Workforce Academy

Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center Work Force Academy (OICWFA) is a tuition-free accelerated high school college and career readiness program. At Philadelphia OICWFA young adults do not have to choose between going to college or into the workforce, we prepare them for both.

Philadelphia OICWFA serves students, in grades 9th -12th and/or ages 16 to 21 who are over aged and under credited, seeking to earn a high school diploma, gain employable work skills, needing assistance in post secondary planning and driven by the idea of building a long-term career, with the assistance of job placement in the student’s selected choice of study.
Philadelphia OICWFA offers course of study and job development in four of Philadelphia’s premier work industries, including, front desk operations, environmental services, culinary arts and banking.

ALL OICWFA graduates will graduate with a PA high school diploma AND one of the following:

  • American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute certificate
  • ServSafe certificate
  • Bank works certificate of completion
  • In addition, graduates will:
  • Participate in networking opportunities with major companies, such as the Philadelphia Convention Center and Santander
  • Bank, as well as, local hotel and restaurants.
  • Have access to career services and an individualized post-secondary plan for future options.

OICWFA provides young adults with:

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Re-entry opportunity
  • Free transportation for students ages 16 -20
  • Job readiness skills to enter directly into the workforce
  • Internships and externships
  • College Acceptance
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Mentorship
  • Additional resources to include housing, financial management, wellness and parenting skills.
  • Job Placement

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