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The apprenticeship program builds on the institute's existing biomedical technician-training internship program. Mentors, including post-doctoral fellows at Wistar, train students from the Community College of Philadelphia to work in biomedical labs, researching diseases such as cancer and HIV.

The Wistar Institute is expanding a program it started nearly two decades ago to address the high turnover rates in research laboratories. The Philadelphia nonprofit research organization has established what it describes as the state’s “first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program to offer participants a career pathway to becoming biomedical research technicians in a research laboratory environment.

Jennifer Myers, a student in Community College of Philadelphia’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging program, is one of 55 students to be awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the nation. It provides high-achieving, service-oriented community college students up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, will deliver the commencement address at the Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in The Liacouras Center. A long-time advocate for individuals seeking meaningful employment pathways, Morial has been a powerful voice for economic inclusion. As leader of the National Urban League since 2003, he has served as a seasoned strategist for revitalizing communities and local economies. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and African-American studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degrees.

About 200 high school students attend the “Surviving College Boot Camp: Know Before You Go” event on Tuesday at the Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St.

The boot camp targeted first-generation, college-bound seniors who were exposed to motivational speakers, scholarship announcements and workshops, which included participation by sororities and fraternities.

Community College of Philadelphia plans to boost the size of the automotive-technology training facility at its West Philadelphia campus to sustain enrollment by offering a pathway to increasingly brainy jobs servicing cars and trucks.

The 37,000-square-foot expansion will be built using a site of about two-thirds of an acre acquired from a benefactor, former nursing-home executive Daniel Veloric, north of the college’s auto-tech program building near 48th and Ludlow Streets.

CCP aims to double the enrollment in its auto-tech associate's degree program to 160 students through construction of the expansion to its existing 10,000-square-foot building, said Gregory Murphy, the college's vice president for institutional advancement.

Community College of Philadelphia plans a big expansion of its Automotive Technology Program, thanks to a benefactor who sold the parcel to the school at a bargain basement price.

Expansion is about the only way the college can improve a program that boasts a 100 percent student job placement rate. The two-thirds of an acre parcel was acquired from West Philadelphia entrepreneur Daniel Veloric — and CCP’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Gregory Murphy, says it sits adjacent to the current auto-tech building at 47th and Ludlow Streets.

Renee Harris watched two children graduate from Community College of Philadelphia before she walked across the stage at the school in May.

“I came back to school after my kids were grown,” said the 48-year-old who was dressed in all white like her fellow classmates. “If you want to do something, never say you can’t. It’s never too late.”

Harris was one of 65 students who took part in CCP’s nursing pinning ceremony last Friday. She is also one of 21 students in the college’s Keystone Education Yields Success program, which services students who are on public assistance and receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, and who graduated from the college.

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, delivered the commencement address at Community College of Philadelphia.

Drexel University and Community College of Philadelphia are hooking up. Both institutions are signing a dual admissions agreement for more seamless transfers.