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The Community College of Philadelphia raised awareness on human trafficking with an event held last week.

The college along with participants from the Red Sand and other projects poured red sand into the cracks of the sidewalks as they walked from Spring Garden Street to City Hall. The sand served as a reminder that people should not pass by or walk over those who are being exploited.

“We hope to make this an annual event,” said Kathleen Smith, the director of Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. “Human trafficking affects so many, yet most of us think of it as rare and somehow far away from us and our communities. In offering a day focused on the many facets of human trafficking, we hope to give voice to the voiceless of the many who have been trafficked and bring their faces into focus.”

“The Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development is the perfect vehicle for offering the kind of job-specific, skills training necessary for the region’s ports to capitalize on what promises to be a bright future,” said Jerry Parker, Collegiate Consortium chair and Delaware County Community College president.

Established in 1994 as a partnership between Drexel University and five area community colleges, the Consortium includes Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Bucks County Community College, Camden County College and Montgomery County Community College.

Community College of Philadelphia will offer free workshops to small local businesses next year in the hope of strengthening the city's commercial corridors.

The city is providing $800,000 for a year's worth of Power Up Your Business workshops and classes, with a three-year renewal option.

"One of our major goals is to ensure that our city is a growing business center, and that is dependent on the success of businesses of all sizes in all neighborhoods," Mayor Kenney said. "We have seen great growth in Center City and the surrounding areas, and we want all of our neighborhoods to experience that opportunity."

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

WHAT:  Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and other members of Philadelphia City Council will come together Dec. 5th to announce a bold, new initiative designed to strengthen commercial corridors in neighborhoods and offer free services for small businesses that employ local residents. The initiative, called Power Up Your Business, is a neighborhood-centered approach to economic development. Launching in January, 2017, it will provide training and business development tools to the existing and aspiring small business owners that serve as the building blocks of daily commerce in so many neighborhoods. Child care centers, corner grocers, and other micro-businesses create hubs of activity, where residents can gather, catch up on the news, and build community. Moreover, small businesses are the biggest job creators in most cities, especially in underserved neighborhoods. A newly released report by the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City titled The Big Impact of Small Business on Urban Job Creation examined five big cities across the nation - Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. It found that that if small inner-city businesses hired an additional one to three employees each unemployment could be eliminated in most neighborhoods.

WHO: Speakers include Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia; Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Parker, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Wayne Williams, a College faculty member who will work as a consultant to the program. Joining the announcement will be: City Council members Blondell Reynolds-Brown, Derek Green, William Greenlee, Helen Gym, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Mark Squilla. Small businesses owners and partners also will attend.

WHEN: Press conference begins at 11 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016

WHERE: Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall.



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William A. Baas, vice president of Talent, Comcast Northeast Region, and a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, spoke of members of the military who make the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day at Community College of Philadelphia was a time to remember heroes, a number of whom are sitting in the classrooms, and juggling kids and books.

About 75 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Allen T. Bonnell Building lobby for a solemn ceremony on Veterans Day that recalled fallen comrades and sacred duty. College President Donald Guy Generals praised all servicemen and women as protectors of freedom.

 “What is your definition of a veteran?”  William A. Baas, vice president of Talent, Comcast Northeast Region and currently a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. “Mine is simple. A veteran is that man or woman who raises his or her hand, swears an oath to the Constitution of the United States, and writes a blank check to the United States government for an untold amount, up to and including his or her life. Some cash it in and they get away pretty easily. For others, the amount they have paid is incalculable.”

Baas was joined during the ceremony by Angel Arocho, senior director of operations compliance at Comcast and a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who shared his personal journey of educational achievement; and Frederick Soejanto, a 2012 graduate of the College who serves as a medical logistics officer and, and who was recently promoted to Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Stephen Bachovin, coordinator of Veterans /Military Programming at the Veterans Resource Center, served as emcee.

During the ceremony, the College unveiled a new scholarship for veterans established by Drizin-Weiss Post 215 Jewish War Veterans. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student veteran this spring.

After the ceremony, guests feasted on cake and then some of the veterans attended a post-ceremony lunch and a Comcast jobs fair on campus. Servicemen and women often have a hard time finding a job once they come out of the military. Approximately one out of every two post 9/11 veterans will face a period of unemployment while transitioning into the workforce.

So the Veterans Resource Center and workforce development staff teamed up with Comcast Corp. on a jobs fair designed to create an employment path.

The fair concluded a day full of Veterans Day events.