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PHILADELPHIA, November 19, 2014—For the first time, Community College of Philadelphia will offer affordable online courses during the 2014 winter break to help its students and guest students from other colleges and universities accelerate degree completion.

“These three-credit courses will require 6-8 hours of work daily, so students must be committed to dedicating their time to the coursework and be prepared for a fast pace over the course of the four-week term,” said Dr. Samuel Hirsch, vice president for Student Affairs.

To help students achieve the best results possible, winter break enrollment is restricted to one course. Registrants must be in good academic standing as of Spring or Summer 2014 to qualify for the Winter term, which runs from December 15 through January 9. Course offerings include: Addiction Studies, Political Science, Behavioral Health and Human, Cultural Traditions, Environmental Conservation, Global History, Introduction to Sociology, and Juvenile Justice.

The College recommends that students who register for the online course have access to a privately owned personal computer and do not attempt to use a public access computer to take the courses. Register online at www.MyCCP.com or in person at a registration counter on Main Campus or at any of the regional centers. The last day to register in person is Friday, Dec. 12. Sunday, Dec. 14 is the deadline for online registration. Tuition for Philadelphia residents is $153 per credit hour.

 

Community College of Philadelphia enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Don­ald “Guy” Gen­er­als has come to ap­pre­ci­ate Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia’s three re­gion­al cen­ters dur­ing his four-plus months as CCP’s pres­id­ent.

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At a gathering of local officials, anti-poverty experts and nonprofit organizations at the Community College of Philadelphia Monday, Nutter said the city has won recognition and grant money from the federal government for its recent work fighting poverty.

Veterans Day

Chris Wilson, a Justice major, retired from the U.S. Army in 2009 and hadn’t had much occasion to wear his brown military fatigues until Nov. 11.

He had received an email requesting that he show military pride by wearing the battledress to the College’s Veterans Day ceremony. “I wasn’t sure they would still fit,” Wilson said. He was glad they did and glad to have attended.

During a packed ceremony outside the Veterans Resource Center in the Bonnell Lobby, Wilson and other veterans received applause, appreciative handshakes, and words of gratitude from College officials and honored guests. “It’s like a celebration. I get to see who else is a veteran. This pumps me up for Veterans Day,” Wilson said.

Across the city, ceremonies marked the day the nation shows its appreciation for those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The College currently serves more than 500 veterans. Moreover, in the Class of 2014, 81 of the graduates had military backgrounds.

The Veterans Resource Center serves as both a guiding light and a beacon of hope for retired and active duty military. One such student is Moustapha Toure, a Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force. Now 21-years-old, Toure said he has been trying to finish an undergraduate degree since the age of 17 but his coursework has been interrupted repeatedly by deployments.

After he returned to Philadelphia from Afghanistan in mid-September, he chose Community College of Philadelphia because of the support services and resources. “I was looking in the area for a military-friendly college. I came here, and it’s been amazing,” Toure said. After getting advice from the Veterans Resource Center, he’s taking 18 credits and is on track to earn an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. He is dually admitted to Temple University, where he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Disruptions like those Toure encountered are a small measure of the personal sacrifices military men and women make. During the ceremony, Philadelphia Police Inspector Verdell Johnson, an alumnus; Dr. Donald Guy Generals, the College’s president; Steve Bachovin, coordinator for the Veterans Resource; and Jason Mays, president of the Student Government Association, spoke of other burdens that military men and women or they themselves have carried for the sake of their country.

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, a Major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army Reserve, was also a guest speaker. He praised veterans as heroes for their commitment to duty, honor and country. Then he asked civilians in the audience also to make a commitment to serve. “You don’t have to go out on the battlefield. There’s a battle going on right here,” Williams said.

People can serve their communities by helping their neighbors and encouraging high school students to stay in school and graduate, the DA said. Moreover, fighting truancy helps reduce crime because students who drop-out are more likely to go to prison or become the victims of homicide, he added. “I would ask all of you today to commit yourselves to duty, honor and country. Commit to serving one another,” he said.

Attracted by the nexus of military and college experience in the room, officers from the Philadelphia Police Department manned a recruiting table before and after the ceremony. The department is looking for candidates to replace officers they are losing through retirements. Employment eligibility requirements include either 60 credits of college or a minimum of six months of active duty military experience with an honorable discharge.

“Anytime we have attrition from police officers retiring, we try to replace those ranks,” said Edward Savage the Philadelphia Police recruitment officer who manned the table. “We’re looking to fill those jobs.”

Change Philly Today is partnering with LGBT groups from Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia to shine an LGBT spotlight on National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) has created a noncredit course that teaches the business of running a food truck or cart in a series of mobile food management workshops that can be completed in about four months.

Community College of Philadelphia has developed an innovative non-credit  course to serve the food truck and food cart industry and widen the path to possibilities for their own culinary art graduates eying entrepreneurship.

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