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Hamilton Demolition Party RSVP

Radnor Property Group, LLC and Community College of Philadelphia Cordially invite you to a Demolition Party

September 12, 2017 | 10 a.m.

440 N. 15th Street (Entrance on Hamilton Street)

The Hamilton is a mixed-use development that will offer market-rate apartments and retail space. Providing a gateway to the city’s cultural and historical highlights, and nearby educational institutions, the Hamilton is a key to success in energizing and connecting the community.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Community College of Philadelphia offers Express Enrollment Day 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could move through the steps to enroll in college, all in one visit? At Community College of Philadelphia, you can do just that. The College is offering Express Enrollment Days, which are held at the College’s Main Campus and Regional Centers throughout the year, and enable prospective students to complete their admission application, satisfy their placement exam, register for classes and file for financial aid in a matter of hours.

“My friend told me about Express Enrollment Day and I went with him. It was so easy to do and I registered for 12 credits. People at the College were very nice and walked me through all the steps,” said 19-year-old Rene Jimenez who participated in Community College of Philadelphia’s Express Enrollment Day on July 25 at the Main Campus.

The July 25 Express Enrollment Day attracted about 194 prospective students (plus family & friends). There were 144 students who took the placement test.Many were also able to file their financial aid since the College held free workshops to help students complete FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid). In June, Express Enrollment Day at the Main Campus attracted 245 prospective and 225 took the placement test, with the majority registering the same day. 

We have had a number of parents be so inspired that they end up filing applications and start their college education along with their children,” said Diane Kae, Manager, Student Outreach and Recruitment at Community College of Philadelphia. "Normally these processes take two to three visits to campus and must be scheduled into available sessions. Students, particularly adult students, are thrilled to get everything done in one day. We also individually guide the students through each step of the process which alleviates a lot of stress especially for the first-time students."

Creating a Federal Student Aid ID ahead of the visit for filing financial aid helps to expedite that process and visiting the ACCUPLACER website, which can be found at ACCUPLACER can improve test results.

To learn more about Express Enrollment and other activities, go to Admission Events.

Alumnus Makes 2017 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team

Community College of Philadelphia alumnus Cedric Jouin has been named to the 2017 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team—an honor that recognizes 49 of the state’s community college students for scholarly achievements and community involvement.

Jouin was nominated before he graduated in December 2016 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges paid tribute to the All-Pennsylvania Scholars at an event on April 3 in Harrisburg, PA. To make the statewide academic team, scholars must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher. Team members are eligible for two-year scholarships offered by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that may be used at any of the system’s 14 universities.

Jouin, 41, moved to the United States from France 7 years ago with his family. Having spent most of his professional life working in the music industry, Jouin enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia to pursue his other passions—environmental studies, geography and graphic design. He graduated this May with highest honor, maintaining a 4.0 grade average while serving as a peer tutor in the College’s Learning Labs and balancing a job at the PSECU credit union on the Main Campus. He graduated from the College ahead of schedule.

Jouin is enrolled at Temple University and hopes to pursue both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He dreams of becoming an environmental specialist and contributing to global conservation efforts.

“I grew up in France, where there have been stricter environmental regulations as well as more public awareness about environmental issues for a long time. While I knew that I needed as an individual to be ecologically responsible, I did not have a deep understanding of the issues that we are facing on a global scale,” Jouin said. “My aspirations, as a professional, would be to be a part of an organization that is making significant efforts to provide a better future to the next generations through sustainability and fairness.”

During his studies here, he established himself as a leader amongst his peers, and many look to him for help—especially in the Learning Labs. He assists students in Earth Science, Humanities, Geography, French and English. “I try to evaluate and understand where the students are having difficulty, and try to help them by focusing on those specific issues,” he said. “Most times, the students merely need some encouragement, and an opportunity to ask questions.”

Jouin is a firm believer that hard work and dedication to both his own endeavors and to those of others will pay off. His efforts previously earned him the Florence Fishman Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Service by a Tutor and the Jane G. Pepper Scholarship during his 2016 spring semester.

“I truly hope to one day be a part of an organization that shares my vision of providing a better future for the next generation through sustainability and equity,” he said.

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

13 Small Business Owners Across the City Graduate from Community College of Philadelphia’s Power Up Your Business Program

PHILADELPHIA, July 25, 2017 –  Small business owners are the backbone of the economy and help our local communities. Thirteen aspiring business owners will graduate from Community College of Philadelphia’s Power Up Your Business 10-week peer-based learning program at a ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. on Wed., July 26th at the College’s Center for Business and Industry at 1751 Callowhill Street, Room C2-5. Students will present their “Tactical Improvement Plan” at 6:30 p.m.

Power Up Your Business takes a neighborhood-based approach, offering both a 10-week, 30-hour peer-learning class where small business owners are matched with instructors and coaches, and taught basic business management, planning, and marketing; and a Store Owner Series with three-hour workshops that offer information on financial planning, personal and business credit, and local marketing advice.

Additional workshops are underway and now enrolling:

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. The next peer-based learning classes will be held at the West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St. on Aug. 23 and 30; Sept. 6, 13, and 27; Oct. 4, 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. 12th at Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Rd.  For more information, call 215-496-6151 or visit www.ccp.edu/powerup.

Since Power Up Your Business was launched in January 2017, 121 businesses from 43 different ZIP codes across the city have participated in the program engaged in efforts to market their businesses, share business strategies and more. The small business owners operate businesses ranging from beauty salons; childcare; an automotive repair shop; a boutique communications firm; a tax preparation firm; a fine art retailer; a mentoring/coaching consulting company; and a men’s haberdashery brand.

Carol J. de Fries, vice president of Workforce and Economic Innovation at the College, stressed the importance of connecting with communities in every corner of the city.

“This is a momentous day for our business owners and their families,” said de Fries. “Community College of Philadelphia is an institution dedicated to helping small businesses prosper and strengthen our communities. Small business owners are important to the local economy and we want to give them the tools they need to be even more successful,” she said. “This graduating class represents all types of businesses from many parts of the city. These variety of businesses make Philadelphia a strong, vibrant and attractive city for the communities.”

About Community College of Philadelphia

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Diverse Force is an evolution of the Urban Philly Professional Network, a community of more than 16,000 professionals of color between the ages of 25 and 45 from various sectors. Rahman founded the organization 10 years ago with the purpose of engaging, empowering and connecting Philadelphia’s next generation of business and civic leadership.

Ophthalmic Technician RSVP

Open House for the Ophthalmic Technician Proficiency Certificate Program at the Northwest Regional Center

August 8, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Northwest Regional Center 
1300 W. Godfrey Avenue, Room 249 
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Set you sights on a career in vision care with the Ophthalmic Technician proficiency certificate.

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CCP Graduation 2017
Naya Williams was 18 years-old when her mother passed away, leaving her to guide and love her three younger siblings, a 13-year-old and two six-year-old twins. “I made a promise to her that they would be OK,” she said.
After the last twin enrolled in college in 2012, Naya decided it was her turn. She had promised her mom she would go to college. “I wanted to put my family in the position of bettering themselves,” she said.
Naya selected Community College of Philadelphia, where she was eligible for Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS), a program that assists recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in finding structured, affordable paths to work and college.
The program provided unique, personalized services, such as access to affordable daycare, workshops that upgrade job hunting talents and skills to help manage the complications that often arise in life. Established 11 years ago, the program has assisted more than 10,000 individuals.
With the help of KEYS, Naya was able to secure a part-time job as a nurse’s aide along with a ladder to help reach her dream job: Nursing. The textbooks used in the Nursing program can cost upward of $900, and they must be purchased at the program’s start. Naya couldn’t afford to buy them, so KEYS provided money for the books, giving her opportunities she might not otherwise have.
The Nursing program changes everything for her family because the entry-level salary for nurses in Philadelphia is $50,000 a year.
On May 6, Naya graduated from the College with an associate’s degree in Nursing, while a cheering, waving, crowd of friends, family and neighbors watched her cross the stage. They had waited a long time for this day.
Alongside of her were some of the 18 other graduates from KEYS, three of whom, along with Naya received associate’s degrees in Nursing. Nine of the KEYS graduates were honor students.
Beaming proudly in the audience was Kimberly Daniel, KEYS program project director.
“All of them have worked very hard, and many have endured extreme challenges during their academic journey,” Daniel said. “The fact that they have made it to this point is a testament to their fortitude and perseverance. The impact of their achievement will be felt for generations, and we are elated to witness their successful transition towards self-sufficiency.”
The Nursing program is among the most rigorous and challenging offered at the College. As an older student, returning to the stress of tests, studying and reading, Naya faced difficult classes and bouts of discouragement. When she did, the KEYS staff and Nursing faculty both were there, alternately offering tissues for the tears, and praise when things went right. “They make you believe that you can do it,” she said.
“This is a great program to help you move ahead,” Naya said. “It helps with scholarship, emotional support, planning, job development and connects you with people who will listen.
‘There were times I didn’t think I could do it, just being older and not knowing that I could succeed. The KEYS staff kept letting me know that it is going to be all right. I am so grateful. They make you feel like it is OK to open up and share,” she said.
Renee Harris, another older student, traveled alongside Naya in this journey, seeking a nursing career and a piece of the American dream. Like Naya, she is working as a health aide at Bayada. After passing the National Council of State Board of Nursing NCLEX-RN examination, they will be certified as nurses and can begin the path that leads to the middle class.
Life is about to change directions for the KEYS graduates, and, in many cases, for their family members who now have set their sights on a college degree as well. During the past 11 years, there have been about 210 graduates, and 72 certificates awarded.
“We have degrees,” Renee Harris said. “No one can take them from us.”

Business Transfer Affair RSVP

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Lien and her classmates began a mandatory summer program this week, and attended their first day of a three-credit CCP class on Tuesday — some are taking History of American Diversity, some Women in History. They will take some CCP classes during their freshman and sophomore years, and during their junior and senior years will be fully immersed in the college campus a few blocks away from their high school.

The students may participate in high school sports and other extracurricular programs, and they will have support— both at the high school and the CCP levels — to help them make the academic and social leap to college.