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The motto for the Community College of Philadelphia is “The Path to Possibilities.” And boy oh boy is that true now. Community College of Philadelphia alumna, Deesha Dyer has been appointed as the new White House social secretary.

She joined the White House in 2009 as a 31-year-old intern in the office of scheduling and advance. She was brought on full-time a year later, beginning as associate director for scheduling correspondence and working her way up to deputy social secretary in 2013.

She began in the White House in 2009, as an intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance. Two years earlier she had gone back to school to earn an associate degree in women’s studies from a community college in Philadelphia, after working as an assistant at a real estate investment trust and writing freelance articles about rap music for publications like The Philadelphia City Paper.

A father of five, Sawyer actively mentors local youth. He is celebrated as the local kid – educated in public schools and a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia – who climbed the career ladder and strolled confidently into the executive suite.

Contact: Linda Wallace
215-751-8082, liswallace@Cccp.edu
Amy Yuen
215-751-8021, ayuen@ccp.edu

PBS Science Guru Grand Hank Teams up with Community College of Philadelphia to Inspire High School Students at Career Day


What: Grand Hank, PBS TV personality and science guru, will discuss how education has played a critical role in his development as both a scientist and an entrepreneur at Big Bang STEM Career Day at Community College of Philadelphia. High school students from throughout Philadelphia are invited to explore the many career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Workshops include: The Chemistry of Chocolate, Exploring Advanced Medical Technology, Experience Engineering, and Separation Techniques in the Biological Sciences. College alumni will be on hand to discuss their academic research projects and show teens what they can achieve as STEM students. Participants can also interact with College science students between sessions and learn how they can get started on their path to college. Lunch will be provided.

When: Monday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. High school students are encouraged to RSVP for Big Bang STEM Career Day at http://www.ccp.edu/STEM-RSVP. High school teachers may also register their students.

Why: Big Bang STEM Career Day was conceived and developed by Dr. Linda Powell, chair of Community College of Philadelphia’s Biology Department. Powell has nurtured and supported legions of students who are now standouts in the STEM fields. In 2014, Powell helped launch Raising Interest in Science Education to mentor and nurture minority students at the College who are underrepresented in the sciences.

Where: Winnet Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19, 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.

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Contact: Linda Wallace
215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Amy Yuen
215-751-8021, ayuen@ccp.edu

What: Community College of Philadelphia will celebrate our local heroes—veterans and first responders—by hosting a Hero Day and Open House at the College’s Northeast Regional Center. The activities are free and open to the public. Visitors can learn about the Criminal Justice and Fire Science programs and their diverse career paths, while local heroes will receive information on free veteran resources, and the City of Philadelphia’s Returning to Learning Program, which provides a 25 percent college tuition discount for workers on the city payroll, including all firefighters and police officers. Robert Drennen, a former battalion chief and coordinator of the Fire Science program, will discuss the challenges facing today’s firefighters at the event. Representatives from police, fire, and the Armed Forces will also be on hand to answer questions. The program will open with an honor guard ceremony and a flag raising ceremony (weather permitting), and will feature refreshments and giveaways.

A Wills for Heroes clinic for veterans and first responders will be held upstairs on the Regional Center’s second floor. Students from the College’s Paralegal Studies program and volunteer lawyers will provide free assistance to those who need a will. Media coverage is invited.

When: Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is encouraged to RSVP for Hero Day and Open House at http://ccp.edu/calendars/events/hero-day-and-open-house.

Why: Since opening its doors to students in 1965, Community College of Philadelphia has prepared legions of members of the city’s Fire and Police departments, who have gained additional expertise for their job, pursued a bachelor’s degree and beyond, and moved into leadership roles. In 2012, the College opened the Veterans Resource Center to expand academic and enrollment support services for military members, veterans and their families.

Where: Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road, Townsend and McNulty roads.

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Community College of Philadelphia enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually. 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.

Dyer returned to college at age 29 and earned a degree from the Community College of Philadelphia.

Dyer’s path to the White House is a bit atypical. According to the statement, she didn’t go to college immediately after high school, opting instead to work as a freelance hip-hop writer and at several companies in her hometown, Philadelphia.

Dyer, who grew up in Hershey, Pa., attended the University of Cincinnati and eventually earned an associate degree in women’s studies from the Community College of Philadelphia at 29, is neither a seasoned political animal or a social operator. But by all accounts, she is beloved by her colleagues.

In addition to her role at the White House, Deesha currently volunteers with the homeless community in Washington, DC, and serves as a mentor for a global empowerment program for young girls in Philadelphia. She also serves as a mentor in the First Lady’s mentee program.  At the age of 29, Dyer returned to college to obtain her associates degree in Women’s Studies from the Community College of Philadelphia.

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