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But today, Pearce, Jackson and Earvin have their high school equivalency (GED) diplomas, and Mushimiymana will soon be taking the test for hers. Although they face a long journey to realizing their career goals, all have taken the first step by enrolling in a post-secondary bridging pilot program at Community College of Philadelphia.

The $1.6 million pilot, run by the Philadelphia Youth Network, works with young people, most of whom have dropped out of high school and are working toward their GED. At no cost to students, it provides extra academic tutoring and helps them prepare for college and overcome personal obstacles. Then it pays for at least one course at CCP and offers continued counseling for an additional year.

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

Celebrating how education and access to capital spur economic development

PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2015— Twenty-nine additional entrepreneurs will graduate Friday, April 15th from the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program, bringing the total number of regional graduates to 251.

The graduates join the other small business owners who have previously participated in the program; and are now spurring their local economies, and creating jobs in every county in this region, going as far east as Atlantic City and as far south as Washington D.C.

The graduates represent a wide variety of industries, and 673 years of cumulative experience. Each owner leaves with a new set of business tools and growth strategies designed to support them as they work toward the next level of success. Last year, a Babson College survey found that small

business owners who had completed the 10,000 Small Businesses course outperformed other U.S. small businesses overall in revenue growth and job creation. Locally, 52 percent of those who graduated from Community College of Philadelphia’s program have created jobs after completing the program; and 61 percent have reported an increase in revenues just six months after leaving the program.

John Grady, president of PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, will be the keynote speaker, and will be joined by the leaders of Community College of Philadelphia and Goldman Sachs at graduation, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room C2-28 at the Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street.

“PIDC is a proud partner in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative,” said John Grady. “This program provides business owners with critical education, and through partners like PIDC, access to capital to support their growth. PIDC is dedicated to driving growth in Philadelphia and we know that small businesses are key to our success. We are thrilled to see another class of graduates with a greater understanding of their business and the capital needs to support their growth.”

Nicole Pullen Ross, the Mid-Atlantic Head of Goldman Sachs, added, “The small business owners who are graduating help to strengthen the Philadelphia economy through the jobs they’re creating, and the revenues that their businesses are generating. We are pleased to work with local partners in this program as we continue to strengthen our longstanding commitment to the Philadelphia region.”

Tina Wells, CEO & Founder of Buzz Marketing Group, and a graduating scholar of the 2016 class, will deliver remarks during the ceremony reflective of the program, and the group’s achievements.

“At the outset, I didn’t fully realize how much it would take me outside of my comfort zone to participate fully in this program, but I have been struck by how the experience has forced me and my team to work differently. Our firm has earned more than 75 percent of what it earned all of last year in this first quarter – while I was in the program. Our projections are now worlds from what I had envisioned they could be.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has provided Mid Atlantic entrepreneurs with timely strategies for managing and growing successful businesses since 2013. Goldman Sachs made an investment in PIDC and Community First Fund to give greater access to capital for small business owners.

Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses are accepted on a rolling basis at the Community College. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region. Learn more at http://www.ccp.edu/10KSB and www.10ksbapply.com.




Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses. More at www.10ksbapply.com or on Twitter @gs10ksmallbiz.


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.

When Gilberto Gonzalez started getting into trouble as a kid in South Kensington, his father responded by getting him a camera. Peering through the viewfinder gave him a new perspective."I saw a bigger world once I had my camera," said Gonzalez, 51, still an amateur photographer, and now a designer for Community College of Philadelphia. The photos saved him, and he saved the photos - for years, though he wasn't sure for what.

Community College of Philadelphia, through its "Homeless Student Support Project," is another. It has helped more than 100 students since 2012, said Claudia Curry, director of the Women's Outreach and Advocacy Center. The college gives seminars on financial management, housing assistance, and other topics, as well as food stipends and clothing vouchers.

The naturalization application clinic is scheduled for April 9 at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney welcomed members of HIAS at City Hall Tuesday and other immigration legal services organizations, and urged more people to volunteer to help with the effort.

Thompson, 18, was admitted to the Gateway to College program at Community College of Philadelphia, where she is on track to receive her high school diploma late this year, while also accumulating college credits.

This fall, Community College of Philadelphia will award the first J. Whyatt Mondesire Community Impact Scholarship to a graduating high school senior planning to pursue an associate’s degree. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors graduating in June 2016 who intend to enroll at Community College of Philadelphia for the fall 2016 semester. Application deadline is June 15, 2016. Please visit www.ccp.edu/scholarships to apply.

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

PHILADELPHIA, April 8, 2016—Imagine doctors treating life-threatening diseases by matching medical care to your genetic code. Or lowering your blood pressure with medication specifically tailored to your genetic background.

Such scientific breakthroughs would constitute a seismic shift in society as we know it, laying a foundation for precision medicine, an approach that enables health-care providers to tailor treatments and prevention strategies to the unique characteristics of the individual.

On April 22nd, Community College of Philadelphia will host a scientist who has been a leader in the National Institutes of Health Human Microbiome Project (HMP). Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D., led the first team ever to publish the human microbiome paper, and later became president of the renowned J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). An African American woman, her story is featured in the College’s spring edition of Pathways and she will be the keynote speaker at an 8AM breakfast at the Center for Business and Industry (CBI), Room C2-5. The CBI is located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill streets.

Dr. Nelson also will speak with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors at the College following the breakfast. JCVI provides internships to community college students near its facilities to help diversify and strengthen the STEM talent pipeline.

According to a 2015 “STEM Solutions” report compiled by U.S. News & World Report, half of the workers who go into STEM fields start at community colleges. At Community College of Philadelphia, the Center for Science and Engineering Education is preparing STEM graduates to fill in-demand positions in Philadelphia.

In the new edition, Pathways, the College’s regional workforce development publication, also profiles some of the College’s most distinguished STEM graduates; and illuminates the ways that science and

math programs bolster workforce quality, and provide a better quality of living for us all. Area scientists, CEOs, educators, and researchers have been invited to the breakfast.

In the article, Dr. Nelson addresses the changing role of scientists who, increasingly, are taking on the role of societal do-gooders and game-changers. Twenty years after Nelson entered the industry, she still stands out as a woman and a person of color. While research shows that at least 8 million of the jobs available to college graduates in 2018 will be in STEM professions, there is a shortage of minorities and women in those careers.

“The industry needs the students as much as the students need pathways to these stimulating, game-changing jobs,” Dr. Nelson says. “There are people out there with brilliant minds, and we need them all in the STEM field.”



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

Philadelphia, PA.-- Greg Alden’s signature lunch offering is called the “Salad Jawn,” topped with dark chocolate shavings. His meatless Sunflower Chili is made with quinoa, lentils, and sunflower seeds. He sells it all from a 25-mile-an hour, electrically-fueled truck. Imagine an oversized golf cart -- which he believes is the only one of its kind operating in the city’s mobile food truck industry, and an environmentally responsible alternative to culinary arts entrepreneurship.

Without the concept, ideas, and business model strategies he formulated in the College’s Mobile Food Management program, Alden says he never would have been able to serve students out of his environmentally-conscious truck. Frequently, it parks alongside the bigger food trucks on the College’s main campus on 17th Street, about twice a week.

“My desire was to do things as environmentally sound as possible,” says Alden, who completed the food truck course two years ago. The College was a green incubator for the idea.”

Now, after a year in business, Alden says he is almost at the break-even point. He sees the College as a “great food truck destination spot because Community College of Philadelphia grads are consistently coming out of the food truck program. Eventually more trucks are going to come here.”

Since fall semester 2014, Community College of Philadelphia has been broadening its entrepreneurship programs for Philadelphians seeking new careers, including its innovative \Mobile Food Management course. When it began, the non-credit Mobile Food Management: Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship program was the first of its kind offered by an accredited institution of higher education. It is serving an industry that expects to generate $2.7 billion in revenue by 2017. The industry is so influential that it was the “caterer of choice” for Mayor Jim Kenney’s recent inaugural block party.

The program is divided into three sections, each offering a three-hour class on Wednesday evenings for five consecutive weeks. The first section, Mobile Food Management 101: Concept and Plan, runs May 18th through June 15th, 2016; the second, Mobile Food Management 102: Requirements begins June

22nd and runs through July 20th; and the third, Mobile Food Management 103: Design, Costing and Budgeting, begins July 27th and runs through Aug. 24th. Summer registration is now open; all classes are held from 6 to 9 PM in the Main Campus Pavilion, Room P2-18. Tuition for each section is $249.

Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of attending all 3 sections, which is offered through the College’s Corporate Solutions Department. Class sections are designed so they can be taken in any order. For more information and to register, visit the Mobile Food Management homepage or call 215-496-6158 or email csinquiry@ccp.edu.



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

PHILADELPHIA, PA. April 12, 2016 — Community College of Philadelphia students Elizabeth Scicchitano and Saul Jasso and have been named to the 2016 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team - an honor that recognizes students from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges for their scholarly achievements and community involvement.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the largest and most prestigious honor society for community college students, and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges will pay tribute to the All-Pennsylvania Scholars April 4 in Harrisburg. Both Scicchitano and Jasso reside in Northeast Philadelphia.

Scicchitano, 32, a mother of an 8-year-old daughter, returned to college to become part of the cure for breast cancer. Her mother suffers from late-stage breast cancer – a disease that had also attacked Scicchitano’s grandmother and aunt. In 2014, Scicchitano decided to enroll at Community College of Philadelphia to pursue a career as an oncologist and dedicate herself to cancer research.

Scicchitano holds down a 3.74 grade point average and is scheduled to graduate May 7 with an Associates of Science degree in Science. She currently serves as co-Vice President of Scholarships for the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, where she researches and promotes scholarship opportunities. Last fall, she one of 200 recipients selected for the Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship, which is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and essays on leadership.

Jasso, 32, a first-generation college student, said he enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia after working a string of dead-end jobs and realizing his professional future looked bleak without a college degree.

“Community College of Philadelphia is the most efficient way to begin my path to a bachelor’s degree,” said Jasso, a Culture Science, Technology and Computer Information Systems major. “The amount of money a student saves by attending a community college is incredible, not to mention the scholarship opportunities available.”

Jasso maintains a 4.0 grade point average and helps pay for his college tuition by working for his father’s landscaping business. After graduation, he intends to continue his educational journey by pursuing a Master’s in Information Science and Technology and becoming a network security specialist for a major corporation.

For consideration to the statewide academic team, students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Team members are eligible for scholarships that may be used at any of the system’s 14 universities. The scholarships fund up to two years of tuition in a baccalaureate program.

Community College of Philadelphia will hold its 50th commencement May 7 at the Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street.



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.