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After graduating from South Philly High, Wei Chen went to Community College of Philadelphia to improve his English. Today he is one of 50 finalists up for the inaugural Peace First Prize, a national two-year, $50,000 fellowship for young people working to improve their schools and communities. 
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PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2013 – Community College of Philadelphia has joined the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and will compete in Region XIX this year as part of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC). The

NJCAA is the national governing body for two-year college athletics, covering junior college and community colleges nationwide.

Beginning with the 2013-14 season, the men‘s and women’s basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field teams will participate in the NJCAA.  “After being independent for the last year, it is exciting to belong to a league again,” said Athletic Director Rogers Glispy. “These teams now can participate in structured conferences, regional tournaments, and national championships.“

Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball will remain independent this year, but the Athletic Department is looking to add them to the NJCAA in subsequent seasons, Glispy said. “We have a long, winning tradition at the College over the years, taking multiple state and conference titles in all of our sports. We are looking forward to continuing our winning ways as part of the NJCAA”.

The men’s Colonials basketball team won six Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) state championships—including the 2010 title and 25 Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC) titles.

PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2013 – Community College of Philadelphia has joined the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and will compete in Region XIX this year as part of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC). The NJCAA is the national governing body for two-year college athletics, covering junior college and community colleges nationwide.

Beginning with the 2013-14 season, the men‘s and women’s basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field teams will participate in the NJCAA.  “After being independent for the last year, it is exciting to belong to a league again,” said Athletic Director Rogers Glispy. “These teams now can participate in structured conferences, regional tournaments, and national championships.“

Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball will remain independent this year, but the Athletic Department is looking to add them to the NJCAA in subsequent seasons, Glispy said. “We have a long, winning tradition at the College over the years, taking multiple state and conference titles in all of our sports. We are looking forward to continuing our winning ways as part of the NJCAA”.

The men’s Colonials basketball team won six Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) state championships—including the 2010 title and 25 Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC) titles.

Ned Bachus , author of <em>The City of Brotherly Love</em>

Former faculty member Ned Bachus, author of The City of Brotherly Love, gave a workshop and talked with students as part of the Spring 2013 Poets and Writers’ Festival on Feb. 21. Bachus discussed writing techniques authors including himself use to develop characters through their location, such as Philadelphia.

 Karen E. Quinones Miller, author of <em> An Angry-Ass Black Woman</em></a>,

That afternoon, Karen E. Quinones Miller joined a panel of music producers and a choreographer as part of the day-long African-American Heritage Festival. Quinones Miller, a local favorite, signed copies of her latest novel, An Angry-Ass Black Woman, which is based on her life.

Julie Otsuka, author of <em>The Buddha in the Attic</em>

“One Book, One Philadelphia” author Julie Otsuka visited the campus on March 13 as the Spring 2013 Poets and Writers’ Festival continued. Otsuka discussed her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, which won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

President Curtis, State Rep. Ron Waters, ACHIEVEability Board Chair Tom Flippen and outgoing ACHIEVEability CEO Marcus Allen at the annual Food for Thought gala. The College received the ACHIEVEability 2013 Commitment to Education Award.

ACHIEVEability has awarded the College with its prestigious Commitment to Education Award in recognition of services provided to the families participating in the nonprofit’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

The College is the first institution to receive the award, which usually goes to an individual outside the field of education. This year, however, ACHIEVEability decided to look beyond a single person, outgoing CEO Marcus Allen says. “Once we began looking, it was clear that Community College of Philadelphia has done more than any institution in helping educate our families,” he says.

Past Commitment to Education Award recipients include Dr. Ian Smith, former Gov. Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, and comedian and activist Bill Cosby.

President Curtis accepted the award on behalf of the College at ACHIEVEability’s annual Food for Thought gala on March 23. The $200–a-ticket fundraising event was held at Urban Outfitter’s headquarters at the Navy Yard and featured more than 25 of the city’s top chefs and restaurants.

ACHIEVEability, founded in 1981, works with low-income, single-parent families to help them break the cycle of poverty. Participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program must complete at least five college classes a year toward a postsecondary degree or its equivalent. The College often is the most cost-effective option, according to Allen.

The College “understands the challenges and obstacles that our participants and families face, and has served them effectively,” says Allen. Over the past five years, 22 parents from ACHIEVEability have graduated from the College.

Suburban elementary school teacher Brenda Whiting is among the ACHIEVEability graduates. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Eastern University in 2009 and motivated her two daughters to become college graduates.

Elaina Howard, a social worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University in January, is another success story. Howard was a student at the College facing homelessness when she entered the ACHIEVEability program. She received an associate’s degree in 2007 and transferred to La Salle University.

Currently, 51 ACHIEVEability participants are taking classes at the College.

 Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association

The College has been designated as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace and creating a culture of wellness at the institution. The award commended the College for such activities as the National Walking Day event on April 3. Agnes Trummer, director of Benefits, organized a group of College employees, shown above, to take part in the Walking Day event.

Student speaker Maria Morreto  John Braxton, assistant professor, Biology; and Cynthia Reid, an administrative associate in Financial Aid, and Patricia Noel-Reid, an accounting clerk in the Bursar’s Office.

Maria Morrero, an Honors student at the College, galvanizes a crowd of community college students, administrators and state lawmakers April 9 in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. Morrero was selected to represent students at the state’s 14 community colleges at a Lobby Day rally seeking state funding for operating and capital budgets. With support from the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia, 71 students, faculty and administrators joined colleges from around the state in a campaign to remind state legislators that their support is important to tens of thousands of students.

 

Student chef Wadiya Moore won this year’s NBC10 Local Chef competition this May, which for the first time featured students from the College’s Culinary Arts program. The competition aired during the 11 a.m. news on Tuesdays between April 30 and May 21. Moore out-cooked five fellow students for the title and the opportunity to appear in two video segments that aired before the start of “Access Hollywood” on May 30 and June 6. The cook-off was held in the College’s new professional-grade kitchens under the eyes of a panel of judges that included chefs Patrice Rames of Bistro St. Tropez; Patrick Feury of Nectar Restaurant; and Andres Marin, a Culinary Arts instructor. You can watch the Access Hollywood segments here.

You can watch the College’s Culinary Arts students compete here.

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