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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
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WHO & WHAT: Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia and John Fry, President of Drexel University share a common vision – fostering student success and increasing educational options that provide better economic opportunities for everyone.

Community College of Philadelphia will host its annual Pathways Magazine Breakfast featuring remarks from Fry, who also is chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. After the breakfast, both institutions will sign a dual admissions agreement, which offers a seamless pathway for Community College of Philadelphia graduates to transfer to and finish their degrees at Drexel University.

Fry, who was interviewed for the Spring edition of Pathways magazine, a workforce development publication, said local institutions of higher education should do more to help city residents. Fry shares some ways Drexel is using academic and economic development activities to broaden student learning and promote inclusion.

WHEN: The Pathways Magazine Breakfast, Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Donald Generals, President Community College of Philadelphia
  • John Fry, President, Drexel University

The breakfast will be held in the Center for Business and Industry building, Room C2-5

Dr. Generals and Fry will sign the dual admissions agreement at 10:25 a.m. in the Center for Business and Industry building, 2nd Floor Lounger (outside of C2-28)

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

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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.

Lindsay Jackson

Lindsay Jackson, an Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4th grade) major never imagined she would finish college. On May 6 at Community College of Philadelphia’s 51st commencement, Jackson was not only walking the aisle with her fellow 2017 graduates, she was the student speaker, and graduating with honors.

Jackson, a mother of seven children, took to the podium with her inspiring speech on how she was scared and unsure of her capabilities as a student after taking a 13-year hiatus from college. It was after her first semester that she excelled, discovering her capabilities and determined to be the best student academically. A Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member and a Vice President for the chapter, Rho Upsilon, Jackson told the class, faculty and attendees, “Today is not only the day we celebrate our personal accomplishments; today we celebrate our struggles, our fears, and even our failures.”

“From the recent graduate to the recently laid off worker trying to find their way to a new career path; to the grandmother who decides it’s finally time for her to focus on her dreams of becoming a business owner; to the divorced, single mother of seven children who wants to show them an example of strength and perseverance, the possibilities are endless,” said Jackson.

In her tenure at the College, Jackson earned a Dean’s Award and several scholarships, including, one for $19,000 that will enable her to pursue her bachelor’s.

Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League served as the commencement speaker. He told graduates that in life, it’s many times like music. For a successful musician, to earn our respect and our appreciation, that successful musician must have something called rhythm. He reminded students that rhythm requires three parts of the anatomy – your eyes must be in rhythm with your head, and also connected to your heart. The eyes help us think about the future and when students leave the auditorium today, they have taken a step on a journey, but are not finished yet and should always keep their eyes on the ultimate prize. 

Commencement highlights also included a graduating student body comprised of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds, with a total of 1,893 candidates for graduation.  Among the graduates included: 27 international students, representing 16 countries, 47 veterans, 8 employees of the College, 24 candidates for graduation from the Center for Male Engagement and the first graduates from the 50th Anniversary Scholars program. The 50th Anniversary Scholars program was established two years ago that enables Pell-eligible Philadelphia high school students the opportunity to go to the College for no cost of tuition or fees. Nineteen participants in the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) program, an initiative to help those on public assistance pursue their postsecondary education also graduated. Nine of those KEYS participants were honors students, and four of them graduated from the highly competitive Nursing program.

Other academic notable scholars at graduation included:

  • Jennifer Myers, a graduate from the College’s Diagnostic Medical Imagine program, who received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. The scholarship provides exceptional students from two-year colleges up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Myers is the first African-American, second female and fourth recipient in seven years at the College to become a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.
  • Cedric Jouin, who completed his associate’s in Liberal Arts, was named to the 2017 All-Pennsylvania Scholar for 2017. Jouin, who came to the U.S. from France seven years ago, will pursue a career in environmental conservation, where he also plans to get both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community College of Philadelphia's nursing program has renewed it's commitment to diversity and not only catering to the diverse student body it serves but ensuring that it's students are ready to work in the communities they live and work in.

One program in particular, the 19130 Zip Code Project, teaches students in the nursing school how to successfully perform their duties in environments they may not be familiar with.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

PHILADELPHIA – May 4, 2017 – Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and an advocate for economic empowerment and social justice issues, will serve as Community College of Philadelphia’s 2017 Commencement Speaker.

Lindsay Jackson, an Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4th Grade) major and mother of seven, will be the student speaker.

Graduation begins at 10 a.m. on May 6 at Temple University’s Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street. This year, the College has 1,893 candidates for graduation. Among them are 47 veterans; 27 international students representing 16 countries; 8 employees of the College, a graduate who won the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, and the first of the 50th Anniversary Scholars, who attend College with no pocket expenses for tuition and fees.

Jackson enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia after a 13-year hiatus, and excelled in her first semester. She got involved with Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, eventually serving as Vice President for the chapter, Rho Upsilon.

“Whether you’re the recent high school graduate, the single mother with children or the laid off worker trying to find a new career path, the possibilities are endless if you have the perseverance and strength” she said.

While enrolled, Jackson earned the Dean’s Award and several scholarships, including one for $19,000 that will enable her to pursue her bachelor’s. She hopes to transfer to Chestnut Hill College or Temple University.  

Perseverance and determination is a theme that resonates among the 2017 graduating class.

This is the first year students who enrolled in the 50th Anniversary Scholars will be graduating.

This scholarship gives students a remarkable opportunity to earn a college education when faced with one of the largest barriers to student success: the lack of financial resources. The 50th anniversary scholarship covers any remaining tuition and fees not covered by financial aid.

The program was established in 2015 in response to the White House’s America’s College Promise proposal, which enables Pell eligible Philadelphia high school graduates to attend Community College of Philadelphia with no cost or tuition fees.

Peter Mattei, a 50th Anniversary Scholar, will be receiving his associate's degree in internationals studies. He plans to enter the University of Pennsylvania or Harvard University in the fall to complete his bachelor’s in domestic or international policy.

Jennifer Myers, a graduate of the College’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging program is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the nation that provides high-achieving, service-oriented community college students up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Myers is the first African-American and second female from the College to win the award. Nearly 3,000 community college students nationwide applied for the scholarship and only 55 are awarded each year. Myers plans to complete her bachelor’s at Thomas Jefferson University and then pursue her master’s.

“My college experience has been a second chance. When I was young, I didn’t work to my full potential. Tenacity was the key to my success and my hard work has really paid off,” Myers said. “I am so grateful to receive this scholarship that will allow me to continue my journey of academic success.”

Another graduate, Cedric Jouin, was recognized as an All-Pennsylvania Scholar for 2017, an honor that identifies 49 of the state’s community college students for scholarly achievements and community involvement. Completing an associate’s degree in Liberal Studies – General option with a 4.0 grade point average, Jouin enrolled at the College as an adult student looking for a career change. He intends to pursue a career in environmental conservation, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This scholarship will fund up to two years of tuition for a bachelor’s degree at one of the 14 state universities.

 

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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.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

10-week workshop designed to strengthen neighborhood commercial corridors

WHAT: Fourteen small business owners will graduate from the first class of Community College of Philadelphia’s Power Up Your Business program at the College’s Northwest Regional Center, 1300 Godfrey Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19141. Power Up Your Business offers small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs basic business training in financial management, personal and business credit, and local marketing strategies.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8 pm to 9 pm

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia’s Northwest Regional Center, 1300 W. Godfrey Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19141 (Room 216).

WHO: The 13 businesses (two owners registered for the same business) represent a range of commercial activity: residential and commercial cleaning, child care, high-quality education for children, vintage furniture and clothing sales, hair care, and food.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information about Power Up Your Business visit http://www.ccp.edu/or email powerup@ccp.edu

 

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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.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

Special Pinning Ceremony for nurses to be held May 5 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA – May 1, 2017 – Since 1968, Community College of Philadelphia has graduated more than 3,500 nurses, sending them to work in hospitals, community centers, and to teach. In fact, the College’s Nursing program has nine alumnae on its faculty.

A new class – this one 65 students strong -- will move on, marking the milestone with a special Nurses Pinning Ceremony that will celebrate their achievement on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the Athletics Center, which is on 17th Street, just south of Spring Garden Street.

Diversity is one attribute that sets the class apart from other colleges and universities. The Nursing class of 2017– like others before it – is diverse in age, culture, economic background and gender. This deepens the quality of care patients in an international city like Philadelphia can receive.

“What I liked about the college is the diversity – young and old, single parents, families – just an array of different people wanting to be better than they are in their current situation,” said Jamie Israel, a 2017 Nursing graduate who currently works as a full-time paramedic.

Israel will continue her education as she pursues her goal of working as a hospice nurse, even as she will continue to hold down two paramedic jobs. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree through an online program at West Chester University, Drexel University or Ohio State University.

The healthcare landscape is evolving and Community College of Philadelphia is providing a pipeline of healthcare workers that is culturally rich, and trained to work with patients from all types of social, cultural and economic communities.

In a recent Nursing class, approximately 42 percent of students were white; 33 percent were African American; 9 percent were Asian and 6.5 percent were Hispanic. Of that class, 25 percent were males. “The diversity of this generation of new healthcare workers will not only bring different perspectives to healthcare, but will also bring more knowledge of cultural differences than those students that sat in the classroom a decade ago,” said Dr. Mary Anne Celenza, dean of the College’s Division of Math, Science and Health Careers.

Indeed, this class includes four students who entered College on public assistance through the KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) initiative, and will leave prepared to work in a profession where the entry-level salary is more than $50,000 a year.

Community College of Philadelphia has a longstanding commitment to teaching students to understand how cultures differ and how that affects patients' needs and quality care. All Nursing students are required to work in the surrounding neighborhood as part of the nationally known 19130 ZIP Code Project, a program funded by Susan Sherman, President and CEO of the Independence Foundation, that immerses students in tasks such as health education. The students receive valuable experience while learning how to foster relationships, communicate across language barriers and more.

The College recently received a one-year, $350,000 Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to launch a program that will provide second-year Nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds an accelerated pathway to graduation. The primary objective is to increase the pipeline of diverse nurses who have earned bachelor’s degrees in Philadelphia.

Together with the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and West Chester University, the program provides participants with mentoring, accelerated coursework, financial support and the opportunity to take as many as nine additional credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

Mohammad Ayaz, a 2017 Nursing graduate who is part of the HRSA grant said it has been a great experience. “I would say it’s all about the people here. They are so friendly and the staff is really great,” he said. “There is so much cultural diversity and the environment is a great place to learn.”

Dr. Barbara N. McLaughlin, head of the Department of Nursing, agreed that diversity enriches the learning environment. “The College draws together a wide range of ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide the programs and support they need to achieve their goals,” she said.

In addition, 128 students will graduate this spring from Community College of Philadelphia’s Allied Health Programs, which include: Clinical Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Health Care Studies, Health Services Management and Respiratory Care Technology.

 

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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.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

WHAT: About 125 Philadelphia high school students will explore in-demand career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Community College of Philadelphia’s Big Bang STEM Career Day. Students can get their hands dirty in such interactive workshops as food chemistry (“Making Chocolate that Melts in Your Mouth”) or producing a DNA fingerprint used to determine the identity of victims and criminals, and by geneticists to screen for diseases. In addition, students will receive resources to help them along their path to college. Community College of Philadelphia creates programs with public schools that enable it to build a foundation for academic success for students considering the College.

WHO: Keynote speaker Tyraine “Grand Hank” Ragsdale, founder and president of Grand Hank Productions, Inc. (GHPI), will tout the importance and mystery of science. For the past 25 years, the self-proclaimed world heavyweight champion of science has combined science with killer rap beats to educate and entertain.  

WHEN: Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Winnet Student Life Building, The Great Hall, located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.

 

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.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

 

PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2017 — Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, will deliver the commencement address at Community College of Philadelphia’s 51st Commencement on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street.

 “We are honored Marc has agreed to speak to our 2017 graduates,” said Community College of Philadelphia President Donald Guy Generals. “Mr. Morial understands the importance of education and shares our admiration for individuals who are investing in themselves and creating a foundation for a better future.”  

As he travels the country, Morial has referred to economic empowerment and justice issues as the new civil rights frontier. As Morial speaks this year, 19 graduates of the KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) program will be celebrating their own personal victory in the audience. Each began college classes while on public assistance and have since found jobs or careers. Nine of the KEYS graduates are currently Honors students; four of them will receive an associate degree in Nursing, where the average entry-level salary for a registered nurse in Philadelphia is between $50,355 and $80,740 a year. Naya Williams, one of the KEYS participants, was 18 years-old when her mom died. She reared her three siblings and sent them to College before enrolling for courses herself. She will receive an associates in Nursing.

A long-time advocate for individuals seeking meaningful employment pathways, Morial has been a powerful voice for economic inclusion. As President and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003, Morial has served as a seasoned strategist for revitalizing communities and local economies. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans.  

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degrees.

Under appointment by Barack President Obama, Morial has served as Chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.

Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by The NonProfit Times. He was named one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America and he is recognized on the National Park Service’s International Civil Rights Wall of Fame.

 

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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.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu


Scholarship provides up to $40,000 a year to exceptional community college students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree

PHILADELPHIA, April 18, 2017 – Jennifer Myers, a student in Community College of Philadelphia’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging program, is one of 55 students to be awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the nation. It provides high-achieving, service-oriented community college students up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Myers is the first African-American, and the second female, from Community College of Philadelphia to win the prestigious scholarship. She is the fourth recipient in the past seven years. Larry Liu, the 2012 recipient, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, and continued his remarkable journey at Oxford University, after being named the Cooke Foundation’s first Oxford Scholar.

Approximately 3,000 community college students nationwide applied for the scholarship this year. The selection process for the scholarship is highly competitive and about 55 scholarships are awarded each year. Scholarships are given to students based on the following criteria: achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and service to others.

The scholarship covers a significant share of the student’s educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees necessary to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Myers, who lives in Fairmount, has been accepted to Thomas Jefferson University and will complete her bachelor’s in the university’s general sonography program after graduating Community College of Philadelphia this year. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree at Jefferson, Myers is looking to further her education and become a physician assistant. As a Cooke Scholar, she will then be eligible to apply for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year up to four years.

 “We are very honored and proud that Jennifer has been recognized by the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation. She is an outstanding student and this is a well-deserved scholarship,” said Dr. Donald Generals, president of the College. “At Community College of Philadelphia, we change lives, as Jennifer will tell you.  Our faculty and staff are fully engaged with students from the time they enter the classroom to the day they graduate,” he added.

Dr. Linda Powell, Department Head of Biology, said Jennifer was a dedicated student. “From the very beginning, I knew she had great potential and could go far in her academics,” Powell said. “I was one of several faculty members at the College who advised Jennifer about Jack Kent Cooke and mentored her through the application process. It truly is an amazing accomplishment that Jennifer is one of 55 people in the country to receive such an award,” she added.

Myers, a single parent and over 40 years old, never thought she was meant to be a scholar. Before entering college, she had a successful career in the insurance industry, but she wasn’t satisfied.  Since going back to college, she developed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and desire to realize her academic potential. She chose to follow her academic journey in the healthcare field because she has a passion for the science behind the technology, the patient care and wanting to help people live lives free of pain and illness.

 “My college experience has been a second chance. When I was young, I didn’t work to my full potential. When entering college, I needed to take remedial math class before I could go even further. I took on that challenge and even exceeded my expectations by taking statistics and calculus. Tenacity was the key to my success and my hard work has really paid off,” Myers said. “I am so grateful to receive this scholarship that will allow to me continue my journey of academic success.”

“Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a proven record of accomplishment at elite colleges and universities and have gone on to successful careers in many professions,” Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. “This is among the most prestigious scholarships in the country and we are extremely proud of the talented students who have been selected.” According to the American Association of Community Colleges, “nearly half of all undergraduates in the United States attend community colleges,” amounting to 12.3 million students.


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.

About the Cooke Foundation

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarships to nearly 2,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also awarded over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org



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