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Wanamaker Scholars Program

The Wanamaker Institute and Community College of Philadelphia have partnered to establish the Wanamaker Scholars program that offers free education and training to underemployed or unemployed Philadelphia residents who are trying to gain employment.

Interested individuals must submit a program application, participate in an interview and meet the entrance requirements for their program of interest. Class size is limited; therefore, not all applicants will be admitted to the program. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated. Selected applicants must attend an orientation. Please refer to each specific program description below for requirements.

Students admitted to the program will be designated as Wanamaker Scholars. Upon successful completion of their training, program graduates will receive a certificate of achievement.

To apply to the Wanamaker Scholars Program, please download and complete the application at the bottom of the page. If accepted into the program, you will be required to pay a one-time matriculation fee of $30.

Download a Wanamaker Scholars Program Application

Nurse Aide  

The Nurse Aide course, which includes classroom lectures, lab skills and clinical practicum, prepares individuals for employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. Training topics include the role and function of the nurse aide, resident rights, nutrition, abuse and neglect prevention, infection control, psychosocial needs, safety and accident prevention, personal care skills, communication skills, and legal and ethical aspects of long-term care. Participants will be prepared to sit for the State Board exam at the completion of the course. Note: Aas a prospective partic ipant you must hold a high school diploma or GED and are required to take reading comprehension and math tests. Priority will be given for acceptance to candidates who have recently passed a general physical examination and a two-step tuberculosis test.  Download the physical screening form.

Time and Cost: 120 hours; $30 matriculation fee Location: Center for Business and Industry Contact Ms. Vida Wright at vwright@ccp.edu or 215.496.6157 for schedule.

 

Personal Trainer Certification  

Prepare for one of the hottest jobs in America! Corporate Solutions and the World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) have partnered to offer a personal trainer national certification workshop. This six-week intensive workshop features live, interactive instruction combining 15 hours of in-class theory and 15 hours of hands-on practical training at our onsite fitness facility. National certification through World Instructor Training School is awarded upon completion of the workshop, a 30-hour internship, passing exams and providing proof of current CPR certification. Seating is Limited!


Employment Outlook:

  • The U.S. Dept. of Labor predicts a 24% increase in employment projections for Fitness Trainers in PA during the years 2010-2020
  • National average hourly wage is $25 
  • Be your own boss! Supplement your current salary or work full time as a personal trainer.

Workshop Content:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy
  • Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology
  • Health Screenings
  • Fitness Testing
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Exercise
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Flexibility

Practical

  • Fitness Assessments
  • Client Rapport
  • Biomechanics of Exercise
  • Equipment Usages
  • Weight Training Techniques

Certification Requirements:

  • Proof of current CPR (for issuance of certificate)
  • Attendance at 4 of the 5 weeks of the course
  • Passing grades on both the written and practical exams
  • Completion of 30-hour practical internship
Time and Cost: 30 hours; $30 matriculation fee Location: Center for Business and Industry Contact Ms. Vida Wright at vwright@ccp.edu or 215.496.6157 for schedule.

 

Pharmacy Technician Training  

Join the pharmacy team! This comprehensive 75-hour course, including 10 hours of instruction concentrating on mathematics for pharmacy use, will prepare you to assist the pharmacist in filling prescriptions in a variety of pharmacy settings, including hospitals and community, home infusion and mail order pharmacies. Course content will include learning all activities involved in preparing prescriptions: reading and interpreting prescriptions, dose calculations, IV flow rates, and medication actions and reactions. An extensive review of basic mathematics for pharmacy use, along with reimbursement, billing and inventory control, will be included in the curriculum. Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. Note: Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED, pass reading comprehension and math tests and undergo a criminal background check.

Time and Cost: 75 hours; $30 matriculation fee Location: Center for Business and Industry Contact Ms. Vida Wright at vwright@ccp.edu or 215.496.6157 for schedule.

 

Professional Culinary Skills Training  

Learn the basic principles within the food service and lodging industries. This program is separated into three key components: Hospitality, Basic Food Preparation, and ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. The curriculum includes the history of the industries, current problems and trends, business operations, fundamental cooking methods, proper kitchen and sanitation standards, food preparation, and knife handling. You will complete this program with the nationally recognized ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification.

Note: Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED.

Time and Cost: 96 hours; $30 matriculation fee Location: Center for Business and Industry Contact Ms. Vida Wright at vwright@ccp.edu or 215.496.6157 for schedule.