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Drexel University and Community College of Philadelphia are hooking up. Both institutions are signing a dual admissions agreement for more seamless transfers.

Jennifer Myers, Community College of Philadelphia senior wins Jack Kent Cooke Scholarshi.

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, was the commencement speaker at Community College of Philadelphia’s graduation ceremony earlier this month. Lindsay Jackson, who graduated with honors with a degree in early childhood education, served as guest speaker. The mother of seven, also a Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member and a Vice President for the chapter, Rho Upsilon, told classmates, faculty and attendees, “Today is not only the day we celebrate our personal accomplishments; today we celebrate our struggles, our fears, and even our failures,” according to a news release.


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

 

WHO & WHAT: Community College of Philadelphia Alumni Association will host a fundraising event to help Philadelphia students coming behind them. The 2017 Black and Gold Awards will recognize the individuals and organizations that impact our community in areas of education, business, social services and health. Proceeds will benefit the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which was established by the College in 2015 to ensure that every Philadelphia high school student who wants to go to college is able to do so with no out-of-pocket cost for tuition and fees. Proceeds from the Black and Gold Awards will go towards the 2017-2018 50th Anniversary Scholars class.

Award recipients include:

Romy Diaz, Vice President and General Counsel of PECO, who will receive the Corporate Leadership Award. Before joining PECO, Diaz held legal and management positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. Following unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, he was appointed by President William J. Clinton to serve as assistant administrator for management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael W. Banks, President of the Greater Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce, and a 2010 Community College of Philadelphia Alum, will be presented the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Banks was the first African-American stock option specialist in the history of the then Philadelphia Stock Exchange and now Nasdaq OMX.

Terri Matthews, Founder and CEO of Jaden’s Voice will be presented the Community Hero Award. Founder of, Jaden’s Voice, a non-profit named after her autistic son, who was diagnosed at age 3, she delivers messages of hope and perseverance to parents and caretakers. Committed to promoting autism awareness, Matthews works within the public and private sectors and a variety of stakeholders to influence policy and culture.

WHEN: Wed. June 7, 2017, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, The Pavilion Building 17th Street (between Spring Garden and Callowhill), 2nd Floor

Tickets are $100, attendees may RSVP online.

 

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About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

Power Up Your Business next free workshop June 6 at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center

PHILADELPHIA, PA., May 22, 2017 – Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs across the city are enrolling in free workshops that help them manage and plan their businesses and connect them to valuable resources.

Community College of Philadelphia’s Power Up Your Business is offering a series of workshops in a neighborhood-centered approach to economic development. The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. Business owners can RSVP by calling 215-496-6151 or online.

The College partnered with Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council, and the City Commerce Department, all of whom are committed to a block-by-block reinvigoration of retail along neighborhood shopping corridors. Corner grocery stores, hair salons, and coffee shops serve as job creators and community gathering places, bringing stability and security to commercial corridors.

Several small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the program say the sessions are worth attending – even after a long day at work. Some say they have discovered new tools and efficiencies, like recording their financial information electronically, charting a plan for growth and launching an affordable marketing campaign.

“Power Up Your Business helped me a great deal in being able to acquire the knowledge and information I needed to keep me ahead of the curve,” said Rachelle Russell, owner of Unique Appeal Hair Salon at 5823 Market St. “I’ve been in business for 22 years, but I went back to school to sharpen my skills in bookkeeping, branding and marketing. This course helped me to do that.”

The Store Owner Series of workshops, which has attracted individuals from 63 businesses in 28 different zip codes from across the city, offers the second of four workshops at the West Regional Center on Tuesday, June 6. All of the workshops are held on Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., and those interested are asked to RSVP at least one week prior to the date of the workshop you plan to attend.

The remaining workshop schedule for the West Regional Center is:

  • June 6: “Basics of Small Business Bookkeeping.” Understanding the balance sheet, income statements and cash flow.
  • June 20: “Resources for Small Businesses.” Discover services that can help your business. Partners include the College, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and the City Commerce Department.

You can learn more about the Store Owner Series and RSVP online. by visiting http://www.ccp.edu/business-and-industry/store-owner-series

Power Up Your Business employs a two-tiered approach: a more intensive 10-week 30-hour course in basic small business management and planning where business owners gain a hands-on familiarity with the fundamental concepts, tools and skills needed to plan and run a successful business; and the Store Owner Series of workshops, consisting of small business topics that include financial management, personal and business credit, and neighborhood-based marketing.

The 10-week course is a peer-based learning experience, where the College matches participants with professional instructors and coaches. The classes will be held Aug. 23 and 30; Sept. 6, 13, and 27; Oct. 11, 18, and 25; and Nov. 1. Applications are due July 21. To qualify, participants must have at least one full time employee, and earn less than $1 million in revenue per year.

“There are workshops and grants for businesses with large revenue streams, but small businesses like mine are excluded because we don’t meet the benchmark,” said Monica Parrilla, a Power Up Your Business advisory board member and owner of Marz Auto Central in Hunting Park. “Small businesses have the power to keep the local economy moving, provide jobs in our area, and to increase our revenue.”

For more information, call the College business office at 215-496-6151 or email powerup@ccp.edu,

 

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About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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.

Community College of Philadelphia's Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Program Graduation

Philadelphia is undergoing a revolution powered by the U.S. energy renaissance, and experts say the City of Brotherly Love has the potential to be the next big energy hub if it gets the highly-skilled labor needed in the natural gas distribution industry.

To meet the market demand, Community College of Philadelphia joined a Philadelphia-region consortium to offer training to prepare students to work in Pennsylvania’s growing natural gas sector. The inaugural class of nine graduates from the College’s Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Training Program graduated this Spring. Students learned how to perform tasks needed to install and maintain pipelines for natural gas distribution systems, which provide natural gas service to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

The 11-week program includes 140 classroom hours, and 50 hours for Operator Qualification (OQ) from the Northeast Gas Association. The OQ is the national credential required by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety to establish a verifiable and qualified workforce.  

According to T. Mark Andraka, senior engineer for PECO Energy Company, the need to replace old gas pipe infrastructure is not just a Southeastern Pennsylvania issue, but a nationwide issue. Most of the pipelines are made of cast iron and need to be updated to plastic materials, he said.

“There are many opportunities out there. This is more than a job; it’s a career. You have the Marcellus Shale and the natural gas industry, and then you have so many options concentrated here in this area,” said Andraka.

Industry professionals developed this new training initiative for the area citing statistics from the state Department of Labor and Industry, which said potential growth could add more than 600 jobs to the region.

“Through this program, it allowed me to work hand-in-hand with top contractors in the field and tour the job site for recruitment purposes,” said Trevor Mackins, a graduate of the College’s Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Training Program. “This training put me on a good path to a better paying career and higher level of employment that brings jobs to the city and the region.”

Before enrolling in the program, Mackins was an electrical contractor and worked as foreman in construction both on the residential and commercial side.

“I was ready for a change since I’ve been in construction since the age of 12. This program at the College really prepared me for the future. There are 30, 40, 50 years of old infrastructure, and new gas lines need to be installed, so this is definitely a career for me,” he said.

The class demonstrated the College’s level of commitment to local employers, according to Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College.

“This graduating class is like the maiden voyager and we hope to even develop this program more over the next couple of years,” he said. “We have the support from our industry partners and the city. It’s projected that Southeastern Pennsylvania is definitely in need of skilled labor in this field.”

Community College of Philadelphia’s Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Training program was created by the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development in partnership with PECO and other industry counterparts to bolster the local gas distribution mechanic workforce. The consortium also includes Bucks County Community College, Camden County College, Montgomery County Community College and Drexel University. Curriculum for the program was developed through a coordinated effort led by the Consortium and PECO, and is supported by Philadelphia Gas Works, Henkels & McCoy and Utility Line Services.

“The demand for this kind of qualified labor is increasing and we are excited that our program has really taken off, and that the first class has completed the program. Our goal at the College is to train these students in the natural gas industry and prepare them for entry-level employment,” said Carol de Fries, vice president for Workforce and Economic Innovation at Community College of Philadelphia.

 

 



 

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

 

PHILADELPHIA – May 17, 2017 – Community College of Philadelphia will host its Spring Pathways Magazine Breakfast featuring Drexel University President John Fry. In the Spring cover story of Pathways, Fry discusses the role of higher educational institutions in working with Philadelphia neighborhoods and residents.

In the magazine, Fry, who also is chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, discusses ways to expand employment opportunities in Philadelphia and provide additional educational pathways for local students. “If we want to advance as a city, then we need to call upon our colleges and universities like Drexel to do more,” Fry said. “When students see an institution that is deeply involved in its community, that is providing service for it, and this is a member of the broader community, I think it creates a different kind of learning experience for them.”

After the Pathways Breakfast, Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University will announce their dual admissions agreement, which provides students with a seamless transfer path to Drexel and, in certain instances, saves them money. Graduates transfer to a variety of colleges and universities, but the College’s 13 dual admissions agreements provide more structured, transfer supports.

“Drexel University has been a valued partner and a good neighbor, collaborating with us to expand opportunities for minority students in STEM,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia who also works with the Chamber of Commerce. “This dual admissions partnership offers an affordable pathway to a great university.”

Additionally, the new edition of Pathways, the College’s regional workforce development publication, also highlights students in dual admissions programs who have successfully transferred to other universities, including Drexel.

 

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About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

WHO & WHAT: Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia and John Fry, President of Drexel University share a common vision – fostering student success and increasing educational options that provide better economic opportunities for everyone.

Community College of Philadelphia will host its annual Pathways Magazine Breakfast featuring remarks from Fry, who also is chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. After the breakfast, both institutions will sign a dual admissions agreement, which offers a seamless pathway for Community College of Philadelphia graduates to transfer to and finish their degrees at Drexel University.

Fry, who was interviewed for the Spring edition of Pathways magazine, a workforce development publication, said local institutions of higher education should do more to help city residents. Fry shares some ways Drexel is using academic and economic development activities to broaden student learning and promote inclusion.

WHEN: The Pathways Magazine Breakfast, Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Donald Generals, President Community College of Philadelphia
  • John Fry, President, Drexel University

The breakfast will be held in the Center for Business and Industry building, Room C2-5

Dr. Generals and Fry will sign the dual admissions agreement at 10:25 a.m. in the Center for Business and Industry building, 2nd Floor Lounger (outside of C2-28)

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

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About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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.

Lindsay Jackson

Lindsay Jackson, an Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4th grade) major never imagined she would finish college. On May 6 at Community College of Philadelphia’s 51st commencement, Jackson was not only walking the aisle with her fellow 2017 graduates, she was the student speaker, and graduating with honors.

Jackson, a mother of seven children, took to the podium with her inspiring speech on how she was scared and unsure of her capabilities as a student after taking a 13-year hiatus from college. It was after her first semester that she excelled, discovering her capabilities and determined to be the best student academically. A Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member and a Vice President for the chapter, Rho Upsilon, Jackson told the class, faculty and attendees, “Today is not only the day we celebrate our personal accomplishments; today we celebrate our struggles, our fears, and even our failures.”

“From the recent graduate to the recently laid off worker trying to find their way to a new career path; to the grandmother who decides it’s finally time for her to focus on her dreams of becoming a business owner; to the divorced, single mother of seven children who wants to show them an example of strength and perseverance, the possibilities are endless,” said Jackson.

In her tenure at the College, Jackson earned a Dean’s Award and several scholarships, including, one for $19,000 that will enable her to pursue her bachelor’s.

Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League served as the commencement speaker. He told graduates that in life, it’s many times like music. For a successful musician, to earn our respect and our appreciation, that successful musician must have something called rhythm. He reminded students that rhythm requires three parts of the anatomy – your eyes must be in rhythm with your head, and also connected to your heart. The eyes help us think about the future and when students leave the auditorium today, they have taken a step on a journey, but are not finished yet and should always keep their eyes on the ultimate prize. 

Commencement highlights also included a graduating student body comprised of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds, with a total of 1,893 candidates for graduation.  Among the graduates included: 27 international students, representing 16 countries, 47 veterans, 8 employees of the College, 24 candidates for graduation from the Center for Male Engagement and the first graduates from the 50th Anniversary Scholars program. The 50th Anniversary Scholars program was established two years ago that enables Pell-eligible Philadelphia high school students the opportunity to go to the College for no cost of tuition or fees. Nineteen participants in the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) program, an initiative to help those on public assistance pursue their postsecondary education also graduated. Nine of those KEYS participants were honors students, and four of them graduated from the highly competitive Nursing program.

Other academic notable scholars at graduation included:

  • Jennifer Myers, a graduate from the College’s Diagnostic Medical Imagine program, who received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. The scholarship provides exceptional students from two-year colleges up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Myers is the first African-American, second female and fourth recipient in seven years at the College to become a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.
  • Cedric Jouin, who completed his associate’s in Liberal Arts, was named to the 2017 All-Pennsylvania Scholar for 2017. Jouin, who came to the U.S. from France seven years ago, will pursue a career in environmental conservation, where he also plans to get both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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