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erica lawrence
Erika Lawrence, 24, was seeking a new beginning in life when she stumbled upon Community College of Philadelphia, the path to possibilities. She had been searching for an affordable two-year college with an academically rigorous curriculum that would prepare her for transfer to a globally minded university. Her two aunts in Philadelphia gave the College glowing recommendations because of its “great reputation” and seamless transfer programs and agreements. “I moved here for Community College of Philadelphia,” said Lawrence, a Business Administration major from Bowling Green, KY who has been living with one of her aunts. “I was looking for a program that allowed me to connect to a four-year institution at a low cost . . . it was either ...(Read more)
Women are 63 percent of Community College of Philadelphia's student body, yet over recent years faculty and staff have noticed a lack of strong female representation among the ranks of student leaders. Hoping to help turn the tide, this semester a committee of 27 women from departments across the College organized the 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference titled, “The Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit." The day-long event featured keynote speakers, panel discussions and several breakout sessions that focused on various aspects of leadership and wellness. More than 250 students, faculty and staff registered for the conference which was held March 26 in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building. Conference co-chairs, Claudia Curry, Ed.D., director of the Women's Outreach ...(Read more)
Christopher DiCapua
During Christopher DiCapua's journey to Greece last year he felt ill at ease because there was much about the language and customs he still didn't know. That trip enabled him to experience the same type of vulnerability many students feel in college classrooms. DiCapua, an associate professor of Spanish and International Studies program supervisor at the College, shared reflections on this personal journey during the 12th Annual Lindback Lecture titled "From Vulnerability to Connection: A Personal Greek Odyssey." "I left Greece with much improved proficiency in Greek and a better understanding of myself through a connection to my Greek ancestry that I did not have before,” he said. “I met family that I didn't know existed and gained a new ...(Read more)
Chef Andres Marin Named Regional Educator of the Year
Andres Marin, a graduate who later was hired as an instructor at Community College of Philadelphia and as coordinator of its Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs, has been named the region’s chef educator of the year. The announcement was made during the March 10 Annual President’s Ball of the Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chefs, which is the regional chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The Educator of the Year honors “an active culinary instructor who has enhanced the image of the profession and serves as a leader to students seeking culinary careers.” It is based on an individual’s professional and instructional achievements. Marin, who serves as treasurer of the regional ACF chapter, will receive a plaque and an invitation ...(Read more)
Memorable scripts require rewrites, feedback from others, more rewrites, and perseverance, according to local filmmaker Ben Hickernell, who spoke to students and guests on February 18 on the Main Campus of Community College of Philadelphia. The presentation by Hickernell, 35, kicked off the College’s 2014 Poets & Writers Festival, a series of poetry workshops and discussions that offer Philadelphians a glimpse of life as a professional writer. Hickernell, who runs Philadelphia-based Reconstruction Pictures, showed movie clips he wrote and directed, explained the filmmaking process and urged audience members to hold themselves to a high standard. “In general, the first things you do are crap. You’ve got to get crap out of the way. First drafts are usually not your best,” ...(Read more)

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Philadelphia Business Journal, Apr. 9, 2014 Story stressing the importance of the College and its transfer partnership with Temple... read more
KYW Newsradio/CBS 3, Apr. 7, 2014 College officials presented testimony regarding the many programs the College provides and the need for... read more
Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 8, 2014 During the launch breakfast for the Spring 2014 edition of Pathways magazine, Temple University... read more
The Community College of Philadelphia and the Department of Labor and Industry are holding a “Backstage Jobs Pass and Career Expo” event... read more
Northeast Times, Mar. 12, 2014 Feature story on a Law & Society Week presentation at the Northeast Regional Center that explored the... read more