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Agency helps companies tap into area’s diverse pool of professionals

07/19/2017 - 9:56am
Diverse Force is an evolution of the Urban Philly Professional Network, a community of more than 16,000 professionals of color between the ages of 25 and 45 from various sectors. Rahman founded the organization 10 years ago with the purpose of engaging, empowering and connecting Philadelphia’s next generation of business and civic leadership.

13 and in college? Philly students begin a new kind of high school program

07/13/2017 - 11:18am
Lien and her classmates began a mandatory summer program this week, and attended their first day of a three-credit CCP class on Tuesday — some are taking History of American Diversity, some Women in History. They will take some CCP classes during their freshman and sophomore years, and during their junior and senior years will be fully immersed in the college campus a few blocks away from their high school. The students may participate in high school sports and other extracurricular programs, and they will have support— both at the high school and the CCP levels — to help them make the academic and social leap to college.

CCP, district team up for school that offers associates degrees

07/12/2017 - 9:42am
A new high school offering students a high school diploma and associates degree is the first in Philadelphia and the first of its kind accredited in the Commonwealth, according to the Community College and Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia. Parkway Center City Middle College, 540 N. 13th St., officially welcomes the class of 2021 this fall. Freshman students are attending a summer bridge program now through Aug. 9 that is a requirement for all incoming ninth graders. At the completion of the program, students will rack up three credit hours before school officially begins.

New Program Allows Students To Earn College Credits While In High School

07/12/2017 - 9:40am
A group of more than 120 students are the first in Philadelphia’s history to take part in a program that will allow them to earn college credits while they attend high school. On Tuesday, Students of the Parkway Center City Middle College were meeting for what’s called the “Summer Bridge.” It is a 5-week orientation program at the Community College of Philadelphia to get them ready for a mix of college and high school classes they’ll take at Parkway starting this fall.

The Wistar Institute Appoints Brian Keith, Ph.D., as the First-ever Dean of Biomedical Studies

07/10/2017 - 9:45am
Keith will work with Wistar faculty to guide educational efforts at all levels of training, from high school students to postdoctoral fellows. These programs include the Summer Fellowship in Biomedical Research , an eight-week intensive program that introduces high school students to biomedical research as they work on active projects in the lab. Another program is the Biomedical Technician Training Program (BTT), which prepares Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students for careers in academic or commercial research labs. In addition, the newly launched Biomedical Research Training Apprenticeship (BRT)—a spinoff from the BTT Program—offers longer internships and additional on-the-job training. BRT is the first registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program to offer students a pathway to become medical research technicians ratified by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, and is the first of its kind in the nation.

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church donates to CCP

06/29/2017 - 3:05pm
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church has donated $100,000 to Community College of Philadelphia during its morning service on June 25, according to a news release. The church at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. provided the donation to support CCP’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which aims to help make college possible for eligible Philadelphia high school graduates. “On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the college, I want to thank Pastor Alyn E. Waller and the entire membership at Enon for extending the opportunity to Philadelphia high school graduates who show much promise, but need their community’s support to earn a college degree and become highly skilled workforce contributors,” CCP President Donald Generals said in a news release. “A large gift such as this can change the lives of so many students, and foster more secure futures for their families and our city,” he added. Waller has led the effort to...

Education Roundup: Students participate in PHL Diversity's Hospitality Education Day

06/26/2017 - 3:36pm
More than 200 students participated in the 24th Annual Hospitality Education Day hosted by PHL Diversity, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and the Community College of Philadelphia. The event was held on June 1 at CCP, 1700 Spring Garden St. The free, invitation-only program provided guidance to area high school and adult students in designated hospitality programs. Through Hospitality Education Day, PHL Diversity strives to create a career pipeline that will enhance the regional hospitality industry, while bolstering graduation rates and paving the way for professional success.

Wistar Institute Begins Bio-Medical Apprenticeship Program

06/08/2017 - 10:30am
The Wistar Institute, in West Philadelphia, has registered a first-of-its-kind, non-traditional apprenticeship program in bio-medical research. It’s helping to diversify a field where women and minorities have been under-represented. It’s an old-fashioned concept, but Wistar Academic Affairs Director William Wunner says the apprenticeship will teach skills for the workforce of the future. “The ability to facilitate experimental procedures, manage a laboratory, monitor lab safety, conduct data analysis on experiments,” Wunner said. It grows out of a training program he started 17 years ago with Community College of Philadelphia.

Where students can take a different approach

06/08/2017 - 10:27am
The District also runs a dual enrollment program with Community College of Philadelphia in which students can catch up on high school credits while also earning an associate’s degree, and a school in the Juvenile Justice Center for students charged with felonies who are awaiting adjudication.

Wistar’s New Biomedical Research Technician Training Program Obtains First State Approval as Non-Traditional Apprenticeship

06/01/2017 - 12:48pm
The BRT Apprenticeship offers those pursuing degrees at the Community College of Philadelphia and elsewhere a career pathway to become biomedical research technicians in research laboratory environments. Through coursework and on-the-job training opportunities at Wistar and other partnering laboratories, trainees acquire skillsets to facilitate experimental procedures, manage a laboratory and monitor lab safety, conduct data analysis on experiments, and various other highly skilled techniques with the goal of supporting a lead scientist in the laboratory. - See more at: http://citybizlist.com/article/421815/wistars-new-biomedical-research-technician-training-program-obtains-first-state-approval-as-non-traditional-apprenticeship#sthash.PNHfQqGO.dpuf

Wistar helps community college grads get hard-core science jobs

06/01/2017 - 12:42pm
Apprentices in Wistar’s program, which was just accredited by the state of Pennsylvania on May 11, will build on the institute’s existing biomedical technician training to give apprentices more hours of on-the-job experience, as, and after, they complete an associate’s degree at Community College of Philadelphia.

Wistar Institute starts apprenticeship program for biomedical lab techs

06/01/2017 - 12:41pm
The apprenticeship program builds on the institute's existing biomedical technician-training internship program. Mentors, including post-doctoral fellows at Wistar, train students from the Community College of Philadelphia to work in biomedical labs, researching diseases such as cancer and HIV.

Wistar Institute launches 'nontraditional' apprenticeship program

06/01/2017 - 11:38am
The Wistar Institute is expanding a program it started nearly two decades ago to address the high turnover rates in research laboratories. The Philadelphia nonprofit research organization has established what it describes as the state’s “first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program to offer participants a career pathway to becoming biomedical research technicians in a research laboratory environment.

Single mom wins prestigious $40,000-a-year Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

05/31/2017 - 4:10pm
Jennifer Myers, a student in Community College of Philadelphia’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging program, is one of 55 students to be awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the nation. It provides high-achieving, service-oriented community college students up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Who's speaking at Philly-area commencements in 2017

05/31/2017 - 4:08pm
Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, will deliver the commencement address at the Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in The Liacouras Center. A long-time advocate for individuals seeking meaningful employment pathways, Morial has been a powerful voice for economic inclusion. As leader of the National Urban League since 2003, he has served as a seasoned strategist for revitalizing communities and local economies. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and African-American studies, he also holds a law degree from...

Education Roundup: College survival boot camp engages 200 students

05/31/2017 - 4:07pm
About 200 high school students attend the “Surviving College Boot Camp: Know Before You Go” event on Tuesday at the Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. The boot camp targeted first-generation, college-bound seniors who were exposed to motivational speakers, scholarship announcements and workshops, which included participation by sororities and fraternities.

Community College expands in West Philly to train more mechanics for high-tech cars

05/31/2017 - 4:05pm
Community College of Philadelphia plans to boost the size of the automotive-technology training facility at its West Philadelphia campus to sustain enrollment by offering a pathway to increasingly brainy jobs servicing cars and trucks. The 37,000-square-foot expansion will be built using a site of about two-thirds of an acre acquired from a benefactor, former nursing-home executive Daniel Veloric, north of the college’s auto-tech program building near 48th and Ludlow Streets. CCP aims to double the enrollment in its auto-tech associate's degree program to 160 students through construction of the expansion to its existing 10,000-square-foot building, said Gregory Murphy, the college's vice president for institutional advancement.

Successful Auto Tech Program At CCP Gets Big Boost

05/31/2017 - 4:04pm
Community College of Philadelphia plans a big expansion of its Automotive Technology Program, thanks to a benefactor who sold the parcel to the school at a bargain basement price. Expansion is about the only way the college can improve a program that boasts a 100 percent student job placement rate. The two-thirds of an acre parcel was acquired from West Philadelphia entrepreneur Daniel Veloric — and CCP’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Gregory Murphy, says it sits adjacent to the current auto-tech building at 47th and Ludlow Streets.

KEYS helps unlock nursing careers for CCP students

05/31/2017 - 4:03pm
Renee Harris watched two children graduate from Community College of Philadelphia before she walked across the stage at the school in May. “I came back to school after my kids were grown,” said the 48-year-old who was dressed in all white like her fellow classmates. “If you want to do something, never say you can’t. It’s never too late.” Harris was one of 65 students who took part in CCP’s nursing pinning ceremony last Friday. She is also one of 21 students in the college’s Keystone Education Yields Success program, which services students who are on public assistance and receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, and who graduated from the college.

A time to celebrate students’ success

05/25/2017 - 1:42pm
Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, delivered the commencement address at Community College of Philadelphia.

Drexel CCP Sign Dual Admissions Transfer Partnership

05/25/2017 - 1:32pm
Drexel University and Community College of Philadelphia are hooking up. Both institutions are signing a dual admissions agreement for more seamless transfers.

Single Mom Wins Prestigious Scholarship

05/25/2017 - 1:30pm
Jennifer Myers, Community College of Philadelphia senior wins Jack Kent Cooke Scholarshi.

Mother of seven guest speaker at CCP commencement

05/25/2017 - 1:23pm
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, was the commencement speaker at Community College of Philadelphia’s graduation ceremony earlier this month. Lindsay Jackson, who graduated with honors with a degree in early childhood education, served as guest speaker. The mother of seven, also a Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member and a Vice President for the chapter, Rho Upsilon, told classmates, faculty and attendees, “Today is not only the day we celebrate our personal accomplishments; today we celebrate our struggles, our fears, and even our failures,” according to a news release.

19130 Zip Code Project Honors Diversity

05/09/2017 - 11:27am
Community College of Philadelphia's nursing program has renewed it's commitment to diversity and not only catering to the diverse student body it serves but ensuring that it's students are ready to work in the communities they live and work in. One program in particular, the 19130 Zip Code Project, teaches students in the nursing school how to successfully perform their duties in environments they may not be familiar with.

Philly community college students look at early effects of soda tax

04/18/2017 - 10:51am
A survey by students at Philadelphia Community College on the city’s sweetened beverage tax found 46 percent of respondents had cut back on consumption of such drinks and a third said they had made purchases outside the city to avoid the tax.

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church boost efforts to help city youth by supporting the College’s “Tuition-Free” program

04/18/2017 - 10:50am
At its Easter Sunday service on April 16, at the 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue, location, Enon is stepping forward to support Community College of Philadelphia’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

Parkway C.C. gives students chance to earn associate degrees, certificates upon graduation

03/22/2017 - 9:53am
Parkway Center City High School will soon take on a new name in the fall — Parkway Center City Middle College High School. Starting in the 2017-18 school year, the special admission school will offer incoming ninth-graders the opportunity to graduate with high school diplomas, associate degrees and up to two professional certifications each. Parkway Center City Middle College is designed to prepare all students for college, careers and participation in the knowledge-based global economy. It is a collaboration between the District and the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) to provide students in Philadelphia a rigorous high school education with the added value of a college degree.

David Thomas, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Community College of Philadelphia, receives 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award

03/13/2017 - 11:15am
David Thomas, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Community College of Philadelphia has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. David Thomas will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Black History Month Celebration in Full Swing at Community College of Philadelphia

02/15/2017 - 2:28pm
Community College of Philadelphia kicked off its African American History Month celebration on Wednesday, Feb.1, with a breakfast at the Great Hall. President Donald Guy Generals and Sulaiman Rahman, founder and CEO of Urban Philly Professional Network, related storied achievements of the past to emerging issues of today, like immigration.

Award-winning authors and illustrators convene for Children’s Fair

02/08/2017 - 10:35am
Saturday, February 4, 2017 marks the 25th year for the book fair, originating through non-profit organization The African American Children’s Book Project, which focuses on promoting and preserving literature created by or featuring those of African descent. Lloyd-Sgambati saw rich culture all around the city, but seldomly in bookstores or at literary events, which could yield dismal results.

Veterans Day marked with ceremony, job fair at CCP

12/07/2016 - 11:23am
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Community College of Philadelphia will honor and recognize heroes by hosting a ceremony and job fair to connect those who have served in the military. Since the 9-11 tragedy, one out of every two veterans will face joblessness upon transitioning from the military back into the workforce, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report. The study also found that the average time for being on unemployment was approximately 22 weeks in 2013.

College Kicks Smoking On Campus To The Curb

12/07/2016 - 11:21am
The Community College of Philadelphia is going smoke free on January 1. “Previously you had to move 25 feet away from any entrance, exit or ramp. But now in order to avoid the confusion of what 25 feet is, we decided to make the whole campus smoke-free." Dr. Kristy Shuda-McGuire with CCP says not only will this move help improve the health of smokers and non-smokers, but it may help some of the students kick the habit as they enter the working world.

HBCU fair draws hundreds of potential recruitsMarch raises awareness about human trafficking

12/07/2016 - 11:18am
The Community College of Philadelphia raised awareness on human trafficking with an event held last week. The college along with participants from the Red Sand and other projects poured red sand into the cracks of the sidewalks as they walked from Spring Garden Street to City Hall. The sand served as a reminder that people should not pass by or walk over those who are being exploited. “We hope to make this an annual event,” said Kathleen Smith, the director of Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. “Human trafficking affects so many, yet most of us think of it as rare and somehow far away from us and our communities. In offering a day focused on the many facets of human trafficking, we hope to give voice to the voiceless of the many who have been trafficked and bring their faces into focus.”

Collegiate Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development utilizing $385,314 grant

12/07/2016 - 11:15am
“The Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development is the perfect vehicle for offering the kind of job-specific, skills training necessary for the region’s ports to capitalize on what promises to be a bright future,” said Jerry Parker, Collegiate Consortium chair and Delaware County Community College president. Established in 1994 as a partnership between Drexel University and five area community colleges, the Consortium includes Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Bucks County Community College, Camden County College and Montgomery County Community College.

City partners with community college to provide small-business training

12/07/2016 - 11:14am
Community College of Philadelphia will offer free workshops to small local businesses next year in the hope of strengthening the city's commercial corridors. The city is providing $800,000 for a year's worth of Power Up Your Business workshops and classes, with a three-year renewal option. "One of our major goals is to ensure that our city is a growing business center, and that is dependent on the success of businesses of all sizes in all neighborhoods," Mayor Kenney said. "We have seen great growth in Center City and the surrounding areas, and we want all of our neighborhoods to experience that opportunity."

Local colleges are well-schooled in vegan dining options

11/03/2016 - 10:37am
Community College of Philadelphia: Chef Andrew Boxer says the school recently added more tofu options at its central Pavilion Cafe, including marinated tofu at the salad bar several times a week (and by request any time) and as an option in stir fries.

Fixing CTE involves targeting middle school students

11/03/2016 - 10:36am
“We want to make sure what students are learning in the District and what young adults and adults are learning at [Community College of Philadelphia] are skills that were applicable to real occupations in the city,” said Kendrick Davis, director of STEM initiatives at the Mayor’s Office. Just after Kenney took office, his office held a series of cross-sector meetings bringing educators from the District and CCP together with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the Department of Labor, the Department of Commerce, and others to discuss how fund and tailor CTE education to the city’s workforce needs.

Initiative aims to increase FAFSA completion rates

11/03/2016 - 10:35am
The District’s College and Career Readiness Office has already started training FAFSA coaches, who will serve as financial literacy mentors in high schools and lead free workshops across the city. These coaches represent a collaborative effort of institutions, including the Community College of Philadelphia, and college access organizations such as College Possible. The District will also support counselors and teachers in high schools to better provide financial literacy help for students.

Jill Biden, Anne Holton Talk Women's Rights at Community College of Philadelphia

11/03/2016 - 10:34am
The campaign trail came through Philadelphia yet again Sunday as the Democrats work to solidify support for Hillary Clinton among women. Vice president Joe Biden's wife, Jill, teamed up with Anne Holton, the wife of the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. The duo spoke at the Community College of Philadelphia. Their speech focused mainly on equality for women in the workplace and economy.

Philadelphia students now have the opportunity to earn an associate's degree while in high school

11/03/2016 - 10:31am
Students who enroll in Parkway Center City Middle College High School for the 2017-18 school year will take both high school and college courses during their studies. Partnered with the Community College of Philadelphia, they'll come out of their four years with not just a high school diploma, but up to 61 college credits and the district calls, "two industry-recognized credentials."

Dwight Evans delivers farewell address to State House

11/03/2016 - 10:29am
In Harrisburg earlier this week, State Rep. Dwight Evans stood at the Speaker’s Rostrum, where he delivered a farewell address that reflected on his more than three decades of service to the Commonwealth and 203rd legislative district. The Philadelphia native and graduate of Community College of Philadelphia and La Salle University discussed how his time in the city shaped his thinking and also helped him to work across party lines and find allies with Republicans and Democrats alike.

New model blends learning tiers at rebranded school

11/03/2016 - 10:28am
In his action plan released in January, Superintendent William Hite identified college and career readiness as a school district priority, partnering with the Community College of Philadelphia with the middle college high school. “Parkway Center City Middle College High School is a pivotal development for our students, and has the potential to leave a positive lasting impact on our city,” Hite said in a statement released last week. “We are focused on making sure all students across Philadelphia have various options to ensure they excel in their educational experience and this is certainly an important part of that goal.”

Free associate's degrees coming for some Phila. H.S. students

11/03/2016 - 10:27am
Some city students will soon be able to earn associate's degrees along with their high school diplomas, as the Philadelphia School District launches its first middle college high school. Beginning in September, 125 students at Parkway Center City will take courses at that high school as well as at Community College of Philadelphia. The program is aimed at teens who would become the first in their families to attend college. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 61 college credits by the time they graduate from high school - enough for an associate's degree. They can also earn certificates in entrepreneurship and in computer programming and software development.

Philly celebrates Octavius Catto who was assassinated on Election Day 1871

10/13/2016 - 12:00pm
Speaking at the Philadelphia Community College, Mayor Jim Kenney said he keeps a portrait of Catto over his desk ("I want him looking over my shoulder") and is awaiting the installation of the only statue of an individual black person on public land in the city. Octavius Catto should take his place outside City Hall next year.

Oct. 11: Vote! Mayor Kenney, Dr. Donald Generals reflect on Octavius Catto’s legacy today at Community College of Philadelphia

10/13/2016 - 11:58am
Oct. 11: Vote! Mayor Kenney, Dr. Donald Generals reflect on Octavius Catto’s legacy today at Community College of Philadelphia. "Catto was a highly influential African American leader, but it is important to remember he also was a figure central to Philadelphia history and American history,” said Dr. Donald Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia, said. His funeral, by some accounts, was the biggest and most elaborate ever held for a Black man in America at that time.

10 things you didn't know about Kathleen Hetherington, Howard Community College president

10/13/2016 - 11:57am
Kathleen “Kate” C. Hetherington just embarked on her 10th year as the fourth president of Howard Community College in Columbia. The Philadelphia native has been honored for her leadership by the Association of Community College Trustees, among other organizations, but she still finds time to pursue her hobbies and passions. She recently shared some interesting facts about herself, such as her appreciation for jazz and devotion to an iconic quiz show. 1. The Community College of Philadelphia played a big role in her life. A Spanish 101 professor at the college paired Hetherington, then Kathleen Carey, with a student named John so they could share a textbook. They soon became a couple, and will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in November. Hetherington eventually returned to the school as a staff member and spent 22 years there before leaving in 1999 to become vice president of student services at HCC.

A conversation on Houston, health, and home

10/13/2016 - 11:55am
Before last week, Patrick Houston ‘16 only dreamed that he would someday meet the President. However, the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 13, found Houston standing at a podium in Eakins Park, praising Barack Obama’s moral judgment and courage in leadership. The crowd roared at Houston’s words, and then, the President himself emerged, shook Houston’s hand, and began to speak. After high school, however, Houston enrolled at the Community College of Philadelphia , and believes that the classes he took, especially those in philosophy, religion, and sociology, completely changed his life. “I was exposed to topics I never would have chosen to take. That really transformed me on an academic basis, intellectually … and put the first 18 years into perspective,” he said.

Community College of Philadelphia Hosts Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

09/29/2016 - 3:59pm
The Community College of Philadelphia welcomed Pennsylvania's education secretary Wednesday afternoon. Pedro Rivera spoke at the hispanic heritage luncheon at the Spring Garden campus. After the remarks, the group discussed expanding access higher education in the state. Rivera himself is from Philadelphia and a first generation college student.

Knight Cities Challenge sets information session

09/22/2016 - 10:39am
The Knight Cities Challenge community information session will be held Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St., Pavilion Building, Klein Cube Room. The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators in shaping the future of cities. Organizers are looking for projects at the city, neighborhood and block level that can be put to work in one of the 26 Knight communities. Winning ideas, which will be announced in spring 2017, will share in $5 million. Ideas, which can be submitted by anyone, must focus on one or more of these three criteria: attracting and retaining talented people, expanding economic opportunity and creating a culture of civic engagement. To register visit www.eventbrite.com/e/knight-cities-challenge-philadelphia-info-session-i-tickets-27180302015 .

ITT students unsure of future after tech school closes

09/16/2016 - 11:13am
Like most of the former ITT students who showed up for the Fast Track day, Phillip hopes to enroll for the next CCP semester, starting Oct. 4, but there’s no guarantee and he may have to wait until January. “The event that we’re having today helps students understand their options and what it will take to enroll here,” said Samuel Hirsch, CCP’s vice president for academic and student success. “We want to offer students from ITT an opportunity to talk to experts here and develop a plan.” Hirsch said that students have questions about financial aid, academic requirements, programs of study offered, and the steps required to enroll. Students worked directly with CCP staff from admissions and financial aid. In several hours, some students were helped through the entire enrollment process.