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PHILADELPHIA, September 29, 2014—Community College of Philadelphia was one of 16 institutions recertified this week as a Leader College for Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, earn a college certificate or degree.

The designation of Leader College is awarded to member colleges that commit to improve student success and close achievement gaps. These colleges, according to Achieving the Dream officials, “have shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.”

Since 2009, Achieving the Dream has granted Leader College status to a total of 79 active Achieving the Dream institutions. Community College of Philadelphia first obtained Leader status in 2011. Every three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain the Leader College designation.

According to Achieving the Dream, Community College of Philadelphia earned recertification based on recent advancements in student performance. The percentage of students who completed courses with a “C” or better increased from 11.8 percent in 2007-2008 to 21.4 percent in 2010-2011. Credential attainment for students increased from 8.6 percent in 2006-2007 to 10.4 percent in 2009-2010. In addition, the College doubled the number of Hispanic students who completed courses with a “C” or better and tripled success rates for Pell Grant recipients.

“Community College of Philadelphia is proud to be recognized as a Leader College for Achieving the Dream,” said Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals, the College’s president. “We have increased student support initiatives that provide academic success tools and enable us to support all learners in achieving their academic goals.”

Achieving the Dream executives said that the 2014 Leader Colleges are making strides in the national movement to increase student completion and close achievement gaps. With the guidance of Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges implement key student supports that align with their overall policies and institutional systems, such as college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, and other programs.

“The work of improving student success is critically important to our education and economy,” said Carol Lincoln, Achieving the Dream Senior Vice President. “These colleges are working hard to move the needle for whole cohorts of students, and deserve recognition for their relentless efforts and promising achievements.”

Achieving the Dream executives announced the recertifications on Sept. 24 as they newly granted Leader College distinction to 16 new institutions. For more information, visit http://achievingthedream.org/latest-news/press-releases.

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Dr. Donald Generals, President

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Bell and dozens of others were honored this week as part of a year-long celebration of the school’s establishment in 1964 and opening its doors to students in 1965. This week’s festivities featured a jazz performance by the school’s new president, Donald Generals, a drummer who has played professionally. It took place during an outdoor event attended by hundreds on Tuesday at its campus at 17th and Spring Garden streets.

Hayward L. Bell

Hayward L. Bell is a corporate executive who works in Waltham, Mass., but his heart has never let go of his South Philadelphia roots or Community College of Philadelphia, the place that set him on a path to success.

 Bell, who earned an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting from the College in 1973, is Chief Diversity Officer for Raytheon, a global technology and defense company with 63,000 employees.

 After making an initial $125,000 gift last year, he endowed an annual scholarship at the College that provides one student each year with up to $5,000 for tuition and fees. In addition, he personally mentors each of the recipients. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, mentoring can positively impact academic achievement, workforce development and juvenile justice outcomes.

“Community College of Philadelphia at the time was the place that gave me the foundation for my success, so I consider Community College part of my roots,” said Bell, whose donation is among the largest the College has received from an alumnus. “Community College of Philadelphia has always been a great institution and it has continued to progress and continued to support a critical need in our community.”

Students’ needs often extend beyond tuition dollars. Bell believes the time he invests mentoring scholars is equally important. “I had multiple people who mentored me throughout my career, in different stages of my career,” he said. “And I learned different things from different mentors. One of the things I learned from mentoring is how important it is to share what you know with other people.”

Bell’s generosity has made life a bit easier for Dante Mullings, a Nursing student who won the first Bell Scholarship in 2013 and works while taking classes. Mullings is the youngest of five siblings and one of the first in his family to graduate high school and enter college. “It’s been a big deal for me,” Mullings said. “He (Mr. Bell) sat down and talked with me. He’s given me feedback. He’s written letters of recommendation for me. This has definitely had an impact on me.”

Since its founding in 1964 and its opening on September 23, 1965, Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 individuals. Graduates have risen to leadership ranks in business, government and education, with some serving on the College’s faculty today.

Over the next 12 months, the College will profile a number of distinguished alumni who are Moving Philadelphia Forward, and making a difference through their careers, community service or philanthropic efforts. Richard S. Downs, a member of the first graduating class in 1967 and a retired business executive, and Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer; are among those whose stories will be shared.

“Mr. Bell is a businessman who understands that education is a passport to the region’s smart, well-educated and growing workforce,” said Dr. Donald Generals, college president, who announced this month that Bell has committed to give the College an additional $60,000 for scholarships, bringing his total donation to nearly $200,000. “The College is uniquely positioned to advance the social and economic interests of this great city—and nation. It is a source of tremendous pride that Mr. Bell and so many other alumni are working to move this city, and its creative and talented people, forward.”

After earning his associate degree, Bell received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Lehigh University. To learn more about Bell’s remarkable journey, visit the College’s 50th Anniversary website.

Special Alumni Reception with Dr. Donald Generals

Dr. Donald Generals, President

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