To learn more about Drexel’s Hire Local Strategy click here.