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February 21, 2024

Newsletter Archive

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January 16, 2024

Award-Winning Biotech Training Program to Begin Recruitment with New Employer Partner in Life Sciences

The Wistar Institute, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, PIDC, and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Announce VintaBio as New Employer Partner The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and The Wistar Institute are collaborating once again with support from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to bring their award-winning

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November 27, 2023

Workforce Development Partnership Celebrates 100th Placement

University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC are excited to announce the completion of the inaugural Industrial Trades Program! This cohort marks the 100th placement of the partnership.

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September 18, 2023

Partnership Announced to Connect Philadelphians with Career Training in the Skilled Trades Starting at $25/hr

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative Launch Professional Development Program with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division for Union Careers University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) launched a program to train Philadelphia residents for permanent, full-time, union careers starting at

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Community

June 5, 2023

Long-time Navy Yard Security Officer Gets Promoted

Brandon Capone has seen a lot in his nearly nine years of working as a security officer at the Navy Yard. Most recently, he saw his role and responsibilities with Allied Universal Security Services (Allied) increase. (Allied is the contracted security company at the Navy Yard for PIDC.) Capone, who lives in South Philadelphia with

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May 3, 2023

Navy Yard Workforce Program Receives $525,000 Federal Grant

Through the strong support of Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), PIDC recently received a $525,000 grant for its innovative workforce program – the Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI). Congresswoman Scanlon secured the Community Projects Funding commitment for NYSI in 2022 and PIDC recently completed the administrative grant process to access the funds. NYSI is a

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April 14, 2023

NSWCPD Co-Hosts 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge with Temple University

The following is courtesy of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division. You can access the original article here. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division co-hosted the 18th annual Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge with Temple University’s College of Science and Technology at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center on March 24, 2023. SeaPerch

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March 30, 2023

Award-Winning Life Sciences Workforce Program Graduates First Class at Navy Yard

The 22-week program, which began recruitment last summer and generated more than 400 applicants, graduated its first class at a ceremony held at Iovance Biotherapeutics at the Navy Yard March 10th, 2023. In total, 13 students graduated from the program, and ten will be connected with employment at Iovance Biotherapeutics as Aseptic Technicians starting at $23.50/hour. Associate

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Amenities

January 4, 2023

Navy Yard NEWS – Winter 2023

Click to read the Fall 2022 issue of Navy Yard NEWS.

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January 4, 2023

Navy Yard Skills Initiative Connected More Than 60 Philadelphians to Jobs in 2022

Since its inception in August 2020, more than 120 Philadelphians have participated in 8 cohorts of PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) training programs, but 2022 was by far the most successful year of NYSI in connecting Philadelphians to meaningful employment in growing industries within the Navy Yard. NYSI training programs are designed for individuals

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January 3, 2023

Rhoads Industries Receives Funding to Bolster PA’s Manufacturing Industry

Governor Tom Wolf made an announcement December 30, 2022, that Rhoads Industries, Inc. (Rhoads) is set to receive $400,000 in funding to help strengthen its workforce development program and meet the production needs it has at the Navy Yard. Founded in 1896, Rhoads has grown from a small fabrication shop to a leader in industrial

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December 14, 2022

Navy Yard Skills Initiative Program Named Workforce Champion

FROM A WISTAR INSTITUTE JOINT RELEASE BioBuzz Workforce Champion Award goes to Wistar’s New Biomedical Technician Training Program for Adults  A collaborative program with West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Iovance Biotherapeutics, and PIDC focuses on training adults for jobs in the specialized life science sector.  PHILADELPHIA — (DECEMBER 14, 2022) — The Wistar Institute Biomedical Technician

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September 13, 2022

Navy Yard Skills Initiative Begins Recruitment for Patient Registrar at Jefferson Health

University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) are recruiting across Philadelphia for training and job opportunities as a Patient Registrar at Jefferson Health. Full-time positions begin at $15.15/hr. Register online for a virtual info session to learn more about the program: September 15 at 1 p.m. or September 22

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August 23, 2022

Five Organizations Partner to Design New Biotech Training Program to Connect Philadelphians with Quality Jobs in the Region’s Rapidly Growing Life Sciences Sector

Media Contacts: Chris Richman, University City District, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, chris@universitycity.org, 215.243.0555 x229 Darien Sutton, The Wistar Institute, dsutton@wistar.org, 215.898.3988, 215.870.2048 (cell) Jen Tran, PIDC, jtran@PIDCphila.com, 215.218.2854 Jen Saunders, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc., jen.saunders@iovance.com, 917.514.6512 Sue Hamilton, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, shamilton@devinepartners.com, 215.568.2525, 609.440.6917 (cell) The Wistar Institute, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative,

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September 24, 2021

Philly Shipyard Hires 13 PIDC Workforce Development Program Graduates

PIDC and University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is thrilled to announce that we graduated and placed 14 program participants from our second Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives training program today!  These participants completed the three-week Shipyard Laborer Program in partnership with Philly Shipyard Inc. and 13 were extended a job offer for full-time permanent employment in the government and commercial shipbuilding industry starting at $14.00/hour. We partnered

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