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PHILADELPHIA, PA, November 8, 2006- Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D., president of Community College of Philadelphia, will accompany U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and 11 other college and university presidents to Asia from Nov.10 to Nov. 18 to promote U.S. higher education opportunities.

It is the first official, high level delegation of college and university presidents to be assembled by the U.S. government for an overseas trip to promote U.S. higher education.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, the trip will include visits to Japan, Korea and China - three nations that are among the countries that send the most students to the United States. The delegation will meet with media, students and university, government and business leaders. The presidents will serve as "ambassadors for U.S. higher education as a whole, rather than representing their individual institutions," said Spellings, who will lead the trip along with Assistant Secretary of State Dina Habib Powell.

"I am honored to have been selected to participate in this important initiative that will highlight the myriad of higher education opportunities available in the United States," President Curtis said.

The 12 presidents were selected because of their leadership roles in higher education and because their institutions collectively represent a cross section of the diversity and richness of educational opportunities in the United States.

This is the first in a series of high level delegations of college and university presidents that will be led by senior U.S. government officials to key world regions to promote the value of U.S. higher education overseas. This historic pairing of U.S. government and higher education leaders follows from a commitment made at the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education that was co-hosted by Spellings and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in January 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Community College of Philadelphia has actively sought to promote its more than 70 career and transfer educational programs to international students. The College is an Asian Studies Regional Center affiliated with the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. Through this program, many of the College's faculty members have participated in faculty exchange programs with Japan, Korea and China.

The College's international recruitment coordinator visited Thailand, South Korea, China and Vietnam from Oct. 4 to Oct. 21, as part of a trip hosted by the American Association of Community Colleges to promote U.S. higher education opportunities.

The College currently has 156 international students from 60 countries, including 9 students from Japan, 21 students from South Korea and 7 students from China.

According to the U.S. State Department, more than 325,000 Asian students studied in the United States in the 2004/2005 academic year, the equivalent of 58 percent of all international students. Of those students, 62,523 were from China, 53,358 were from South Korea and 42,215 were from Japan.

International students and their dependents contribute nearly $14 billion to the U.S. economy each academic year, according to the State Department. They also share their experiences about the institution they attend with colleagues and friends back home and can serve as valuable friends and allies in the future.

In addition to Community College of Philadelphia, the other institutions sending their presidents to Asia include: Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Tulsa, Seattle Pacific, Florida and Rice universities. Presidents from Piedmont Community College, the University at Buffalo (SUNY), the University of California at Santa Barbara and Renssealer Polytechnic Institute also are participating.

"In our ever-flattening world, international education and exchange is more important than ever," Secretary Spellings said. "We want the international community to know that our doors are open to the many foreign students who seek the benefits our higher education system has to offer."

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. October 2, 2006 - Kathleen Smith fell in love with dogs at a very young age. Now, she has two dogs that she lovingly refers to as "mutts," and she relishes opportunities to take them outside to enjoy the great outdoors.

So it should come as no surprise that Smith is looking forward to the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation's 3rd Annual Set the Pace to Educate 5K Race, Walk and Pooch 'n' Pal Stroll at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 on Martin Luther King Drive (formerly West River Drive), just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

All proceeds from the race benefit the students of Community College of Philadelphia, The Path to PossibilitiesT for thousands of city residents seeking high quality education and corporate training opportunities.

Don Tollefson, sports director for Fox 29 television, will be the master of ceremonies for the race for the second year in a row.

"It's a lot of fun, and it's for a good cause," said Smith, the acting assistant dean in the division of Liberal Studies at the College.

Smith obtained Harriet, a 10-year old Schipperke mix, from an animal shelter, and Louie, a 7-year-old Chihuahua mix, who Smith said looks more like a Tibetan Spaniel, from a canine adoption program. They will join Smith and her husband, David Freeman, an assistant professor in the College's Social Sciences department, to form two of the many six-legged teams that will run and walk that day.

Race sponsors include Fox Rothschild Attorneys at Law, Allied Barton Security Services, Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Rhonda and David Cohen, Gallagher Benefit Services, ABM Janitorial Services, Delta Dental, Alstin Advertising, Reliance Standard Life Insurance, Harmelin Media, Heraeus Electro-Nite, Carol and Bruce Caswell, Sodexho Services, UtiliTech and Eileen and Bill Whiteside.

The race registration fee is $20 until Oct. 13 and $25 thereafter. The race will start at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. Registration on the day of the race will begin at 7 a.m. Runners, walkers and canine companions will start at staggered times.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female race finishers and to the top three finishers in several age divisions. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Dogs that are obedient and friendly around other dogs and people are welcome.

Last year, more than 200 people participated in the race and helped the College raise more than $17,000 for student scholarships and programs. "Every dollar raised makes a real difference at Philadelphia's only public college," said Susan Piergallini, vice president for Institutional Advancement at the College. For more information about the race or to register, go online to www.ccp.edu/setthepacetoeducate/.

PHILADELPHIA, September 18, 2006 - Former Philadelphia City Councilman Daniel P. McElhatton, a shareholder with the law firm Christie, Pabarue, Mortensen and Young, was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for Community College of Philadelphia on September 7.

"The Community College of Philadelphia is a premier learning institution that has long provided students a solid foundation for future success," McElhatton said. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure the college continues to meet the needs of a diverse student body and supports a dynamic, intellectual community."

A native Philadelphian, McElhatton has served on the 15-member Board of Trustees since 2002. As a member of the Board, he is chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on External Affairs and is a member of the Board's Academic Affairs Committee. He also chairs the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges Trustees Council, which was established in 2004 to assist the Commission with efforts to secure new funding for the state's community colleges.

McElhatton is chairman of the Government Relations Practice Group for Christie, Pabarue, Mortensen and Young and is an active trial lawyer. His practice areas include government relations, commercial litigation, municipal liability, civil rights, real estate, land use and zoning, and criminal defense.

He previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. He is a former instructor of real estate law at the Community College of Philadelphia, and during his time on City Council was a member of the Education Committee.

In addition to serving on the board for Community College of Philadelphia, McElhatton is chairman of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and vice chairman of the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. He serves as a board member for Urban Growth Partners & DVCRF Ventures, and is a member of the Philadelphia Committee on City Policy.

McElhatton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.

PHILADELPHIA, September 13, 2006 - Residents who want to sharpen their skills, increase their earning potential or enroll in College for the first time should not miss the open houses and career workshops at Community College of Philadelphia's three Regional Centers.

The events will be held at the Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 21; at the West Philadelphia Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23; and at the Northwest Regional Center, 1300 W. Godfrey Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26.

Each of the College's Regional Centers has tailored a day of activities to best meet the needs of the neighborhood in which it is located. The open houses and career workshops are part of an exciting series of events to launch the College's new brand initiative -- a multi-media, integrated marketing initiative designed to inform the business community, civic leaders, government officials, students and the general public about the College's high quality courses and programs.

Members of the business community have been invited to attend a breakfast at the Northeast Regional Center, hosted by the College and the Northeast Chamber of Commerce, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., September 21. Following the breakfast, the general public can attend an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at which information will be provided about the associate degree programs offered at the center, including: Accounting; Business; Culture, Science and Technology; Education; Justice; Liberal Arts; and Management.

"It's convenient for people and it's close to their homes and close to their jobs," Kathleen Mulray, director of the Northeast Regional Center, said of the opportunities the center provides for neighborhood residents.

The Northeast Regional Center also will host a mini-job fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., September 21. Students and the general public will be able to interview for jobs with area employers such as the Philadelphia Police Department, the Pennsylvania Armory National Guard, United Parcel Service, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Homestead Senior Care and other companies.

The West Philadelphia Regional Center will kick off its open house, education and career workshop for adults with an invitation-only stakeholders' breakfast at 9 a.m., September 23. It will be followed at 10:30 a.m. by workshops on topics such as financing your education, juggling family, work and College responsibilities, and preparing a portfolio of your life accomplishments. Following the workshops, there will be an open house from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., during which the general public can explore the possibility of enrolling in one of the more than 70 degree and certificate programs at the College.

The Northwest Regional Center will begin its open house, education, access and persistence workshops at 11 a.m., September 26. The center will hold a series of roundtable discussions for students from area high schools such as Central, Olney, and Girls High, on topics such as "How to Stay in College" and "Making Math Fun." Juniors and seniors also will have the opportunity to take a placement test for admission to the College after they graduate.

"We definitely are an asset to the neighborhood," said Anthony Driggers, the center's site administrator. "It's like being in a small college, although we're still part of the College as a whole." The Regional Center events complement the Explore Your Possibilities Open House, Career and Job Fair that will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., September 20 at the Center for Business and Industry on the College's main campus at 18th and Callowhill streets. This event will feature mini-workshops on Microsoft Office and business communication skills. Preceding the event, the College will launch its brand initiative at 10 a.m. in the CBI lobby.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road
8:00 a.m. Northeast Chamber of Commerce breakfast (invitation only)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Open House - high school and college students will receive information about the College's associate's degree programs and financial aid
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mini Job Fair featuring employers such as the Philadelphia Police Department, the Pennsylvania Armory National Guard, United Parcel Service, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and Homestead Senior Care

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: West Philadelphia Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Open House: Education and Career workshops for Adults. Mini-workshops will be held concurrently from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on topics such as Financing Your Education and Surviving and Thriving in College

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Northwest Regional Center, 1300 W. Godfrey Avenue
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open House: Education, Access and Persistence - Workshops for students from area high schools on topics such as "How to Stay in College" and "Making Math Fun"

PHILADELPHIA, September 13, 2006 - Area high school students will have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to attend college when Community College of Philadelphia holds the Careers of Tomorrow Fair, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, September 20 at the College's Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets.

At 10:30 a.m., students from select area high schools will have the opportunity to learn about the application process, financial aid options and courses that can lead to an associate's degree or that can be transferred to a four-year institution. As part of a campus tour, they can attend associate's degree and certificate program classes in subjects as diverse as Chemistry, English, Automotive Repair and Computer Forensics, among others.

"It will broaden their view of the careers that are possible," said Mary Anne Celenza, dean of Math, Science and Health Careers at the College.

At 12:00 p.m., the high school students will interact with the College's students as they learn about internships and community service opportunities at Student Involvement Day, outside the Winnet Student Life building on the west side of 17th Street, just south of Spring Garden Street. To top off the day's activities, Q Deezy, a radio personality from Power 99FM, will be the featured motivational speaker at 12:45 p.m., outside the Winnet building.

The fair is part of a series of events to launch the College's new brand initiative, The Path to PossibilitiesT, which will showcase the many high quality educational, professional development and customized corporate training programs at the College to students, the business community, civic leaders, government officials and the general public.

The campaign is a result of research conducted by CLARUS Corporation. Among the findings, 55 percent of the employers surveyed expect a shortage of qualified job candidates in the future. In addition, the employers reported that only 26 percent of their employees have two-year or four-year college degrees or higher.

"Our goal is to motivate students to get the education they need in order to advance their own goals and meet the expectations of the business community," stated Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D., president of Community College of Philadelphia.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:

10:00 -10:30 a.m. "The Launch" Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets A festive unveiling of a new initiative that will acquaint the regional business community, civic leaders, students and the general public with the College's courses and programs

4:30 -7:00 p.m. "Explore Your Possibilities: Open House, Career and Job Fair" Center for Business and Industry College faculty and administrators will provide information about programs, courses, the admissions process and financial aid; hands-on training with helpful hints to enhance the public's Microsoft Office and business communication skills; and local employment opportunities

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road 8:00 a.m. Northeast Chamber of Commerce breakfast (invitation only) 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Open House - high school and college students will receive information about the College's associate's degree programs and financial aid 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mini Job Fair featuring employers such as the Philadelphia Police Department, the Pennsylvania Armory National Guard, United Parcel Service, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and Homestead Senior Care

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: West Philadelphia Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. "Open House: Education and Career workshops for Adults" Mini-workshops will be held concurrently from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on topics such as "Financing Your Education" and "Surviving and Thriving in College"

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Northwest Regional Center, 1300 W. Godfrey Avenue 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. "Open House: Education, Access and PersistenceWorkshops" for students from area high schools on topics such as "How to Stay in College" and "Making Math Fun"

PHILADELPHIA, September 12, 2006-Community College of Philadelphia reaches out to the business community with a breakfast that will speak to The Future of Philadelphia, Bridging Education and Work. At 8 a.m., September 20, at the College's Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets, speakers Bruce E. Toll, co-owner and chairman of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, and David B. Thornburgh, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship, will address business trends and the need for a well-trained workforce.

"Educational attainment is . the coin of the realm in the world of regional competitiveness," Thornburgh said, adding that communities that have an educated workforce attract more jobs, investment and people.

The College plays a significant role in the region's business community. During budget hearings before City Council in March, Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D., president of Community College of Philadelphia, outlined some of the College's economic strengths. "We generate more than $100 million in operating and capital revenue annually through our graduates, students and employees," he said, adding that 79 percent of the College's graduates are employed in the city within one year after graduation.

This invitation-only breakfast is a part of a day long series of events that kicks off The Path to PossibilitiesT, an integrated marketing and brand initiative designed to inform the business community, civic leaders, government officials, students and the general public about the many high quality educational, professional development and customized corporate training programs at the College.

The Path to PossibilitiesT brand initiative is driven by extensive research the College had the CLARUS Corporation conduct on its behalf over the past year. This research shows many area employers are not aware the College can help their bottom lines. Surveys of 400 of the largest employers in Greater Philadelphia showed that many did not know the College offered specialized business training programs.

Fifty-five percent of the employers expect a shortage of qualified job candidates in the future. In addition, the employers reported that only 26 percent of their employees have two-year or four-year college degrees or higher.

The goal is to link these employers with the College's educational programs that offer more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs.

In addition to the business breakfast, on September 20th there will be something for everyone. The College will unveil the new brand initiative at 10 a.m. Following this presentation, there will be a Careers of Tomorrow Fair for the youth market where high school students will have an opportunity to tour the College campus, have hands-on demonstrations and get inspired by a local celebrity. This day will culminate with the Explore Your Possibilities: Open House, Career and Job Fair that will connect residents with employers and enable them to brush up on their business communication and Microsoft Office skills at mini-workshops.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
8:00 -10:00 a.m.
Business Community Breakfast (invitation only), Center for Business and Industry

10:00-10:30 a.m.
"The Launch," CBI
A festive unveiling of a new marketing and brand initiative that will acquaint the regional business community, civic leaders, students and the general public with the College's courses and programs

4:30-7:00 p.m.
"Explore Your Possibilities: Open House, Career and Job Fair," CBI
College administrators will provide information about programs, courses, the admissions process and financial aid; hands-on training with helpful hints to enhance the public's Microsoft Office and business communication skills; and local employment opportunities

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road
8:00 a.m. Northeast Chamber of Commerce breakfast (invitation only)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Open House - high school and college students will receive information about the College's associate's degree programs and financial aid

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mini Job Fair featuring employers such as the Philadelphia Police
Department, the Pennsylvania Armory National Guard, United Parcel Service, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and Homestead Senior Care

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: West Philadelphia Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Open House: Education and Career Workshops for Adults. Mini-workshops will be held concurrently from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on topics such as "Financing Your Education" and "Surviving and Thriving in College"

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Northwest Regional Center, 1300 W. Godfrey Avenue
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open House: Education, Access and PersistenceWorkshops for students from area high schools on topics such as "How to Stay in College" and "Making Math Fun"

PHILADELPHIA, August 31, 2006 - The fall semester starts at Community College of Philadelphia on Sept. 5 with an exciting array of new courses, programs and initiatives that will help put students, young and adult, on a solid path toward achieving their educational, professional and corporate training goals.

Among the new initiatives is "Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count," a national effort that aims to help more community college students - particularly students of color and low-income students - earn a degree or certificate or successfully transfer to a four-year institution to further their education.

Community College of Philadelphia was selected in July to participate. There are now 57 other institutions from nine states involved. The College received a $50,000 grant to plan and launch the initiative on campus. An Achieving the Dream coach and data facilitator are provided to help the College.

"The initiative emphasizes the use of data to produce systemic change and focuses colleges on measurable outcomes," said Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia.

Funding for the initiative in Pennsylvania comes from the Heinz Foundation. Additional funding nationally comes from the Lumina Foundation, as well as other key national partners.

Students at the College also will have the opportunity to explore their possibilities as the College launches an initiative to acquaint the business community, civic leaders and the general public with the many high quality educational, professional development and customized corporate training programs and services offered at the College.

"The Path to Possibilities" events will showcase the College and all it has to offer. They will include "The Launch" at 10 a.m., Sept. 20 at the College's Center for Business and Industry (CBI), 18th and Callowhill streets, and a free career and job fair from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at CBI. Students and the general public will be able to hear from local businesses about employment opportunities and to gain hands-on training to enhance their computer and business communication skills. Job fairs and open houses also will be held at the College's three neighborhood Regional Centers (see www.ccp.edu/event for more details).

This fall, the College also has added several new programs to the more than 70 degree and certificate programs it already offers. One of the new programs is a 33-credit certificate program in Creative Writing coordinated by novelist and faculty member Simone Zelitch and featuring gifted faculty, such as Elaine Terranova, who in June won a $50,000 Pew Fellowships in the Arts award. The College also added more courses this year to its Computer Forensics program, which prepares students to help solve crimes, such as computer hacking and computer fraud.

Initiatives such as Achieving the Dream and new courses, such as Creative Writing, demonstrate that Community College of Philadelphia is The Path to Possibilities for residents of Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, July 27, 2006 - Philadelphia residents who attend Community College of Philadelphia will receive a one-time credit off their tuition this year thanks to an additional $1 million the city has provided the College.

The College family thanks the Mayor and City Council and an acknowledgment of the additional city support will be noted on students' tuition bills. The Mayor and City Council approved the budget increase after students, faculty and administrators at the College requested the city provide more funding to the school this fiscal year.

"In direct meetings with both the Mayor and members of City Council, we urged the city to resume a pattern of increasing support for the College and committed that any increase this year would be passed on directly to students," President Stephen M. Curtis said.

At city budget hearings in March, Victor B. Smith Jr., the president of the Student Government Association; Christina Taing, the SGA second vice president; and Carla Lucille Johnson, who returned to college after 24 years in the work world after her employer closed, also appealed to City Council for help.

As a result, the city's fiscal year 2006-2007 budget allocation to the College is $23.4 million. Last year, it was $22.4 million. Community College of Philadelphia will continue to work to keep its tuition affordable. Currently, tuition for Philadelphia residents is $112 per credit hour. In-state residents pay $224 per credit hour and out-of-state residents pay $336 per credit hour. A Philadelphia resident taking a single three-credit-hour course (the typical number of credit hours per course) pays $336. The one-time "city tuition credit" will reduce tuition for Philadelphia residents only by $3 per credit hour for 2006-2007.

"I want to thank all the students, faculty and staff who advocated for more city support throughout the spring months. Your efforts have directly helped our students," President Stephen M. Curtis said.

PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2006 - The National Association of College and University Business Officers has selected Thomas R. Hawk, vice president of Planning and Finance, and treasurer for Community College of Philadelphia, to receive its 2006 Distinguished Business Officer award.

"In a career that began nearly four decades ago as a faculty member in the department of Economics and Accounting at the (College), and having twice served as interim president, he exemplifies the dedication and commitment to higher education that this award celebrates," NACUBO stated.

Hawk is the first business officer from a community college to receive this award from the 44-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based trade group that serves a membership of more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education institutions across the nation.

"I am extremely grateful to have been selected for this honor," Hawk said.

His responsibilities as chief fiscal, administrative and planning officer at the College include overseeing the $120 million annual budget of the College; multi-year financial, capital and facility planning; and treasury and cash management. He also oversees more than 100 administrative, clerical and support staff; insurance and risk management; institutional research; and all facility management functions, including buildings and grounds, operations, off-campus real estate and facility improvements.

Each year NACUBO selects distinguished business officers to honor who make outstanding contributions in the field of business and financial management in higher education, normally over a number of years. Hawk was one of two people selected this year for NACUBO's most prestigious honor.

Hawk started at the College in 1967 as a professor in the economics and accounting department and has twice served as interim College president, both in 1994 and 1999.

He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the College of Wooster.

He also has served as chair of the Pennsylvania Community College Business Officers, was a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Advisory Committee on Institutional Financial Resources, chaired two Middle States Association accreditation teams, was a member of the national Center for Higher Education Management Systems Task Force on Intra-Institutional Management and participated in Philadelphia's Community Leadership program.

PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2006 - Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia, has appointed Samuel Hirsch as the new vice president for Student Affairs, effective July 10.

"Dr. Hirsch is an experienced educator and administrator, who for the past 19 years, has provided outstanding leadership for a wide range of programs and services in support of students at the Main Campus and our three Regional Centers," President Curtis said.

Hirsch said some of the areas he will focus on in his new position include outreach to and recruitment of high school students and strategies to retain current students.

"I'm excited about the opportunity for implementing strategies and initiatives to improve retention and the completion rates of students. I also look forward to enhancing the students' experience at the College," Hirsch said.

Currently, Hirsch is dean of Educational Support Services at the College, a post he has held since 1987. In his current position, he supervises the planning and administration of all College-wide academic support services and student support programs, including the developmental education and English as a Second Language programs, the Learning Lab, Center on Disability, Academic Advising and Assessment Center.

He also manages a wide range of partnerships, which he developed and implemented, that help students successfully transition from secondary education into associate's degree programs and then into baccalaureate degree programs. These initiatives include high school on-campus programs such as Advanced Tech at College, Gateway to College, Advance @ College, TRIO Upward Bound and dual admissions programs with seven area universities and colleges.

Hirsch has obtained and managed more than 15 grants totaling more than $4.5 million annually, which represent two-thirds of the College's total grant funding.

One of those grants will help the College, this fall, kick off the Gateway to College program, which will enable at-risk youths, ages 16 to 20, to simultaneously take courses at the College towards a diploma while also earning credits toward an associate's college degree or certificate. Gateway to College is part of a national effort known as the Early College High School Initiative, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Throughout his career, Hirsch has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and national conferences. He also has consulted for a variety of colleges and organizations. In 2001, he was selected by the American Association of Community Colleges to be one of five national mentors in the Teaching Scholar Partnership, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In 2004, he was selected to participate in the association's Future Leaders Institute.

Hirsch has a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Education from Arcadia University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilmington College.

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