Talent Greater Philly is pleased to announce the honorees for the Regional Challenge, a program designed to showcase local businesses and higher education institutions dedicated to the educational advancement of Greater Philadelphia’s residents.

The honorees were recognized on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education: The Power of Partnerships event at the DoubleTree Suites Philadelphia West in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The Philadelphia Inquirer also published an article about the honorees.

“We all know that college education is a critical issue for our region’s competitiveness. The Regional Challenge Honorees are models for other businesses and institutions in our region who are also motivated to invest in an educated workforce,” said Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly and member of Talent Greater Philly’s Steering Committee.

This year’s Regional Challenge Honorees were chosen based on their proven commitment to moving the needle on college completion rates in the region through innovative solutions, strategic partnerships, and targeted programs.


Community College of Philadelphia Center for Male Engagement

Higher Education Honor

Geared towards African-American males, the Center for Male Engagement provides support coaches, computer labs and study spaces, learning specialists, career development and social events to help students cultivate a sense of belonging and build resolve as they pursue a post-secondary degree.

Peirce College

Higher Education Honor, Innovative Practice

In 2013, Peirce College, in collaboration with Year Up/Professional Training Corps (PTC), launched a unique, holistic partnership to reduce the workforce and degree attainment barriers experienced by 18-24 year old regional youth from low-income families. Peirce’s focus has been threefold: 1) to provide low-income students the opportunity to gain college credits 2) to create a pathway to degree completion and 3) to help students gain employability skills and relevant work experience.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Business Community Honor, Large Employer

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Education Assistance Program was created over a decade ago to encourage employees to advance their education and skills. A team of highly experienced education consultants work directly with employees to provide assistance with educational plans, financial aid, and scholarships. The program enables employees to advance both personally and professionally and helps CHOP to align the talent needs of its workforce with its institutional business needs.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA
Business Community Honor, Small Employer

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA helps employees pursue higher education through flexible work schedules and an Employee Educational Assistance Program. These efforts have helped Ben Franklin Technology Partners attract high-quality employees, avoid costly turnover, and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Business Community Honor, Innovative Practice

USLI’s College Help program employs approximately 130 undergraduate students year-round who are currently enrolled in degree programs at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The goal of the program is twofold: to provide meaningful, professional work experiences for undergraduate students and to reduce their student loans through an established Qualified Educational Assistance program.

About Talent Greater Philly

Talent Greater Philly was formed in 2010 in an effort to amplify the efforts of the region’s many educational support partners. As a collective, Talent Greater Philly collaborates on strategies designed to position students to obtain a post-secondary education. Learn more at TalentGreaterPhilly.org.

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