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By 2020, an estimated 30 percent of all job openings will require at least some college or an associate’s degree. President Obama has urged more states to provide tuition-free community colleges. Community College of Philadelphia offers free tuition to low-income students, but that standard should be statewide.

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Tuesday, Feb. 14 or Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. Location: Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | Room C3-5

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

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA., Dec. 13, 2016 – Dr. Donald Guy Generals issued the following statement on Nov. 10 to the College community and reiterated the same position at a Town Hall meeting to College faculty and staff on Nov. 19:

“I believe that now more than ever we must do all we can to express the core values of our institution. “....we affirm that diversity is crucial to a democratic society, and enriches the educational experience, and celebrates differences among individuals…” We must demonstrate that Community College of Philadelphia is a welcoming and safe place for all. I will continue to believe that we are a nation of immigrants and it is that diversity that makes us great.

Through educational programs, social service measures and an inclusive environment, this institution has always supported its immigrant students and will continue to do so. I urge individuals who wish to make a college education accessible for all students to donate to the College’s many scholarship programs that will enable them to continue on their academic journeys. To donate, please visit www.ccp.edu/donate

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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

 

Iola Harper, Deputy Commerce Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity; and Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia, congratulate latest graduates

 

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6, 2016—Twenty-eight entrepreneurs will graduate from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses- Greater Philadelphia program at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. The graduates join over 300 business owners who have benefited from the program in the region, which began classes at Community College of Philadelphia in 2013.

The graduation ceremony will take place at the Community College of Philadelphia Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street in room C2-28. Dr. Donald Guy Generals, the College’s president, and Iola Harper, deputy commerce director for Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity are among those who will deliver remarks. Dan Rhoton, owner of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, an advanced technology training program that provide youth the opportunity to achieve their dreams, will speak on behalf of the graduating class.

10,000 Small Businesses alumni are making their mark in the Philadelphia region business community in ways big and small. For the second consecutive year, a 10,000 Small Businesses graduate has finished on top of the Philadelphia 100 list, which recognizes the fastest growing, privately held companies in the region. Ken Carter of Supra Office Solutions (Cohort 4) won the No. 1 ranking (Erin Reilly (Cohort 5) of Pop! Promos won last year). In all, 11 graduates made this year’s list.

The latest class of graduates represents a variety of industries and professions. Through the program, participants gain a new set of business tools and growth strategies designed to support them as they innovate and grow. A group of alumni have heeded the call to fund tuition- free community college models nationwide by donating nearly $50,000 to the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program endowment. These graduates are contributing to their local economies and creating jobs. Stimulating Small Business Growth, a report released this year by Babson College, demonstrates that 10,000 Small Businesses graduates consistently grow their revenues and create jobs at rates that outperform the broader economy. Nearly 70 percent of participants report increasing their revenues and 50 percent report creating net new jobs just six months after graduating. In addition, the program maintains a 99 percent graduation rate and 85 percent of graduates are doing some form of business with each other.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at Community College of Philadelphia. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region. Learn more at http://www.ccpedu/10KSB and www.10ksbapply.com



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About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

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.

About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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.

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Faculty, staff, students and friends of the College braved the cold air on Nov. 22, 2016 to raise awareness about the vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation. During the Red Sand Walk for Human Trafficking Awareness, participants were giving bags of red sand to pour into the sidewalk cracks as the group traveled from Spring Garden Street to City Hall, where the event culminated in a press conference that shed light on the local and global victims of human trafficking. The Red Sand Project is an activist artwork created to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
 
Watch highlights of the Red Sand Walk and press conference.

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

 

December 1, 2016– Community College of Philadelphia has awarded second-year students Villisia Betterson and Evelyn Jackson OneMain Financial Completion Scholarships, enabling them to complete degrees in Business Administration in December 2016.

“More than anything OneMain Financial has given me opportunity,” said Betterson, who plans to attend Temple University or Pierce College next year.

“At one point I believed that I would not be able to further my education until I finished helping my children achieve their goals in fulfilling their own academic success. Thanks to the OneMain Financial Scholarship, I am able to work on my goals of getting my education while still helping my children achieve theirs.”

The scholarship, funded by OneMain Financial and administered in five community colleges by Achieving the Dream, provides $3,000 to students who may need the funds to complete their degree. Achieving the Dream works to promote access to quality education and opportunity.

For Evelyn Jackson, the scholarship did that, and more. “Receiving this scholarship from OneMain Financial has changed my life, when I needed help the most. This scholarship enabled me to purchase all my books and a reliable laptop at the most pivotal point in my education,” she said.

“This scholarship widens and extends the path to possibilities for students,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia. “It recognizes their hard work and dedication, and provides our students with the extra financial support needed to excel in their final push towards completion."

“OneMain believes in the power of education to improve the economic wellbeing of students and their families,” said Sheldon Caplis, Director of Community relations at OneMain Holdings, Inc. “We are pleased to support deserving students at the colleges participating in the Scholarship program and help them reach their career goals.”

According to Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them, a 2009 report by Public Agenda, six in 10 community college students work more than 20 hours a week, and more than a quarter work more than 35 hours a week. The report also notes that more than 50 percent of those who left higher ed before completing a degree or a certificate said that the “need to work and make money” while attending classes is the major reason they left.

Betterson, who returned to school in January 2015, is a widow with three children. Her youngest son who is now a freshman at Mansfield University finds his inspiration in watching her drive, determination, focus, and commitment to her studies. Betterson enjoys volunteering at her church bookstore and serves as the 2nd President for the Veteran’s Club at Community College of Philadelphia.

Jackson is achieving her degree after 20 years of a series of life challenges. An active member in her community; Jackson is passionate about her opportunities to mentor and currently participates in the College’s L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership, Education, Achievement, Diversity, Success) program helping teenagers develop their own leadership abilities.

Community College of Philadelphia was selected through a competitive process to participate in the Scholarship program, based in part on its recognition of the financial challenges students face on their journeys to completing their studies and commitment to finding additional strategies to help them.

“I hear incredible stories all the time about students making hard choices in order to continue their studies, including skipping meals, rationing gas money and picking schedules to minimize the cost of trips to campus,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “I’m so pleased to be working with OneMain Financial and Community College of Philadelphia to remove financial hurdles that could have stopped exceptionally dedicated students from completing their degrees.”

According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2015, the average tuition and fee for students at public community colleges was $3,435. However, this figure represented only 20 percent of the annual budget of students who pay for off campus housing. Other costs include transportation, food, and child care.

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

 

WHAT: Making the transition from involvement with the criminal justice system to success in college often requires a cast of people who see the true depth of your potential, sometimes before you do. Community College of Philadelphia‘s Reentry Support Project of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society provides campus-based services uniquely designed to help students with criminal records achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. Attend the Reentry Support Project's Fall Achievement Ceremony and hear students testify how higher education is transforming their lives and helping them leave criminal activities behind.

WHO: Michael DiBerardinis, managing director for the City of Philadelphia, will serve as keynote speaker at the ceremony. Joining him will be Tara Timberman, Reentry Support Project Founder and Coordinator; Kathy Smith, Esq., Director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, and others.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1 – 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill streets.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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., Nov. 10, 2016 - Every day, college students struggle to concentrate on their studies, keep up their grades, and even stay in school because they cannot afford one of life’s basic necessities— food.

At Community College of Philadelphia, students sometimes must sacrifice food for other needs.

So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, Community College of Philadelphia is addressing a serious crisis by providing the Snack Rack Program for food-insecure students.

The Snack Rack Program, sponsored by the Student Government Association, will provide packaged snacks such as dried fruits and nuts, fruit cups, and Pop Tarts to students in need; in addition it will have microwaveable foods such as macaroni and cheese, soups, and oatmeal packages. Students will be directed by staff and students to locations at the Main Campus and the Regional Centers, which will serve as Snack Rack areas. Additionally, the Student Leadership and Involvement Center will provide larger quantities of food for students with families who may need a few items to get them through a few days over the holiday season.

Last year, Single Stop USA, a one-stop, on-campus organization that connects students to social services and resources; and the Association of Community College Trustees surveyed students at 10 community colleges, including those in Pennsylvania. They found one in five students said they had gone hungry because they didn’t have enough money to pay for food. A majority received financial aid and worked, but that income still wasn’t enough to make ends meet; especially for hard-working students trying to raise families, in addition to paying for such college expenses such as transportation, books, tuition, and fees.

Witnessing hunger amongst his classmates motivated Student Government President Troy Bundy to follow up on former SGA President Nadia Mendez’s idea for a food pantry last year. “A lot of students were hungry and didn’t have money for something to eat, but because of their pride they didn’t say anything,” said Bundy; who then brainstormed with Director of Student Life David Greene to expand the program and solicit donations.

Currently, there are 13 Snack Rack locations on the Main Campus and at the Regional Centers. During the giving season, the Student Government Association enlisted the College community to donate needed items during the College’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon to help sustain the Snack Rack Program. “We have made great strides this year, but we know there is much more work to be done,” Greene said.

During this season of giving, as compassionate students provide for each other, donors and others are also finding ways to assist college students facing hunger and homelessness. Each year just before Thanksgiving, the College donates more than $7,500 worth of grocery gift cards to students courtesy of the Pincus Family Foundation. In addition, various faculty and staff members contribute each year to provide supermarket gift certificates for students and their families in need.

Community groups and individuals who would like to contribute to the College’s giving campaign can visit www.ccp.edu/donate, or mail a contribution to the attention of Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Gregory Murphy, at Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and 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.

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