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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

WHAT: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, whose ministry includes education, social issues, and service, will present a $100,000 check to Community College of

Philadelphia President Dr. Donald Guy Generals during its Sunday Service on June 25.

The donation supports the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, whose ultimate goal is to make it possible for eligible Philadelphia high school graduates to go to college. The donation is expected to help educate more than 100 city students, allowing those who meet the Scholars program’s criteria to earn an associate’s degree, with no cost for tuition and fees.

“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 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,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals. “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.”

WHO: Dr. Generals will speak during the morning service and the check will be presented after he speaks (between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.)

Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor, led the effort to raise the money for the College’s Anniversary Fund. The first lady of Enon, Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, is the leader of Enon’s Women’s Ministry and chair-elect of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.

WHEN: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Church services begin at 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Generals is expected to speak and receive a check between 10:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue on Sunday June 25, 2017

 

About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

Power Up Your Business free resource event June 20 at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center


PHILADELPHIA, PA., June 14, 2017 – From the Northeast to West Philly, storefront businesses, the barbershops, bodegas, restaurants and day care centers located throughout the city’s 265 commercial corridors help make neighborhoods safer and spur economic growth.

Yet, until now, these corridors, which include retail centers, strip malls and shopping plazas, have been largely overlooked in major economic development conversations.

Since January, Community College of Philadelphia’s new initiative, Power Up Your Business, has offered these important business owners free workshops to help them manage and plan for growth, and connect with valuable resources.

The next free resource event will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St., Phila., Pa.  At this event, business owners will discover services that can help their businesses grow.  Partners include the College, Philadelphia Industrial Development Center (PIDC), the City Commerce Department and more.  Business owners can RSVP at www.ccp.edu/powerup.  Since January, 85 businesses from 39 different zip codes in the city have participated in the workshops.

The College partnered with Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council, and the City Commerce Department, all of whom are committed to a block-by-block reinvigoration of retail along neighborhood shopping corridors.  Corner grocery stores, hair salons, and coffee shops serve as job creators and community gathering places, bringing stability and security to commercial corridors. 

Several small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the program say the sessions are worth attending – even after a long day at work. Some say they have discovered new tools and efficiencies, like recording their financial information electronically, charting a plan for growth and launching an affordable marketing campaign 

“Power Up Your Business helped me a great deal in being able to acquire the knowledge and information I needed to keep me ahead of the curve,” said Rachelle Russell, owner of Unique Appeal Hair Salon at 5823 Market St.  “I’ve been in business for 22 years, but I went back to school to sharpen my skills in bookkeeping, branding and marketing.  This course helped me to do that.”

Power Up is designed to unlock the potential of the commercial corridors, which are the heart of the neighborhood economy. The coursework supports the sustainability, management and profitability of these businesses through a two-tiered approach:

Tier 1: Peer-based Learning Experience – A 10-week, 30-hour course in basic small business management and planning that delves into the fundamental concepts, tools and skills required for planning and running a successful business. Practical skills such as entrepreneurial leadership, understanding financial statements, the role of finance in business growth and creating effective improvement plans are included, plus support from a business coach. To qualify, participants must be located in Philadelphia, be in business for one year, and earn less than $1 million in annual revenues. Applications for the next cohort, which will be held at the West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St., are due July 21. The classes will be held Aug. 23and 30;Sept. 6, 13, and 27; Oct. 11, 18, and 25; and Nov. 1.

Tier 2: Store Owner Series – Workshops that cover small business basics such as marketing, capital and credit, and bookkeeping. This series also introduces business owners to the College’s programs that support running a business efficiently, from QuickBooks to ServSafe to Business Communication.  The next series begins Sept. 12 at Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Rd., Phila., Pa.  For more information, call the College business office at 215-496-6151 or visit www.ccp.edu/powerup 

“There are workshops and grants for businesses with large revenue streams, but small businesses like mine are excluded because we don’t meet the benchmark,” said Monica Parrilla, a Power Up Your Business advisory board member and owner of Marz Auto Central in Hunting Park. “Small businesses have the power to keep the local economy moving, provide jobs in our area, and to increase our revenue.”

 

About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

WHAT: From the Northeast to West Philly, storefront businesses, the barbershops, bodegas, restaurants and day care centers located throughout the city’s 265 commercial corridors help make neighborhoods safer and spur economic growth. Since January, Community College of Philadelphia’s new initiative, Power Up Your Business, has offered these important business owners free workshops to help them manage and plan for growth, and connect with valuable resources. Discover services that can help your business grow. Partners include the College, PIDC, Philadelphia Department of Commerce and more.

WHO: Owners of all types of businesses from corner grocery stores to hair salons, child care centers to a café and lounge have benefited from the program. The Store Owner Series of workshops have attracted 85 businesses from 39 different zip codes.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St., Phila., Pa.

DETAILS: The College partnered with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia City Council, and the City Commerce Department, all of whom are committed to a block-by-block reinvigoration of retail along neighborhood shopping corridors in every part of the city. At this resource event, business owners will discover services that can help their businesses grow. Partners include the College, Philadelphia Industrial Development Center (PIDC), the City Commerce Department and more.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

WHAT: In neighborhoods all around Philadelphia, longtime residents are fearful of being forced out of their homes as wealthier residents move in and property values rise dramatically—a process known as gentrification.  How does the city, which is experiencing new residential and business development in many neighborhoods that suffered dramatic declines in the last half of the 20th century, continue to encourage growth while protecting interests of long-term residents and creating neighborhoods that are economically and racially diverse?


The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at Community College of Philadelphia will hold a Symposium on Deliberative Democracy, where participants will engage in a mini-forum on gentrification to demonstrate how the process works. After completing a brief pre-survey and reading a one-page impartial hand-out from Harvard University on the topic, attendees will assemble in small (three-to-four persons) groups for discussion led by trained deliberative democracy moderators. Groups will compose two questions for a panel of experts. After the panel discussion, participants will be asked to complete a post-survey to see if their attitudes have changed. Deliberative democracy represents a more direct and continuous means of allowing citizen input into policy and political decision-making. Attendees also will learn about past uses of the deliberative democracy format to explore topics like marriage, climate change, abortion, and public funding of education behind bars.

WHO:  The following experts have confirmed their participation on the panel:

  • Mary F. Chicorelli, Esq., executive director of Equal Access Legal Services
  • Nora Lichtash, member of the Steering Committee of Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities
  • Beth McConnell, policy director of Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations
  • Staci Moore, co-chair of the board of directors of Women’s Community Revitalization Project
  • Blair Shaw, Esq.

 

Dr. Robert Cavalier of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Deliberative Democracy, who initiated the use of the process for Carnegie and the City of Pittsburgh to consider a variety of civic issues, will be the keynote speaker. “In today's turbulent political landscape effective civic engagement becomes more important than ever, “said Kathleen M. Smith Esq., director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. “The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society's Symposium on Deliberative Democracy presents a proven way to cultivate citizens’ educated involvement in issues of societal concern.”

WHEN:  Monday, June 19, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

WHERE:  Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill St., Phila., Pa. 19130 (Room C2-28). There is no charge to attend; Lunch will be provided. RSVP online.

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.

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.

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The College continues to advance its mission of student success and academic excellence by securing partnerships with two prestigious institutions: The Wistar Institute and Drexel University. The Wistar Institute’s Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship program offers those pursuing degrees at Community College of Philadelphia and elsewhere a career pathway to become biomedical research technicians in research laboratory environments, while the dual admissions agreement between Drexel and Community College of Philadelphia allows for a seamless transfer of credits between the two institutions.


The Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship Program

The Wistar Institute’s BRT program has become the first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program in biomedical research approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This training model is now fully recognized by the state and will help serve the workforce needs of the region’s burgeoning life sciences community with experienced lab technicians.

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.

Developed from the Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program, the BRT Program expands upon BTT Program structure and concepts. In 2000, the BTT Program was created in partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia to reinforce the region’s workforce with experienced lab technicians. The evolution of the BTT Program to the state-approved and credentialed BRT Apprenticeship showcases Wistar’s critical role in science education and training in Philadelphia, affirming the value of being globally connected and locally relevant.

Read more about the BRT Apprenticeship Program:


Drexel University and Community College of Philadelphia Dual Admissions Agreement

 Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia and John Fry, President of Drexel University signed a dual admissions agreement following the bi-annual Pathways Magazine breakfast, where John Fry was the featured speaker. The agreement offers a seamless pathway for Community College of Philadelphia graduates to transfer to and finish their degrees at Drexel University.

Fry, who also is chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, was interviewed for the Spring edition of Pathways magazine, a workforce development publication. Citing the need for local institutions of higher education to do more to help city residents, Fry shared some ways Drexel is using academic and economic development activities to broaden student learning and promote inclusion.

Both Dr. Generals and Mr. Fry share a common vision for fostering student success and increasing educational options that provide better economic opportunities for everyone.

Read more about the dual admissions partnership:

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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

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