Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning

The Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning (WELL) initiative was formed on the basis of Russell Conwell’s mission to provide working professionals with opportunities and access to higher education. Temple seeks to empower adult literacy learners from underserved populations with the aspiration to enroll in a university located in their own neighborhood.

Adult literacy is a key component in all of WELL's services, providing students with the foundational skills and tools to challenge and overcome barriers.

Developed in 1982, the Neighborhood Adult Basic Education program was formed to provide literacy to residents in North Philadelphia. With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in 1997, adult basic education services were extended to the North Central Philadelphia communities. In 2000, the program expanded to include technology and work-based literacy classes throughout Philadelphia.

Temple WELL provides the precursor training to help youth and adults obtain literacy skills, math skills and preparation for the General Education Development (GED) tests, which are required for entry into post-secondary education and training programs.

WELL is based on a foundation for developing an effective, full-service, workforce-contextualized adult literacy program. It is connected to several of Pennsylvania’s Employment, Advancement and Retention Network and PA CareerLink centers.

Temple’s WELL program offers the following services.

  • Academic Center for Instructional Support and Technology
  • Adult basic education pre-GED training and GED training
  • Bridge to Post-Secondary Education
  • Customer service-integrated education and training
  • English as a second language for intermediate-level learners
Temple community members learn the ins and outs of resume-building.

New and returning students to the WELL program must register for orientation. To register, contact WELL.

Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning
Temple University
Entertainment and Community Education Center
1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Ste. 415
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Phone: 215-204-2560
Fax: 215-204-2831