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PHILADELPHIA, October 25, 2007 - Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Community College of Philadelphia will sign a dual admissions agreement at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Room C2-5 at Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets.

The signing will be followed by a dual admissions open house at 11 a.m. in Room C3-5 at the Center for Business and Industry.

Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia, and Michelle R. Howard-Vital, president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, will sign the agreement, which officially launches a dynamic, new partnership that allows students to matriculate through both higher education institutions and be eligible for lucrative scholarships.

Through the partnership, graduates of Community College of Philadelphia with Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science or the appropriate Associate in Arts degrees can seamlessly transfer to Cheyney University of Pennsylvania with junior status. Qualified students are eligible for special benefits, including an exemption from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's $20 application fee, academic scholarships and the opportunity to complete master's and doctoral programs tuition free.

"Community College of Philadelphia is delighted to enter into this partnership with an institution that is so rich in history," said President Curtis. "Our partnership with Cheyney University provides our students with an excellent option to continue their education. The agreements we have with four-year institutions are important because they validate our mission and the excellence of our faculty."

"Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is honored to partner with Community College of Philadelphia in offering this comprehensive articulation agreement that will allow students to move effortlessly from Community College of Philadelphia to Cheyney University of Pennsylvania," said President Howard-Vital. "The biggest benefit will be to the students as they strive to attain their higher education goals."

Community College of Philadelphia has dual admissions partnerships with a variety of other higher education institutions including, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Drexel University, Eastern University, La Salle University, Peirce College and Temple University.

Community College of Philadelphia enrolls approximately 37,000 students annually at its Main Campus, three Regional Centers and various locations throughout Philadelphia. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu.

Cheyney University has been preparing leaders since 1837. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.cheyney.edu.

PHILADELPHIA, October 18, 2007 - The 4th Annual "Set the Pace to Educate" 5K Race, Walk and Pooch ‘n’ Pal Stroll will be held at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2007 on Martin Luther King Drive (formerly known as West River Drive).

Proceeds from the race benefit scholarships and programs for the students of Community College of Philadelphia. There is a $20 registration fee ($25 the day of the race). The first 300 registrants will receive a race T-shirt, along with lots of other goody bag items. Also included are great food (including Tastykakes and Clif Bars), music and other entertainment for all to enjoy. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate.

Runners, walkers and pooch ‘n’ pal strollers will start the race at staggered times. Only dogs that are obedient and friendly around other people and dogs should be included in the 5K race. Registration begins at 7 a.m., October 20.

What: 5K Race, Walk and Pooch ‘n’ Pal Stroll

When: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Martin Luther King Drive (formerly known as West River Drive), just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Purpose: Benefits scholarships and programs for the students of Community College of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, October 9, 2007 - Community College of Philadelphia is honored to host Dr. Elizabeth Riley-Wasserman, Ph.D., the chief learning officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, as the keynote speaker for an invitation only Corporate Solutions Breakfast at the College's Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets, at 8 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19.

The breakfast will provide an opportunity for Dr. Riley-Wasserman to share ideas collectively with Community College of Philadelphia administrators and other invitees.

Dr. Riley-Wasserman provides strategic support for the University of Pennsylvania Health System's managerial and leadership competency development, talent management, workforce development, change management, learning management systems and compliance reporting. She has established educational partnerships with Temple University, Penn State University, Community College of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia School System which have resulted in 15 onsite degree and credit bearing programs.

Currently, Dr. Riley-Wasserman is the co-chair of the University Health System Consortium's Chief Learning Officer's national committee, is a member of the curriculum advisory board for the University of Pennsylvania's degree program for Chief Learning Officers, as well as a member of Community College of Philadelphia's Corporate Solutions advisory board.

PHILADELPHIA, October 9, 2007 - Her maid of honor started it. Now, Rachael Rascoe of Dover, Pa. plans to finish it -- Community College of Philadelphia's Set the Pace to Educate 5K Race, Walk and Pooch 'N' Pal Stroll -- that is.

Two weeks before she ties the knot, Rascoe, 31, accompanied by her four bridesmaids, plans to run early Saturday morning, Oct. 20, along Philadelphia's scenic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the College's fourth annual race to raise money for scholarships and programs to benefit students.

This is not your usual bachelorette party. Rascoe has no idea what she will be wearing the day of the race. "My clothing is going to be provided by the bridesmaids," she said. "All I was told is that we will be able to be recognized." She also does not know what her bridesmaids will be wearing. "They will tell me nothing," she said with a laugh.

The idea was the brainchild of her maid of honor, Jessica Farina, 28, a graduate of Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa., where she ran track. Farina said come race day, runners will definitely know Rascoe is a bride-to-be. She said she wanted to start Rascoe's marriage off on the right foot, so to speak, so she and Rascoe searched the Internet for the location of a 5K race. The race at Community College of Philadelphia is what they found.

Considering that Rascoe is a 7th grade Math teacher, she said the Set the Pace to Educate Race seemed a perfect fit. The next step was getting all the bridesmaids to meet in Philadelphia the night before the race; no easy task, considering one of the bridesmaids is from Boston and the others are from Pennsylvania towns such as Scranton, Mt. Pocono and Hanover.

What do Rascoe's parents think of her plans? "They think I'm looney. They find it rather entertaining," Rascoe said.

Never very athletic in high school, Rascoe said she fell in love with running about two years ago and has since run four 5K races. Her best time was 35 minutes, which she hopes to meet or beat on Oct. 20.

The Community College of Philadelphia Set the Pace to Educate 5K Race, Walk and Pooch 'N' Pal Stroll is a fund-raiser for the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, which provides scholarships for students and small grants to help faculty enhance the student experience inside and outside the classroom. The Foundation also provides emergency funds to help students buy textbooks, which can cost almost as much as tuition in some degree programs.

Last year, 273 people participated in the race. Some of the sponsors for this year's race include Fox Rothschild LLP, Independence Blue Cross, ABM Janitorial Services, Allied Barton Security Services, Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Gallagher Benefit Services, Eileen & Bill Whiteside, Binswanger, Freedom Credit Union, Heraeus Electro-Nite, Nutro Products Inc. and the Mark Thompson Family.

For more information on the race or to contribute to the Foundation, contact Elise Morgan at the College at 215-751-8042 or emorgan@ccp.edu.

Media Note: If you would like to interview Rachael Rascoe and/or Jessica Farina, please contact Anthony Twyman, the College's Media Relations Director, at (215) 751-8082.

PHILADELPHIA, August 15, 2007 - The Honorable U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy will tour the Northeast Regional Center of Community College of Philadelphia, 12901 Townsend Road in Northeast Philadelphia, at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20.

Congressman Murphy and the Honorable U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz were instrumental in obtaining $231,000 in federal funds that will be used as seed money to create a small business development center at the College’s Northeast Regional Center.

"The College is appreciative of the efforts of our two congressional leaders in obtaining these funds,” said President Stephen M. Curtis. “The money will be used to expand the services offered at our Northeast Regional Center, especially for small businesses in Northeast Philadelphia."

The center, which is still in the planning stages, is part of a larger initiative by the College to expand the Northeast Regional Center and more closely link it with business training and educational programs currently offered at the College’s Center for Business and Industry in Center City.

The Northeast Regional Center is easily accessible from I-95 or the Roosevelt Boulevard. A large free parking lot is provided at the Center. The College offers a wide range of credit and credit-free classes at the Center.

The Center building contains traditional classrooms, computer laboratories, science laboratories, a learning lab/library, a cafeteria, lounges for students, and a community room.

Philadelphia, October 20, 2007 - On Saturday, Community College of Philadelphia informed its students and faculty that a student at the Northeast Regional Center has a confirmed case of skin infection with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Judith Gay, vice president of Academic Affairs, said the student is receiving appropriate medical treatment.

"We appreciate the fact that we were given timely notice of this situation and are pleased to report that the student is under the care of a physician," Dr. Gay said. "Fortunately, available medical information suggests that MRSA is not highly contagious and is treatable. Transmission generally requires skin-to-skin contact with the infection site. However, it also may be spread by sharing items like towels or clothing with an infected person."

Weekend classes are being held as scheduled at the Northeast Regional Center, the Northwest Regional Center, the West Philadelphia Regional Center and at the College’s Main Campus.

"The College consulted with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health who informed us that this type of infection is not unusual and that the College does not need to close or engage in additional cleaning of our facility. To allay any concerns of students and staff, however, the College administration decided to take the extra precaution of having the Northeast Regional Center cleaned immediately," Dr. Gay said.

PHILADELPHIA, November 2, 2007 - Michael Colleran, president and general manager of CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57, and CBS 3 Meteorologist Kathy Orr, will help launch the second issue of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation's Pathways magazine at a breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Friday, November 9, at the CBS 3/CW studios at 1555 Hamilton Street.

Pathways spotlights the Philadelphia business community and business leaders, and highlights how the College prepares students for various professions. It is published twice a year and focuses on career-related topics.

The second issue of Pathways is devoted to emerging technologies. The cover story features interviews with Colleran and Orr about how technology has made the television station’s new location, across the street from the College, state of the art, and what role technology now plays in meteorology as well as in today’s workplace.

CBS 3 and The CW Philly’s 120,000-square-foot facility is one of the first entirely high definition news operations in the country, housing more than 300 employees of the two television stations. It includes two television studios, each with its own control room; a state-of-the-art master control room; an operations center capable of receiving hundreds of satellite feeds each day and a sixth-floor weather deck for live outdoor weather reports.

Other articles in the magazine showcase how the College infuses technology across its curriculum in programs, such as nanotechnology, biomedical technician training, sound recording and music technology, computer forensics and geographical information systems.

PHILADEPHIA, December 6, 2007 – Renowned actor, comedian, author, educator and
humanitarian Bill Cosby, Ed.D, will receive Community College of Philadelphia’s first
Allen T. Bonnell Award at the Pathways Awards Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec.13,
at The Down Town Club Catering and Conference Center, 6th and Chestnut streets.

The Bonnell Award is named in honor of the first and founding president of Community
College of Philadelphia, Allen T. Bonnell, Ph.D. Dr. Bonnell’s belief that education
should be a right for all, not just the privileged few, led to the formation of Community
College of Philadelphia. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a
commitment to access, opportunity and transformational change. Dr. Cosby embodies
those characteristics. His innovation and determination in providing and advocating for
educational initiatives has been inspiring.

For decades, Dr. Cosby has advocated for individuals to better themselves by focusing on
obtaining a quality education that can lead to a rewarding career. This year, he has called
on community colleges to play a key role in educating young people. In speaking
engagements around the country, Dr. Cosby has reiterated this theme, imploring young
people to obtain their education and then go back and help the troubled youth in
their communities.

Part of Dr. Cosby’s mission is focused on helping to stop the violence in Philadelphia and
around the country. In April, he spoke at the American Association of Community
Colleges’ national convention in Tampa, Fla., and challenged community college leaders
to step up efforts to train students to enter careers, such as psychology and social work,
through which they can help at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Others being honored at the Pathways Awards Breakfast include: Corporate Partnership
Award – Bill Knott, regional president for Wachovia Bank; Foundation Keystone
Award – Barbara Cohen of The Hassel Foundation; Civic Investment Award – Cecilia
Moy Yep, founder of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Community
Philanthropist Award – Kal Rudman, music industry pioneer and philanthropist; Alumni
Achievement Award – Community College of Philadelphia Alumnus Paul Gluck, executive director, Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, Drexel University.

The Pathways Awards Breakfast is sponsored by Comcast Corporation, The Glenmede
Trust Company and the Independence Foundation, as well as Agoos/Lovera Architects;
Beneficial Bank; Citizens Bank; Independence Blue Cross; Jacques Ferber, Inc.; Keystone Mercy Health Plan; Edward Y. Kung, Ph.D.; Verizon; and Bill and Eileen Whiteside.

PHILADEPHIA, December 6, 2007 – Renowned actor, comedian, author, educator and humanitarian Bill Cosby, Ed.D, will receive Community College of Philadelphia’s first Allen T. Bonnell Award at the Pathways Awards Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec.13, at The Down Town Club Catering and Conference Center, 6th and Chestnut streets.

The Bonnell Award is named in honor of the first and founding president of Community College of Philadelphia, Allen T. Bonnell, Ph.D. Dr. Bonnell’s belief that education  should be a right for all, not just the privileged few, led to the formation of Community College of Philadelphia. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to access, opportunity and transformational change. Dr. Cosby embodies those characteristics. His innovation and determination in providing and advocating for educational initiatives has been inspiring.

For decades, Dr. Cosby has advocated for individuals to better themselves by focusing on obtaining a quality education that can lead to a rewarding career. This year, he has called on community colleges to play a key role in educating young people. In speaking engagements around the country, Dr. Cosby has reiterated this theme, imploring young people to obtain their education and then go back and help the troubled youth in  their communities.

Part of Dr. Cosby’s mission is focused on helping to stop the violence in Philadelphia and around the country. In April, he spoke at the American Association of Community Colleges’ national convention in Tampa, Fla., and challenged community college leaders to step up efforts to train students to enter careers, such as psychology and social work, through which they can help at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Others being honored at the Pathways Awards Breakfast include: Corporate Partnership
Award – Bill Knott, regional president for Wachovia Bank; Foundation Keystone
Award – Barbara Cohen of The Hassel Foundation; Civic Investment Award – Cecilia
Moy Yep, founder of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Community
Philanthropist Award – Kal Rudman, music industry pioneer and philanthropist; Alumni
Achievement Award – Community College of Philadelphia Alumnus Paul Gluck, executive director, Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, Drexel University.

The Pathways Awards Breakfast is sponsored by Comcast Corporation, The Glenmede
Trust Company and the Independence Foundation, as well as Agoos/Lovera Architects;
Beneficial Bank; Citizens Bank; Independence Blue Cross; Jacques Ferber, Inc.; Keystone Mercy Health Plan; Edward Y. Kung, Ph.D.; Verizon; and Bill and Eileen Whiteside.

PHILADELPHIA, June 12, 2007 - Manya Blackson, 17, a senior at Bok Technical High School, and Maria Cabrera, 18, a senior at Thomas Edison High School, will each be in the enviable position of attending two graduations this month.

One graduation will be at their respective high schools. The other will be at Community College of Philadelphia, where they will graduate from the high school portion of the Advanced Tech at College program, which allows high school students, interested in information technology (IT), to earn college credits while completing their last two years of high school on the College's campus.

Blackson and Cabrera will be among 24 students honored at the program's second graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 in the Great Hall in the College's Winnet Building on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. Of the 24 graduates, 14 are planning to attend Community College of Philadelphia this summer and fall. The other 10 graduates will be going to other colleges and universities.

"I like the way the program brings high school students from all over the city into one group. Over time, we've all become like one big family," said Blackson. "I also really like the college environment."

Cabrera, who is from Ecuador, said she is excited because her family members are coming from Ecuador to see both of her graduations, then she will be spending a month in Ecuador before heading to college. "It's been a great opportunity," she said of the Advanced Tech at College program.

Through Advanced Tech at College, Philadelphia high school juniors and seniors interested in information technology complete their last two years of high school on the Community College of Philadelphia campus. While completing their high school diploma requirements, students also have the opportunity to earn up to 24 college credits. Following their senior year, students can enter Community College of Philadelphia's Associate's Degree programs or attend other colleges.

Students benefit from an integrated curriculum of enhanced academic and technical studies, as well as access to college resources such as computer labs equipped with advanced technology, IT internships, counseling, tutoring and peer support.

The goal of Advanced Tech at College is to improve student retention and persistence and ultimately increase college graduation rates and job preparedness.

Blackson recently traveled to Pennsylvania State University's Altoona Campus on an admissions tour and was so impressed she has enrolled there and will start as an elementary and kindergarten education major, beginning this fall. She wants to return to Philadelphia as a teacher, perhaps in the public schools. Cabrera plans to attend the University of Scranton where she will major in International Studies. "I want to become an international lawyer," she said.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Advanced Tech at College is a partnership between the College, the School District of Philadelphia and SEPTA. In their junior year of high school, students participate in internships at the College and at Philadelphia-based businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Students come from Philadelphia public schools that have low attendance and graduation rates and high dropout rates. This year's graduates are from the Bartram, Benjamin Franklin, Bok, Dobbins, Edison, Furness, Germantown, Kensington, Strawberry Mansion, and West Philadelphia high schools.

To qualify for the program, students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, and they must have maintained an attendance of at least 90 percent in their freshmen and sophomore years. Students also must demonstrate an interest in technology.

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