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Strategic Plan Fall 2019 Update - Workforce Development, Readiness and Economic Innovation

Promote the College as a leading provider of workforce and economic development solutions and corporate training in the region by delivering high quality training and instruction that enables clients to grow, succeed and stay ahead of industry needs.

Strategic Plan Fall 2019 Update

  • The College secured over $400,000 in grants to fund innovative workforce programs, including two State funded PA Smart pre-apprenticeship programs, and a Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development “Manufacturing to Career” readiness program.
  • Two Advanced Manufacturing programs were approved for credit articulation: Welding (20 credits) and Electro-Mechanical (27 credits). The Nurse Assistant and Dental Assistant are under review.
  • The CNC Lab was completed at the West Philadelphia Regional Center with classes initiated in Fall 2019 with the Pathways to Manufacturing program.
  • The College received approval of a Massage Therapy program for financial aid.
  • The Workforce & Economic Innovation (WEI) unit doubled workforce offerings since FY17 from 13 to 26 in FY19.

Strategic Plan Fall 2018 Update

  • 38% net revenue growth since FY15/16; Corporate College, Open Enrollment, Contract Training saw 12% enrollment growth since FY15/16.
  • Secured close to $1M in grants to fund innovative workforce programs.
  • College named lead partner in City's Workforce Strategy, "Fueling Philadelphia's Talent Engine," launched at the College in February 2018.
  • Enhanced Relationship with Philadelphia Works and the City on Workforce Development:
  • Awarded Vocations Skills Training contracts for Gas Distribution, Bookkeeping, Certified Nurse Assistant, ComptiaA+, Pharmacy Technician, and Bookkeeping Programs.
  • CareerLink Satellite Office at NERC, targeting Spring 2019.

Develop entrepreneurial programs around industry clusters reflective of the region's needs, employer needs and College priorities.

Strategic Plan Fall 2019 Update

  • WEI introduced a Cyber Security program in Fall 2019 and finalized the curriculum to launch a Massage Therapy program in Spring 2020.
  • WEI introduced new Professional Development Certificates: Coach Approach Style of Leadership and Business of Coaching Certificate
  • The College experienced growth in professional development programs – WEI added: Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Diversity Training, Facilitation, and HR for the Non-HR Manager; Improving Self-Awareness/Self-Management Skills and Increasing Your Personal Influence with Emotional Intelligence; Understanding Generational Differences
  • The College enhanced an online partnership to provide a Digital Marketing Certificate to include Podcasting and Video Marketing.
  • Personal Enrichment Classes in Culinary Arts were launched in Fall 2019.
  • The College secured grant renewal for Year 6 of the 10KSB grant valued at $1.4M; The 10KSB program surpassed 500 Alumni in the program since inception; Cohort 20 is 10KSB’s largest class since inception (36 scholars.)
  • The College secured continued support for the Power UP Your Business Program beyond the initial 3 Year commitment. The program has served 157 businesses since January 2017 in the peer-learning program and 569 Businesses and 935 attendees in 41 workshops.
  • WEI launched the Power Up Industry Best Practices Institute for existing Child Care Owners. The program teaches best business practices on management, financials, funding, and human resources at Children’s Villages Child Care Center. WEI served 20 businesses, which comprised 30 locations.

Strategic Plan Fall 2018 Update

  • Introduced Certified Nurse Assistant, 3 Advanced Manufacturing Programs (CNC, Welding, and Electro-Mechanical); Gas Distribution; Bookkeeping; Office Manager; Robotics; Amazon Cloud Services, CDL since FY15/16; Four Programs in Development for next year.
  • Growth in professional development programs – Digital Mapping, Social Media Marketing Certificate; NEW: Diversity Institute; Adobe Creative Workshops.
  • Added 10KSB to WEI Portfolio and strengthened program securing grant renewals for Year 5 and Year 6 valued at $2.8M; Increased scholar numbers from 64 to 91.
  • Created Power UP Your Business Program serving 100 participants (95 businesses) since January 2017 in the peer-learning program; 433 Businesses and 806 attendees in 33 workshops. New: iHub with Mt. Airy CDC for start-up entrepreneurs.

Connect students with the world of work in ways that allow them to direct their learning and future employment to fields that fuel their personal ambitions and the region's economic opportunities.

Strategic Plan Fall 2019 Update

  • There was a 100% increase in on-campus employer engagement opportunities and 32% increase in employer participation since FY17.
  • There was a 150% increase in student career related activities, and a 245% increase in total student participation in career services since FY16.
  • The College significantly increased student access and use of technology tools with Big Interview and Virtual Job Shadow.
  • The College launched a new Employer and Student Job Portal, significantly enhancing services to employers and students, enabling effective tracking of student activity, and allowing for customized job opportunities to reach students.
  • The College established a professional development focus for Comcast Cares Day, a first of its kind for Comcast, to provide students the opportunity to engage with Comcast Executive Leadership for resume and job interviewing mentorship.
  • WEI partnered with the College’s Institute for Community Engagement & Civic leadership and the US Census Bureau to identify students for jobs for the upcoming 2020 Census.

Strategic Plan Fall 2018 Update

  • New Director and new vision for Career Connections; upgraded and added new technology tools; Expanded employer services; embedded Career Connections into FYE courses ; created a series of career readiness workshops each semester; doubled number of employers engaged throughout the year from 75 to 155; and more than doubled student participation in career activities from 1349 to 2851.
  • Instituted internships, externships, job shadowing as part of 4 certificate programs; linked Career Connections student services to ready WEI students for job search and interviews and to link with employers;
  • Re-engaged Communities in Schools/School District of Philadelphia Urban Technology Program and Penn Pipeline High School Program as related technical instruction (RTI) provider for registered apprenticeship and internship program; Joined with JEVS to be the RTI provider for their registered Technology apprenticeship (2019); RTI provider for the National Machining & Tooling (NMTA) Machinist (CNC) apprenticeship program.