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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

CCP’s Early Childhood Education Teachers Apprenticeship Receives High Praise at the Early Learning Economic Summit

05/30/2019 - 11:20am
During the Early Learning Economic Summit, Community College of Philadelphia’s Early Childhood Education Teachers Apprenticeship program was praised as an example of progressive education. Through a grant from the William Penn Foundation and in collaboration with the Philadelphia District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, the apprenticeship provides the opportunity for child care workers with a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate to earn an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth to 4 th Grade) through, in part, on-the-job learning competencies and mentorship. — Pennsylvania Cable Network

CCP Hosts Partners Foundation Scholarship Recipients

05/29/2019 - 8:46am
Community College of Philadelphia hosted this year’s Health Partners Foundation scholarship recipients on May 28. Twelve low-income, high achieving students were awarded the scholarship that offer, in part, free rides to community colleges. "If they apply for what we call the Community College Connection Scholarship, it will be a full ride to the community college of their choice,” said Stacey Scott, president of Health Partners Foundation. “The other students will be applying their $12,000 scholarships to colleges or universities here in Pennsylvania.” — KYW Newsradio

Modern Day Heroes: A Celebration

05/28/2019 - 9:59am
Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), and Derrick Perkins, director for the Center of Male Engagement at CCP, penned an article about racial equity for Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. In anticipation of Juneteenth, Generals and Perkins discussed past Civil Rights leaders as well as modern Black male heroes who participated in the Center for Male Engagement program. — Diverse

PHLDiversity holds Hospitality Education Day at Community College of Philadelphia

05/28/2019 - 9:31am
Some 80 students gathered at Community College of Philadelphia for PHLDiversity ‘s annual Hospitality Education Day on May 9. The empowerment and networking event brought junior and senior high school students, along with adults from the Opportunity in Hospitality Training program, to the college for a day of learning. The event included workshops on hospitality and tourism, marketing and financial budgeting, entrepreneurship, restaurant management, college preparedness, and more. Those in attendance received valuable information from industry professionals on how to successfully plan for a career in hospitality, witnessed a culinary demonstration, participated in initial screenings for internships, scholarships, and summer employment, and had the opportunity to apply to CCP on site. — Generocity

CCP Features 18 New Credit and Noncredit Programs for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

05/22/2019 - 4:37pm
Community College of Philadelphia will offer 18 new credit and noncredit programs for the 2019-2010 academic year. New associate degree programs include Black Studies, Business Leadership, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and Tourism and Hospitality Management. — WTAJ

Faculty Alumnus, Eric Westbrook, Named New Director of the Office of Black Male Engagement

05/22/2019 - 12:21pm
Eric Westbrook is the new director of the Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME), a subdivision of The Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement. Westbrook, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Temple University, has worked for the past seven years improving graduation and retention rates for Community College of Philadelphia. At CCP, Westbrook coordinated recruitment efforts for the Center for Male Engagement, partnering with dozens of schools, community-based organizations, businesses and nonprofit agencies. — Generocity

Katherine Gilmore Richardson Takes Step Closer to City Council and to Policy Plan to Fully Fund CCP

05/22/2019 - 9:39am
Katherine Gilmore Richardson, candidate for City Council at-large, won the Democratic primary on May 22. During her campaign, one of her three major policy proposals has been to fully fund Community College of Philadelphia. Gilmore Richardson has worked in City Hall for the past decade and, most recently, as the chief of staff to outgoing Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. — Billy Penn

English Teacher who Championed CCP Partnerships Wins 2019 Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award

05/21/2019 - 8:58am
Brandon Miller, an English teacher at The Workshop School, is one of sixty Philadelphia School District elementary-, middle-, and high-school teachers to have won the 2019 Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. Among his many accomplishments, Miller has designed curriculum for juniors and seniors, including internships and classes at Community College of Philadelphia. — Philadelphia Inquirer

CCP Alumnus Delivers Powerful Commencement Address at West Chester University

05/20/2019 - 1:53pm
A panel of professors selected Jhalil le Blanc, who graduated with his GED from Community College of Philadelphia in 1990, to give this year’s Commencement address at West Chester University. An empowering story about overcoming the odds, Le Blanc was diagnosed with stage four gastric cancer in 2005 and breast cancer when he was 17-years-old. His oncologist pronounced the 44-year-old student cancer free not long before he found out he was selected to speak at graduation. A Liberal Arts major at West Chester, Le Blanc will begin work on a master’s degree in business with a concentration in human resources management later this month — 29 years after his first bout with cancer forced him to drop out of high school. — Philadelphia Tribune

CCP is Making Sure Students have Foundational Skills and Hope

05/20/2019 - 1:22pm
Community College of Philadelphia is searching for innovative ways to circumvent remedial classes, while ensuring that students are at-level for literacy and mathematics. An effort to preserve hope and self-esteem in a student’s pursuit for higher education, CCP wants classes to align with long-term goals of the individual and to strengthen foundational skills that are imperative to transfer to a four-year institution and to join the workforce. — The Notebook

Going to College for Senior Year in High School Helps with Transition

05/20/2019 - 12:50pm
Julia Gaskin-West, a student at the Pickett campus of Mastery High School, revealed that “[She] hadn’t felt challenged in a really long time.” But, she said that all changed when she began taking courses at CCP as part of the School District of Philadelphia’s Advanced Senior Year (ASY) program. “It showed me what I’m capable of,” said Gaskin-West, who plans to spend her first two college years at CCP and then apply to Lafayette College, Swarthmore College or Mt. Holyoke College. In its premier year, 60 high school seniors from 22 District schools throughout the city took courses at CCP. In addition, 36 students from six Mastery Charter high schools participated in a similar program, based at their own schools. Students who successfully complete the program receive a high school diploma and up to 24-college credits. “We’ve seen tremendous outcomes,” said Dr. David Thomas, associate vice president of Strategic Initiatives...

CCP Faculty Alumna is a Finalist to become Woodland Community College's Next President

05/16/2019 - 11:58am
Dr. Lisa Cooper Wilkins, a previous dean of CCP’s Educational Support Services Division, is one of four finalists being interviewed for the president position at Woodland Community College in Woodland, California. Currently, Wilkins is the assistant superintendent and vice president of Student Services at San Joaquin Delta College, where she has worked since 2014. — Daily Democrat

CCP and Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School Announce "100 Steps" Dual Enrollment Program

05/16/2019 - 11:41am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School announced a new dual enrollment program, titled “100 Steps,” on May 9. Set to commence for the 2019-2020 school year and named for the 100 steps it takes to travel from one campus to the other, the program provides the opportunity for the students to concurrently take classes at Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School and college-level courses in the Buisness or Health program at CCP. Upon successful completion of the program, students will attain a high school diploma and respective associate degree. “The regional workforce benefits as the city increases the percentage of college-educated workers,” CCP president, Dr. Guy Generals, said at the announcement. “This is an important partnership for us and this city.” — Catholic Philly

Degrees Are Important, but so Are Skills

05/15/2019 - 4:22pm
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), with its open admissions, tests its incoming students, many of whom are from Philadelphia public schools, for literacy and numeracy. As opposed to four- year institutions that weed out student with low scores, CCP provides opportunities for students to advance their abilities and prepare for continued education. For example, Rhodes Scholar Hazim Hardeman, now at Oxford University, nearly failed high school and started at CCP in developmental classes. He transferred to Temple University after graduation and earned one of academia’s highest honors. — The Notebook

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Prepares Voters for the Upcoming Polls at Community College of Philadelphia

05/14/2019 - 4:15pm
In preparation for Pennsylvania’s primary election on May 21, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will hold a three-hour interactive convention with the candidates for Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas at the Community College of Philadelphia on May 14. Taking place in the Winnet Building, located at 502 N. 17th Street, t he free event will provide attendees an unparalleled opportunity to meet and interact with many of the candidates. Candidates will also be given the opportunity to address the audience for approximately two to three minutes. — Hoodline

Kevin Hart, Famed Comedian and CCP Alumnus, Sill Ranked as One of the Highest Paid in Industry

05/14/2019 - 4:01pm
Kevin Hart, the famed comedian and CCP alumnus, is still one of the highest paid comedians, according to estimated 2019 net worth reports. Last year, Forbes ranked Hart as one of the 20 highest paid comedians in the industry. Raised by a single mother, Hart graduated George Washington High School before attending CCP. After leaving CCP, Hart set off to New York City to pursue his acting and comedy career. — TUKO

Teaching Skills to Compete in the Automated World

05/14/2019 - 11:59am
Community College of Philadelphia has a re-training program that teaches workers new skills to get in front of the robot revolution. “Someone is going to have to make the robots, somebody is going to have to maintain the robots,” said Matthew Hill, CNC Machining Instructor at CCP. “I don’t know if automation is necessarily taking jobs, but it is certainly changing the landscape.” Automotive students at CCP are specifically learning how to make precision robot parts for medical defense and aerospace, proficiencies that Hill explained will keep workers at the “…forefront of automation, instead of being replaced by it.” — NBC 10 Philadelphia

CCP'S Dr. David E. Thomas will be a Panelist at Episcopal Community Services' Economic Independence Day Event

05/14/2019 - 11:32am
Dr. David E. Thomas, Community College of Philadelphia associate vice president of Strategic Initiatives and Dean, Access and Community Engagement, will be a panelist at Episcopal Community Services' (ECS) celebratory event of Economic Independence Day on May 16. Taking place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at ECS, located at 225 S. 3rd Street, the panel discussion at the inaugural event will include local experts and service providers who are committed to holistically helping individuals and families escape poverty and advance their financial and social goals. The panel will delve into the fundamental pillars of life that promote prosperity, such as family stability, wellbeing, education and training, financial management, and employment. Other panelists include Erin Ellis, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union; Liz Hersh, Office of Homeless Services; Meg Shope Koppel, PhD, Philadelphia Works; Shirley Moy, North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative; and Orfelina Feliz Payne, Community Behavioral Health. — Cision

CCP Alumna and Retired Teacher, Beverly Braxton, Launches Parents’ Support Network

05/13/2019 - 12:36pm
After recognizing the rising pressures for today’s students, CCP alumna and retired teacher, Beverly Braxton, founded the parenting support network Family Central in 2014. In the last five years, Family Central has held nearly 30 workshops on topics ranging from opioid abuse to managing technology to over-scheduling. The organization's overall mission is to strengthen the role of the community in supporting families. — Times Herald-Record

Detoured but not denied

05/13/2019 - 11:59am
Community College of Philadelphia recently had a class speaker you all should know about – her name is Amber Young. Quiet and well-thought out, the 21 year old became an emergent leader, despite her past troubles at a four-year institution she previously attended. CCP’s smaller environment allowed the now graduate to embrace adulthood at her own pace and to emerge as an award-winning luminary. “To see how far she has come, this shy person … to see how much she has accomplished, I can only say thank you, Lord,” said Danyelle Watson Young, an administrator at CCP and Amber’s mother. — Philadelphia Sunday Sun

MuthaKnows: ‘This is what Black excellence looks like’

05/13/2019 - 11:44am
Radio personality Kevin Ceasar, also known as MuthaKnows of Power 99 AM’s “Rise and Grind Morning Show,” is now a proud CCP graduate. MuthaKnows talked often about his quest, at the age of 40, to return to college, and get the degree that had eluded him two decades earlier during his first attempt as a college student. On May 4, Ceasar earned an associate degree in mass media, becoming the first in his family to complete college . — The Philadelphia Sunday Sun

CCP will be at Philly’s ‘Largest Job Fair’ this Week

05/13/2019 - 11:21am
Community College of Philadelphia will be one of 130-plus employers seeking to hire at The Temple University North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, known as Philadelphia’s largest job fair. Scheduled for May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Aramark Star Complex at North 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue, other employers who will be in attendence include Aramark, Comcast, Radio One, Pepsi, Verizon, Wawa, UPS, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Univest Financial Corp., SugarHouse Casino, Elwyn, Carvana, American Cable, Philadelphia Police, SEPTA, Temple University Hospital and Kimmel Center. — Philadelphia Inquirer

This 60-year-old Philly grandmother lived in the dorms at Cheyney University. Now the CCP alumna is Cheyney’s Class of 2019 valedictorian.

05/13/2019 - 11:02am
Grandmother of 11 and Community College of Philadelphia alumna, Rhonda E. Davis, was the valedictorian of Cheyney University’s Class of 2019 on May 11. Graduating with a near-perfect GPA and with two bachelor’s degrees, one in fine arts and one in graphic design, t he 60-year-old budding artist and writer was determined to finish her higher education. Leaving her Southwest Philadelphia home and moving into a dorm at Cheyney, Davis lived alongside teens fresh out of high school. The tab was largely covered by her full scholarship to the univeristy's honors program, an accolade Davis earned by excelling at CCP, where she received her associate degree. — Philadelphia Inquirer

CCP Student Gets One Last Lesson before Graduation: How to Knot a Tie

05/09/2019 - 10:57am
After four years of academic preparation, Robert Mena was ready to graduate from CCP on Saturday. But there was one thing he still had to learn — how to knot a tie. Enlisting the help of two off-the-street Philadelphia police officers to instruct him on proper technique, Mena was sure to later send officers Patrick Dooley and Christian Rodriguez a photo of himself at Commencement, capturing his cap, gown and, of course, perfectly knotted pink tie. "Graduating from college is absolutely a big accomplishment. Just knowing I helped a little bit in his life, maybe [he] will remember that graduation and tell stories forever [to] his family. Just great knowing we were part of that," Rodriguez explained. — Fox 29

Community College of Philadelphia Class of 2019

05/08/2019 - 3:59pm
Community College of Philadelphia held its 53rd Commencement ceremony on Saturday. There were 1,881 graduation candidates, including 53 veterans, 34 international students and two college employees. Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA.) served as the Commencement speaker. — The Philadelphia Tribune

Bookstore Owner Graduates from Power Up Program

05/07/2019 - 9:42am
Yvonne Blake, the second-generation owner of Hakim’s Bookstore in West Philadelphia, recently graduated from Community College of Philadelphia’s Power Up Your Business program. The program provides mentorship and training in business management, planning and marketing. Blake’s father, Dawad Hakim, opened Hakim’s in 1959, and it is regarded as one of the nation’s oldest African American-owned bookstores. Blake holds the distinction of owning the longest-running company to have completed the Power Up program since its inception. “It was great, because it opened up avenues,” Blake said. “It got me moving in a different direction. It also made me see the value of the store. I always tried to maintain my dad’s legacy...” — The Philadelphia Tribune

CCP Talks about Importance of Workplace Diversity at AL DÍA Diverse City Career Fair

05/06/2019 - 4:29pm
Community College of Philadelphia was one of 40 exhibitors present at the 18th annual AL DÍA Diverse City Career Fair. Exhibitors spoke to attendees about open job roles and the importance of workforce diversity. Other exhibitors included AmeriHealth Caritas, Independence Blue Cross, Aramark, Vanguard, UPS, Prospanica, Herr's, the Children's Crisis Treatment Center, The U.S. Census Bureau, PGW and SEPTA. — AL DÍA

Students Turn Graduates at CCP'S 53rd Commencement Ceremony

05/06/2019 - 11:42am
Following years of hard work, students at Community College of Philadelphia are now graduates after the College’s 53 rd C ommencement ceremony on May 4. Held in North Philadelphia, friends and family cheered as the students, dressed in caps and gowns, walked down the aisle for the momentous occasion. — 6 ABC Action News

Community College of Philadelphia’s 2019 Commencement Speaker is Congressman and Alumnus Dwight Evans

05/03/2019 - 4:23pm
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA.) will be the commencement speaker for Community College of Philadelphia on May 4 at The Liacouras Center. Evans, a graduate of CCP and La Salle University, has dedicated his life to the cause of urban renewal, and economic and educational opportunities. — The Philadelphia Sunday Sun

CCP Freshman, Tre’Cia Gibson Helps Plan Opening of Student-Run Corner Store Next Year

05/03/2019 - 11:10am
Tre’Cia Gibson, CCP freshman and Rebel co-executive director, is planning to open a corner store run by high school students next year through the Rebel Ventures program. The Rebel Market’s mission will be to provide healthier and more accessible food alternatives in food deserts. Gibson started at Rebel when she attended Parkway West High School. She now works part-time to oversee the crew and act as a culinary mentor. She said that Rebel is transitioning from creating recipes in the kitchen to figuring out how the company will sell its products in the store for a price that students find affordable. The predominately high school run company also invented Rebel Crumbles, a healthier crumb cake and first student-produced food to be available in all district schools in 2017. More than a million of the Crumbles have been distributed as part of the free breakfast program. — The Notebook

CCP Faculty Alumnus Mark McCormick Named Middlesex County College President

05/03/2019 - 10:36am
It was announced this April that Mark McCormick, a former associate professor and coordinator of Community College of Philadelphia’s Paralegal Studies program for over a decade, will serve as the seventh president of Middlesex County College (MCC). For the past nine months, McCormick has served as MCC’s interim president. — My Central Jersey

CCP Partner, The Wistar Institute’s Cancer Center Demonstrates Strength of Science in Grant Process

05/02/2019 - 12:02pm
After extensive peer review, The Wistar Institute’s Cancer Center has received an “exceptional” rating on its Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) application from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the second review cycle in a row. Consequently, the grant has been recommended for renewal, providing $13.6 million to the Cancer Center scientific enterprise. In 1972, Wistar became the first institution in the nation to receive the NCI-designation as a cancer center solely devoted to basic research in cancer biology. Since then, the Institute has continuously held this designation, achieving the highest ranking of “exceptional” for its CCSG renewal application. The Institute has had a 20+ year synergetic educational collaboration with the Community College of Philadelphia, creating innovative training opportunities to foster a pipeline of young scientists equipped and eager to enter the region’s vibrant life sciences community. — Newswise

CCP Faculty Alumnus Named New President of Nassau Community College

05/02/2019 - 11:45am
Jermaine Williams, a past director of student initiatives at the Community College of Philadelphia, has been named the new president of Nassau Community College. Williams will start this July as leader of the 20,000-student school in Garden City, which is the largest single-campus community college in the state of New York. — Newsday

CCP Alumna and HCC President, Kathleen B. Hetherington reflects on National Community College Month

05/02/2019 - 11:42am
In honor of National Community College Month in April, Community College of Philadelphia alumna Kathleen B. Hetherington spoke to The Baltimore Sun about being the only community college graduate to become president of Howard Community College. President of the Maryland-based community college since 2007, Hetherington has spent her entire career working in community colleges. After earning her associate degree at CCP, Hetherington went on to receive additional degrees at Penn State, Villanova and Widener universities. “One of the things that I think also helps when I’m out in the community is relaying that you can start out a community college,” she said. — The Baltimore Sun

CCP Faculty Member Dr. Aubria Nance Speaks at AACC Annual Convention

05/02/2019 - 11:39am
Dr. Aubria Nance, a college counselor and associate professor of counseling at Community College of Philadelphia, led a discussion at the 99th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in Orlando, Florida this past April. Nance’s session placed several institutions’ policies around academic probation, student withdrawal and attendance, admissions advising or late registration into “pro-enrollment” or “pro-retention” categories. The CCP faculty member said that institutional leaders should be mindful of how they implement their policies to ensure that students receive the support they need without jeopardizing their academic success. — Diverse

You know him as Power 99′s Mutha Knows. His professors know him as Kevin

05/01/2019 - 4:26pm
Kevin Ceasar, also known by his WUSL-Power 99-FM radio alter ego Mutha Knows, will be graduating from Community College of Philadelphia with a mass communications degree this May. At 43, the radio personality will be the first in his family to graduate from a school of higher education. One of the few black, openly queer voices in local urban radio, Mutha Knows hosts “The Tea,” a daily pop culture segment, on the highly rated “Rise & Grind Morning Show” alongside Mikey Dredd and Roxy Romeo. “Sometimes people think you just landed here on Plymouth Rock. And it doesn’t happen like that,” he said. “I worked hard to get through these doors. You will not believe, I have war stories. I have war marks. … But thank God I made it.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

High School Students Get a Jump Start on their Dreams at CCP

05/01/2019 - 11:15am
High school seniors of Academy at Palumbo are getting a jump start on completing college credits at Community College of Philadelphia. Through the Palumbo’s Senior Year Only Program (SYOP), Jamal Johnson and Kimberly Hampton have gained an early exposure to the college environment while taking courses at CCP. In the fall, Jamal will major in international and area studies and minor in Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh. Concurrently, Hampton will major in psychology and be on a pre-med track at Xavier University of Louisiana. — The Philadelphia Tribune