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Specialized Programs

You will find information about the following on this page:

Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP)

The Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) is a consortium of institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area with the shared mission of increasing the number of under-represented minority students receiving degrees in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The College’s specific role is to advise and encourage you to transfer to other AMP institutions where you may ultimately earn baccalaureate degrees. Services and activities include specialized advising, book stipends and research. For more information about AMP, please contact Linda Powell at 215-751-8242.

Developmental Education Program

The College is committed to assisting students in successfully attaining college-level skills in reading, writing and mathematics; therefore, the Developmental Education program collaborates with other College departments and programs to provide you with a variety of academic courses and support services. The College requires you to complete placement tests in these three areas so that if you need help in developing one or more basic skills, you can be placed into appropriate courses and provided with important academic support services. The primary mission of the Developmental Education program is to prepare students to succeed at the College. For more information, please call 215-751-8980.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs and Services: Academic Preparation

The ESL program and services provide students who speak English as a Second Language with the opportunity to improve their English language skills so that they are better prepared for the College’s educational programs. In addition, several College courses are offered specifically for ESL students. Classroom instruction is supplemented by small group workshops, tutoring, academic advising, individual counseling and counseling workshops.

The overall goal of the program and services is to assist you in improving your English language abilities to the degree that will lead not only to success in the College’s academic and career programs, but also to effective participation in the community at large. For more information about ESL, visit the ESL website or call 215-751-8829.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Community Education

Classes are designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their basic English language skills in order to more actively participate in the larger society or prepare for citizenship. The program provides three levels of ESL instruction. ESL classes are available to adults 18 years of age and older. For more information about the ESL program, please call 215-751-8531.

General Educational Development (GED®)

Classes are designed to help prepare students for the battery of GED® tests. You must be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in high school to enroll in the GED® program. You must make their own GED® test appointments. For more information, call the GED HOTLINE at 215-751-8376.

Honors Opportunities

Community College of Philadelphia is pleased to recognize academic excellence and provides a number of opportunities to promote student success. These opportunities vary from a specialized Liberal Arts curriculum to honors courses and the recognition of graduation with Departmental Distinction.

The Liberal Arts Curriculum – Honors Option

This option provides rich academic experiences to qualified students. The curriculum encourages you to be self-reflective about your own intellectual processes and to become more aware of the requirements of academic discourse in the humanities and social sciences. For additional information, including program entry requirements, please refer to the degree program information or contact the Division of Liberal Studies at 215-751-8450, Room BR-21.

Specialized Honors courses in a variety of disciplines including English, Earth Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology offer students challenging activities and additional research opportunities. For additional information, contact the Division of Liberal Studies at 215-751-8450, Room BR-21.

Students with a strong background in science are invited to participate in special honors sections of general Chemistry coursework. Interested students may contact the chair of the Chemistry Department at 215-751-8416 for additional information.

Departmental Distinction recognizes student achievement and is conferred on students at graduation from a wide range of programs. In order to qualify, you must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.2 and complete a project (separate from required coursework) which has been approved by the department. For more detailed information on eligibility and requirements, please contact the department chair of the program in which you are enrolled.

Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS)

Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) is designed to assist students who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) support in their pursuit of postsecondary education. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to meet regularly with program staff who help them address barriers to completion of their educational goals. You are connected with appropriate support services both in and outside the College. Academic performance is monitored and you are referred to needed services such as tutoring, advising, and career and personal counseling. In addition, KEYS can assist you in accessing benefits and services through the County Assistance Office and other community agencies.

KEYS is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Eligible students who are interested in enrolling in KEYS should contact their caseworker at their assigned County Assistance Office (CAO) for referral or the KEYS office at 215-751-8503.

Lifelong Learning Programs and Workshops

The College’s lifelong learning programs include an array of workshops and classes designed to enhance an individual’s experience and skills in various areas of interest. These classes and workshops focus on areas such as cooking, sewing, dancing, yoga, horticulture, and photography and are offered at the College’s Main Campus and Regional Centers. The variety of classes offered gives community members options to enhance their social development and personal enrichment. For more information, please call 215-751-8374.

TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services is a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded project for TRiO-eligible college students who are low-income, first-generation college students and/or have disabilities. Services and activities offered through TRiO Student Support Services include, academic support, summer bridge program, intersession activities, orientations, career and skills workshops, college transfer visits, cultural activities, study abroad and grant aid. For information about TRiO Student Support Services and eligibility requirements, please visit us online or call 215-751-8532.

Programs for High School Students

Advance at College — Dual Enrollment

The Advance at College program offers motivated and academically-talented 11th and 12th grade Philadelphia students the opportunity to take developmental and/or college-level courses while still attending high school and seeks to facilitate a successful transition from high school to college. General College fees are waived for students in the program. Advance at College students are not eligible for financial aid. A special admissions application must be completed and signed by parent/guardian and school principal. Entrance into the program is determined by the College’s placement test. Tuition is discounted for Advance at College students. For more information about Advance at College, please call 215-751-8585 or visit us online.

Advanced College Experience (ACE)

The ACE program provides motivated Philadelphia students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, and students pursing their GED, the opportunity to experience a college atmosphere and earn college credits. Courses are offered in a variety of subject areas and designed with additional hours of instruction to give participants the best possible chance for success.

Classes are offered during the summer at the College beginning in early July. Tuition for the program is offered at a rate that is less than regular College tuition and includes all fees and instructional materials. For additional information on the ACE program, please call 215-751-8585, visit us online or email us.

Gateway to College

The Gateway to College program at Community College of Philadelphia serves at-risk youth, 16 to 20 years old, who have dropped out of school. The program gives students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma while simultaneously achieving college success. You accumulate high school and college credits, earning your high school diploma while progressing toward an associate’s degree or certificate.

Gateway to College is supported by Portland Community College, a national intermediary of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and its partners — the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Philadelphia Gateway to College Program is funded through Community College of Philadelphia and our partner in student success, the School District of Philadelphia. For additional information about the program, please call 215-751-8425, email us or visit us online.

TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded project for high school students who are either low-income or from families where neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Students from Benjamin Franklin, Edison-Fareira, Germantown, South Philadelphia and West Philadelphia high schools are eligible to participate. The program offers academic instruction, tutoring, mentoring, career exploration and cultural enrichment activities, college visits, college application assistance, financial aid instruction, and parent workshops. For information about TRIO Upward Bound and eligibility requirements, please call 215-751-8780 or visit us online.

Transfer Opportunities and Services

After successful completion of coursework at the College, many students continue their education at a four-year college or university. The success these students enjoy is a reflection of the transfer curricula and related support offered by the College.

Transfer Services

Counselors help students plan to meet their educational goals. A goal of many students is to earn a bachelor’s degree. Counselors can assist students in the development of an educational plan and the exploration of academic programs and transfer institutions. Students may also develop a file of recommendations to be used for college applications. You are urged to visit the Counseling Center for transfer workshops or individual counseling. To schedule an appointment, call 215-751-8169 or stop by room BG-7.

Students who need assistance in choosing a major or career are encouraged to use Center resources, including computerized career guidance for self-assessment, occupational information, government publications and Internet links to career information. Professional counselors are available to guide you through the career assessment process and the use of career resources.

The Counseling Center is located in Room BG-7. You may also find more information on the department website.

Transfer Agreements

There are three types of transfer agreements: dual admissions, core-to-core and program-to-program.

To participate in dual admissions, core-to-core and program-to-program agreements, students must earn an appropriate associate’s degree before transfer. These agreements are not exclusive of one another. If you transfer to a school with more than one type of agreement, the agreements can complement one another. Information on transfer agreements and other information helpful to the transfer process is available on the transfer website.

Dual Admissions

Community College of Philadelphia has developed dual admissions agreements with area colleges and universities. These agreements are designed to assist students in seamless transition to enrollment in four-year institutions. Support and financial incentives, including scholarship awards, are built in to offer you the best opportunity for success.

Students who are interested in dual admissions should complete an intent form early in their academic career. Many of the institutions listed below require that students signal their intent to participate by the time they have completed 30 college-level credits. You should meet with a counselor or academic advisor for assistance in identifying the appropriate courses at the College in order to transfer into the program of your choice.

The College maintains dual admissions partnerships with the following institutions:

  • Arcadia University
  • Cabrini College
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Cheyney University
  • Eastern University
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • La Salle University
  • Peirce College
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Temple University

For additional information about the dual admissions process, please visit the Division of Educational Support Services in Room W1-1, email dualadm@ccp.edu or visit us online.


These agreements specify the acceptance of approved associate’s degree programs in which the general education reflects the core requirements of the four-year institution’s curriculum. If you earn an appropriate associate’s degree (usually an A.A. or A.S.), the four-year institution’s core requirements are satisfied except for core courses required by the intended major and possibly other requirements that reflect the specific values of the transfer institution (e.g., religion, foreign language). Below is a list of four-year institutions with which Community College of Philadelphia has core-to-core agreements:

  • Arcadia University
  • Cabrini College
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • La Salle University
  • Temple University


These are agreements in which an entire curriculum or program of study is accepted to provide a graduate of a specific associate’s degree advanced standing in a specific bachelor’s degree program. The College maintains selected program-to-program agreements with the following colleges and universities:

  • Alvernia University
  • Arcadia University
  • Cabrini College
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Cheyney University
  • Drexel University Online
  • Eastern University
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • Indiana Institute of Technology
  • Kaplan University
  • La Salle University
  • Lincoln University
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • Neumann University
  • Peirce College
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Philadelphia University
  • Rosemont College
  • Rowan University
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Springfield College School of Human Services
  • Strayer University
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Universidad Del Sagrado Corazon
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Saint Francis
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University
  • Western Governors University
  • Widener University
  • Wilmington University

The College continues to seek and implement new agreements. Students should confer with their academic advisor or the curriculum coordinator in their area of interest to find out about specific agreements. Transfer agreement guidelines are available in the Counseling Center and on the College's website.


Pacollegetransfer.net facilitates exploration of colleges, universities and community colleges that belong to a Statewide Transfer System dedicated to the seamless transfer of courses within a 30-credit framework. In addition, the Statewide Transfer System has been expanded to require participating institutions to accept the transfer of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees into parallel baccalaureate programs with full junior standing, recognizing all the competencies attained within the associate degree programs.

Students can explore information about the institutions and obtain information on course and program transfer at pacollegetransfer.net. Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges are Statewide Transfer System members, as are the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's 14 universities. State-related institutions, Lincoln University and Pennsylvania College of Technology, have opted to be full Statewide Transfer System members. Private institutions that have opted to participate as full members are Carlow University, Lackawanna College, Neumann University and Saint Francis University. State-related institutions including Pennsylvania State University, Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh have varying levels of participation in PA TRAC.

Study Abroad

Studying in another country while earning credits toward graduation can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a student’s undergraduate career. Study abroad can be a program or courses, through which you complete part of the formal college program while studying in another country.

Recognizing that time constraints and personal obligations may make a full semester study abroad experience impossible for many students, Community College of Philadelphia has developed several non-traditional short-term programs to help you experience different cultures. These programs range from one to four weeks in length and offer noncredit or credit experiences. For information on current study abroad programs, please visit the Study Abroad web page.

Students receiving financial aid can usually apply most sources of aid to study abroad fees. The Higher Education Act of 1965, amended in 1980, says that a student enrolled in a formal program of study abroad may be considered for federal financial aid for “reasonable costs” associated with such study. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and the study abroad coordinator for more information about financial aid and other options for financing study abroad.

Students desiring information about participating in non-Community College of Philadelphia study abroad programs must meet with the College's study abroad coordinator and complete the appropriate form. To learn more more about study abroad and international education, contact the coordinator and visit the Study Abroad web page.

Degree & Certificate Programs at Regional Centers

The three Regional Centers provide a convenient entrée to all of the College’s more than 70 degree and certificate programs. In conjunction with online course offerings, the Regional Centers offer you the added advantage of taking all of the courses needed to satisfy the full degree and certificate requirements in 10 program areas.

Full degree options available at one or more Regional Centers and online are:

Academic certificate options available at one or more Regional Centers and online are :

Even if a student is interested in a program that is not listed above as a full degree option, a Regional Center can still be the place to start. You may begin your college career at a Center in any one of the College’s more than 70 degree or certificate programs and take the remainder of the courses at the Main Campus. In these cases, you can complete 30 or more credits at a convenient Regional Center before moving on to the Main Campus. Learn more about the Northeast Regional CenterNorthwest Regional Center and the West Regional Center.

Shared Programs

In cooperation with Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County community colleges, students from Community College of Philadelphia may enroll in some programs offered by the other area community colleges that are not offered here. Shared program students may complete some or all of their general education and elective courses at Community College of Philadelphia while taking the program-specialty courses at the community college offering the program. Students enrolled in shared programs at another community college pay only the in-district tuition rate and not the out-of-county tuition which would normally apply. Community College of Philadelphia students may enroll in:

Bucks County Community College

  • Automotive Technology
  • Fine Woodworking
  • Furniture and Cabinetmaking
  • Historic Preservation
  • Respiratory Technology

Delaware County Community College

  • Computer Service & Repair Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Mechanical Technology

Montgomery County Community College

  • Automotive Technology
  • Health and Fitness Professional
  • Technical Studies