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

 

WHAT: About 125 Philadelphia high school students will explore in-demand career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Community College of Philadelphia’s Big Bang STEM Career Day. Students can get their hands dirty in such interactive workshops as food chemistry (“Making Chocolate that Melts in Your Mouth”) or producing a DNA fingerprint used to determine the identity of victims and criminals, and by geneticists to screen for diseases. In addition, students will receive resources to help them along their path to college. Community College of Philadelphia creates programs with public schools that enable it to build a foundation for academic success for students considering the College.

WHO: Keynote speaker Tyraine “Grand Hank” Ragsdale, founder and president of Grand Hank Productions, Inc. (GHPI), will tout the importance and mystery of science. For the past 25 years, the self-proclaimed world heavyweight champion of science has combined science with killer rap beats to educate and entertain.  

WHEN: Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Winnet Student Life Building, The Great Hall, located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.

 

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

 

PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2017 — Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, will deliver the commencement address at Community College of Philadelphia’s 51st Commencement on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street.

 “We are honored Marc has agreed to speak to our 2017 graduates,” said Community College of Philadelphia President Donald Guy Generals. “Mr. Morial understands the importance of education and shares our admiration for individuals who are investing in themselves and creating a foundation for a better future.”  

As he travels the country, Morial has referred to economic empowerment and justice issues as the new civil rights frontier. As Morial speaks this year, 19 graduates of the KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) program will be celebrating their own personal victory in the audience. Each began college classes while on public assistance and have since found jobs or careers. Nine of the KEYS graduates are currently Honors students; four of them will receive an associate degree in Nursing, where the average entry-level salary for a registered nurse in Philadelphia is between $50,355 and $80,740 a year. Naya Williams, one of the KEYS participants, was 18 years-old when her mom died. She reared her three siblings and sent them to College before enrolling for courses herself. She will receive an associates in Nursing.

A long-time advocate for individuals seeking meaningful employment pathways, Morial has been a powerful voice for economic inclusion. As President and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003, Morial 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 the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degrees.

Under appointment by Barack President Obama, Morial has served as Chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.

Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by The NonProfit Times. He was named one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America and he is recognized on the National Park Service’s International Civil Rights Wall of Fame.

 

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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


Scholarship provides up to $40,000 a year to exceptional community college students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree

PHILADELPHIA, April 18, 2017 – 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.

Myers is the first African-American, and the second female, from Community College of Philadelphia to win the prestigious scholarship. She is the fourth recipient in the past seven years. Larry Liu, the 2012 recipient, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, and continued his remarkable journey at Oxford University, after being named the Cooke Foundation’s first Oxford Scholar.

Approximately 3,000 community college students nationwide applied for the scholarship this year. The selection process for the scholarship is highly competitive and about 55 scholarships are awarded each year. Scholarships are given to students based on the following criteria: achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and service to others.

The scholarship covers a significant share of the student’s educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees necessary to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Myers, who lives in Fairmount, has been accepted to Thomas Jefferson University and will complete her bachelor’s in the university’s general sonography program after graduating Community College of Philadelphia this year. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree at Jefferson, Myers is looking to further her education and become a physician assistant. As a Cooke Scholar, she will then be eligible to apply for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year up to four years.

 “We are very honored and proud that Jennifer has been recognized by the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation. She is an outstanding student and this is a well-deserved scholarship,” said Dr. Donald Generals, president of the College. “At Community College of Philadelphia, we change lives, as Jennifer will tell you.  Our faculty and staff are fully engaged with students from the time they enter the classroom to the day they graduate,” he added.

Dr. Linda Powell, Department Head of Biology, said Jennifer was a dedicated student. “From the very beginning, I knew she had great potential and could go far in her academics,” Powell said. “I was one of several faculty members at the College who advised Jennifer about Jack Kent Cooke and mentored her through the application process. It truly is an amazing accomplishment that Jennifer is one of 55 people in the country to receive such an award,” she added.

Myers, a single parent and over 40 years old, never thought she was meant to be a scholar. Before entering college, she had a successful career in the insurance industry, but she wasn’t satisfied.  Since going back to college, she developed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and desire to realize her academic potential. She chose to follow her academic journey in the healthcare field because she has a passion for the science behind the technology, the patient care and wanting to help people live lives free of pain and illness.

 “My college experience has been a second chance. When I was young, I didn’t work to my full potential. When entering college, I needed to take remedial math class before I could go even further. I took on that challenge and even exceeded my expectations by taking statistics and calculus. Tenacity was the key to my success and my hard work has really paid off,” Myers said. “I am so grateful to receive this scholarship that will allow to me continue my journey of academic success.”

“Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a proven record of accomplishment at elite colleges and universities and have gone on to successful careers in many professions,” Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. “This is among the most prestigious scholarships in the country and we are extremely proud of the talented students who have been selected.” According to the American Association of Community Colleges, “nearly half of all undergraduates in the United States attend community colleges,” amounting to 12.3 million students.


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.

About the Cooke Foundation

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarships to nearly 2,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also awarded over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org



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.

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.

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