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The annual Celebration of the Stars event honors the College's 20, 30 and 40-year employees. This years event featured a costume contest, with employees paying tribute to the College's opening year of 1965.

Back Row, left to right: Assistant coach Terrell Wright, assistant coach Solomon Walker, Rafiq Johnson, Basir Fulmore, Ron Rollins, Mikal Mumin, Lennon Winebrenner, Dante Collier, Zachary Stone, Jaleel Williams, manager Fred Washington, Nigel Caldwell, Marcus Smith, head coach Joe Rome, manager Kyle Stanton, assistant coach Kenyatta McKinney, assistant coach Andre Wright. Front row,left to right: Devin Bowsky and Jeff Giddings. (Not Pictured: Jeff Williford and Eric Massenburg, Jr.)

Dante Collier’s days start at 2:30 a.m. when he wakes up to deliver the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. The early start means less sleep, however it leaves his days open for a full course-load at Community College of Philadelphia, where he is a starting guard and co-captain of the men’s basketball team.

During the week, Collier’s day usually ends with either practice or a game. It’s more than a hobby for the 5’10” point guard for the Colonials. “Basketball is my way of getting away from the world. It’s like a stress reliever. When I’m on the court and playing, I get to have as much fun as I want,” said Collier, a Business major. Other members of the team work as well to support themselves and family members, and pay for school. They make time for the basketball team because they share Collier’s passion.

Lately, the team has been making an indelible impression on sports enthusiasts across the nation. The Colonials, with a 12-1 record, are ranked third nationally in the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association’s (NJCAA), an honor that has made the scrappy team a target as of late for its opponents.

“The guys are playing hard and working well together. Really, it’s those two things which are why we are where we are right now,” said Joe Rome, the men’s basketball coach. “We’ve got half a season to go. We’ll see what happens in the second half. As long as we stay together as a team we should be okay.”

Collier credits the bond that he and other veteran players have formed with newer players this year for the success. “We’re able to talk to the freshmen about how to keep things together. The main thing is sticking together and not quitting,” Collier said. “When you play on a team, it’s more like a brotherhood. When one person goes down or one person isn’t feeling good or is upset, you lend him a helping hand and keep him motivated. Keep everybody together on a nice, calm level and they’ll feed off that energy.”

The regular season has 27 games, 13 of which were completed by December 16. If the team maintains its winning streak it would compete for the conference, region and ultimately national championship.

As the team heads into winter break it needs to play well, Collier said. “You have to expect people are going to play their hearts out against us,” he said. “People know that we’re ranked now and these other teams want to be the one to beat us.”

The men’s basketball roster includes: Dante Collier, Basir Fulmore, Marcus Smith, Eric Massenburg, Jr., Jeff Giddings, Nigel Caldwell, Lennon Winebrenner, Devin Bowsky, Rafiq Johnson, Ron Rollins, Jaleel Williams, Jeff Williford, Mikal Mumin and Zachary Stone.

Smith and Caldwell currently are the team’s highest scorers. Smith is averaging 10.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds, while Caldwell averages 10.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announced the names of more than 250 people on Monday that will review state agencies, commissions and various issue areas as part of his transition team.

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 16, 2014—Twenty-five additional entrepreneurs will graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program on December 20 adding to the growing number of small business in this region impacted by the national program.

The new graduates will gather with families and friends for a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry at 1751 Callowhill Street. Dr. Donald Generals, president at the College; Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger; and Matt Cabrey, executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia and senior vice president of regional business marketing for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, are among those who will speak. Robert Napoletano, of Springfield Pasta Company in Springfield, Pa, will address the audience as a member of the graduating class and alumni will welcome the graduates into the program’s strong alumni network.

Greater Philadelphia’s program has graduated 135 business owners since it began in 2013. From January through December 2014, 112 entrepreneurs from up-and-coming businesses finished the course work. The majority of these business owners have formed a strong network. Just this week, three are celebrating their move into shared space in the Navy Yard, which is a campus designed for business growth. Several others are in the midst of launching new spaces to support the growth plans created through the program.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses. Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation are committing $20 million to the program in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses are accepted on a rolling basis at Community College of Philadelphia, with February 2 as the deadline to apply for the next cohort. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region. For more information and an application, visit www.ccp.edu/10KSB.

Contacts: Linda Wallace 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Naomi Hall 215-751-8021, nhall@ccp.edu

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Community College of Philadelphia President Donald Generals mingled with more than 140 college presidents at a White House summit focused on increasing the number of students of color who not only attend college but graduate with an academic degree.

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