WPSi Alumni Newsletter
Hey everyone,

We made it to the end of the year! We hope that everyone is doing well and remaining optimistic as we close the year out. Read more below for details on our first alumni cohort and an exciting new offering for our alumni who are interested in continuing their education.

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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.
WPSI News
Our FIRST Alumni Cohort: Penn Medicine Lab Assistants
We had our very first alumni cohort last month! Sixteen WPSI alumni from Allied Universal, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Penn's University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), Chesterbrook Academy, BrightView, and Sodexo came together to complete specialized training with Penn Medicine's team and were hired as Lab Assistants. We are very excited about the success of this program and will be building more cohorts specifically for alumni moving forward. Make sure you are connected and receiving our #WorkWithWPSI emails and have joined the private WPSI Alumni Facebook page to hear about any upcoming opportunities!
Alumni Offerings
Continuing Education: WPSI's Partnership with Graduate! Philadelphia
We know there are many of you in our alumni community that aspire to continue their education by obtaining or finishing your associate or bachelor's degrees. To support you in these efforts, we have partnered with Graduate! Philadelphia, an organization that specializes in helping adults complete their college degrees.
  
Graduate! Philadelphia offers one-on-one advising throughout the entire process of resuming your eduction, from the initial inquiry to return to school, to navigating the application process and financial aid, to graduation. Graduate! Philadelphia also has established partnerships with local colleges and universities such as Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, and more. By partnering with this meaningful organization, we hope to assist any alumni interested in continuing their education to reach their goals and open the door for more job opportunities. 

If you are interested in connecting with an advisor at Graduate! Philadelphia, please contact Tiffany at tiffany@universitycity.org
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!
#WorkWithWPSI Recap
The following positions were sent out via the #WorkWithWPSI newsletter and are still hiring:
Contact Tracer with CHOP
Environmental Service Technician with The SPAK Group
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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:
WPSI STAFF
Matt Bergheiser
President,
University City District

Patrick Bayer
Senior Manager for Economic Development and Analysis

Caitlin Garozzo
Director of Programs

Fontaine Gutierrez
Manager of Outreach and Communications

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
Coordinator of Operations and Administration
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