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Philly powerlifter, 69, overcame blindness, homelessness, addiction, cancer, and the death of his daughter to become a champion

08/14/2019 - 12:15pm
Charles King, one of the oldest blind powerlifters in the world, finished first in his weight and age class last month at the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Powerlifting Championships. He became homeless after becoming blind at 39 but turned his life around a few years later. He enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia, where he graduated with a 3.4 GPA and an associate's degree in behavioral and mental health. — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly artist commissioned for Wells Fargo’s corporate offices in NYC’s Hudson Yards

08/14/2019 - 12:05pm
Philadelphia-based mixed-media artist Pauline Houston-McCall was comissioned to create a 19-piece collection for Wells Fargo's new corporate offices in New York City's Hudson Yards complex. Houston-McCall trained at both Community College of Philadelphia and Moore College of Art. She strives to connect elements of the black experience into her work. “I have come to tell the stories of our African and African American ancestors,” she said. “No matter how sorrowful ... I’ve come to tell the story in the most beautiful way possible.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Sound Investment: High school course teaches personal finance to Philly youth

08/07/2019 - 10:11am
Dan LaSalle, a teacher and administrator at Olney Charter High School, founded the Philly Finance Cooperative, a course designed to give high school students real-world experience in money management. LaSalle pursued two years of schooling at Community College of Philadelphia, then transferred to a four-year university, allowing him to save and pay much of his tuition with need- and merit-based scholarships. — Grid Magazine

Member spotlight: Meet Aja Beech

08/07/2019 - 10:10am
Philadelphia native and Generocity member Aja Beech is an essayist, op-ed and freelance writer as well as a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. She attended Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University where she studied history. “I think it is important that people in Philadelphia understand what Community College has to offer, some of the most important learning of my life occurred there.” — Generocity

Coverage of What’s New @CCP event on August 1, 2019.

08/07/2019 - 10:08am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) hosted a festival at its courtyard to detail what is new on campus. Officials announced four new degree programs available in the fall along with enrollment opportunities for new students. CCP also accepted food and monetary donations for kids in need. — ABC, CBS, NBC

Community College of Philadelphia's new mascot will debut this fall

08/07/2019 - 10:05am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) will soon release its new lion mascot that has taken a year to design. Last year, CCP did away with its previous mascot, Colonial Phil, over concerns he represented a time of slave owners and oppression. "I just hope that the lion reflects that side of CCP that often doesn't get reflected and that's that students are here to learn and they are driven," an anonymous student said. — KYW Newsradio

North Light intern blossoms at Journey's Way

08/07/2019 - 10:04am
Students accepted into the Summer Career Exploration Program, a North Light Community Center program for teens, got a tour of the Community College of Philadelphia Main Campus and professional development training. This year’s standout participant, Shaun Oliphant, aspires to go to college after high school. — Montgomery News

Temple football standout Isaiah Wright named to Hornung Award Watch List

08/07/2019 - 10:03am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) basketball standout, Andrea Bowleg, will be heading to Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Bowleg, a six-foot-four center, earned a full basketball scholarship after playing just two years at CCP. — The Philadelphia Tribune

'A whole new world’: New law lets Pennsylvania foster kids attend college tuition-free

08/07/2019 - 10:01am
A new Pennsylvania law waives tuition for youth who were in foster care at age 16 or older. All Pennsylvania colleges and universities will begin accepting the waivers for the fall 2020 semester. This law will pair with Community College of Philadelphia’s “Foster Care to College” program designed to assist students transitioning to college from foster care. — The Morning Call

PhillySEEDS Awards College Scholarships to 70 PHA Residents High achievers receive $5,000 each

08/07/2019 - 9:58am
Rasheeda Little-Herring, a Community College of Philadelphia student, received a scholarship from PhillySEEDS , Inc., a Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) subsidiary. She plans to work in behavioral health and human services. “I want to work with troubled youth and help them the same way someone helped me,” she said. — University City Review

New York Life Foundation Grants to Local Afterschool Programs

08/07/2019 - 9:56am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) Foundation received a $100,000 grant to support middle school youth during out-of-school time hours. The New York Life Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance selected CCP based on the strength of their support programs for youth transitioning to ninth grade. The funds will be used to further these efforts through technical assistance, program expansion, and professional development. — New York Life Foundation

A stranger convinced bakery worker to return to college

08/07/2019 - 9:54am
A stranger encouraged Anyssa El Manfaa to return to college after a casual conversation about quantum mechanics at her bakery job. She reenrolled at Community College of Philadelphia where she finished her associate’s degree with a 4.0. She will continue her education at Swarthmore College to major in conflict resolution and peace studies. “If I could see him again,” El Manfaa , 21, said, “I would say thank you for believing in me. Thank you for seeing past the apron.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Community College of Philadelphia Offers Its First-Ever “Girls in STEM” Summer Camp

08/07/2019 - 9:51am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) will offer a weeklong “Girls in STEM” camp during the week of August 12th to empower young women to pursue their interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies. Throughout the week, “Girls in STEM” attendees will learn about cars, transportation, fossil fuels and greenhouse gases, gear ratios, electric motors and more. “At Community College of Philadelphia, we pride ourselves on playing a significant role in diversifying the local STEM workforce and providing a strong talent pipeline,” CCP President Donald Guy Generals said. — Gloucester City News

Season 2 Episode 17: Training to the Need featuring Community College of Philadelphia & The Wistar Institute | Growing Greater

08/07/2019 - 9:46am
Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) spoke with Matt Cabrey , executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia, about how students are obtaining a world-class education and launching their careers through training programs. CCP has partnered with the Wistar Institute to create the Biomedical Technician Training Program, which prepares community college students for new career opportunities as research assistants and technicians. — Growing Greater

They’re 16. They’re earning free college degrees. How’s it going for these Philly students?

08/07/2019 - 9:45am
Parkway Center City Middle College gives high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college diplomas simultaneously for free at Community College of Philadelphia. 97 percent of students entering their junior year have earned C’s or higher in all their college courses. — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Go to college for free — yes, free — at these Pa. and N.J. schools

08/07/2019 - 9:43am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), through its 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, enables Philadelphia high school 2019 graduates to pursue an associate degree at CCP at no cost for tuition and fees after available public funding is counted. Applicants must fill out the FAFSA form, among other requirements, to determine eligibility. — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly's hotel industry is growing, area colleges respond to need for workers

08/07/2019 - 9:40am
Community College of Philadelphia is adding a new associate’s degree program in tourism and hospitality management to meet the rising demand for qualified hotel employees , according to Dean Dr. Pam Carter . "We have had a hospitality management program in place for a while now. But what we did was took a look at what we were doing and said, ' We need to revamp it to really reflect what's hap pening in the city. ’” — KYW Newsradio

Community School champion leaves legacy at South Philadelphia H.S.

08/07/2019 - 9:39am
Lanayjah Turner was honored as one of 12 recipients of this year’s Community School Award for her fundraising and revitalization efforts at South Philadelphia High School in her senior year. Turner will study psychology at Community College of Philadelphia in the fall. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology and become a counselor for students and young adults. — The Philadelphia Sun

Local illustrator, painter and tattoo artist opens new studio in Queen Village

08/07/2019 - 9:36am
Michael DiGiacomo opened Tattoo One Five (TAT215ive), a custom tattooing and art gallery, earlier this year in Queen Village. DiGiacomo began classes at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) at the same time he started work on a tattooed sleeve on his right arm by Dan Craft of DNA Tattooing. This led to DiGiacomo completing a two-year apprenticeship at DNA while also receiving his associate’s degree at CCP in art, style and design. — South Philly Review

CBS 3 report on the scholarship from the Field Foundation

08/07/2019 - 9:34am
A $1 million gift from local philanthropists, Joe and Marie Field, will fund a new Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) scholarship program for students who do not pursue higher education immediately after high school. It will begin accepting applications on July 8. — KYW (CBS) Philadelphia

Black & Gold Gala: Recognizing leaders of service and community

08/07/2019 - 9:30am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) hosted the fourth annual Black & Gold Gala on June 12. The charity event featured several CCP student s , alumni and administrators who have demonstrated outstanding community involvement in education, business, social services, health, and more. “We’re here to celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees, some of our alumni, but we’re also here to recommit to the idea of supporting students who without community college, many of whom would have no other way forward," CCP Pr esident Dr. Donald Guy Generals said during the event. — AL DÍA News

Local Couple’s Donation Will Make CCP Free for Some Nontraditional Students

07/03/2019 - 3:40pm
A $1 million gift from local philanthropists, Joseph and Marie Field, will fund a new Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) scholarship program. Designed to smooth the path for students who don’t pursue higher education immediately after high school, it is the largest scholarship donation ever to CCP. “Either due to personal, social, or financial reasons, many students delay going to college, which negatively impacts their ability to achieve a college degree or pursue career opportunities,” said Dr. Guy Generals, CCP president. “In many cases, the returning students are more mature and return with a stronger commitment to the value of education and its benefits.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Community College of Philadelphia Gets Scholarship Gift From Radio Pioneer

07/03/2019 - 8:30am
A donation from radio giant, Entercom Communications founder Joe Field, is the largest scholarship gift ever to Community College of Philadelphia. The $1 million gift from the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation will be used over five years to fund CCP scholarships for students who delayed their college careers. ⁠— KYW Newsradio

CCP President Talks about College’s Future at his 5-year mark: ‘We want to make our students well’

07/01/2019 - 9:10am
In June, Community College of Philadelphia kicked off a new “wellness” initiative to find and coordinate more help for students. It started with a breakfast meeting with representatives from several social service organizations to begin to strengthen the network and plug gaps in service. “We want to make the community, our students well, both in terms of their educational prospects and opportunity as well as the lives that they live,” said CCP President Dr. Guy Generals. ⁠— The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mariam Ibrahim Wants to Increase English Classes in Northeast Philadelphia

07/01/2019 - 8:38am
Mariam Ibrahim spoke at the Northeast Regional Library, advocating for more English classes in Northeast Philadelphia. Named one of Generocity's immigrant leaders in the city and a participate in the Immigrant Leadership Institute, a program offered by the Welcoming Center to promote civic participation in Philadelphia, Ibrahim migrated from Egypt over a year and a half ago and has been rigorously working on her English. This September, Ibrahim is going back to school at Community College of Philadelphia, where she plans to continue learning English and building her career. — Generocity

AARP Associate State Director and Dominican Native Finds Home in Philadelphia

06/27/2019 - 9:08am
Yocasta Lora, associate state director of advocacy and community outreach at AARP, moved to America from the Dominican Republic in 2000. Since Lora could not speak English, she took a non-credit English language class at Community College of Philadelphia and then enrolled in La Salle University’s Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement program for Hispanic students. Once she finished the two-year program, Lora enrolled in La Salle for business administration and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007.

Bryn Mawr Trust Appoints CCP Alumnus, Pedro Nicolas Velecico, as CRA Lender for Mortgage Division

06/26/2019 - 3:02pm
The Bryn Mawr Trust Company announced that Pedro Nicolas Velecico was appointed CRA Mortgage Lender for their mortgage division in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Velecico has 25 years of experience in the mortgage and real estate industries. He holds an Associate degree in Spanish from the Community College of Philadelphia. — Globe Newswire

Eagles Player, Malcolm Jenkins, Receives Community Hero Award at CCP

06/26/2019 - 2:54pm
Philadelphia Eagles player, Malcolm Jenkins, received the Community Hero Award for his efforts in advancing education in low-income communities, criminal justice reform and police-community relations at Community College of Philadelphia’s Black and Gold Gala. — ET

At 11, she started college. Now, at 18, she’s on the verge of a Penn degree

06/26/2019 - 10:14am
Taking her first college course at 11 years old, the now 18-year-old Soleil Hawley is on target to get her bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania in December. At 12, Hawley was one of the youngest students to ever enroll at Community College of Philadelphia, taking many art-focused classes as well as Japanese and English courses. ⁠— The Philadelphia Inquirer

Academies at Roxborough High School Graduates Pursue Higher Education

06/25/2019 - 12:08pm
Out of Academies at Roxborough High School’s Class of 2019, 132 seniors applied to 573 colleges and universities. Schools included West Chester University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. — The Review

Tracey Gordon is my Newest Shero and Quite Possibly Philly’s Next Register of Wills

06/24/2019 - 9:32am
Jenice Armstrong penned an op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer about Tracey Gordon, the Democratic candidate who unseated 10-term incumbent Ronald R. Donatucci for the office of Register of Wills in the local primary election. If Gordon wins the general election, the Community College of Philadelphia alumna will be the first African American and the first woman in the job. — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Conversations about Gentrification

06/24/2019 - 9:06am
The Henry Group hosted a conversation at Community College of Philadelphia about gentrification throughout the city. The discussion included a panel focused of the effects of gentrification on people of color. — 6 ABC

CCP Alumna Hired as First Staff Paralegal at Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

06/24/2019 - 8:31am
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity has hired Robin Wynne as the organization’s first staff paralegal. Wynne received her Paralegal Studies degree from Community College of Philadelphia and is a recipient of its Paralegal Studies Award. — Generocity

Germantown Day Care Center Celebrates 40 Years and Generations of Pooh Kids

06/19/2019 - 2:46pm
The beloved Germantown day care center, House on Pooh Corner, reached a milestone of 40 years. Director Kim Selman, a CCP alumna in Early Childhood Education, explained the day care’s mission and how it’s seen, first and foremost, as a home. To commemorate the first 40 years, there will be an anniversary and reunion celebration at the center (311 E. Walnut Ln.) on June 23 from 1-4 p.m. — Chestnut Hill Local

Point Foundation Names CCP Student as a 2019 Scholarship Recipient

06/19/2019 - 12:40pm
It was announced on June 19 that Andreas Copes, a Mass Media student at Community College of Philadelphia, was named the recipient of the CarGurus Scholarship. The award was provided by Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students. — Cision

De La Salle Vocational School Grad Heads toward Brighter Future at CCP

06/19/2019 - 11:40am
Duane Price, who will be attending CCP in the fall, was the class salutatorian at De La Salle Vocational School’s Commencement ceremony on June 14. The star student received the De La Salle Vocational Community Service Award and the school’s general excellence award for academic performance. While Price is passionate about cooking, having already earned a certificate in culinary arts, he plans on studying law. — Catholic Philly

CCP Student Makes Generocity's List of the City's Immigrant Leaders

06/19/2019 - 10:58am
Mariam M. Ibrahim, a Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) student, made Generocity’s list of immigrant leaders in the city. Ibrahim came to the U.S. from Egypt with her family in 2017 and enrolled in ESL classes at Center for Literacy in January 2018. Nominated by Robin Robinowitz, chief development officer of the Center for Literacy, Ibrahim has advanced out of Center for Literacy classes and is active at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians’ Immigrant Leadership Institute. Currently, Ibrahim works interpreting Arabic to English at a nonprofit and also works behind the counter at Panera Bread. She has a bachelor’s degree from Egypt and is now registered for five classes at CCP. — Generocity

Vybe Urgent Care Opens Latest Center Next to CCP

06/17/2019 - 11:42am
Vybe urgent care, the leading independent operator of urgent care centers in Greater Philadelphia, announced the opening of its newest location at 1500 Spring Garden St., adjacent to Community College of Philadelphia. The center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. — Yahoo!

Community College of Philadelphia Wraps Up a Great Track and Field Season

06/17/2019 - 8:42am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) wrapped up a terrific track and field season. Eleven track and field standouts from CCP earned All-America honors from the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in May in Utica, New York. The athletes picked up U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association honors by finishing among the top eight of their respective events at the championship meet. — The Philadelphia Tribune

Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins Receives Award for Work in the Inner City at CCP's Black and Gold Gala

06/13/2019 - 5:01pm
Philadelphia Eagles player, Malcolm Jenkins, was presented with the Community Hero Award at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) Black and Gold gala on June 12. Jenkins received the honor for his service in education, economic advancement in low income communities, criminal justice reform and police community relations. Jenkins is also a member on the CCP Foundation Board, which hosts the annual gala to raise money for scholarships. “This is a huge honor for me,” Jenkins said. “It’s very humbling to think CCP thought that much of me." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Let’s Focus on the Next Generation of Black Male Heroes

06/13/2019 - 9:42am
Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), and Derrick Perkins, director for the Center of Male Engagement (CME) at CCP, wrote an op-ed commemorating the Black male heroes of the past and of the future. In honor of Juneteenth, Generals and Perkins highlighted three men enrolled in the CME program who are using the tool of education as a stepping stone to overcome hardship and become the next generation of leaders. ⁠— Birmingham Times

Power 99 FM Holds Annual ‘Peace On The Street Jams’ Series

06/13/2019 - 9:09am
iHeartMedia’s POWER 99 FM will kick off the first of three annual "Peace on the Street Jams” on June 13, 6 to 8 p.m., at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Community College of Philadelphia is one of the local organizations supporting the free series of anti-violence live events and activities designed to promote peace and provide communities with resources to prevent violence. Featured artists at this year’s premiere event include Calboy, Light Skin Keisha, and DJ Diamond Kuts and Friends. — All Access

A stranger’s $50 tip and advice convinced this Philly bakery worker to return to college. Then she soared.

06/10/2019 - 9:43am
Before attending CCP, Anyssa El Manfaa had a chance encounter that led her to pursue higher education. This year’s Jack Kent Cooke scholarship awardee, El Manfaa previously worked in a bakery where she struck up a conversation with a customer about quantum mechanics and the concept of infinity. The man handed her a $50 bill and said, “You shouldn’t be working in a bakery. You should be in a classroom.” El Manfaa quit her job at the bakery and has since finished her associate degree with a 4.0 GPA in May. El Manfaa, who lost her father to deportation when she was four years old and began working at the age of 13 to financially help her family, will spend the summer studying critical languages in Azerbaijan. She will then head to Swarthmore College, which also gave her a scholarship, to major in conflict resolution and peace studies. —The Philadelphia Inquirer

In Philadelphia Schools, Students and Teachers Log Miles Together

06/10/2019 - 9:06am
Tutee Kpou belongs to the movement known as Students Run Philly Style (SRPS), a mentorship program that gets students from 12 to 18 years old training for races in Philadelphia. A senior high school student, Kpou will attend Community College of Philadelphia in the fall, where he hopes to find his way in the growing world of live video game entertainment. — Yahoo!

Videographers on the Philly High School Sports Scene

06/10/2019 - 8:49am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students Gen Taylor and Cethfon Banks produce high school highlight videos of individual players or teams on Instagram, under the handle @GenFonDigital. Taylor explained that her videography skills were self-taught via YouTube, but she takes CCP classes to professionally develop her abilities: “I would love to be an NBA editor, the ones who get to post videos on NBA Twitter, the ones who get to go to the all-star games, just anything that involves the NBA." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Welcomes 62 New Firefighters

06/06/2019 - 3:28pm
Philadelphia now has 62 new firefighters ready to protect and serve. Mayor Jim Kenney commended the graduates of Firefighter Cadet Class 195 during the ceremony, which was held at Community College of Philadelphia on June 6. — 6abc Action News

CCP Alumnus and Sculptor Shows Work at Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

06/05/2019 - 4:19pm
This year’s promotional banner for the annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show includes work by Chestnut Hill sculptor and CCP alumnus, Robert Rankin. The pictured work is a classic bust of “The Poet.” In addition to exhibiting at the Rittenhouse Fine Art Show for several years, Rankin has been part of the Yellow Springs Art Show in Chester Springs, and he has shown his work at Borrelli’s Chestnut Hill Gallery and the Cosmopolitan Club in Center City. His work is also included in many private collections.

CCP Faculty Member Sits on Panel at Campus Philly’s 2019 Annual Meeting

06/03/2019 - 3:17pm
Dominic Salerno, a tenured professor at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), was a panelist during an on-stage discussion about the current reality of higher education in Philadelphia at Campus Philly’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Salerno is part of the Biomedical Technician Training program that CCP runs with The Wistar Institute. — Technical.ly Philly

Incoming CCP Student Shares What He Would Change About Philly

06/03/2019 - 9:02am
Kevin Davis, a graduating senior from Strawberry Mansion High School who will attend Community College of Philadelphia’s honors program in mass media this fall, explained that he would like to see socioeconomic change in Philadelphia. “Growing up in North Philadelphia, I have seen firsthand how hard it was for my parents to come across the things we needed just to get by,” Davis wrote in an op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I believe one day that we will see this change and the people of these communities will greatly benefit from this. I see a bright future for my community and truly believe that one day we’ll get the tools that are necessary for us.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

11 CCP Athletes Earn All-America Honors for the 2019 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Season

06/03/2019 - 8:37am
Eleven track and field athletes from Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) captured All-America honors for the 2019 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. These student athletes, many of whom have practiced two hours a day, four to five times a week during the fall and the spring semesters, earned USTFCCCA All-America honors by virtue of finishing among the top-eight of their respective events at the 2019 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past May in Utica, New York. CCP athletes who received All-America honors include: Jamail Khan, Christian Nuelle, Sean Ringgold, Kory Wharton, Donoven Cook, Elizabeth Chukwuezi, Jada Erwin, Maisha Hutchins-Colema, Tianna Jeffcoa, Aleah Langley and Jazmin Vasquez Lopez. — The Philadelphia Sunday Sun