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The countdown to 50 is on as the College prepares a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary on Sept. 23, 2015.

PHILADELPHIA, September 18, 2014—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.

 

Community College of Philadelphia enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Sacari Barnes, 17, exhausted and teary-eyed, arrived at the center right before the last bus left. Stymied by the blockaded streets, Barnes, a student at Community College of Philadelphia, had run from 22d and Market Streets, a distance of 10 blocks.

PHILADELPHIA, September 18, 2014—Community College of Philadelphia will celebrate its Golden Anniversary over the next 12 months and festivities get into full swing on Sept. 23, with some cool jazz, free giveaways, donuts, coffee and cookies.

The College’s multi-talented sixth president, Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals, will perform with a campus jazz band serenading students, staff and faculty from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dr. Generals is an avid drummer who once played with Cissy (mother of Whitney) Houston’s band before dedicating himself to a career in higher education. The band will perform at the Bonnell Circle, which is on the east side of 17th Street, near the entrance of the Allen T. Bonnell Building. Media is invited.

That morning, on the 50th Anniversary microsite at WWW.CCP.EDU/50, visitors can scroll through a timeline of the College’s history, view old photos of the College and the city, post personalized anniversary messages and watch videos. In addition, 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.

Top 50 musical hits from 1964 and 1965 will play from noon to 1 p.m. that day in the Pavilion. Current students will be able to develop their place in history at the selfie circle, outside the Pavilion where they can take photos of themselves wearing 50th anniversary buttons and send them to #CCPAT50.

New 50th Anniversary street banners installed for the occasion will line the poles along the Main Campus and the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers, where student leaders will hand out cookies and soft pretzels to students and employees from Noon to 1 p.m. that afternoon.

Events scheduled throughout the coming year will be both solemn and festive. Dr. Generals will hold a homecoming meet-and-greet for alumni on October 29; U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. will accept the Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award during an invitation-only event January 15; a panel discussion on the MOVE bombing is planned during Law & Society Week in February; and Dr. Generals will be inaugurated at 10:30 a.m. May 1 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street.

 The 50th Anniversary festivities culminate with an outdoor black-tie gala on the Main Campus on September 18, 2015 and our 50th Commencement in May, 2016.

 Community College of Philadelphia was founded in 1964 after then-Mayor James H.J. Tate appointed 15 members to the board of trustees. On September 23, 1965, the College opened its doors in the annex of the old Snellenberg department store with an enrollment of 1,200. In 1973, the College moved from the eight-story building at 34 South 11th Street to 1700 Spring Garden Street, a building that formerly housed Philadelphia’s third U.S. Mint, built in 1901.

 The Main Campus has grown to include seven major classroom and activity buildings; in addition, Regional Centers have been established to serve residents in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia.

 The Mint Building serves as the College’s administrative headquarters and houses a museum dedicated to the work of Gilroy Roberts, Ninth Chief Engraver for the U.S. Mint, who created the portrait of Robert F. Kennedy used to create the Kennedy half dollar. The Gilroy Roberts exhibit is located in the circular hallway of the Mint Building Rotunda and is free and open to the public.

 Since it opened its doors, the College has served more than 685,000 students. It currently is the largest public institution of higher learning in Philadelphia and sixth largest in the state.

 

Community College of Philadelphia enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

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The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and Philadelphia’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community, honored 100 people who have been named Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans, at a private reception for nearly 500 guests Thursday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The list includes elected officials, education leaders, businesspersons, community activists and labor leaders.

Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals, College President, shared his personal story and his vision of making the College a top-tier institution. He spoke before an overflow audience of faculty and staff at the August 25 opening plenary for Professional Development 2014. More than 45 presentations were held.

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Dr. Donald Generals, President

Please RSVP for the Pathways Magazine Breakfast featuring guest speaker:

Dr. Donald Generals, Jr.
President, Community College of Philadelphia 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8 a.m.

The sustainability initiative concludes: “It is important to note that no single government action, policy or program alone can solve all of the problems associated with high unemployment and underemployment.” The plan calls for a $2.5 million increase in funding to the Community College of Philadelphia to help residents develop basic employment skills.

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