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The Colonials have an impressive 13-1 record. CCP is tied for No. 2 with Eastfield College in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III men’s basketball top 10 rankings.

The 23rd Annual African American Children's Book Fair takes place in Philadelphia on February 7, 2015. Author and illustrators will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional give-aways and reading resources will be available. A wide selection of African American books to purchase will be featured at the event.

Mark Casasanto Jr., of the 2400 block of South 20th Street, captured Conference Player of the Year distinction for helping Community College of Philadelphia to win its first Eastern States Soccer League title. The Girard Estate star gained secondary education renown while a member of Roman Catholic High School.

Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) is among 13 Pennsylvania colleges planning to expand course offerings early next year in response to the needs of surrounding communities.

Heads of the four companies met through Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program in Philadelphia. Michael Brown, founder of ECSI, an HVAC contracting firm specializing in energy retrofits, graduated from the training program in 2013. He's the one who leased the Navy Yard space, and will sub-lease to the other three participating companies.

Although a community college may not seem like an athlete’s first choice to start their collegiate sports career, players at such schools recognize the benefits and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Six months ago at the Community College of Philadelphia, nine people recognized these hurdles. We'd met as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business network - a program that helps established small businesses of all types get a crash course on various business skills via a Babson College curriculum.

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The annual Celebration of the Stars event honors the College's 20, 30 and 40-year employees. This year's event featured a costume contest, with employees paying tribute to the College's opening year of 1965.

Back Row, left to right: Assistant coach Terrell Wright, assistant coach Solomon Walker, Rafiq Johnson, Basir Fulmore, Ron Rollins, Mikal Mumin, Lennon Winebrenner, Dante Collier, Zachary Stone, Jaleel Williams, manager Fred Washington, Nigel Caldwell, Marcus Smith, head coach Joe Rome, manager Kyle Stanton, assistant coach Kenyatta McKinney, assistant coach Andre Wright. Front row,left to right: Devin Bowsky and Jeff Giddings. (Not Pictured: Jeff Williford and Eric Massenburg, Jr.)

Dante Collier’s days start at 2:30 a.m. when he wakes up to deliver the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. The early start means less sleep, however it leaves his days open for a full course-load at Community College of Philadelphia, where he is a starting guard and co-captain of the men’s basketball team.

During the week, Collier’s day usually ends with either practice or a game. It’s more than a hobby for the 5’10” point guard for the Colonials. “Basketball is my way of getting away from the world. It’s like a stress reliever. When I’m on the court and playing, I get to have as much fun as I want,” said Collier, a Business major. Other members of the team work as well to support themselves and family members, and pay for school. They make time for the basketball team because they share Collier’s passion.

Lately, the team has been making an indelible impression on sports enthusiasts across the nation. The Colonials, with a 12-1 record, are ranked third nationally in the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association’s (NJCAA), an honor that has made the scrappy team a target as of late for its opponents.

“The guys are playing hard and working well together. Really, it’s those two things which are why we are where we are right now,” said Joe Rome, the men’s basketball coach. “We’ve got half a season to go. We’ll see what happens in the second half. As long as we stay together as a team we should be okay.”

Collier credits the bond that he and other veteran players have formed with newer players this year for the success. “We’re able to talk to the freshmen about how to keep things together. The main thing is sticking together and not quitting,” Collier said. “When you play on a team, it’s more like a brotherhood. When one person goes down or one person isn’t feeling good or is upset, you lend him a helping hand and keep him motivated. Keep everybody together on a nice, calm level and they’ll feed off that energy.”

The regular season has 27 games, 13 of which were completed by December 16. If the team maintains its winning streak it would compete for the conference, region and ultimately national championship.

As the team heads into winter break it needs to play well, Collier said. “You have to expect people are going to play their hearts out against us,” he said. “People know that we’re ranked now and these other teams want to be the one to beat us.”

The men’s basketball roster includes: Dante Collier, Basir Fulmore, Marcus Smith, Eric Massenburg, Jr., Jeff Giddings, Nigel Caldwell, Lennon Winebrenner, Devin Bowsky, Rafiq Johnson, Ron Rollins, Jaleel Williams, Jeff Williford, Mikal Mumin and Zachary Stone.

Smith and Caldwell currently are the team’s highest scorers. Smith is averaging 10.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds, while Caldwell averages 10.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.