WPSi Alumni Newsletter
Hey everyone,

We hope you all are doing well and that you and your family and friends are healthy and safe. Below is more information on our new EMT recruitment and current alumni offerings.

Be sure to text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive city updates on the virus to your phone or visit this link for daily updates at noon.
WPSI Survey
We hope that some of the opportunities and resources that we share are helpful to you during this time. However, if they are not and your current needs are not reflected in our efforts, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know how you're doing or how we can help by filling out a brief survey.
In addition to this survey, WPSI staff will also be calling alumni just to check-in to see how you're doing. So if you get a call from a random number - it may be us!
COVID-19 Resources
We have updated the UCD hosted list of COVID-19 Community Resources! This list has been updated to reflect the adjustments that are anticipated with Philadelphia county entering a new phase.

Alumni Events and Programming
Virtual Coaching with Coach Kala

Coach Kala is offering the following online coaching services for WPSI Alumni only: 


What: A group chat with WPSI Alumni where the topic is always YOU!  
When: Every Tuesday evening at 7pm 
Where: Zoom


Coach Kala is also offering one-on-one coaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

Get an Updated Resume from WPSI Staff 📃

If you are currently applying or looking for jobs in a new field, reach out to us to work on updating your resume! 

Directions for resumes:  
In order to receive an updated resume we ask that you do the following: 

  1. Complete a short survey by clicking this link.
  2. Email the resume you received from WPSI to joshua@universitycity.org.
  3. Email a link or copy of the job description you are applying to to joshua@universitycity.org
  4. After all steps are complete, you will receive confirmation from WPSI that your resume is in progress. If we need any additional information from you, we will let you know.  

Resume updates will take 7-10 days. We will let you know if there is any change to that schedule!
Upcoming Recruitments
City-Wide EMT Certification Training Recruitment
We recently launched a recruitment for EMT Certification Training! Alumni are not eligible to apply for new cohorts BUT we do offer $25 for all alumni who send new participants our way! Pass along this information and tell your friends and family to list you as a reference - they do not have to be West Philadelphia residents for this cohort. Alumni will receive $25 for each person they refer that joins the program and signs the Participant Agreement. Don't delay, though! The deadline to apply is tomorrow, September 1st at 5PM!
#WorkWithWPSI Recap
The following positions were sent out via the #WorkWithWPSI newsletter and are still hiring:
Patient Service Associate with Penn Medicine
Benefits Outreach Specialists with Benefits Data Trust (BDT)
Interested in Sharing Your Business with the Alumni Network?
Be sure to follow @westphilaskills on Instagram for additional resources shared on our story!
Meet three graduates of University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative who are on the path to realizing their career dreams with Philadelphia employers:
Matt Bergheiser
University City District

Patrick Bayer
Manager, Continuous Improvement

Caitlin Garozzo
Senior Manager, Learning & Development

Fontaine Gutierrez
Community Engagement and Operations Coordinator

Mariya Khandros
Project Manager
Sarah Steltz
Executive Director,
West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

Joshua Park
Senior Manager, Employer Services

Tiffany Smith
Alumni Services Coordinator

Romaine Thrower
Manager, Employer Services

Jennine White
Administrative Assistant
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