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This month, the college announced free courses for students in good academic standing who increase their course load to 15 credits a semester. The program works like this: Pay for 12 credits - the equivalent of four courses - and the college picks up the tab for the fifth, worth about $555.

PHILADELPHIA, August 28, 2014—Community College of Philadelphia has launched a new initiative designed to cut student debt loads, increase affordability and reduce the length of time it takes students to graduate.

Complete With 15, a new tuition assistance program launched this fall, is offering a scholarship to eligible students who were enrolled in at least nine and no more than 14 credits the previous semester. The scholarship will cover the cost of one additional three-credit course and fees, a value of $555 a semester. To qualify, students must be city residents and must already have at least 24 college credits. Associate degree programs at the College typically require a student to earn between 60 and 62 academic credits to earn a degree.

Dr. Samuel Hirsch, vice president for Student Affairs, explained, “The Complete With 15 initiative will provide students with the opportunity to accelerate their progression to degree completion while saving money and time.”

The new initiative is part of an ongoing commitment to student completion and success. The College will hold tuition flat this fall, retaining the current rate of $153 per credit hour. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation raised nearly $8.5 million in private and public funds for programs and scholarships. Last year, the College partnered with Single Stop USA, which helped connect more than 1,000 students to state and federal benefits and services. Participants who received help with taxes netted more than $1 million in refunds.

Mai Nguyen, a 2013 graduate of Constitution High School in Old City, was among the first students to apply for the new scholarship. This fall, she will carry a 15-credit course load instead of 12, which will position her to graduate within two years. “I realized that if I were to take 12 credits, by the time I graduate it would be two-and-a-half or three years. But with the scholarship, I can squeeze in all the credits I need to graduate on time,” said Nguyen who wishes to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. “I think that it’s speeding up the process of me graduating and getting an associate’s.”

Complete With 15 scholarship recipients, receive one-on-one academic advising in which an advisor maps out an education plan. Each student signs a Term of Agreement promising to follow the prescribed plan. To remain eligible for scholarship renewal, students must maintain good academic standing, have no withdrawals or course failures, meet all financial obligations, and have no enrollment changes to the course sequence or declared major and degree. Other eligibility requirements apply. More information on the program is available here.

Nguyen said that the one-on-one advising was a great benefit. She feels good knowing she has a set education plan and a clear path to her associate’s degree. She’s already considering where she’ll enroll for her bachelor’s degree and is even thinking of graduate school. “This scholarship was a really good thing,” she said.


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.

RSVP for the Private Reception for Dr. Donald Generals

Dr. Donald Generals, President


Dr. Donald Generals, president
Community College of Philadelphia
cordially invites you to a joint reception for the

Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees and Foundation Board

Philadelphia City Council unveiled the "Community Sustainability Initiative" at a presentation Wednesday hosted by The Community College of Philadelphia.

RSVP for the Nonprofit Leaders Private Reception

Dr. Donald Generals, President

Community College of Philadelphia cordially invites you to meet our new president, Dr. Donald Generals at a special Leaders Breakfast for the Nonprofit Community

Thursday, October 9, 2014 8–9 a.m.

Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets

Philadelphia, PA 19130

RSVP for the Chamber of Commerce Private Reception

Dr. Donald Generals, President

A Chambers of Commerce Breakfast with the College’s new president Dr. Donald Generals

Friday, November 14, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Pavilion Building, Klein Cube
17th Street (between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 30, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, August 18, 2014—The 2014-2015 academic year offers a range of new programs and initiatives to support Philadelphia learners. Among the unique offerings - free legal assistance for students each Wednesday on the Main Campus. Attorneys who specialize in areas such as housing, employment, utilities, government benefits, and other consumer related issues will assist students with issues that could potentially interfere with students’ educational goals.
Community College of Philadelphia is committed to helping students persist, and the legal aid joins a range of services designed to help them stay in school while weathering life’s storms. The new offering is through the Single Stop USA office, which provides free and comprehensive social and financial services such as benefits screening and tax preparation free of charge for students. Legal advice is available on a set schedule, with advice for utility shut-offs and billing issues offered August 27; and issues with government benefits offered September 3. For additional dates and topics this fall, students should visit the Single Stop office in room M1-21 of the Mint building or call 267-299-5910. Last year, Single Stop served more than 1,000 students at the College in its inaugural year. Participants who received help with taxes netted more than $1 million in tax refunds.
Among the other exciting new developments for Fall:
* New Tuition Aid Program Offers Incentive to Complete Degrees Faster
The new Complete With 15 initiative makes a degree more affordable while reducing the amount of time to earn one. It offers eligible students, who were enrolled in at least nine and no more than 14 credits their previous semester, a scholarship to cover the cost of an additional three-credit course and fees. Taking an additional course helps full-time students complete program requirements sooner. For more eligibility requirements visit http://www.ccp.edu/paying-college/tuition-assistance-programs/complete-15 or call the office of Student Success initiatives at 215-751-8136.
* Pell Grant Funds Increase
The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2014-15 academic year is $5,730 - an $85 increase over last year. Also, effective with the 2014-2015 FAFSA, any legal marriage will be recognized for financial aid purposes without regard to whether the marriage is between persons of the same sex. Student should check their College email account and their MyCCP account portal for financial aid updates.
* New Biology Laboratory and Degree
In August, the new Interdisciplinary Research Room opened on the fourth floor of the West building and the College joined a growing number of two-year institutions across the nation with professional research laboratories on campus. The lab is equipped for academic research in cell and or molecular physiology, and bacterial protein physiology, and was created with the help of a $230,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Students now have the option of earning a new Associate in Science degree in Biology. Additionally, a new biochemistry major will be available in spring 2015 for students interested in preparing for pre-medical training.
* Tuition Freeze
The College made the decision to keep the current tuition rate at $153 per credit hour for Philadelphia residents, and forego an increase. A growing number of its students are turning to loans to pay for their community college education. The College is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania.
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.

WHO: Nicole Pullen Ross, Mid-Atlantic Region Head, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Dr. Donald Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia; Cassandra Bailey, President and CEO of Slice Communications, LLC, a Philadelphia marketing and public relations company and Zach Stone, Chief Strategic Officer of Red Kite Project, a Philadelphia human capital development company.
WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, August 22
WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia. Room C2-28.
WHAT: An additional 32 entrepreneurs from across the region will graduate from the rigorous Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses–Greater Philadelphia program, which has entered its second year. Participants said they entered the program as strangers with seemingly little in common but will leave as colleagues. Two of them, Stone and Bailey, will share the struggles and rewards of small business ownership and explain how the program helped them. Goldman Sachs and College executives will congratulate participants and present them with completion certificates. 10,000 Small Businesses–Greater Philadelphia is an initiative to help small businesses create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. For more information or to apply for the next cohort forming, visit www.ccp.edu/10KSB.

Lynette Brown-Sow, vice president of Marketing and Government Relations, described Philadelphia as a city built on diversity where many different views come together to create a shared vision of hope. She was among business and community leaders who were invited to use art to express what makes and keeps a city hopeful. Her artwork is among the pieces displayed in Defining a Hopeful City Through Art, an exhibition that runs June 26 through August 29 on the 4th floor, northwest corner of City Hall. Brown-Sow, a lifelong Philadelphian not formally trained as an artist, created a piece titled, City of Hope. “I built my City of Hope out of different colors, materials, symbols and textures and brought them together to mirror the diversity of Philadelphia and illustrate that with a shared history and a shared vision of the future, our differences can bring us together rather than set us apart,” she says in her artists’ statement. “Like the infinite circle of a rounded stool, knowledge and wisdom come from all around us, and we become our wisest selves when we open our eyes, minds and souls to the wisdom of others…. Together, and with the roots planted by generations before us, we have reason to be hopeful…”


The business and community leaders were originally asked to create the artwork for the annual Hopeful City gala held November 2013, which supported BuildaBridge International, a nonprofit organization that uses art to bring hope and healing to children and families in crisis. The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and BuildaBridge International are exhibit sponsors.

The College honored employees for outstanding service during the April 30 Honors Tea in the Mint Building Rotunda.

The League for Innovation in the Community College gave Tara J. Timberman, assistant professor of English, and Kathleen M. Smith, J.D., professor of Paralegal Studies and director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, the Innovation of the Year Award for Community College of Philadelphia for their Reentry Through Higher Education Achievement program. Dr. Judith Gay presented the award.

Jenavia Weaver, coordinator for Student Life and Leadership, received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service for an Administrator.

Gilberto Gonzalez, graphic designer in the Division of Marketing and Government Relations and host of Entre Nosotros on CCPTV, received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service for Diversity.

Lisa Burns, of the Northeast Regional Center, received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service for a Classified/Confidential Employee.

Deborah D. Rossi, professor of Medical Assisting and Head Department of Allied Health, received the faculty Presidential Award for Distinguished Service.

Environmental services employees Paula Perry-Gable, Felipe Cruz; and assistant professor of Nursing, Petrina McFarlane, received certificates of appreciation and honorary nursing pins for their efforts this past fall to help a faculty member who collapsed and needed medical attention.