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"I apologize to you for times you have been disrespected, for the times there was no explanation why a police officer stopped you," Kenney told more than 200 people at Community College of Philadelphia.

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

WHAT: Carmen Williams went from homeless to a Starbuck barista Starbucks is among many progressive businesses in the Philadelphia region that is extending opportunity to youth by providing an on-ramp into the workforce. Starbucks trains and employs young people who don’t know how to get a job because of life hurdles and circumstances. Starbucks has also partnered with nonprofits such as Youthbuild, a Philadelphia charter school which creates accelerated pathways to Community College of Philadelphia. Learn more about this innovative business strategy at the College’s Philadelphia’s Fall Pathways Magazine Breakfast.

WHY: A Drexel study recently found that one in four Philadelphia youth between the ages of 18 and 24 are currently out of school and out of work. Nationally, only 17.7 percent of the same age group are disconnected. These young people are known as “Opportunity Youth.”

WHO: Starbucks Regional Director Shannon Phillips and District Manager Michael Scott; Jeff Brown, president and CEO of Brown’s Super Stories, Inc. who has been at the forefront of the local effort to employ Opportunity Youth; Simran Sidhu, Youthbuild executive director; and Carmen Williams, a former Youthbuild student who has taken classes at Community College and was hired by Starbucks.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

WHERE: Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-5, Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street. The Center for Business and Industry is located at the corner of 18th and Callowhill Streets.

MEDIA NOTE: Under the guidance of Veterans Resource Coordinator Steve Bachovin, the Veterans Resource Center at Community College of Philadelphia serves as both a guiding light for retired and active duty military seeking new career paths. The College currently serves more than 500 veterans.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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

WHAT: Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State, will speak on global warming. Mann is a leading member of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, which won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former Vice President Al Gore, and is also author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street. Bonnell Auditorium, BG-20, is located on 16th Street, just south of Spring Garden.

WHY: During his State of the Union address last year, President Obama said, “the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” Mann agrees it is no longer acceptable for scientists to sit on the sidelines on the issue of global warming, which he says represents a clear and present danger. “It would be an abrogation of our responsibility to society if we remained quiet in the face of such a grave threat,” he said.

BACKGROUND: Mann’s famous “hockey stick” graph, so named because it shows a steady uptick, resembling the blade of the hockey stick, in temperatures over the last 250 years, has not been without controversy. In 2009, Mann found himself in the scientific crosshairs when email exchanges with the University of East Anglia in Great Britain prompted accusations of data manipulation. Following investigations by Penn State, the Environmental Protection Administration and the National Science Foundation, charges were dismissed. His talk is sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia’s Coalition for a Sustainable Future and the Sierra Club.

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

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2015—At Community College of Philadelphia, a closely connected group of celebrated Philadelphia artists have banded together for an October art exhibition & sale. Proceeds from the sale will help support the Community College of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which allows eligible students to pursue an associate’s degree at no cost for tuition and fees. Over 200 students had signed up for the program in its first semester and are currently taking classes at the College.

On October 2, the College hosts “An Evening of Art & Soul,” a black tie optional gala featuring beautiful paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs along with music spanning the last five decades by the Renaissance Orchestra. The exhibition and sale, curated by faculty members Jeff Reed, Karen Aumann and Jake Beckman, is the first citywide fundraiser held to support the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

The festivities, which mark the College’s 50th anniversary, begin at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion Building, which is on 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street. Tickets are $125 for individuals or 10 tickets for $1,000. Community College of Philadelphia students can buy tickets for a discounted rate of $50.

“We can find many examples throughout history where artists, through their ability to see things - not for what they are but for what they want them to be - have made a difference in the world, President Donald Guy Generals said. “Not only are Philadelphia artists sharing their artwork with us, they also are demonstrating how strongly they believe in the promise of Philadelphia's high school graduates.”

Nearly 80 artists donated pieces, some renowned, some up and coming, but all with a connection to Philadelphia and the College. Donated works of art range from affordable ($25) to pricey ($9,000). Diane Burko, a former member of the Art Department faculty, is among the outstanding artists contributing works. Burko’s art has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and around the city. Primarily known as a landscape artist and photographer, Burko has recently gained acclaim for her cinematic, aerial explorations documenting the natural environment. She contributed two pieces to the show, including “Falling Leaves,” an archival inkjet print priced at $3,000.

Scores of other faculty, alumni and student artists submitted artwork. However, space limitations forced the College to cut off submissions for the exhibition and sale at 200, re-affirming the art department’s standing as one of the hidden gems of student success.

Photographer Rita Gaudet deVecchis, owner of deVecchis Gallery on South Street; painter Paula Molnar; graphic artist Manny Hernandez and mixed media artist Danny Narvaez are among the notable alumni donating works. Contributing faculty members include ceramicist Aumann, graphic artist Terry Peterson and Reed, hailed as one of the living legends of landscape painting in Philadelphia. Individuals purchasing 10 or more tickets will be entered into a drawing to win a Reed original worth $1,800.

“It is fitting that Community College of Philadelphia would hold an art sale and exhibition during its 50th Anniversary because the art students and faculty have brought great distinction to this institution,” Dr. Generals said. For more information about the gala and the art sale, visit www.ccp.edu/art-and-soul

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2015—At Community College of Philadelphia, a closely connected group of celebrated Philadelphia artists have banded together for an October art exhibition & sale. Proceeds from the sale will help support the Community College of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which allows eligible students to pursue an associate’s degree at no cost for tuition and fees. Over 200 students had signed up for the program in its first semester and are currently taking classes at the College.

On October 2, the College hosts “An Evening of Art & Soul,” a black tie optional gala featuring beautiful paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs along with music spanning the last five decades by the Renaissance Orchestra. The exhibition and sale, curated by faculty members Jeff Reed, Karen Aumann and Jake Beckman, is the first citywide fundraiser held to support the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

The festivities, which mark the College’s 50th anniversary, begin at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion Building, which is on 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street. Tickets are $125 for individuals or 10 tickets for $1,000. Community College of Philadelphia students can buy tickets for a discounted rate of $50.

“We can find many examples throughout history where artists, through their ability to see things - not for what they are but for what they want them to be - have made a difference in the world, President Donald Guy Generals said. “Not only are Philadelphia artists sharing their artwork with us, they also are demonstrating how strongly they believe in the promise of Philadelphia's high school graduates.”

Nearly 80 artists donated pieces, some renowned, some up and coming, but all with a connection to Philadelphia and the College. Donated works of art range from affordable ($25) to pricey ($9,000). Diane Burko, a former member of the Art Department faculty, is among the outstanding artists contributing works. Burko’s art has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and around the city. Primarily known as a landscape artist and photographer, Burko has recently gained acclaim for her cinematic, aerial explorations documenting the natural environment. She contributed two pieces to the show, including “Falling Leaves,” an archival inkjet print priced at $3,000.

Scores of other faculty, alumni and student artists submitted artwork. However, space limitations forced the College to cut off submissions for the exhibition and sale at 200, re-affirming the art department’s standing as one of the hidden gems of student success.

Photographer Rita Gaudet deVecchis, owner of deVecchis Gallery on South Street; painter Paula Molnar; graphic artist Manny Hernandez and mixed media artist Danny Narvaez are among the notable alumni donating works. Contributing faculty members include ceramicist Aumann, graphic artist Terry Peterson and Reed, hailed as one of the living legends of landscape painting in Philadelphia. Individuals purchasing 10 or more tickets will be entered into a drawing to win a Reed original worth $1,800.

“It is fitting that Community College of Philadelphia would hold an art sale and exhibition during its 50th Anniversary because the art students and faculty have brought great distinction to this institution,” Dr. Generals said. For more information about the gala and the art sale, visit the gala website.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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.

 

 Community College of Philadelphia is recognizing a group of special students for their perseverance in their studies.

Future Forward will take non-violent offenders facing up to five years in jail for a felony and require that they enroll in the Community College of Philadelphia.

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

PHILADELPHIA, PA., - For many community college students, the task of earning a degree or certificate in only two years can be daunting. Life often gets in the way.

Twenty years ago, LyVette Byrd dropped out of Community College of Philadelphia because she needed to earn a living. Today she is taking classes again, working to “complete the degree I started back in the 90’s.”

Fifty percent of students who leave college before completing a degree or  earning a certificate said they “need to work and make money,” according to the Public Agenda, a diversity think tank that addresses issues in higher education. Moreover, 60 percent who leave without graduating said they could not count on financial assistance from their families and had to pay for college themselves, it found.

OneMain Financial and Achieving the Dream, Inc., a nonprofit network dedicated to student success, are doing their part to address these financial barriers. They have established the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Program, a national initiative to help deserving community college students get to the finish line and earn a degree.

Community College of Philadelphia was among five colleges selected nationally for the initiative. Four Community College of Philadelphia students – William Hazley (digital forensics); Amber Llewellyn (clinical laboratory technology); Jessica Morales (clinical laboratory technology); and Byrd (behavioral health and human services) –received the $3,000 scholarship in Fall, 2015.

“We recognize the need for more students to complete their education and secure jobs that will allow them to support a family,” said Mary McDowell, OneMain Financial president and CEO. “We are excited about the scholarships, which will be offered to students who are nearing graduation but are facing potential delays due to financial burdens.”

“The College is uniquely positioned to advance the social and economic interests of this great city—and nation,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia.  “We cannot achieve student success goals independent of the community partnerships that are required to share and leverage our limited resources,” he adds. “Many stakeholders are important to the ultimate success of our students and our city, but none more so than local employers and donors that expands opportunities for students that are essential in today’s workplace.”

For Llewellyn, who is in her second year, the scholarship couldn’t have come at a better time.  “I was relieved, grateful, happy,” said the 21-year-old, who is in the clinical laboratory technology program. “I was worried about paying for books and transportation, so once the scholarship came through I was ecstatic.”

Llewellyn lives with her grandmother in Port Richmond because her mother was unable to keep up the rent on their family’s home. “Right now we’re trying to get the down payment money for a new place, but it’s hard,” she said. “It won’t be anytime soon.”

The scholarship recipients recently met with Doug Benson of OneMain Financial for a luncheon meet-and-greet hosted by the College. There, Byrd took the time to show her appreciation for the recognition and the award.

“I worked for 20 years in the behavioral and mental health field but I kept getting turned down for advancement opportunities. I needed the degree to match the experience,” Byrd, 47, said.

“With the scholarship I was able to pay for my monthly TransPass, the books that I had delayed getting and the balance of my tuition. It was very much needed.”

Next semester, Byrd will celebrate a milestone – induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students. Her confidence renewed, she has pledged to finish her associates degree in two years.

The scholarship brought her closer to that goal and her future.

OneMain Financial and Achieving the Dream, Inc., is  featured as part of Community College of Philadelphia's Learning Without Limits campaign. As the College celebrates 50 years, Learning Without Limits will share stories of businesses, nonprofits and leaders that help students overcome hurdles and make it to the finish line.


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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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

What: The French Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne once wrote, “The most universal quality is diversity.” At no time is that ever more apparent than today. As the world grows more interdependent, it is crucial to develop the kind of cultural competency that honors different cultures and builds relationships for 21st century understanding.  At Community College of Philadelphia, the Center for International Understanding promotes knowledge and appreciation of a diverse world through deeper learning opportunities here and abroad.

Community College of Philadelphia has invited some of the region’s foremost cultural authorities to share their insights during World Cultures and Languages Days. Sponsored by the Center for International Understanding, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, World Cultures and Languages Days offers a fascinating three-day, free series of lectures and activities from around the globe. Learn about the historic spread of the Arabic language in East Africa; how 78-year-old Edna Adan Ismail, director of the Edna Hospital in Somaliland,  is working to train 1,000 community midwives in her country; and about the impact of internet censorship on Chinese society, among other topics. View the full schedule of lectures and events:  

When: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:40 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, 9:10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Community College of Philadelphia, Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-19


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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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

Community College Of Philadelphia Selected For Pathways Project

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2016 - Community College of Philadelphia is one of 30 institutions selected to participate in a new national initiative called the Pathways Project, which will implement guided academic and career pathways at scale for all students. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is leading the effort to help more students reach their goals.

Following a highly competitive national selection process, the College was invited to join and contribute to this body of important work. The AACC’s project reinforces efforts already underway to create a holistic educational approach that establishes guided pathways from the student’s initial contact with the College through graduation.

The guided pathways model is based on research suggesting that community colleges and broad-access four-year institutions are currently operating under a cafeteria model that was appropriate to their primary mission in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, which was to dramatically expand access to higher education. At cafeteria colleges, students aren't always clear on the best path to take into and through programs of study. There are too many choices, programs often lack educational coherence, and student’s progress is not monitored, according to AACC. This model is not well designed to address the needs of today’s students, who want to enter and complete programs that confer economically valuable certificates and degrees as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Therefore, AACC is coordinating a national partnership to build capacity for community colleges to implement a pathways approach. Partners include Achieving the Dream, Inc., the Aspen Institute, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, the Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Public Agenda. Partners have participated actively in the college selection process and also are substantively involved in designing a model series of six two-day pathways institutes, each focusing on key elements in a fully-scaled pathways model for community colleges. The project is funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The program seeks to help more students graduate from college or earn workforce credentials. We know from the research amassed by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, that for students to persist and to achieve academic success, they need clear direction and guidance leading toward a career goal,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals. “They need to be assisted in identifying that goal and they need to have structures that provide the necessary guidance to ensure that they are focused and in pursuit of their goal. This is a student-centered approach that requires institutional commitment and organization.”

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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

WHAT: In this season of giving, the International Student Association at Community College of Philadelphia has established the Homeless Assistance Project to provide hundreds of “care packages” filled with socks, t-shirts, body wash, moisturizers, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Other students have joined in the Project as well, making it a College-wide effort.

WHO: The International Student Association assists international students though making connections and providing resources.

WHEN: On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at 1 p.m., students and faculty will load the care packages into a Project HOME van. Project Home works with the homeless across the City.

WHERE: The van will be loaded in the College’s parking lot, which is located on 16th Street, just south of Spring Garden.

BACKGROUND: The Homeless Project has taken to social media, where ISA students are challenging their friends from all over the world to donate to their communities. They are in the process of creating an official challenge to see if other colleges and universities here and across the globe will do the same.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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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