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PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 29, 2003 - Community College of Philadelphia has been awarded more than $1.6 million by the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen student information services over the next five years. The College is in the process of implementing a new system which will enhance its ability to deliver online recruitment and admissions, financial aid, registration, course and curriculum management over the Internet.

An imaging system, portal, and voice response modules will give the College the ability to offer web-based services that bring College services to students, staff and faculty at any Internet-connected computer. It will make user-friendly options such as registration and drop/add possible by way of a centralized channel for everything from campus announcements to customized portal pages.

"The grant from the Department of Higher Education makes it possible for us to deliver the convenience today's student needs," said Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia. He also noted that community colleges typically enroll large numbers of adult students who need the expanded access of college services to fit into their busy schedules.

Receiving the grant will ultimately improve the College's retention rates, financial aid processing, and enhance faculty / student communication.

Community College of Philadelphia was one of 75 colleges and universities chosen for the prestigious award from more than 300 national applicants. The 100-page proposal submitted for the highly competitive award received 99 percent out of a possible 100 points.

PHILADELPHIA, PA September 12, 2003 - Community College of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia will again host their annual Café for the Mind series. The series continues its ninth year of community and faculty member discussions. The fall season features Community College of Philadelphia faculty speaking on diverse topics including Basic Training: Notes from a New Father, by author Quinn Eli and Philadelphia Skyscrapers: Tall Buildings in the "City of Homes," by instructor Michael Stern. Discussions are held Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community College of Philadelphia or the Free Library's Central Branch. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

September 23 - Central Library
Rethinking Responses to Crime
Ralph Faris, professor of Sociology
Donald Weinberg, professor of English

September 30 - Community College of Philadelphia
Adult Themes in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy: John Milton's Paradise Lost, Church Abuse of Children, and Environmental Pollution
Kathleen Murphey, adjunct professor of English

October 7 - Central Library
Philadelphia's Skyscrapers: Tall Buildings in the "City of Homes"
Michael Stern, instructor of Design Technologies

October 14 - Community College of Philadelphia
Voices of the 20th Century: Our History through Audio Recordings
Charles Herbert, assistant professor of Computer Information Systems

October 21 - Central Library
Kites Above a Clothesline: Poems and Stories A Reading and Discussion by the Author
Larry MacKenzie, professor of English

October 28 - Community College of Philadelphia
Old Comedy in New Limelight: Is There More to Hollywood Lowbrow Than Meets the Eye?
Paul Bonila, assistant professor, Language Learning Lab

November 4 - Central Library
Basic Training: Notes from a New Father A Reading and Discussions by the Author
Quinn Eli, assistant professor of English

November 18 - Community College of Philadelphia
Children's Expectations of Violence
Judith Gay, vice president for Academic Affairs


Community College of Philadelphia
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Highest-Ever Fall Enrollment - Up 9% Over Fall 2002

  • Over 23,000 students are expected to begin classes on Tuesday, September 2nd, as Community College of Philadelphia begins its 38th academic year.
  • Ranked 16th in the top 100 colleges and universities for number of degrees awarded to minorities for the 2001-2002 academic year according to a survey in the June issue of Black Issues in Higher Education.

WHAT: First day of classes

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, 17th & Spring Garden Streets

WHEN: Tuesday, September 2, 2003

First class begins at 8:30 a.m.

VISUALS: Interview opportunities with students, faculty, and Stephen Curtis, president

CONTACT: Kim Iapalucci, Public Relations Coordinator,

PHILADELPHIA, July 14, 2003 - A difficult job market isn't stopping 10 community college graduates from pursuing challenging careers. The ten will receive certificates on Tuesday, July 22 for their completion of the Biomedical Technician Training Program, a collaborative effort between Community College of Philadelphia and the Wistar Institute. The program is the first of its kind, and it prepares community college students for research careers in Philadelphia-area biomedical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology institutions and companies.

The innovative two-year program offers students a structured path leading into the skilled technical support positions that laboratories in the fast-growing biomedical sector of the economy rely upon. Traditionally, biomedical technician positions have been held by bachelor's degree students. The need for these skilled technicians is growing at hospitals, pharmaeutical companies, and academic or non-profit research facilities.

The Biomedical Technician Training Program offers associate's degree students a structured path toward research technician careers through core coursework at Community College of Philadelphia and supervised, hands-on laboratory experience. The Wistar Institute, Cephalon, Inc., and the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at Temple University serve as training sites for the students.

Program graduate Benjamin Legum is currently involved in an internship with Cephalon, Inc. Legum, an adult student who began college after a career in the Navy, has been accepted into Drexel University's biomedical engineering program and plans to continue part-time work with Cephalon.

Julia Conicello juggled her family, a part-time job as a nursing assistant, and schoolwork to complete the program. Her love of biology kept her going. She wants to eventually pursue her doctorate and continue in the field of medical research.

In the Philadelphia region, starting salaries for biomedical technicians range from $24 - 34,000 per year. "Now I can work as a technician while I pursue my bachelor degree, and gain experience in the research field," Conicello said.

The Biomedical Technician Training program is supported by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Cephalon Inc., the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, The Hassel Foundation, the National Cancer Institute CURE program, the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, and the William Penn Foundation.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 9, 2003 - Two students from Community College of Philadelphia have received Gilman Scholarships for International Travel. Amma Asamoah and Jesse Benton will use the $5,000 award to study overseas during the fall 2003 semester. Of 652 Gilman Scholars chosen nationally since the scholarship's inception, 13 have been from community colleges. Asamoah and Benton were chosen from a pool of 1,276 applicants. Both reside in Germantown.

Benton will spend fall 2003 in Japan studying Japanese language, art, literature and business. The program is through Brethren College and is based in Saporo, Japan.

Asamoah will study in Ghana through the University Studies Abroad Consortium during fall of 2003. The program focuses on the history, government, and politics of Ghana.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program was established in 2001 by Congress to assist students who wish to study abroad and have a financial need. The selection process is competitive based on a required essay and grade point average. Applicants also must be citizens of the United States, an undergraduate, and a Pell Grant recipient. Eligible students must receive credit for the international program of their choice.

Philadelphia, June 17, 2003 - Community College of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department will receive $2,930 from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation. The grant will pay for tuition scholarships for 10 police officers enrolled in summer courses in the College's justice curriculum. Kal and Lucille Rudman will present an oversized check to Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson and President Stephen M. Curtis from Community College of Philadelphia on August 11.

Police men and women will have tuition and fees paid for a three-credit justice curriculum course of the choice at the Police Academy, taught by Community College of Philadelphia faculty. Justice curriculum courses at the College include Organized Crime, Police Operations, and Community Policing. The College offers certifications in criminal justice and associate's degrees in justice.

The scholarships are part of an ongoing collaboration. Last year, the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation funded 42 tuition grants totaling $12,500.

WHO: Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Police Department
Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation

WHEN: Monday, August 11, 2003
11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia Police Headquarters, main auditorium 8th and Race Streets

PHILADELPHIA, June 16, 2003 - Community College of Philadelphia is 16th in the top 100 colleges and universities ranked by number of degrees awarded to minorities for the 2001-2002 academic year according to a survey in the June issue of Black Issues in Higher Education.

According to the survey, 63% of graduates were minorities, up 15% from last year. The survey also reported that the College graduated almost twice as many women minority students than men.

In addition to an increase in minority students from the City and region, the College has a large and growing number of students from over 175 countries, with international enrollments continuing to increase at an annual rate of over 20 percent.

Enrollment in the College's distance education courses has also grown as the College expands its Internet, teleconference and television course offerings. This past year, distance education enrollment increased by more than 60 percent. Several hundred unemployed Philadelphians have participated in the College's Opportunity Now program, which offers a free semester to laid-off workers.

Community College of Philadelphia offers over 72 career and transfer programs at its main campus and three Regional Centers. Since its founding in 1964, more than 1.2 million men and women have achieved their educational and career goals at the College.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, APRIL 30, 2003 – In keeping with its mission of serving the community, Community College of Philadelphia will present awards to members of the Northwest community who have made outstanding contributions to their community. Awards will focus on business, community service, education, faith-based, and elected officials. Awards will be presented on May 2, 2003 at 8:00 a.m. at the College’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street. Now in its third year, the awards are held at each of the College’s three Regional Centers: West, Northwest, and Northeast. Local leaders who will be honored at the West Center are:

  • Honorable James Roebuck, State Representative
  • Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center
  • Maurice Walker, Executive Director, YMCA
  • Reverend Dr. Albert F. Campbell, Pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church
  • Danielle Dates, Student, City Center Academy.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, APRIL 29, 2003 – In keeping with its mission of serving the community, Community College of Philadelphia will present awards to members of the Northeast Philadelphia community who have made outstanding contributions. Awards will focus on business, community service, education, faith-based, and elected officials. Now in its fourth year, the awards are held at each of the College’s three Regional Centers: West, Northwest, and Northeast. Interviews will be available with the honorees at the awards breakfast on April 29th, 2003 at 8 a.m. at the College’s Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road. Local leaders who will be honored at the Northeast Center are:

Representative Dennis O’Brien has advocated vigorously and successfully for the needs of his 169th Legislative District for the past twenty-four years. With an enviable record of accomplishment in the House, Representative O’Brien has been responsive to the needs of his constituents, particularly senior citizen issues and combating crime and violence in the neighborhoods. His greatest legislative successes have come on important anti-crime bills. Representative O’Brien’s priorities include health care, nursing services, educational choice, veteran’s rights, and economic development initiatives. He is also actively engaged in community groups, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Center for Autistic Children, the YMCA, Timothy School, CORA Services, Shalom, Inc., Philadelphia Autistic Advisory Group, and the American Liver Foundation.

Sr. M. Therese Tygielska, CSFN, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sister Therese is currently the Vice President for Mission and Healthy Community, a position she has held for the past seven years. Her affiliation with Nazareth spans thirty-one years during which time she has rose through the ranks from administrative assistant to assistant administrator to become Nazareth’s President and Chief Officer. In support of the hospital’s “healthy community” goal, she participates in a bi-monthly lecture/health education series, coordinates health screenings, especially stroke risk screening and stroke prevention education. Sister Therese also actively participates in area health fairs, provides speakers to community groups, and supervises the Spiritual Care Chaplains.

Glenn W. Devitt, serves as president of the Northeast Neighbors, a collaborative of Northeast Philadelphia civic associations dedicated to combating drug and alcohol abuse and the increased level and intensity of neighborhood crime. Most reccently, Devitt has undertaken responsibility for galvanizing the faith-based communities into a united front to combat neighborhood deterioration, drugs, and crime.

Shalena Heard is a graduating senior and top-ranked honor student at Frankford High School. She currently ranks 7th in her graduating class while having followed a rigorous academic cirriculum throughout her high school years. Heard’s leadership abilities and character are evident by her participation in numerous school and community activities. She serves as president of the Keystone Club (a youth development organization), Honor Society Board Member, and is a member of Danaides, a school and community service organization. Heard’s community contributions include membership on the Frankford Planning Committee, the Youthworks program, and the Northeast Boys and Girls Club.

Judy Belcak is completing her thirty-third year as a mathematics teacher at St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls. Belcak was recognized and honored as a Pennsylvania State finalist for the 2003 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. On a national level, she works as a consultant and reviewer of various mathematics textbooks for major publishers and has lectured on alternative assessment methods at national conferences. She has received numerous local and state “Outstanding Mathematics Teacher” awards.

Dorothy H. Friel is the Administrative Coordinator, Office Manager, and Executive Secretary at the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Friel provides courteous, professional assistance and generously lends her expertise to the chairpersons of the Chamber’s eleven standing committees, especially the Golf, Business Directory, and Dinner Dance Committees. She maintains the President’s calendar, handles the Chamber’s daily operations, and is profoundly involved in all aspects of Chamber activity.

Lynne Sanders was full of apprehension when she was laid off from her job at a law firm after seven years. She learned of Community College of Philadelphia’s Opportunity Now program, which offers a free semester to laid off Philadelphians, and decided to give college a try.

“I was afraid I wasn’t smart enough to succeed in college,” Sanders remembered.

Soon after beginning her first class, this South Philly resident was able to put aside all her fears. “The professors really valued what I had to say right from the start. I felt like a peer, not an adult.” After her first summer session taking English and Psychology, Sanders earned straight A’s, and decided to continue with a major in international studies.

She became so enthused about the campus, her classmates, and the variety of course offerings that she inspired her 17-year old daughter Marie to register for courses. Their first course together – women’s studies.

“During the first week of classes, the professor really listened to my opinions and encouraged me to debate in class. No one could believe Marie was my daughter. They said I looked too young to have a teenage daughter,” said Sanders.

“They valued my point of view, as an adult student, and it really drew awareness to the generation gap in women’s studies. The professor encouraged me to become involved with the women’s studies association here on campus. I was voted president of the group.

It did amazing things for my confidence,” she said.

She believes Community College of Philadelphia is a great place for adult students because she never felt different or older. She said, “Adults become very involved in the different clubs and activities.”

Lynne became copy editor of the Vanguard, and joined the National Organization of Women. And, despite its financial hardship, she decided to participate in an educational trip to Mexico over spring break. The College’s annual trip to Merida, Mexico focuses on cultural diversity and foreign languages.

Sanders will graduate on May 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with an associate’s degree in international studies. Her 4.0 grade point average helped her earn a Jack Cooke Kent scholarship for up to $30,000 per year, which she plans to use to further her education at Arcadia University in the fall.

Comfortable in positions of leadership, Sanders aims to run a non-profit agency or start a non-profit with a mission of cultural education. “I never thought I was a leader until I was encouraged and inspired here at Community College of Philadelphia,” said Sanders. “I think I’m really on a personal journey and a career path.”