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A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Gwynn recently completed his Bachelor's Degree in business administration.  He also earned an Associates' Degree in business administration from the Community College of Philadelphia.

Sionie King, a senior at Mastery’s Lenfest campus in Old City, will be enrolled in an honors program at the Community College of Philadelphia. She selected the school in hopes of mitigating debt before transferring to a four-year college.

Employees Luncheon

Forty-eight classified/confidential employees reached 5-40 year milestones of service to the College. That adds up to a combined total of 915 years.

That individual commitment and collective service took center stage on Wednesday, May 6 when the College community came together for the 31st annual Classified/Confidential Employees Luncheon at The Great Hall.

Staff gathered to congratulate their colleagues for their long-serving commitment to the College at the end-of-year celebration. Old school jams filled the Great Hall as employees took photos, relaxed and caught up with familiar faces.

“Today is a very special day to recognize and congratulate those who grease the wheels and make things happen around here,” said Dr. Generals, President of the College. “Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to Community College of Philadelphia for the wonderful job that you do.”

Dr. Generals, who was installed as the sixth president of the College at a celebratory inauguration ceremony and reception just days before the luncheon, expressed his thanks to the audience for the warm wishes of support he has received since the ceremony. “I really look forward to hundreds—well, not hundreds—dozens of years of working with you,” he added, to the laughter of the audience.

To cap off the celebration, the College announced its Employee of the Year, Debra Carr, a longtime administrative associate for the Registrar’s Office. Carr also received an award at the ceremony for her 30 years of service to the College.

“Debbie Carr is reliable and intentional about being a productive member of the unit,” said Dr. Samuel Hirsch, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Her experience and willingness to accept new and challenging tasks are valuable to the department. Her friendly smile and demeanor has a way of brightening up the day.”

A hard-working planning committee helped to organize this year’s luncheon, including Ruth Al-Ameen and Debbie Coley of Math, Science and Health Careers; Joyce Angelucci and Jennifer Ford of Library and Learning Resources; and Ida Swindle of the Office of Student Affairs.

Campus Philly, a local nonprofit that works to fuel economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live, and work in the Greater Philadelphia tristate region, has named Donald Generals and Nicole Wormley to its board. Generals is the president of the Community College of Philadelphia. Wormley is the senior manager of U.S. talent acquisition at Campbell Soup Co.

Dr. Donald Generals

To help kick off Diversity Week, Dr. Donald Guy Generals led the College community in a wide-ranging discussion about the impact of diversity on our lives and our nation on April 6 at the fourth Fireside Chat of the academic year.

Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the event at the Winnet Student Life Building Coffeehouse to share their thoughts and reflections on diversity. Since November, Dr. Generals has been holding Fireside Chats to provide the College community an opportunity to read about present and past societal issues and articulate their thoughts, beliefs and experiences. Past Fireside Chats explored Hispanic culture and life, African American history and culture, and the historical accomplishments of women.

“Encouraging diversity throughout the Community College of Philadelphia community is more than a goal. It’s a shared mindset and commitment,” Dr. Generals wrote in his invitation to the fourth chat.

The dialogue opened with a discussion on two books—one, the 1956 classic novel, Giovanni’s Room by African American writer James Baldwin, and the other, the 2007 memoir Infidel by Somali-Dutch activist and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

For Dr. Generals, Giovanni’s Room “was one of the consummate expressions of the issues of diversity. It cut across cultural, racial and sexual lines.” He drew parallels between the protagonist in Giovanni’s Room, a white American ex-soldier in Paris who feels conflicted about his sexuality, and Baldwin, an expatriate who struggled with his identity as a gay black man and left the United States to escape the sting of racism.

Dr. Generals noted that as a writer in the 1950s and 1960s, Baldwin shared similar struggles with another gay black man of that era, Bayard Rustin. Rustin was the civil rights activist who was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington but did not receive public credit for his role. Both Baldwin and Rustin, Dr. Generals said, were marginalized not just by the larger white society, but also by their fellow African Americans for their sexual identity.

The Harlem Renaissance shaped Baldwin’s views of diversity and his development as an artist and activist, Dr. Generals shared. African American writers, musicians, and artists of the Renaissance, he noted, expressed racial pride, incorporated jazz and blues into their work, and broke down racial barriers through their work.

Switching gears to present-day activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dr. Generals briefly traced Ali’s life—her life growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic household in Somalia, her escape to the Netherlands from a forced marriage, and finally, her subsequent rise to the Dutch Congress. Faced with death threats, Ali moved to the United States and is now a prominent critic of fundamentalist Islamic views of women.

One student posed a provocative question to Dr. Generals on whether fundamentalism is a reaction against the pressure to assimilate into the American melting pot.

“For me, we’re a tossed salad, not a melting pot. For me, it’s jazz,” he answered. “Each person has an opportunity to solo, but the foundation of their performance is laid with their group. So I think our strength is in our diversity, and that diversity can be coalesced into a commonality that we all appreciate, understand, value, and celebrate our differences.”

In addition to the Fireside Chat, Diversity Week featured events ranging from interactive workshops and trainings to panel discussions, films, and performances. Other program highlights included:

  • A keynote address by Angela Giampolo, founder of Philadelphia’s LGBT law blog and resource directory, www.phillygaylawyer.com;
  • Documentary screenings of “Storied Streets,” about the struggles of the homeless and formerly homeless, and “The History of 20G,” about the oldest Latino gang in Pennsylvania;
  • A performance by Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus; and,
  • Panel discussions featuring members of the Philadelphia-based LGBTQ Attic Youth Center and students of the Veterans Resource Center.
Peake graduated from college last year at age 52. He and his daughter Ebony, 30, joke that they got their degrees the same year. In December, he earned his in behavioral health from Community College of Philadelphia.

The webinar highlighted many state and local experiments on free tuition, such as those underway at Harper College and Community College of Philadelphia, as well as the ongoing  conversation currently taking place around whether the president’s proposal should be put into place just at two-year institutions or whether it’s something that could translate to all public higher education institutions.

 The Community College of Philadelphia (1700 Spring Garden St.) has named Dr. Donald Guy Generals as its sixth president.

Recipients of Illinois Institute of Technology’s top transfer scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship, gathered to celebrate the 2015 graduating class on Monday, May 11, at Tech Park for a lunch banquet.

Contacts: Linda Wallace 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Amy Yuen 215-751-8021, ayuen@ccp.edu

 PHILADELPHIA, May 18, 2015—Small business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region are invited to apply for the next cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program, scheduled to begin September 10 at Community College of Philadelphia. The deadline to apply is June 15.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a training program designed to help entrepreneurs, poised for growth, develop valuable skills to grow their businesses and provides them with information about accessing financial capital and powerful networking opportunities—at no cost. Since 2013, almost 200 entrepreneurs have benefited from the Greater Philadelphia program and have continued to work together.

Participants can expect one-on-one business coaching, legal and financial clinics, workshops, and a dynamic network of peers and experts. Small business owners also will learn to identify and evaluate opportunities, embrace practices that increase business growth, and ultimately develop a comprehensive growth plan for their businesses.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to growing their businesses and creating jobs within the community. They should meet the following criteria: • Owner or co-owner of a business; • Business in operation for at least two years; • Business revenues over $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year; and • Minimum of four employees, including the owner.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation are committing $20 million to the program in the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information and to apply, visit 10ksb online