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PHILADELPHIA, September 18, 2014—Community College of Philadelphia will celebrate its Golden Anniversary over the next 12 months and festivities get into full swing on Sept. 23, with some cool jazz, free giveaways, donuts, coffee and cookies.

The College’s multi-talented sixth president, Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals, will perform with a campus jazz band serenading students, staff and faculty from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dr. Generals is an avid drummer who once played with Cissy (mother of Whitney) Houston’s band before dedicating himself to a career in higher education. The band will perform at the Bonnell Circle, which is on the east side of 17th Street, near the entrance of the Allen T. Bonnell Building. Media is invited.

That morning, on the 50th Anniversary microsite at WWW.CCP.EDU/50, visitors can scroll through a timeline of the College’s history, view old photos of the College and the city, post personalized anniversary messages and watch videos. In addition, over the next 12 months the College will profile a number of distinguished alumni who are Moving Philadelphia Forward, and making a difference through their careers, community service or philanthropic efforts. Richard S. Downs, a member of the first graduating class in 1967 and a retired business executive, and Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer; are among those whose stories will be shared.

Top 50 musical hits from 1964 and 1965 will play from noon to 1 p.m. that day in the Pavilion. Current students will be able to develop their place in history at the selfie circle, outside the Pavilion where they can take photos of themselves wearing 50th anniversary buttons and send them to #CCPAT50.

New 50th Anniversary street banners installed for the occasion will line the poles along the Main Campus and the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers, where student leaders will hand out cookies and soft pretzels to students and employees from Noon to 1 p.m. that afternoon.

Events scheduled throughout the coming year will be both solemn and festive. Dr. Generals will hold a homecoming meet-and-greet for alumni on October 29; U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. will accept the Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award during an invitation-only event January 15; a panel discussion on the MOVE bombing is planned during Law & Society Week in February; and Dr. Generals will be inaugurated at 10:30 a.m. May 1 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street.

 The 50th Anniversary festivities culminate with an outdoor black-tie gala on the Main Campus on September 18, 2015 and our 50th Commencement in May, 2016.

 Community College of Philadelphia was founded in 1964 after then-Mayor James H.J. Tate appointed 15 members to the board of trustees. On September 23, 1965, the College opened its doors in the annex of the old Snellenberg department store with an enrollment of 1,200. In 1973, the College moved from the eight-story building at 34 South 11th Street to 1700 Spring Garden Street, a building that formerly housed Philadelphia’s third U.S. Mint, built in 1901.

 The Main Campus has grown to include seven major classroom and activity buildings; in addition, Regional Centers have been established to serve residents in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia.

 The Mint Building serves as the College’s administrative headquarters and houses a museum dedicated to the work of Gilroy Roberts, Ninth Chief Engraver for the U.S. Mint, who created the portrait of Robert F. Kennedy used to create the Kennedy half dollar. The Gilroy Roberts exhibit is located in the circular hallway of the Mint Building Rotunda and is free and open to the public.

 Since it opened its doors, the College has served more than 685,000 students. It currently is the largest public institution of higher learning in Philadelphia and sixth largest in the state.


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The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and Philadelphia’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community, honored 100 people who have been named Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans, at a private reception for nearly 500 guests Thursday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The list includes elected officials, education leaders, businesspersons, community activists and labor leaders.

Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals, College President, shared his personal story and his vision of making the College a top-tier institution. He spoke before an overflow audience of faculty and staff at the August 25 opening plenary for Professional Development 2014. More than 45 presentations were held.

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Dr. Donald Generals, President

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Dr. Donald Generals, Jr.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The sustainability initiative concludes: “It is important to note that no single government action, policy or program alone can solve all of the problems associated with high unemployment and underemployment.” The plan calls for a $2.5 million increase in funding to the Community College of Philadelphia to help residents develop basic employment skills.

The New Student Welcome on August 22 offered incoming students the opportunity to learn the campus and discover the array of support services available. The day included fun activities and the chance to make new friends.

10,000 Small Businesses Graduating Class

Thirty-two entrepreneurs, the largest class ever for 10,000 Small Businesses—Greater Philadelphia, celebrated the completion of the program August 22 at a graduation ceremony in the Center for Business and Industry.

In alphabetical order, the graduates are:

Cassandra Bailey, president and CEO of Slice Communications; Donahue Bailey, president and CEO of Atrium International, Inc.; Liz Bello, manager and co-owner of Mercer Café; Luis Berrios, president of Locating Utility Infrastructure Services, LLC; William Capers, president and CEO of Pitter Patter Learning Center, LLC; Ken Carter, president and chief operating officer of Supra Office Solutions, Inc.; Bob Christian, president of University City Review, Inc.; Anita Conner, owner of Anita T. Conner & Associates, PC; Daniel Culp, chief operating officer of Pride Klean; C. Katherine DeStefano, CEO of New Horizons Counseling Services, Inc.; John Fleming, managing member of Fleming Consulting, LLC; Jossi Fritz-Mauer, co-executive director of the Energy Co-Op; Kevin Gatto, president of Verde Salon Inc.; Farelen Gonzalez, facility director of Casa de Consejeria y Salud Integral Inc.; Raymond Jones, CEO of We See You, LLC; Patrick Kelly, owner and president of Stein Your Florist, Co.; Srini Lokula, president of Ram Tech Systems, Inc.; Andrew Magnus, president of BTC Envelopes and Printing, LLC; Kariema Milligan, president of Milligan Group LLC; Chris Molieri, co-owner of Greenstreet Coffee Roasters; Colin O’Neil, vice president of Bookbinder Specialties, LLC; Katie O’Neill, co-owner and creative director of Mushmina; David Rose, president of Brio Solutions; Scott Seltzer, president of ConnectMe; April Slobodrian, president of Northeast Construction, Inc.; Michael Smith, president of Round 2 Lighting, LLC; Blane Stoddart, president and CEO of BFW Group, LLC; Zach Stone, chief strategy officer of Red Kite Consulting, Inc.; Andy Truong, president and CEO of Greendog Recycling Inc.; Jean Wang, president of Quantum, Inc.; Yvette Watts, general manager of Watts Window Cleaning & Janitorial Co., Inc.; Theresa Williams, administrator of Around the Clock Home Health Care Services.

Robert Christian, owner of University City Review, Inc. was among 32 graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses–Greater Philadelphia in August.