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A new high school offering students a high school diploma and associates degree is the first in Philadelphia and the first of its kind accredited in the Commonwealth, according to the Community College and Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia.

Parkway Center City Middle College, 540 N. 13th St., officially welcomes the class of 2021 this fall. Freshman students are attending a summer bridge program now through Aug. 9 that is a requirement for all incoming ninth graders. At the completion of the program, students will rack up three credit hours before school officially begins.

A group of more than 120 students are the first in Philadelphia’s history to take part in a program that will allow them to earn college credits while they attend high school. On Tuesday, Students of the Parkway Center City Middle College were meeting for what’s called the “Summer Bridge.” It is a 5-week orientation program at the Community College of Philadelphia to get them ready for a mix of college and high school classes they’ll take at Parkway starting this fall.

Contact: Lee Whack
lwhack@philasd.org
215-313-8849

Rhonda L. Lipschutz
rlipschutz@ccp.edu
215-751-8021

Parkway Center City Middle College students attend their first classes at Community College of Philadelphia as their Summer Bridge Program begin

PHILADELPHIA – Students across Philadelphia started summer break three weeks ago but for the first class of Middle College, which is the first of its kind in the city, it is already time to go back to school. On Tuesday, July 11, ninth-grade students will start their first day of classes at the summer bridge program at Community College of Philadelphia. By the end of the program, they may have their first college credit; eventually, they will have an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree by the time they graduate from high school.

Middle College High Schools are innovative, evidence-based school models designed to provide students with the unique opportunity to take a blend of high school and college-level courses. Students will have the opportunity to earn an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts or one of two certificates in Entrepreneurship or Computer Programming and Software Development. In addition, they can take advantage of specialized programs such as the inquiry-based learning project in Science and Social Studies, and the Arts Futures program.

WHO:

  • Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent, The School District of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Anh Brown, Principal, Parkway Center City Middle College     
  • Parkway Center City Middle College High School                     


WHAT:       First Day of Summer Bridge Program         

WHERE:    

Community College of Philadelphia (outside the Pavilion: Winnet Building)
West side of 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

WHEN:    

Tuesday, July 11
8:15 a.m. (students arrive), 8:40 a.m. (students can be photographed leaving building for their first college class), 8:50 a.m. (press conference begins)

 

 



Keith will work with Wistar faculty to guide educational efforts at all levels of training, from high school students to postdoctoral fellows. These programs include the Summer Fellowship in Biomedical Research, an eight-week intensive program that introduces high school students to biomedical research as they work on active projects in the lab. Another program is the Biomedical Technician Training Program (BTT), which prepares Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students for careers in academic or commercial research labs. In addition, the newly launched Biomedical Research Training Apprenticeship (BRT)—a spinoff from the BTT Program—offers longer internships and additional on-the-job training. BRT is the first registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program to offer students a pathway to become medical research technicians ratified by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, and is the first of its kind in the nation.

STEM Camp

Interested in Cars and How They Work?

Discover the Science Behind Automobiles, and Build Your Own Model Car!

Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) Transportation Summer Camp for Philadelphia Students Entering 6th, 7th and 8th Grades

August 14–18, 2017
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch is included)

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Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, senior pastor at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, the first lady of Enon, present a check for $100,000 to Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia at the June 25th service. Church members raised the money on April 16th at Enon’s Resurrection Sunday service to support the College’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which was created in 2015 to make it possible for highly motivated Philadelphia high school graduates to attend college with no cost for tuition and fees, if they meet certain eligibility requirements.

Left to Right: Dr. Generals, Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, and Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, who is leader of Enon’s Women’s Ministry and chair-elect of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church has donated $100,000 to Community College of Philadelphia during its morning service on June 25, according to a news release.

The church at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. provided the donation to support CCP’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which aims to help make college possible for eligible Philadelphia high school graduates.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the college, I want to thank Pastor Alyn E. Waller and the entire membership at Enon for extending the opportunity to Philadelphia high school graduates who show much promise, but need their community’s support to earn a college degree and become highly skilled workforce contributors,” CCP President Donald Generals said in a news release.

“A large gift such as this can change the lives of so many students, and foster more secure futures for their families and our city,” he added.

Waller has led the effort to raise money for the college’s anniversary fund. Enon’s first lady, Ellyn Jo Waller, is the chair-elect of the CCP Foundation.

More than 200 students participated in the 24th Annual Hospitality Education Day hosted by PHL Diversity, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and the Community College of Philadelphia. The event was held on June 1 at CCP, 1700 Spring Garden St.

The free, invitation-only program provided guidance to area high school and adult students in designated hospitality programs. Through Hospitality Education Day, PHL Diversity strives to create a career pipeline that will enhance the regional hospitality industry, while bolstering graduation rates and paving the way for professional success.

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

WHAT: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, whose ministry includes education, social issues, and service, will present a $100,000 check to Community College of

Philadelphia President Dr. Donald Guy Generals during its Sunday Service on June 25.

The donation supports the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, whose ultimate goal is to make it possible for eligible Philadelphia high school graduates to go to college. The donation is expected to help educate more than 100 city students, allowing those who meet the Scholars program’s criteria to earn an associate’s degree, with no cost for tuition and fees.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the College, I want to thank Pastor Alyn E. Waller and the entire membership at Enon for extending opportunity to Philadelphia high school graduates who show much promise, but need their community’s support to earn a college degree and become highly skilled workforce contributors,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals. “A large gift such as this can change the lives of so many students, and foster more secure futures for their families and our City.”

WHO: Dr. Generals will speak during the morning service and the check will be presented after he speaks (between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.)

Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor, led the effort to raise the money for the College’s Anniversary Fund. The first lady of Enon, Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, is the leader of Enon’s Women’s Ministry and chair-elect of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.

WHEN: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Church services begin at 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Generals is expected to speak and receive a check between 10:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue on Sunday June 25, 2017

 

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