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At its Easter Sunday service on April 16, at the 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue, location, Enon is stepping forward to support Community College of Philadelphia’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu

WHAT: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church is a strong supporter of higher education and is committed to making sure every Philadelphia public high school student can attend college. At its Sunday service on April 16, Enon is stepping forward to support Community College of Philadelphia’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program. Enon will provide an offering at the service. Funds from the offering will go toward the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.  

The 50th Anniversary Scholars Program’s ultimate goal is to ensure that any Philadelphia high school graduate who wants to go to college is able to do so. Established in 2015, in response to the White House’s American College Promise proposal, this program enables college-ready, Pell eligible Philadelphia high school graduates to attend the Community College of Philadelphia with no out-of-pocket cost for tuition and fees. Since its inception two years ago, the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program has awarded $374,586 to incoming freshman.

WHO: Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor
Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, the leader of Enon’s Women’s Ministry and a member of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation
Dr. Donald Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia
A congregation of about 7,000

WHEN: Sunday, April 16, 2017  
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Media Interviews)

WHERE: 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue on Sunday April 16, 2017

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu


The Automotive Technology Program at Community College of Philadelphia to Participate in 2017 National Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Event 

WHAT: The automotive industry is becoming more diverse with the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles, such as hybrids and electric vehicles (EV). As more urban populations have an interest in purchasing these vehicles, the demand for auto technicians trained in alternative fuels will be needed. To train those in the automotive field, and for anyone interested in starting a career in the industry, the Automotive Technology Program at Community College of Philadelphia will participate in a nationwide effort to showcase alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle options at a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey event.  

Select area high school students, college students, automotive technicians, service personnel and the general public are invited to attend the Odyssey event. The day will include lectures and workshops from professionals in the automotive tech field. Participants will be broken up into student groups where they can meet with speakers.

WHO:  Guest speakers and panel topics include:

Daniel Reed, Community College of Philadelphia, Auto Technology Program – Hybrid and EV Safety Precautions
Tony Bandiero, Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation – Alternative Fuels Facts, and Infrastructure in Our Region
Joe Torchiana, Torchiana Automotive Training – CNG/Propane Conversions and Vehicle Safety

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, go to Community College of Philadelphia

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, West Regional Center, 4731 Ludlow Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19139

VISUALS: Various alternative fuel vehicles, including EVs, charge systems and hybrids will be on display, dozens of students learning hands-on training about the alternative fuels industry.


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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.


Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu


Philadelphia, April 31, 2017---As the nation’s first World Heritage City, Philadelphia prides itself on global engagement and global citizenship. Community College of Philadelphia continuously builds upon those civic and cultural values, and this week it is inviting the City to join in during its 33rd Annual International Festival, which will be April 3-10.

The festival began largely as a celebration of food, dance and culture, but over the years it has broadened to integrate lectures on current affairs and integrate events with classroom-based activities. This year’s theme, “Identity within a Global Citizenry” touches upon many timely topics in the news, such as political changes in Cuba and the Middle East; refugees and immigration.

With the goal of developing an informed citizenry, faculty have broadened the scope of educational opportunities by connecting lectures with classrooms and using the dialog to engage students in the study of world history, languages, and more.

For example, Tanzania and Cuba are central topics at this year’s festival. Over the summer, groups of students and faculty from the College will study abroad in those countries, learning about the history, culture and more. “I would like to emphasize this College has been a national leader in winning and using federal grants to internationalize our college,” said Dr. Fay Beauchamp, who is the College’s director for the Center for International Understanding.

Students benefit from the grants, as the curricula has become internationalize, Dr. Beauchamp said, and classes have been added and programs enriched. As a result, the College now offers an array of language classes in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Swahili and courses focused on different world areas.

The International Festival Luncheon will kick off the week with a keynote address from the City Solicitor for Philadelphia, Sozi Pedro Tulante, who will discuss immigration and reflect upon current events. Tulante, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1983 as a political refugee, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire); manages 300 staff in the Philadelphia Law Department, and represents the City in all lawsuits. Although RSVPs for the Luncheon are now closed, a plethora of other events will be open to the public to attend.

On Friday, the social activist Hip Hop Duo Obsesion from Havana, Cuba, will showcase their work as activist artists. Alexey Rodriguez Mola and Magia Lopez Cabrera, the founding members of Obsesion, will discuss their role in the hip hop movement in Cuba since the 1990s. The event starts at 11:30 AM April 7, in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-19.

Additional newsworthy events include the following:

  • Reception and Lecture to Celebrate 2016 and 2017 Title VI Tanzania Study Abroad students and faculty: The reception will recognize the contributions of Dr. Richard Mshomba, Professor of Economics at LaSalle University. Dr. Mshomba will also lead a lecture titled “From Social Activist Rhetoric to Independence and Unity: The Case of Julius Nyerere and Tanzania.” Monday, April 3, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Great Hall, Room S2-19, Winnet Student Life Building
  • Understanding Middle Eastern Cultures and Contemporary Life: Dr. Beauchamp; Professor Soad Shindy, Arabic instructor at the College; and Ms. Simaa Amin— will lead conversations focused on Islamic traditions and beliefs and social justice associated with the culture both in the Middle East and the United States. Tuesday, April 4, 9:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Great Hall, Room S2-19, Winnet Student Life Building
  • Fair Trade Chocolate and the Need to End Forced Child Labor in the International Chocolate Industry: Students from the International Student Association (ISA), alongside Professor Ari Bank, will lead a presentation and discussion focusing on fair trade chocolate, and strategies to eliminate global forced child labor. Tuesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room C2-28, Center for Business and Industry
  • Taste the World Event: Experience a variety of tastes and flavors from around the world prepared by the students in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program. Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m., Pavilion Building, 2nd Floor
  • South Asian Dance Performance: Siddhendra Kuchipudi Art Academy which promotes India's cultural heritage by teaching and performing Kuchipudi, a South Indian classical dance form, will perform with their Founder and Artistic Director Swathi Atluri (Gundapuneedi). Wednesday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., BG-20, Bonnell Building
  • Japan Fishermen’s Dance and Cultural Explanations: Professor Akiko Mori, Instructor of Japanese, and many of her students will perform Soran Bushi, one of Japan’s most famous traditional songs with a dance. Between performances Professor Mori will explain the significance and history of the various “Fishermen’s Dances.” Wednesday, April 5, 12:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., BG-20, Bonnell Building
  •  International Festival Cultural Show: The annual Show demonstrates the appreciation of the diverse traditions of students at Community College of Philadelphia. Hosted by the founder of the College’s International Festival—Dr. Pairat Sethbhakdi, and Swahili language instructor Beatrice Bolger and her Swahili 101 students. Wednesday, April 5, 1:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., BG-20, Bonnell Building
  • Obsesion—Women’s Rights and Social Concerns in Cuba: Talk and Discussion: Obsesion will discuss how the hip hop movements relates to their Afro-Cuban communities focusing on women’s rights, the Afro-Cuban culture, and their struggles with race relations. Friday, April 7, 12:40 p.m.-1:40 p.m., Great Hall, Room S2-19, Winnet Student Life Building

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.


Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. March 28 -- Community College of Philadelphia this week purchased land from a benefactor that will enable it to expand and improve the Automotive Technology Program, which is located in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone, and operating at capacity with a 100 percent job placement rate.

The College acquired the .63 acres of land below market value from long-time West Philadelphia Businessman Daniel Veloric and the Daniel Veloric Foundation. The funds for the purchase was provided by the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation. The Foundation used funds designated for capital projects. The parcel is adjacent to the College’s current Automotive Technology facility at 4735 Ludlow Street, near 48thstreet.

With this donation, Veloric, a successful entrepreneur who started more than 15 operating companies in fields ranging from financial-management services and medical supplies to health care, fulfills his longtime dream for West Philadelphia, a neighborhood in which he has invested for much of his career. His philanthropy will support a program that enables residents of West Philadelphia to acquire in-demand skills that lead to jobs and community prosperity.

“We are extremely pleased about this acquisition,” said Dr. Donald Generals, president of the College. “Our students are in high-demand across the region with many getting jobs long before they graduate, The market research found there aren’t currently enough training opportunities to meet the needs of area employers. This expansion is especially noteworthy because it will occur within the West Philadelphia Promise Zone and offer a fast-track to employment.”

“You know what youth can do with education because you did it,” Verloric said to Dr. Generals at the deed signing on Monday, noting the president’s humble upbringings in a working-class neighborhood in Paterson, New Jersey. “I want to give everybody an opportunity. Education is a slam dunk.”

The College, which currently has 120 students in the Automotive Technology Program, expects to begin construction on the $15 to $18 million project in early 2018, once financing is in place. When the 37,000 square-foot facility is completed the Automotive Technology Program will double its enrollment capacity

and have sufficient space to offer training related to diesel cars and trucks and alternative fuel vehicles. The current 10,000 square-foot facility will be demolished.

The Automotive Technology Program provides students with the opportunity to develop both technical and business skills in automotive maintenance and repair, as well as in automotive management, marketing and sales. About 70 percent of the training is hands-on. It enrolls about 80 students each semester.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2015 median salary for an automotive technician was $37, 850. Employers today prefer that technicians and mechanics complete a formal education training at a post-secondary institution, the labor bureau said. Between 2014-2024, 39,000 new auto tech jobs are expected to be created.

The program at the College is extremely competitive. This year Kaomi Adjonki, a student in the automotive technician program, won best poster presentation at the largest Transportation conference in the world, Transportation Research Board. He became the first community college student to ever be awarded this honor, competing against students in programs earning bachelor, master and doctorate degrees.


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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.


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