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

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Nov. 1- The first week of the SEPTA strike stranded hundreds of Community College of Philadelphia students who rely on the buses, subways and trolleys to get them to and from the College, but faculty members tried to come up with practical and creative ways to accommodate impacted students to ensure that normal learning can continue.

The College’s Main Campus and Northeast. Northwest and West regional centers experienced 25 to 50 percent absenteeism in early morning classes. Attendance improved as the day went on. Some students conveyed to professors that although they didn’t make it to class, they were working to secure alternative transportation for the remainder of the week. Others walked two to three miles to get to school. Still others caught an early ride from friends and family and arrived on campus an hour before their classes started because it was the only ride they could get.

From the Northeast to West regional centers, the College community came together to help each other. Faculty members called on their resourcefulness and quickly pivoted to respond to their students’ needs.

* Dr. Faye Allard, who teaches five classes, discussed the possibility of a strike with her students on Monday. She asked them to recommend ways that they could proceed with classwork. Students suggested that online lectures might work best for them because smart phones if necessary Allard then recorded her lecture online and recording online lectures for students who can’t make it to class.

* Julie Odell, an associate professor of English, created a Facebook page for to organize carpools for her students. She also has arranged class discussion via Canvas, an online learning management system used to organize and evaluate learning.

* Three students showed up in Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s morning English class, so the assistant professor took them to coffee, where they discussed the class reading. Johnson-Valenzuela is also switching assignment deadlines and planning some online instruction, though she points out that many students enrolled in traditional classrooms don’t have internet access in their homes. “I plan

on sending an email to remind students to use their local libraries for computer access and study space,” she said.



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
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu


Veterans Days Ceremony and Comcast Jobs Fair Help Bridge Transition Between Military Service and Workforce

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Oct. 20- Each year, Community College of Philadelphia takes time out on Veterans Day to salute its Veteran students with a reverent ceremony that honors their dedication and sacrifice.

This year, in conjunction with Comcast Corporation, which will hire more than 10,000 members of the military community by the end of 2017, the College will host a veterans’ jobs fair, along with the traditional ceremony to honor the commitment of those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The College’s Veterans Resource Center provides support and services to more than 700 students this year, a diverse group of active duty, retired, Reservist and National Guard veterans.

The Comcast Career Fair for Veterans will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in room S2-19 of the Winnet Student Life Building, and will be open to the College’s student veterans and alumni, as well as those currently serving in the National Guard and Reserve. The effects of today’s economy, along with the growing number of veterans returning home, can make finding a job difficult. Approximately one out of every two (53 percent) post 9/11 veterans will face a period of unemployment while transitioning from the military to the workforce.

Comcast has addressed that need through participation in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative, a program that helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. From 2012 through 2015, the company hired approximately 5,900 veterans and is on track to meet its hiring commitment.

This year’s Veterans Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 on the ground floor of the Bonnell Building. The date and time marks the armistice signed between the allies of World War I and Germany, which took place on the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918. In 1954, after the United States concluded its involvement in World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day to honor the brave soldiers who fought in all three wars.

The observance begins with a color guard entrance and features keynote speaker William A. Baas, vice president of talent, Comcast Northeast Region. Baas currently holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and has over 25 years of total active and reserve experience in the field of cryptologic warfare. He is an acknowledged visionary behind Comcast NBCUniversal’s military hiring successes and is regarded as a national thought leader in military hiring. He will be joined by Angel Arocho, senior director of operations compliance at Comcast and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant; and Frederick Soejanto, a 2012 graduate who serves as a medical logistics officer and a detachment executive, who currently holds the rank of a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.



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.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Sept. 15 - In an historic city where America’s forefathers once gathered to sign the Declaration of Independence; Community College of Philadelphia and BillyPenn.com will host “Your Vote is Your Voice,” a voter registration event, from 1 to 3 PM Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Bonnell Building Lobby ( located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets).

On that same day, the College will also observe Constitution Day with a full slate of law and justice panels hosted by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society in Room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry (located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill streets).

The program will have a plethora of civic activities, educational games, and giveaways. Ben Franklin will take “selfies” with guests from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.; Community College of Philadelphia students will perform spoken word poetry at 2:00 pm; and students can fill out “Why I Vote” cards, which will be displayed on the pledge wall in the Bonnell Lobby. Voter registration tables with laptops will be available for on-the-spot registration. In addition, free pocket constitutions will be handed out and new voters can use simulated voting machines.

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement has released the first-of-its kind analysis of the voting patterns of 7.4 million college students at 783 higher education institutions. They found the College’s students exhibit strong levels of engagement. Student voting rates were much higher (63 percent in the 2012 presidential election) than student voting rates of other two- year institutions (44.8 percent).

The College community works to make a difference in the civic life of the city. In 2012, Rock the Vote organizers registered 154 new voters during a day-long event on the Main Campus. In addition, when the right to vote was threatened during the presidential election, 50 students received new college IDs that enabled them to vote.

Commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, Constitution Day presentations and panel discussions run from 9:40 AM to 4: 10 PM. All the events are free and open to the public, as is the registration drive.

The Constitution sessions include: “Technology and the Constitution,” an exploration of how to apply existing law to 21st century challenges, presented by Elizabeth Canapary, Esq., adjunct professor of Paralegal Studies; “An Overview of the Bill of Rights,” a discussion of amendments of the Constitution, presented by William Mulkeen, Esq., visiting lecturer of Justice and Paralegal Studies; “Our Voices, Our Votes, Our Power – Achieving Systemic Change Through Civic Engagement and Voting,” a look at reforming the criminal justice system through civic engagement and voting; and “The Electoral College,” a discussion of popular versus electoral votes, presented by William Love, Esq., professor of Justice and Social Science department chair.



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.

PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 17 – Community College of Philadelphia seeks to provide every neighborhood in the city access to highly-skilled technical careers with its new, conveniently located Advanced Manufacturing courses.

This year, the College launched an historic partnership with the Philadelphia School District’s Benjamin Franklin High School Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, which will allow it to offer technical courses at that location in the evenings and on Saturdays, when high school classes are not in session. The high school is just blocks from the College’s Main Campus near Center City, and major public transportation hubs.

The first three technical training programs begin in October: Welding Technology, CNC Precision Machining Technology and Electro-Mechanical/Mechatronics Technology. All these courses provide a path to high-paying, entry-level careers, with salaries starting at $23 an hour, depending on the industry.

As a result of a new grant, eligible students may be able to attend classes this fall for free. All three advanced manufacturing programs have been approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. Prospective students can contact a local PA CareerLink office to determine if they are eligible to receive vouchers to cover the costs of the training programs..

Advanced manufacturing is a growing industry that uses technology to produce, improve, and design the products people use daily. According to a recent Philadelphia Works report, core industries in advanced manufacturing grew by 13 percent between 2007 and 2013.

The creation of the College’s program came out of a task force, cited in the city’s Office of Manufacturing & Industry 2016 Annual Report, which was charged to come up with ways to best serve students and employers city-wide. “We are partners in the success of students and in the development of its businesses,” said Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia. Classes will run on Saturdays and evenings starting Oct. 1. To learn more, visit the College website.



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.

Dr. Ron McCurdy, a jazz musician and professor of music at the University of Southern California, pays tribute to the works of poet Langston Hughes in a multi-media performance.

The jazz riffs of Ron McCurdy’s sweet trumpet wafted out of the Bonnell Auditorium, piquing the curiosity of passersby. Inside, a sepia image of literary giant Langston Hughes, superimposed on a big screen behind the musicians, provided a fitting backdrop for telling the story of one writer’s struggle for artistic and social freedom.

On Oct. 27, Community College of Philadelphia students watched and listened to a special multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ 12-part, epic poem, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” performed Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy, a professor of music at the University of Southern California, who, along with his trio of musicians, traveled from Los Angeles to educate and entertain the College community about jazz, poetry and justice.

Student Life organized and hosted the concert to recognize and celebrate the diversity in all cultures.

“It is important to remember that our students are not only Latino during Latina/o History Month, gay during LGBT History Month, Black during Black History Month, etc. They are these things all the time,” said David Greene, Director of Student Life. “The mission of Student Life is to help students gain a better understanding of themselves and their communities. The Langston Hughes project allows us to achieve that mission.”

Most students kept their hands in their laps when McCurdy asked them to raise their hands if they had ever heard of Hughes - all the more important to learn about a man who was arguably the most important African American poet of the 20th century; a leader of the Harlem Renaissance; a social activist and one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form known as jazz poetry.

With the help of video montages, the concert performance linked the words and music of Hughes' poetry to topical images of people, places, and events, and to the works of the visual artists Langston Hughes admired. Together the words, sounds, and images recreated moments in African American history, which bridged the Harlem Renaissance and the post- World War II Beat writers' coffeehouse jazz poetry world to the looming Black Arts performance explosion of the 1960s.

Perhaps no one on campus understands music’s connection to learning better than Dr. Donald Guy Generals, the College’s president. Dr. Generals, himself a jazz musician, has played the drums at College events and believes that the arts enrich learning and inspire creativity.

Artists such as Hughes, he noted, evoke questions, provide answers and heighten curiosity that is crucial to student success.

“I think the way that you learn, how you learn, and the company that you keep while you learn, are important,” Dr. Generals said in an interview conducted earlier this year. “The environment in which you learn enables you to be innovative because you are around different points of view. Innovation can manifest itself through many ways, through many media and in many formats. To the extent that we foster curricula that encourages creative thinking, I think that adds to the overall direction and soul of the city.”

Hughes originally created “Ask Your Mama” after Newport Jazz Festival of July 1960. The musical scoring of the poem was designed to forge a conversation and a commentary with the music. It remained only in the planning stages when Hughes died in 1967. McCurdy’s discovery of it, and subsequent performance, provides an illuminating learning experience for all who experience it.

Assistant Professor Lisa Johnson's research teaches nurses how to balance their own needs with the needs of their patients.

As part of their job description, registered nurses are expected to carry out emotionally-fraught tasks that most workers simply wouldn’t be able to handle. Treating bloody wounds, caring for the dying infants, consoling grieving families, and constantly adapting to unexpected life and death situations are just some of the stressful duties that nurses must perform on a regular basis.

But how do nurses preserve their own mental health after handling all of the responsibilities of the profession? How do they cope? Who can they talk to?

The truth is, RNs are trained to take care of everybody but themselves, according to Lisa Johnson, assistant professor of Nursing at Community College of Philadelphia. Johnson has done extensive doctoral research on the dichotomy that exists between RNs as caregivers and self-neglectors, which she says plenty of nurses are.

Her study, “Balancing Needs: Pediatric Nurses’ Experiences With Exposure to the Traumatic Events of Children,” presented in July at the 27th International Nursing Research Congress in Capetown, South Africa, bears this out and is advancing approaches to improve nurses’ work environments, self-care, job satisfaction and nurse retention and recruitment.

The turnover rate for bedside RNs increased to 17.2 percent in 2015, up from 16.4 percent in 2014, according to a 2016 report published by Nursing Solutions, Inc.

“Nursing school prepares you for trauma in a health-care setting, but it doesn’t teach you how to handle your own responses to it,” said Johnson, who is also an oncology nurse. .””Self-awareness is key because often times are emotions are contagious without us even realizing it. If I enter a room feeling stressed and anxious, many times it increases the stress and anxiety of those around me, even the youngest of children.”

Johnson’s work goes a long way in addressing the changing needs of a healthcare workforce that provides care in vulnerable communities, all while grappling with changing demographics and emergency situations ranging from extreme weather to mass shootings.

“It is critical that health care educators not only understand the changing health care environment of the future but also recognize that the students in their programs are not the same type of student that sat in classrooms 10 years ago or even five years ago, said Dr. Mary Anne Celenza, dean of the College’s Division of Math, Science and Health Careers. ”The diversity of this generation of new health care workers will not only bring different perspectives to health care, but will also bring more knowledge of cultural differences, greater interest in working in teams and reliance on social media as well as a greater desire to integrate their work into their personal time.”

Community College of Philadelphia, where Johnson works, is the only open-access public institution in the city. She works on a dedicated staff that is leading an effort to create a culturally competent pipeline of health-care workers for the region. Of the nursing students enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year, approximately 42 percent were white, 33 percent were African American, 9 percent were Asian and 6.5 percent were Hispanic. Twenty-five percent were males.

Whether it be learning how to be aware of their trainees’ emotions, acknowledging them, practicing self-care, or preparing to work in culturally diverse neighborhoods, the nursing program, which has

graduated over 3,500 students since 1968, encourages staff to reflect on contemporary workplace challenges in an effort to prepare students for the issues –emotionally and technical- they eventually will face.

The Department of Nursing at the College just received a $350,000 Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to launch a program that will provide second-year nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds an accelerated pathway to graduation. The primary objective is to increase the pipeline of nurses who have bachelor’s degrees within the City.

Together with the National Nursing Centers Consortium and West Chester University, the program will provide 14 students with mentoring, accelerated coursework, financial support and the opportunity to take as many as nine additional credits toward a bachelor’s degree. In addition, eligible students in both the first and second year of the program received resources such as books, software programs, and financial literacy training. Each of these resources is focused on helping students to succeed in the nursing program.

“The nursing program is committed to increasing diversity of the nursing workforce and addressing social determinants of health in vulnerable communities,” said Dr. Barbara N. McLaughlin, head of the Department of Nursing at the College. “The College draws together students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide the programs and support they need to achieve their goals.”

In other news, the Department of Nursing at the College received its fourth consecutive designation as a Center of Excellence for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development from the National League for Nursing. The designation is for the period 2016-2021. a

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Join us as we raise awareness about vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation.
Participants will be given bags of red sand to pour into the sidewalk cracks along the walk as part of the global Red Sand Project installation, an activist artwork created to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

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