PHILADELPHIA -- WorkReady Philadelphia is launching a biotechnology-focused education program, called Quest, for 25 high school juniors from Roxborough and Lincoln High Schools with funding provided by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and The Philadelphia Foundation. GSK and The Foundation collectively pledged $1 million dollars last spring to advance career and economic opportunities for young Philadelphians. In addition to the Quest program, the funds enabled more than 500 young people to participate in WorkReady opportunities in summer 2012. (Mayor Nutter's Announcement of the funding).
"The jobs of tomorrow will rely even more on the skills derived from STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) education," said Mary Linda Andrews, Director, Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline. "We are delighted to partner with The Philadelphia Foundation on the Quest program that will inspire high school students and lay the groundwork for science careers."
Philadelphia Academies is the lead partner and will manage all program logistics and coordinate services
As the managing partner of WorkReady, the Philadelphia Youth Network will oversee implementation of the model.
"We are excited about the possibilities that this extensive partnership will create for the youth of our city," said R. Andrew Swinney, president of The Philadelphia Foundation. "Philadelphia already is a leader in the healthcare and biotechnology fields. This Industry Pipeline program will create a pool of qualified future employees, and allow us to foster increased interest among Philadelphia youth in key industries that are beneficial to our city."
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About The Philadelphia Foundation
Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has linked those with financial resources to those who serve societal needs. It is the region's community foundation, serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. For more information, visit www.philafound.org.
About WorkReady Philadelphia
WorkReady Philadelphia is the city's youth workforce preparation system that is supported by blended investments from public and private sources, including: federal, state and city dollars; support from Greater Philadelphia employers; grants from local and national philanthropies; and gifts from individuals. WorkReady is overseen by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a subcommittee of Philadelphia Works, Inc., and is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). PYN works with over 50 organizations to operate WorkReady programs across the city. Learn more at www.pyninc.org/workready/.