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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2015—At Community College of Philadelphia, a closely connected group of celebrated Philadelphia artists have banded together for an October art exhibition & sale. Proceeds from the sale will help support the Community College of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which allows eligible students to pursue an associate’s degree at no cost for tuition and fees. Over 200 students had signed up for the program in its first semester and are currently taking classes at the College.

On October 2, the College hosts “An Evening of Art & Soul,” a black tie optional gala featuring beautiful paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs along with music spanning the last five decades by the Renaissance Orchestra. The exhibition and sale, curated by faculty members Jeff Reed, Karen Aumann and Jake Beckman, is the first citywide fundraiser held to support the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

The festivities, which mark the College’s 50th anniversary, begin at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion Building, which is on 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street. Tickets are $125 for individuals or 10 tickets for $1,000. Community College of Philadelphia students can buy tickets for a discounted rate of $50.

“We can find many examples throughout history where artists, through their ability to see things - not for what they are but for what they want them to be - have made a difference in the world, President Donald Guy Generals said. “Not only are Philadelphia artists sharing their artwork with us, they also are demonstrating how strongly they believe in the promise of Philadelphia's high school graduates.”

Nearly 80 artists donated pieces, some renowned, some up and coming, but all with a connection to Philadelphia and the College. Donated works of art range from affordable ($25) to pricey ($9,000). Diane Burko, a former member of the Art Department faculty, is among the outstanding artists contributing works. Burko’s art has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and around the city. Primarily known as a landscape artist and photographer, Burko has recently gained acclaim for her cinematic, aerial explorations documenting the natural environment. She contributed two pieces to the show, including “Falling Leaves,” an archival inkjet print priced at $3,000.

Scores of other faculty, alumni and student artists submitted artwork. However, space limitations forced the College to cut off submissions for the exhibition and sale at 200, re-affirming the art department’s standing as one of the hidden gems of student success.

Photographer Rita Gaudet deVecchis, owner of deVecchis Gallery on South Street; painter Paula Molnar; graphic artist Manny Hernandez and mixed media artist Danny Narvaez are among the notable alumni donating works. Contributing faculty members include ceramicist Aumann, graphic artist Terry Peterson and Reed, hailed as one of the living legends of landscape painting in Philadelphia. Individuals purchasing 10 or more tickets will be entered into a drawing to win a Reed original worth $1,800.

“It is fitting that Community College of Philadelphia would hold an art sale and exhibition during its 50th Anniversary because the art students and faculty have brought great distinction to this institution,” Dr. Generals said. For more information about the gala and the art sale, visit www.ccp.edu/art-and-soul

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2015—At Community College of Philadelphia, a closely connected group of celebrated Philadelphia artists have banded together for an October art exhibition & sale. Proceeds from the sale will help support the Community College of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which allows eligible students to pursue an associate’s degree at no cost for tuition and fees. Over 200 students had signed up for the program in its first semester and are currently taking classes at the College.

On October 2, the College hosts “An Evening of Art & Soul,” a black tie optional gala featuring beautiful paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs along with music spanning the last five decades by the Renaissance Orchestra. The exhibition and sale, curated by faculty members Jeff Reed, Karen Aumann and Jake Beckman, is the first citywide fundraiser held to support the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

The festivities, which mark the College’s 50th anniversary, begin at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion Building, which is on 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street. Tickets are $125 for individuals or 10 tickets for $1,000. Community College of Philadelphia students can buy tickets for a discounted rate of $50.

“We can find many examples throughout history where artists, through their ability to see things - not for what they are but for what they want them to be - have made a difference in the world, President Donald Guy Generals said. “Not only are Philadelphia artists sharing their artwork with us, they also are demonstrating how strongly they believe in the promise of Philadelphia's high school graduates.”

Nearly 80 artists donated pieces, some renowned, some up and coming, but all with a connection to Philadelphia and the College. Donated works of art range from affordable ($25) to pricey ($9,000). Diane Burko, a former member of the Art Department faculty, is among the outstanding artists contributing works. Burko’s art has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and around the city. Primarily known as a landscape artist and photographer, Burko has recently gained acclaim for her cinematic, aerial explorations documenting the natural environment. She contributed two pieces to the show, including “Falling Leaves,” an archival inkjet print priced at $3,000.

Scores of other faculty, alumni and student artists submitted artwork. However, space limitations forced the College to cut off submissions for the exhibition and sale at 200, re-affirming the art department’s standing as one of the hidden gems of student success.

Photographer Rita Gaudet deVecchis, owner of deVecchis Gallery on South Street; painter Paula Molnar; graphic artist Manny Hernandez and mixed media artist Danny Narvaez are among the notable alumni donating works. Contributing faculty members include ceramicist Aumann, graphic artist Terry Peterson and Reed, hailed as one of the living legends of landscape painting in Philadelphia. Individuals purchasing 10 or more tickets will be entered into a drawing to win a Reed original worth $1,800.

“It is fitting that Community College of Philadelphia would hold an art sale and exhibition during its 50th Anniversary because the art students and faculty have brought great distinction to this institution,” Dr. Generals said. For more information about the gala and the art sale, visit the gala website.

 

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 Community College of Philadelphia is recognizing a group of special students for their perseverance in their studies.

Future Forward will take non-violent offenders facing up to five years in jail for a felony and require that they enroll in the Community College of Philadelphia.

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

PHILADELPHIA, PA., - For many community college students, the task of earning a degree or certificate in only two years can be daunting. Life often gets in the way.

Twenty years ago, LyVette Byrd dropped out of Community College of Philadelphia because she needed to earn a living. Today she is taking classes again, working to “complete the degree I started back in the 90’s.”

Fifty percent of students who leave college before completing a degree or  earning a certificate said they “need to work and make money,” according to the Public Agenda, a diversity think tank that addresses issues in higher education. Moreover, 60 percent who leave without graduating said they could not count on financial assistance from their families and had to pay for college themselves, it found.

OneMain Financial and Achieving the Dream, Inc., a nonprofit network dedicated to student success, are doing their part to address these financial barriers. They have established the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Program, a national initiative to help deserving community college students get to the finish line and earn a degree.

Community College of Philadelphia was among five colleges selected nationally for the initiative. Four Community College of Philadelphia students – William Hazley (digital forensics); Amber Llewellyn (clinical laboratory technology); Jessica Morales (clinical laboratory technology); and Byrd (behavioral health and human services) –received the $3,000 scholarship in Fall, 2015.

“We recognize the need for more students to complete their education and secure jobs that will allow them to support a family,” said Mary McDowell, OneMain Financial president and CEO. “We are excited about the scholarships, which will be offered to students who are nearing graduation but are facing potential delays due to financial burdens.”

“The College is uniquely positioned to advance the social and economic interests of this great city—and nation,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia.  “We cannot achieve student success goals independent of the community partnerships that are required to share and leverage our limited resources,” he adds. “Many stakeholders are important to the ultimate success of our students and our city, but none more so than local employers and donors that expands opportunities for students that are essential in today’s workplace.”

For Llewellyn, who is in her second year, the scholarship couldn’t have come at a better time.  “I was relieved, grateful, happy,” said the 21-year-old, who is in the clinical laboratory technology program. “I was worried about paying for books and transportation, so once the scholarship came through I was ecstatic.”

Llewellyn lives with her grandmother in Port Richmond because her mother was unable to keep up the rent on their family’s home. “Right now we’re trying to get the down payment money for a new place, but it’s hard,” she said. “It won’t be anytime soon.”

The scholarship recipients recently met with Doug Benson of OneMain Financial for a luncheon meet-and-greet hosted by the College. There, Byrd took the time to show her appreciation for the recognition and the award.

“I worked for 20 years in the behavioral and mental health field but I kept getting turned down for advancement opportunities. I needed the degree to match the experience,” Byrd, 47, said.

“With the scholarship I was able to pay for my monthly TransPass, the books that I had delayed getting and the balance of my tuition. It was very much needed.”

Next semester, Byrd will celebrate a milestone – induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students. Her confidence renewed, she has pledged to finish her associates degree in two years.

The scholarship brought her closer to that goal and her future.

OneMain Financial and Achieving the Dream, Inc., is  featured as part of Community College of Philadelphia's Learning Without Limits campaign. As the College celebrates 50 years, Learning Without Limits will share stories of businesses, nonprofits and leaders that help students overcome hurdles and make it to the finish line.


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

What: The French Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne once wrote, “The most universal quality is diversity.” At no time is that ever more apparent than today. As the world grows more interdependent, it is crucial to develop the kind of cultural competency that honors different cultures and builds relationships for 21st century understanding.  At Community College of Philadelphia, the Center for International Understanding promotes knowledge and appreciation of a diverse world through deeper learning opportunities here and abroad.

Community College of Philadelphia has invited some of the region’s foremost cultural authorities to share their insights during World Cultures and Languages Days. Sponsored by the Center for International Understanding, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, World Cultures and Languages Days offers a fascinating three-day, free series of lectures and activities from around the globe. Learn about the historic spread of the Arabic language in East Africa; how 78-year-old Edna Adan Ismail, director of the Edna Hospital in Somaliland,  is working to train 1,000 community midwives in her country; and about the impact of internet censorship on Chinese society, among other topics. View the full schedule of lectures and events:  

When: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:40 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, 9:10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Community College of Philadelphia, Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-19


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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

Community College Of Philadelphia Selected For Pathways Project

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2016 - Community College of Philadelphia is one of 30 institutions selected to participate in a new national initiative called the Pathways Project, which will implement guided academic and career pathways at scale for all students. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is leading the effort to help more students reach their goals.

Following a highly competitive national selection process, the College was invited to join and contribute to this body of important work. The AACC’s project reinforces efforts already underway to create a holistic educational approach that establishes guided pathways from the student’s initial contact with the College through graduation.

The guided pathways model is based on research suggesting that community colleges and broad-access four-year institutions are currently operating under a cafeteria model that was appropriate to their primary mission in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, which was to dramatically expand access to higher education. At cafeteria colleges, students aren't always clear on the best path to take into and through programs of study. There are too many choices, programs often lack educational coherence, and student’s progress is not monitored, according to AACC. This model is not well designed to address the needs of today’s students, who want to enter and complete programs that confer economically valuable certificates and degrees as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Therefore, AACC is coordinating a national partnership to build capacity for community colleges to implement a pathways approach. Partners include Achieving the Dream, Inc., the Aspen Institute, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, the Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Public Agenda. Partners have participated actively in the college selection process and also are substantively involved in designing a model series of six two-day pathways institutes, each focusing on key elements in a fully-scaled pathways model for community colleges. The project is funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The program seeks to help more students graduate from college or earn workforce credentials. We know from the research amassed by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, that for students to persist and to achieve academic success, they need clear direction and guidance leading toward a career goal,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals. “They need to be assisted in identifying that goal and they need to have structures that provide the necessary guidance to ensure that they are focused and in pursuit of their goal. This is a student-centered approach that requires institutional commitment and organization.”

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

WHAT: In this season of giving, the International Student Association at Community College of Philadelphia has established the Homeless Assistance Project to provide hundreds of “care packages” filled with socks, t-shirts, body wash, moisturizers, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Other students have joined in the Project as well, making it a College-wide effort.

WHO: The International Student Association assists international students though making connections and providing resources.

WHEN: On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at 1 p.m., students and faculty will load the care packages into a Project HOME van. Project Home works with the homeless across the City.

WHERE: The van will be loaded in the College’s parking lot, which is located on 16th Street, just south of Spring Garden.

BACKGROUND: The Homeless Project has taken to social media, where ISA students are challenging their friends from all over the world to donate to their communities. They are in the process of creating an official challenge to see if other colleges and universities here and across the globe will do the same.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

Carol J. de Fries and Victoria L. Zellers join the executive team

Philadelphia, PA. – In September, Community College of Philadelphia announced the appointment of two Vice Presidents: Carol J. de Fries will become the first Vice President for Workforce and Economic Innovation, and Victoria L. Zellers, Esq., has been named General Counsel.

Dr. Donald Guy Generals, who over the summer finished his first year as the College’s president, in July elevated Workforce and Economic Innovation to a cabinet-level position to support the College’s vital missions of providing  a pipeline to the robust workforce and customized training for industry. The organizational change capped his 12-month listening tour, where he held dialogs with students, faculty, business leaders, public officials and civic leaders in neighborhoods across the City.

De Fries previously served as Vice President for Marketing and Business Development for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. (PIDC). She has more than 20 years of experience in building strategic partnerships for economic and civic growth. As Vice President at PIDC, a private, nonprofit Pennsylvania corporation founded to spur investment and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia, she manages the higher education, health care, cultural, civic, and nonprofit portfolios, and assists clients with growth and expansion plans. While at PIDC, Ms. de Fries established a proven track record for economic development working on over 500 transactions representing more than $3B in financing, which leveraged an additional $5B in project costs.

Prior to PIDC, Ms. de Fries served for more than seven years as the Executive Director of the Office of Government and Community Affairs for the University of Pennsylvania where she was responsible for advancing the university’s interests with federal, state and city governments, as well as community and civic organizations. Before Penn, she worked for four years as the Special Assistant to the Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia. There, she helped create and manage the Philadelphia College Student Retention Committee, handled the department’s public relations and marketing efforts, and worked on a variety of economic development projects. She has illuminated the profile of higher education in both her career and her role as a public servant. Ms. de Fries is a founding member and former Board Chair of Campus Philly, a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, live and work in Greater Philadelphia.

Ms. de Fries holds a Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University where she majored in American Government.

Victoria L. Zellers, Esq., currently a member of the Labor and Employment Department at Cozen O’Connor, has been appointed General Counsel for Community College of Philadelphia. She leaves Cozen O’Connor on September 30, 2015, and will begin in her new role at the College on October 5, 2015. The General Counsel serves as chief legal counsel for the College, providing campus-wide leadership, direction and coordination for legal matters. As a member of the senior leadership team, Zellers will work with all divisions and departments, handling a range of issues, especially those related to academic, student and employee matters. During her career, Zellers has concentrated her practice in all aspects of labor and employment law. She has significant federal and state court litigation experience, representing clients in claims under federal, state and local law including Title VII; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act; and various other employment and commercial claims. Zellers also has extensive experience representing clients in union-management relations.

While at Cozen O’Connor, Zellers served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Initiative, where she led the Firm’s efforts to increase advancement opportunities for women, and she was an active member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee. Previously, Zellers worked as an associate at Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, PC; and as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald J. Freeman, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Division, Camden. Her community service activities include the Maternity Care Coalition, where she has been Vice President of Governance for the board since June 2014. She has been a speaker and a volunteer for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Community College Philadelphia and at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

Zellers received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from James Madison University. She earned her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, cum laude, where she was a member of the International and Comparative Law Journal. She also received the Stewart P. Keeling Award for achieving the highest GPA among third-year students in her graduating class. She is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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.

Commentary from Community College of Philadelphia's Brian Goedde for Community College Daily, Dec. 11:

The metaphor of the “open door” admissions policy has served the community college well in its first century. To distinguish ourselves from four-year schools, our “open door” has made clear that to come here, students don’t need test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements — those are the keys to unlock the doors of baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities. Here, you just walk through the doorway when the lights are on, and someone helps you sign up for classes.

For example, the Women of Destiny Mentoring Breakfast, which immediately precedes The Forum for a Better Pennsylvania, was founded by four influential women in Philadelphia, including retiring Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco and Lynette Brown-Sow, the Community College of Philadelphia’s vice president for marketing and government relations.

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