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Temple University Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning Program

Listing Last Update: August 6, 2019


1509 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 4th Floor
Entertainment and Community Education Center
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Primary Contact

Safiya Washington

(215) 204-2560

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • To study for high school equivalency
  • English language
  • Math
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Citizenship Classes

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Mission Statement

Temple University's Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD) partners with communities and social service agencies throughout the Commonwealth to address issues that impact health and well-being of individuals and communities. This mission is accomplished through teaching, research and service activities that:

1. Advance the knowledge and resources of individuals and communities;
2. Create innovative health and social services that promote health and wellbeing in the individual and the community; and
3. Ensure a comprehensive and diverse health and human service workforce.

Hours of operation: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday; 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

My name is Margarita S. - Temple WELL Graduate - Class of 2016.

I feel truly blessed to say I am now a high school graduate who is currently attending Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) where I am on the Academic Honors list and studying Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, I can't believe that I am also dually enrolled at Temple University where I will complete my Bachelors in Social Work after completing my Associates Degree at CCP.

My journey to get to this point began in 2012 and it was a difficult one. I had hit rock bottom and needed to make a decision whether I wanted to sink or swim. I lost my mom in 2012 to cervical cancer and her family evicted us from our family home. The place we moved into burned down in September 2012 and we ended up at the Red Cross. It seemed that my life had turned into a roller coaster and I couldn't get off. A few years later my sister and I sat down and had a conversation about what I would need to do to pull myself out of the hole I'd fell into. I was 48 years old and couldn't get a job although I had marketable skills, because I didn't have a high school diploma. We searched the Internet and found the WELL Program, and it was the best thing that could've happened to me at this point in my life. I made an appointment for their orientation in September of 2014, and that day changed my life. After having several more setbacks I finally got my GED in May of 2016.

After completing my GED I was invited to attend the Transitions class at WELL where they assisted me with enrolling into CCP and completing my financial aid. I also got the opportunity to enroll in a great new Customer Service training and certification program while I was waiting for my CCP semester to begin. I couldn't believe my good fortune, and felt like I was flying on cloud 9. I would be able to use the new training and certification to get a job while I was in school.

I truly thank the Temple - WELL program, most especially the staff who encouraged and supported me through my ups and downs. I couldn't have done it without them. The WELL program has so many wonderful things available that will help you to grow as a person. You are not a number with them you are family.

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