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The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) has created a noncredit course that teaches the business of running a food truck or cart in a series of mobile food management workshops that can be completed in about four months.

Community College of Philadelphia has developed an innovative non-credit  course to serve the food truck and food cart industry and widen the path to possibilities for their own culinary art graduates eying entrepreneurship.

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society partnered with the Office of Student Success Initiatives in leading the annual Community College Completion Challenge. The campaign is part of a national education initiative that encourages students to make a public pledge to finish an academic degree or certificate. On October 29, numerous students passing through the Bonnell Lobby on Main Campus signed the banner. The banner will be displayed at various events throughout the academic year so students who did not have a chance to make the pledge that day will have other opportunities.

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Michael Ferguson graduated with highest honors in May, and then came back to the College this summer to help other students.

Serving as a peer mentor in a program called Raising Interest in Science Education (RISE), Ferguson made phone calls and met face-to-face with students to help them through precalculus, biology and Math 118, an intermediate algebra course that some

find challenging. “It’s a class you have to get past if you want to major in science. Math is an important structure of science,” said Ferguson, who is now enrolled at Temple University.

More than 50 students aspiring for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics received extra support this summer when RISE launched. The Biology department received $216,149 in initial funding for the program through a U.S. Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) grant in 2013. “This grant provides more opportunity for minority students who are underrepresented in the sciences,” said Linda Powell, M.D., a professor who serves as the Biology department chair. “It provides those students with increased opportunity to stay in the sciences and persist to transfer.”

In addition, the College also unveiled its state-of-the-art professional research laboratory this fall, which provides equipment for academic research in cell and molecular physiology, and bacterial protein physiology. A $230,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense provided the funding.

Dr. Powell, who has nurtured and supported legions of students who are now standouts in their fields, wrote and submitted both grants. Only two of the 12 colleges and universities receiving RISE grants were two-year institutions, Dr. Powell said. The funding pays for books, speakers, STEM workshops and stipends for academic peer mentors.

Mentorship is a key element of the program. “I witness students dealing with many things that interfere with their progression,” said Ferguson, who is pursuing a molecular biology career. “If you can get past those things, let school be the center of where your future is.”

Students enter RISE with varying levels of academic attainment. Some are taking entry level science courses, while others are further along. For example, six in the program worked on summer research projects through a partnership with Drexel University’s College of Engineering, she said.

RISE dovetails with a 20-year National Science Foundation (NSF) program called the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), which Dr. Powell has directed since it began at the College. Supported by the NSF, the AMP program provides mentorship, coaching and advising for students preparing to pursue baccalaureate and graduate degrees in STEM fields.

Dr. Powell regularly sees her former students working in the industry across the region.

“I see former AMP students at pharmacies throughout the city,” she said. “I see our students at hospitals—they tend to stay local.”

During its 10th Anniversary Recognition Ceremony on October 23, the Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center recognized three outstanding faculty whose work reflect the Center’s mission. Laura Davidson, associate professor of Dietetics and Allied Health; Megan Fuller, assistant professor of the Learning Laboratory, and J. Allison Watts, assistant professor of Social Science were honored during the celebration in the Mint Building Rotunda. Dr. Karen Bojar, professor emeritus, English and Women's Studies, delivered remarks while Christine Farnum, a Social/Behavioral Science major, served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

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Dr. Linda PowellStudents, faculty and staff members gathered for an Ebola information session October 28 on the Main Campus, which was designed to foster a better understanding of how the virus works and to share safety recommendations from leading health organizations.

Dr. Linda Powell, the Biology Department chair, and the Biology department assumed the leadership in putting together the panel which included Dr. Mary Ann Wagner-Graham, assistant professor of Biology; Dr. John-Paul Vermitsky, assistant professor of Biology; Lisa Johnson, assistant professor of Nursing, Tamika Curry, assistant professor of Nursing, and Petrina McFarlane, assistant professor of Nursing.

The mission, in Dr. Powell’s words, was to begin a conversation about “what Ebola is and what Ebola is not.” NBC 10 covered the session on the evening and nightly news, and touted the College’s forum, which put the current Ebola outbreak into context by providing a history of the virus and dispelling misconceptions.

Among the interesting facts shared:

  • Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection of the Ebola virus. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, contact with infected wildlife or instruments containing infectious bodily fluids.
  • Health care providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with these patients are at the highest risk of getting sick.
  • Members of the College family are far more likely to catch the flu, which also can be deadly. NPR recently assembled a chart showing that the American public’s chances of dying from Ebola were 1 in 13.3 million, while the risk of dying from a lightning strike are 1 in 9.6 million and the risk of being killed by a shark is 1 in 3.7 million.
  • There have been previous Ebola outbreaks. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history and is affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
  • The City of Philadelphia has a plan in place to care for Ebola patients, should the need arise. The University of Pennsylvania Health System and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are the region’s designated care centers.
  • The College’s Nursing program is incorporating lessons learned from the current outbreak into the curriculum to keep Nursing students abreast of changing safety protocols, tests of Ebola vaccines and more.
  • Individuals can take the following precautions:
    • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
    • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
    • Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.

Community College of Philadelphia President Donald Generals not only walks the walk of a college educator, he also talks the talk.