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PHILADELPHIA, October 20, 2014—Dr. Donald Guy Generals, Community College of Philadelphia’s new president, reveals several key priorities in fall 2014’s edition of Pathways Magazine, including a desire to establish an internal culture of innovation and stronger focus on community well-being.

“Bold thinking and cutting-edge initiatives are needed to connect students, graduates, and the City’s unemployed directly with transfer options and emerging employment opportunities,” Dr. Generals said.

Dr. Generals shares his vision for the city and the College in the cover story for Pathways, a Community College of Philadelphia publication that keeps regional business leaders abreast of vital career, training and academic innovations. He will speak at the magazine’s breakfast launch, an invitation only event that begins at 8 a.m., October 21 in room C2-5 of the Center for Business and Industry, on 18th and Callowhill Streets.

This upcoming issue also features stories about new student support services, study abroad, STEM education initiatives and new post-degree proficiency certificate programs.

“I think the role of community colleges should be enhanced,” Dr. Generals said. “We need to roll up our sleeves and get into the community and find ways to educate, to train and to help the communities whom we serve.”

The College’s workforce development mission is one of the important ways the College impacts the community. The Morozin Family- owners of The Dining Car in Northeast Philadelphia - has repeatedly turned to the College’s free entrepreneurial workshops and training programs, which have helped the business to prosper and prepared it for expansion. Morozin family members plan to be among those attending the Pathways breakfast, alongside students, faculty, administrators and College trustees.

Within the College, Dr. Generals said he is interested in fostering a learning community where faculty and staff continually sharpen their own skills to enhance student success.

“I think to the extent that we foster curricula that encourage critical inquiry, that encourage creative thinking, that encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, I think that we add to the overall direction and soul of the City,” he said.

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