WPSi Alumni Newsletter
Hey everyone, we hope your 2021 is off to a great start! We know you also received our WPSI Newsletter that goes out to all alumni, employer partners, and funders so we won't be too redundant here. If you haven't already, check out details on our NEW WPSI website, some staff changes, and our past and upcoming cohorts at the link below!
Job Quality Survey
It's important to us that we ensure our employer partners are worthwhile and valuable to you. We'd like to hear from about your experiences through our Job Quality Survey. Take the survey below to give us feedback on your workplace culture, pay, and opportunity for advancement!
WPSI Website
Alumni Page on WPSI's New Website
Today we launched the brand new WPSI website, and we wanted to make sure you check out the Alumni page! This specific page will feature upcoming events, Alumni specialists, Alumni ventures, and will host all of our newsletters. There is also a page for you to revisit resources that were shared in the cohort curriculum!

If you have a venture or business and would like to be featured on the site, be sure to fill out the WPSI Alumni Entrepreneurs Survey at the bottom of the monthly Alumni Newsletters!
Upcoming Recruitments
Four Seasons Total Landscaping
Last week we officially launched the first collaboration with PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) to train West and South Philadelphia residents for permanent, full-time, quality-wage careers with Four Seasons Total LandscapingApplications are now open, and recruitment closes on Friday, February 5th.

Be sure to let your family and friends know about any of our upcoming recruitments! Alumni receive $25 for every person they refer that is accepted and joins the program.
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 your 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 education, 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!
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
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 of Strategy and Partnerships

Tiffany Smith
Alumni Services Coordinator

Romaine Thrower
Manager of Career Strategies

Jennine White
Coordinator of Operations and Administration
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