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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

Dental Assistant  

Join the Dental Assistant Program to prepare for an entry level position in one of the fastest growing health care fields. This curriculum is designed to introduce you to the profession of dentistry and each of the recognized dental specialties.  You will learn all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and receive training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. Through lecture and laboratory sessions, you will learn dental procedures and the role of the dental assistant. Skill development includes legal aspects of dentistry, policies and guidelines, oral and dental anatomy, infection control, radiology theory, instrument identification and use, and other areas. 


Additionally, this program is designed to prepare you to sit for the three components of the Certified Dental Assistant DANB exams: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and the General Chair side exam (GC). (You may register for the GC exam once you complete the clinical hour requirement.) The DANB exams are administered at Pearson Vue Centers.

Note: Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED; are required to pass a TABE reading comprehension and math test; have a general physical examination; a test for Tuberculosis; undergo a criminal background check; complete a child abuse history clearance, and have current CPR certification.

*Community College of Philadelphia students who are English 101 and Math 118 ready are not required to take the TABE test.

Time and Cost: 100 hours; $30 matriculation fee Location: Dental Clinic 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


  • 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.