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The New Student Welcome on August 22 offered incoming students the opportunity to learn the campus and discover the array of support services available. The day included fun activities and the chance to make new friends.

10,000 Small Businesses Graduating Class

Thirty-two entrepreneurs, the largest class ever for 10,000 Small Businesses—Greater Philadelphia, celebrated the completion of the program August 22 at a graduation ceremony in the Center for Business and Industry.

In alphabetical order, the graduates are:

Cassandra Bailey, president and CEO of Slice Communications; Donahue Bailey, president and CEO of Atrium International, Inc.; Liz Bello, manager and co-owner of Mercer Café; Luis Berrios, president of Locating Utility Infrastructure Services, LLC; William Capers, president and CEO of Pitter Patter Learning Center, LLC; Ken Carter, president and chief operating officer of Supra Office Solutions, Inc.; Bob Christian, president of University City Review, Inc.; Anita Conner, owner of Anita T. Conner & Associates, PC; Daniel Culp, chief operating officer of Pride Klean; C. Katherine DeStefano, CEO of New Horizons Counseling Services, Inc.; John Fleming, managing member of Fleming Consulting, LLC; Jossi Fritz-Mauer, co-executive director of the Energy Co-Op; Kevin Gatto, president of Verde Salon Inc.; Farelen Gonzalez, facility director of Casa de Consejeria y Salud Integral Inc.; Raymond Jones, CEO of We See You, LLC; Patrick Kelly, owner and president of Stein Your Florist, Co.; Srini Lokula, president of Ram Tech Systems, Inc.; Andrew Magnus, president of BTC Envelopes and Printing, LLC; Kariema Milligan, president of Milligan Group LLC; Chris Molieri, co-owner of Greenstreet Coffee Roasters; Colin O’Neil, vice president of Bookbinder Specialties, LLC; Katie O’Neill, co-owner and creative director of Mushmina; David Rose, president of Brio Solutions; Scott Seltzer, president of ConnectMe; April Slobodrian, president of Northeast Construction, Inc.; Michael Smith, president of Round 2 Lighting, LLC; Blane Stoddart, president and CEO of BFW Group, LLC; Zach Stone, chief strategy officer of Red Kite Consulting, Inc.; Andy Truong, president and CEO of Greendog Recycling Inc.; Jean Wang, president of Quantum, Inc.; Yvette Watts, general manager of Watts Window Cleaning & Janitorial Co., Inc.; Theresa Williams, administrator of Around the Clock Home Health Care Services.

At Community College of Philadelphia, students can take advantage of dozens of transfer agreements and partnerships with great four-year colleges around the country.

Donal Generals, the college’s new president who came on board in July, chatted about how the community college is working with four-year institutions of higher education to provide the best options for students.

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.


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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