Campus Philly

Campus Philly is a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.

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City Year

City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide.

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The Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development

The Collegiate Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development provides a comprehensive, coordinated approach to developing a highly skilled workforce for Greater Philadelphia. The combined efforts of its five community colleges – which emphasize advanced technical training – and a university, which offers advanced education, creates a unique model for education and training.

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Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia’s vision is to create communities within our schools to address the whole child, adhering to five basics, by having a positive impact on their values, self-esteem, job skills, and life focus.

  1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  2. A safe place to learn and grow
  3. A healthy start and a healthy future
  4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  5. A chance to give back to peers and community
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Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is a public, open-admission institution that provides both academic resources and support services to help students achieve their academic goals. As the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, the College has served more than 685,000 of the city’s residents since 1965.

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The Council for Adult and Experimental Learning

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) advocates and innovates on behalf of adult learners, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, to enhance their economic and educational opportunities. CAEL works in partnership with postsecondary institutions, employers, government, and communities, conducting research and develop services and tools to expand opportunities for learning, employability, and career success.

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District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

The leadership of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund brought to Philadelphia a deep commitment to education as a vehicle for providing healthcare workers with the opportunities to advance into better jobs.


The Training and Upgrading Fund’s Learning Center in Center City, Philadelphia provides basic and job skills training to over 2,000 students per year. About half of the students are union members and half are community residents, including laid-off workers and welfare recipients.

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Graduate! Philadelphia

Our mission is to increase the number of adults with college degrees in Greater Philadelphia.

We provide FREE OF CHARGE advising, guidance, coaching and supports to adults who seek to return to college, from the decision to return to completion of a college degree. Many local colleges and universities are partners in Graduate! Philadelphia and all are fully regionally accredited, have high graduation rates, and offer courses that are flexible, focused, and convenient for adults.

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Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Would you like to change the life of a young person, improve the future of our region, and get help from individuals eager to work?  Then consider providing a paid internship this summer.

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all regional employers – from large corporations to small businesses – to provide a paid summer internship through the Summer internship program.

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Job Opportunity Investment Network

JOIN is a public private partnership between philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers. JOIN invests in, evaluates and advocates for best practice efforts that narrow the gap between the region’s low-skilled workforce and the needs of the region’s employers.

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[email protected] High School

The mission of KWHS is to promote global financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and educators by providing free innovative educational content.

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The Notebook

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is an independent, nonprofit news service serving thousands of supporters of the Philadelphia public schools. The Notebook serves as an information source and voice for parents, students, teachers, and other members of the community who are working for quality and equality in Philadelphia’s public schools.

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Office of Adult Education

Since 1983, the Office of Adult Education (OAE) has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family and civic engagement. OAE is charged to work on behalf of literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adult in the City who need to develop their workforce literacy skills, prepare to compete in our knowledge based economy, complete secondary education and prepare to participate in postsecondary programs.

OAE works with community partners and stakeholders to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to a high quality adult education system which supports personal and career advancement and increased opportunities for adults in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s system of adult education, workforce development and digital literacy will position the City as a national leader.

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Online Colleges

Greater Philadelphia is home to a range of colleges and universities offering quality online degree programs. Online Colleges ranks the best online programs by state, examines how schools approach online education, and lists the services that are available for distance students. Scholarship and financial aid information is also available.

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Pennsylvania Career Link

The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (WIB)  has governance responsibility for the seven PA CareerLink® centers located within the city limits. The PA CareerLink® system is the mechanism for coordinating a wide range of employment, education, and training related services for seamless delivery to businesses and job seekers. WIB primarily concerns itself with providing the leadership and information necessary to ensure the local CareerLink centers are positioned to meet the economic and labor supply challenges of the region.

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Pennsylvania Community Colleges

Pennsylvania Community Colleges provides free, detailed profiles of community colleges across the U.S. The site lets you compare colleges within Pennsylvania and learn more about how community colleges work.

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Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

The 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities offer the lowest-cost four-year baccalaureate degree programs in the state.  Enrollment has increased steadily over the past decade of 120,000 students, 90 percent of whom are Pennsylvania residents.

Meeting students’ needs:  PASSHE universities make it easy for students to transfer seamlessly from community colleges and other institutions. More than one-fourth of all new students each year transfer from another school.

Training tomorrow’s workers:  PASSHE serves the needs of employers by offering more than 80,000 non-credit training programs a year, including customized job training, WEDNetPA and other collaborations with business.

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Philadelphia Academies

To expand life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming that prepare young people for employment and post-secondary education. Philadelphia serves as an intermediary, bringing the financial and human resources of the business community into Philadelphia public schools, providing work and life readiness skills, making connections to internship experiences, and offering scholarships that provide a path toward a productive life.

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Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable

Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable (PCPR) is a network of professionals from non-profit and campus-based college prep programs, university admissions and financial aid offices, and the School District of Philadelphia. The PCPR exists to increase the number of Philadelphia high school students who are college-ready, matriculate and graduate from post-secondary institutions.

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Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success

Provide leadership and advocacy in support of the Mayor’s education goals:

1) increase the graduation rate to 80% (cut the dropout rate in half) by 2014

2) double the baccalaureate attainment rate of Philadelphians by 2017.

The Council is charged with envisioning and developing citywide partnerships, strategies, and infrastructures to support youth attainment of 21st century skills and post-secondary education. This is accomplished through the alignment of priorities and resources across various youth development, education and youth social services efforts.

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Philadelphia Education Fund

The mission of the Philadelphia Education Fund is to improve the quality of public education in Philadelphia and the region, so that youth are prepared for college and careers. The Philadelphia Education Fund works with school districts and partners, including businesses, universities and non-profit organizations, as well as community stakeholders to:

  • Increase the number of public secondary schools (grades 6 – 12) that are high performing;
  • Increase the number of public school students who access postsecondary education and persist to completion;
  • Position the Philadelphia region as central to state and national dialogues about improving public education.
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Philadelphia School Partnerships

The Philadelphia School Partnership was created to accelerate the pace of education reform in Philadelphia by increasing the number of great school options available to children in our city. We raise philanthropic funds and invest those funds in school operators and people that have the ability to create and maintain great schools across Philadelphia. We also activate parents to demand great schools in their communities and facilitate the sharing of best practices among school leaders.

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Philadelphia Youth Network

A nationally recognized leader in youth workforce development, the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for collective action by developing and delivering models that change systems and improve educational and economic outcomes for youth. Our vision is that all of Philadelphia’s young people will take their rightful places as full and contributing members of a global economy.

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PhillyGoes2College promotes and supports a college-going culture among citizens of all ages by engaging them and providing high-quality college-going information and resource referrals that are current, comprehensive, and easily accessible.

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Project Grad

The mission of the program is to ensure a quality public school education for all at risk children in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school graduation rates increase and graduates are prepared to enter and be successful in college.

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Team PA

Team Pennsylvania Foundation is a non-partisan charitable non-profit created in 1997 to bridge the gap between government and the private sector and allow both sides to partner for the betterment of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Led by a public/private board co-chaired by the Governor and a private-sector CEO, Team PA helps state officials overcome the barriers to effective governance and positive change. The Foundation is a true facilitator of good government by providing strategic consultation, financial support, and access to an independent private sector sounding board to vet and validate ideas that build a better Pennsylvania.

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The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in our region. Since opening our doors in 2003, we have assisted more than 8,000 people from over 140 countries.

Our mission is clear – to be a centralized employment and referral center for the region’s growing immigrant community by promoting immigrant participation in the area’s political, social, and economic life. To that end, we work closely with the many regional organizations that have a stake in immigration. These include government agencies, service providers, employers, business associations, trade unions, and economic development groups.

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