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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10, 2006 - Community College of Philadelphia today named Anthony Twyman as its Public Relations Coordinator.

A Philadelphia native, Twyman previously was a reporter for three years with the Philadelphia Inquirer, covering city government out of the paper's City Hall Bureau. He also previously worked for seven years covering City Council, public housing, neighborhoods, and business for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Twyman succeeds Kim Iapalucci, who was the college's public relations manager for nearly five years. Iapalucci is now Associate Director of Communications/Public Relations for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Iapalucci spearheaded public relations for Community College of Philadelphia during the construction and grand opening of its Center for Business and Industry. She earned a national award for the project. Other successes during her tenure included strategizing on the College's 40th Anniversary and promoting its Opportunity Now program, whereby laid-off Philadelphians are offered a free semester.

Please wish Kim good luck and welcome Anthony.

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13, 2006 - Community College of Philadelphia has been selected as one of four national sites for the Gateway to College program. The program, which was created by Portland Community College (PCC) in Portland, Oregon, is part of the Early College High School Initiative. Gateway to College gives students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.

The Gateway to College program serves at-risk youth, ages 16-20, who have dropped out of high school. Community College of Philadelphia will offer courses toward earning a high school diploma while progressing toward an associate's degree or certificate. Students in the program develop the skills necessary to succeed in a college setting with the support and encouragement of faculty and counselors at the College.

During their first semester, students learn in a small community. This allows them to work together to build their academic and personal skills including note taking, study skills and balancing school with work and family life. Students are also required to take a career development class to help develop academic goals. Reading, writing and math are also part of the curriculum to prepare the students for college-level coursework.

More than 900 students have been served since the program's inception four years ago at PCC. Since students enter the program with few high school credits, students need one to three years to complete their diploma. So far, 84 students have earned high school diplomas and 21 students have earned associate's degrees. Graduates have earned an average of 73 college credits, and 73 percent of diploma-earners have continued their college education.

PCC is a national intermediary for the Early College High School Initiative, which will launch 170 Early College High Schools by 2008. Funding for the initiative comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Additionally, the program is funded through Community College of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, SEPTEMBER 6, 2005 - As college students begin to head back to classes, many are focusing on a challenging assignment: Coming up with new ways to help pay for tuition and fees.

Research now indicates that local community college costs run approximately 20 percent above the national average, while expenses at four-year private universities can be 30 percent higher. So many area families are thinking outside-the-box in order to stretch dollars and enable all their children to receive an affordable, high quality education.

In a series of interviews, local students, families and administrators shared a few winning strategies:

    • Seek Out Employers That Will Pay for Education: Many corporations, hospitals and area colleges offer tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement programs for employees. Contact Human Resources to determine if you, a spouse, or perhaps even your child might qualify for financial assistance. Community College of Philadelphia is one of the local employers that help staff and their families. One of its employees, Evelyn Thomas, and her daughter, Sonia, both graduated from the College in May. Evelyn said she took a job in Housekeeping to help her reduce the costs of earning a college education. After a long day of working, Evelyn would shed her uniform and head for classes. "I wanted to show my granddaughter the value of educating yourself," she said.
    • Check Out All Your Opportunities: If you are a displaced worker, you may be eligible for a free semester of college tuition by signing up for Community College of Philadelphia's Opportunity Now, an initiative that began in spring 2002 to help people who have lost their jobs. During the past academic year, 125 residents enrolled through the program, bringing the total number of participants to 787. Of those, 146 continued their education and received their associate's degrees. Additionally, the College has the First Class program, which provides members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce or the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor's Bureau their first class at Community College of Philadelphia free of charge. Contact the College's Admissions office or Member Services at both organizations for further details.



    • Consider Accelerated Learning Programs: Accelerated learning programs may also help to reduce the miscellaneous costs associated with earning a college degree. Community College of Philadelphia offers two programs that allow high school students to take college classes: Advance@College allows highly motivated and academically talented 11th and 12th grade students from Philadelphia public, parochial and private schools to take college courses. Tuition is significantly reduced, and no additional fees are charged. Advanced Tech@College accelerates learning for high school students and allows them to work toward a college degree as they get a high school diploma. After completing two years, program participants are able to graduate from high school with up to 24 college credits. The curriculum, designed in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, provides a seamless transition into an associate's degree-granting program. Public high school students spend 11th and 12th grades at the College's Main Campus taking a combination of high school and college courses. Upon completion of the program, students can continue in the Computer Information Systems curriculum, with course options in Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Technology, PC Applications, Network Administration or Web Site Development.


    • Seek scholarships and grants from more common sources such as churches, neighborhood associations, trade and professional associations, and corporations. Unions, fraternities, sororities, and professional organizations can be lucrative sources of scholarship money. Once you have been admitted to a college, visit the institution's Web site to explore special scholarships for students. Major corporations sometimes offer scholarships that are restricted to employees and their families. The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation offers scholarships for academically gifted students enrolled at the College who volunteer in their communities and neighborhoods.


    • Assemble Educational Investors: Ask friends and family to contribute to your education rather than provide gifts or presents. If you are getting married, ask guests to contribute to an educational fund for the two of you in lieu of more traditional wedding gifts. More grandparents are taking on the responsibility for paying their grandchildren's college tuition. You don't have to be a relative to help contribute to a friend's or family member's education. As long as the money is paid directly to the college or university, the gift tax rules do not apply. Investors should consult a financial adviser to determine the best way to help.


    • Become A Guest Student: Each year, thousands of students reduce the costs of earning a college by taking classes as guest students. Guest students typically enroll in more than one institution to take classes required for their degree. When you enroll, always make sure the course you sign up for will meet your degree requirements. If you enroll in a community college, you may be able to take some classes required to complete your four-year degree at a much lower price.


    • Consider Distance Learning: Transportation and babysitting costs can add to the cost of earning a college degree. Students can reduce these expenses by taking distance learning classes, which enable them to earn college credit via the Internet classes or television.


    • Take Full Advantage of the Available Tax Benefits: Consider the Hope Tax Credit (worth up to $1,500 per student) and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit (equal to 20 percent of a family's tuition). During any particular year, families can claim only one of the credits for each student. The amount of the credit is determined by the amount paid for "qualified tuition and related expenses" for each student and the amount of your modified adjusted gross income (modified AGI). For more information call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or check with your accountant or financial adviser.


  • Check out Web sites and seek out local merchants that offer deep discounts to college students. Movie theatres, clothing stores, technology stores, book stores and other retailers may offer discounts on purchases to those with student IDs. Check with your student activities office or student life center for free or reduced priced tickets to area entertainment venues. Visit www.campusphilly.org, which offers discounted electronic keychain cards that are accepted at vendors around the city. Community College of Philadelphia is a sponsor of Campus Philly.

EVENT: First day of classes, more than 40,000 students begin classes

LOCATION: Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, first class begins at 8:00 a.m.
More than 90 percent of Community College of Philadelphia graduates remain in the Philadelphia region after graduation to work and live. Nearly 60 percent of those graduates transfer to a four-year college or university in Philadelphia. The College will offer two new degree options beginning with the fall 2005 semester in response to the need for skilled workers in new and growing fields. Classes begin Sept. 6.

Computer Forensics
This program provides individuals with the necessary academic and professional skills to pursue a career in solving computer and computer-related crime. Students may choose to seek immediate employment or transfer to a four-year college or university. A core of 21 credits is necessary, along with a concentration of courses. The program addresses a growing need for computer professionals who can address crimes such as hacking and computer fraud. This 60-credit program offers an A.A.S. degree. For more information, please call 215-751-8744.

Applied Studies Degree Program
The program in Applied Studies allows students to develop an individualized program of study that is directly related to career or educational preferences. This program has three components: a 24-credit core curriculum, 15 elective credits and 21 additional credits concentrating on one subject. Prospective students must attend a program orientation prior to admission. For more information, please call 215-751-8639.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 9, 2005 - Community College of Philadelphia received a $609,218 grant for the National Institutes of Health's Bridges to the Baccalaureate project. The College will partner with Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professionals for the project to increase the number of minority nurses in the field of biomedical research.

This partnership will enable a total of 45 Community College of Philadelphia nursing students, over three years, to enter into the RN-BSN program at Drexel University. The two nursing schools will collaborate to develop and implement a research-based academic experience.

The project, titled Research Models for Change, and the establishment of an academic community between the nursing programs at the College and Drexel University will increase the academic readiness of minority nursing students and remove the barriers that minority students often face as they transition into an RN-BSN degree program. The program will also increase minority nursing student's exposure to and preparedness for biomedical research.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, APRIL 18, 2005 - Community College of Philadelphia will pay tribute to six individuals from Northwest Philadelphia for their outstanding contributions at its Fourth Annual Distinguished Leadership Awards Breakfast to be held at the College's Northwest Regional Center, 1300 West Godfrey Avenue from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on May 4, 2005.

Each year, the awards ceremony recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions as leaders in education, community service, business, faith-based activities, as an elected official and as a high school student. Biographies are available on request. This year's Northwest leaders to be honored include:

    • Honorable Rosita Youngblood
      State Representative
      198th Legislative District
    • Cheryl S. Browning
      Regional Director
      American Educational Services/Pennsylvania Higher Education
      Assistance Authority
    • Ted Makris
      Oak Lane Diner
    • Marion Cooper
      Program Coordinator
      Institute of African American Mobilization
    • Bishop C. Milton Grannum
      New Covenant Church of Philadelphia
    • Reeba Mathew
      Girl's High

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest degree-granting institution in the city, enrolling more than 40,000 students annually at its Main Campus, three Regional Centers, and more than 50 locations throughout Philadelphia. The College offers day, evening, and weekend classes at a variety of convenient locations, as well as classes on the Internet and television courses on PBS and cable Channel 53.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, APRIL 18, 2005 - Community College of Philadelphia will pay tribute to six individuals from West Philadelphia for their outstanding contributions at its Fourth Annual Distinguished Leadership Awards Breakfast to be held at the College's West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on May 6, 2005.

Each year, the awards ceremony recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions as leaders in education, community service, business, faith-based activities, as an elected official and as a high school student. Biographies are available on request. This year's West Philadelphia leaders to be honored include:

Blondell Reynolds Brown
Councilwoman at Large
Philadelphia City Council

Jim Reed
Director of External Affairs
Verizon Communications

Joseph W. Ruane
Professor of Sociology and Health Policy
University of the Sciences

Reverend Paul Kim
Emmanuel Church
48th and Spruce Streets

Bilal Abdul Qayyum
President and Founder
Father's Day Rally Committee

Sylvia Ennels
West Philadelphia High School

PHILADELPHIA, PA, APRIL 15, 2005 - Community College of Philadelphia will pay tribute to six individuals from Northeast Philadelphia for their outstanding contributions at its Fourth Annual Distinguished Leadership Awards Breakfast to be held at the College's Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on May 3, 2005.

Each year, the awards ceremony recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions as leaders in education, community service, business, faith-based activities, as an elected official and as a high school student. Biographies on winners are available on request. This year's Northeast leaders to be honored include:

    • Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
      6th Councilmanic District
      Philadelphia City Council


    • Rosemarie McMenamin
      Vice President/Market Area Manager
      Sovereign Bank


    • Ruth Horwitz
      Attorney at Law


    • Brother James Williams, OSFS
      Guidance Department
      Father Judge High School


    • Charles H. Kueny
      Community Activist


  • Arkadiy Rafailov
    MaST Community Charter School

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 22, 2004-Community College of Philadelphia and the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (Sagrado) in Puerto Rico have partnered to offer enhanced educational opportunities for students. The program allows students a seamless transition from Community College of Philadelphia into their junior year at Sagrado.

Students earning an associate's degree at Community College of Philadelphia can enter Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in their junior year to complete a bachelor's degree in Nursing, Chemical Technology, Theater, Elementary Education, Behavioral Science, Justice and Management/Human Resources. Students with a 2.5 grade point average and a letter of recommendation are guaranteed admission to Sagrado.

"The program was created in an effort to enhance educational opportunities for those proficient in Spanish in Philadelphia," said Stephen M. Curtis, President of Community College of Philadelphia. "It is the perfect opportunity for our students who are competent in Spanish as a first or second language."

Curtis also noted that the partnership will increase the College's international partnerships. The College is home to some 300 international students from more than 50 different countries. Its student population is 15 percent Hispanic.

Courses at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon are taught in Spanish, thus a proficiency in the language is required.

Community College of Philadelphia and Universidad del Sagrado Corazon are both active educational partners in providing educational opportunities for currently enrolled and potential students of both institutions. Agreement to this partnership requires a commitment by both institutions to facilitate transfer options for students into a bachelor's degree program at Sagrado. Both partners are committed to the growth and change of the program as it progresses.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, NOVEMBER 10, 2004 - Join Community College of Philadelphia to shoot some hoops at Retro Night: Throw Back 40 Years, a 40th anniversary event at the College with special basketball-related activities for alumni of the College and the general public. The fun-filled evening for the entire family will begin at 3 p.m. with a pep rally to get things going. A special alumni basketball game will then be organized followed by an honoring of athletic alumni and a men's and women's basketball game beginning at 8 p.m. Enjoy some of the exciting events as the College celebrates its athletics department for alumni and anyone who loves basketball.

Community College of Philadelphia opened its doors September 23, 1965, to 1,200 students after the State Board of Education approved its application. Today, the college serves more than 40,000 students each year at its Main Campus, three Regional Centers and various community sites. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the College is the largest institution of higher education in the Philadelphia region, providing much-needed services to Philadelphia.

WHAT: Retro Night: Throw Back 40 Years
A 40th anniversary celebration for alumni and friends of the College

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

3:00 p.m. Pep Rally

4:00 p.m. Alumni Basketball Game

5:00 p.m. Honoring of Athletic Alumni

5:30 p.m. Pre-Game Entertainment

6:00 p.m. Women's Basketball Game

8:00 p.m. Men's Basketball Game

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia Gymnasium
17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill