Workforce Connections HUB

By Ulicia Lawrence-Oladeinde

The Workforce Connection Hub is a collaborative process to provide collective services and information to adult education learners and community employment seekers. Temple Office of Community Relations, The Pan- African Studies Community Education Program, Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, Goodwill Industries-Helms Academy, PA CareerLink and other stakeholders, collaborate to offer access to educational advancement, GED acquisition, transitions to Career Pathways, online job-search tools, employment preparation and acquisition, and to digital literacy. The Workforce Connection Hub (Hub)  is open to the public weekly and alternate Saturdays.

Individual services may include:

  • Career coaching and educational counseling  
  • Access to computer basic and internet services 
  • Assessment for secondary and post secondary education Free workshops for job readiness and training 
  • Access to PA CareerLink and Graduate! Philadelphia
  • Assessment and Registration into Adult Literacy classes for GED and enrichment
  • Employment workshops and Spotlights for job acquisition

While enrolled in the program, participants will receive life skills training, job search and placement assistance, and other supportive services that will ensure that the student will have all the tools they need for success.

Contact: 215-204-1993


Helms Academy

Temple University Pan African Studies Community Education Program: Office of Community Relations is working in collaboration with Goodwill Industries, Drexel University and the Community College of Philadelphia to help individuals with an alternative method to attain their high school diploma. Students can earn up to 30 tuition free college credits, thereby increasing access to job opportunities, financial aid, all while earning their high school diploma.  In collaboration with Community college of Philadelphia, students attend 3 credit General Education college courses that transfer to matriculated degree programs.  At The Helms Academy, it doesn’t matter when you left high school or the reasons why, we are here to help you attain this powerful tool. Best of all, thanks to Goodwill’s network of retail stores and private funding, enrollment at The Helms Academy is 100% tuition free. Additional services include:

·         Adult Education and Basic Skills

·         Academic Assessment

·         Digital Literacy

·         Individual Tutoring

·         GED/ HiSET/ Accuplacer Prep

·         Career and Educational Counseling

·         Job Search and Placement Assistance

·         Adult Supportive Services 

Coordinator:  Courtney Johnson, M.S.     

Phone: 856-638-8182

The Bridge Program

 Learn to EARN!  provides participants with the opportunity for success in the workforce and their personal journey. Participants explore various, education, training and work preparation competencies in order to be equipped and eager to learn. According to the Employment and Training Administration Industry Competency Models, “Willingness to Learn” is a requirement across industries in the 21st Century job market. The course is modified to reflect any industry and provide exploration and information for career pathways development.

This course intends to equip and inform employment and career seekers with foundational knowledge of personal, academic, and work-related skills required in the Healthcare Industry. The Lenfest/PASCEP collaboration offers individuals the opportunity to access resources offered through Temple University in order to build their ability to be successful in their academic pursuits, personal development, workforce skills development, civic engagement, family enrichment, and lifelong learning

Bridge to Healthcare Career Pathways is one course in a series of occupational skills exploration courses provided in TU Workforce Connections Hub.  This course provides participants with the opportunity to explore and compare occupations within the healthcare industry. Participants explore the competencies relative to three main areas of development:  Communication, Critical Thinking, and Emotional Intelligence contextualized with academic occupation skills: Reading, writing, and math in health occupations.

Exploring the skills offered in this program provides participants with the foundation skills reflected across industry Competency Models ( Tier 1: Personal Effectiveness Skills, Tier 2: Academic Competencies, Tier 3: Workplace Competencies.  

For more information and organizational access contact:  Ulicia Lawrence-Oladeinde


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