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The Community College of Philadelphia, alone, has 450 students enrolled in its early-childhood program, said Amy Saia, the program coordinator.

Local church leaders and others are coming together to make change to the growing poverty problem in Philadelphia. The summit will be held on May 19th at the Community College of Philadelphia.

For more information on these events, visit PowerInterfaith.org

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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

PHILADELPHIA, February 18, 2016 – Community College of Philadelphia has announced new pathways that will help increase the global diversity of the student body and allow more international students to earn associate degrees with honors and transfer to top four-year universities to complete their bachelor’s degrees—saving a significant amount on the cost of their overall tuition for a bachelor’s degree.

“We are delighted to partner with Quad Learning to bring American Honors Pathways to our campus,” says Dr. Donald Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia. “This leverages the academic success of our Liberal Arts Honors program to allow the College to expand its international student enrollment. Additionally, it provides these students with timely transfer supports and seamless transfer to leading universities.”

International students in American Honors Pathways at Community College of Philadelphia take rigorous courses designed to prepare them for junior- and senior-level coursework at top academic institutions. By beginning at Community College of Philadelphia, eligible students from overseas who meet the appropriate criteria are able to reduce the total cost of their education and graduate from the College’s Liberal Arts Honors program with assured admission to a top 100 U.S. university.

Once in the program, international American Honors Pathways students are assigned a faculty advisor and an international support coach who help them graduate on time and transfer to their best-fit four-year university. For students enrolled in the Honors University Pathway, there is access to more than 70 top colleges and universities in the American Honors National Transfer Network.

“We are excited that Community College of Philadelphia is joining a select group of community colleges that are part of the American Honors network. Community College of Philadelphia was one of the first community colleges in the country to establish a Liberal Arts Honors program, and it has been helping students achieve great outcomes for three decades,” says Phil Bronner, CEO and Co-founder of Quad Learning. “At American Honors, we are committed to empowering students with individualized coaching, a supportive honors community, and an unparalleled network of four-year partners that helps students successfully complete their bachelor’s degree and realize their full potential."

Community College of Philadelphia also provides domestic scholars with a wide-range of transfer paths. These students may also select the Liberal Arts Honors program, which is designed to serve students who plan to advance into professional life through demanding undergraduate and graduate programs in competitive colleges and universities. Between 2005 and 2013, 264 former Community College of Philadelphia students transferred to the University of Pennsylvania and to other Ivy League universities, including Brown, Cornell, Yale and Harvard, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse.

In addition to the Liberal Arts Honors program track, the American Honors Pathways at Community College of Philadelphia offers options for international students of all abilities, including multiple levels of English as a Second Language, and a wide range of associate degrees in academic and technical fields. Students who perform well in these programs may have the opportunity to transfer into the honors program.

Community College of Philadelphia joins nine other community colleges in six states across the U.S. that are part of the American Honors network. It will begin offering the American Honors Pathways for international students in Fall 2016. Students interested in applying should email international@americanhonors.org with questions. The selection process is holistic and examines candidates’ academic achievements, English language ability (as measured through TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP, or other exams), leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, standardized test scores and commitment to the ideals of the program.


American Honors is a 2-year honors program and pathways offered through the collaboration of DC-based Quad Learning along with leading community colleges. It offers students a national transfer network that includes 70+ colleges and universities. For more information about the American Honors program and network, visit http://americanhonors.org.  


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Middle school students participate in a mock Youth Court, a peer mediation created by attorney and advocate Edgar Cahn, who delivered a talk on social justice during Law and Society Week.

An inspirational week of dialogue, discussion and action marked the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society’s 17th annual Law and Society Week at Community College of Philadelphia, a week in which judicial ethics were explored and social justice was the rallying cry.

Law and Society Week provided students, faculty, staff and community members with updates on emerging legal issues and trends while offering practical advice from respected experts. More than two dozen workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations during the week were free and open to the public.

Among the week's highlights was Edgar Cahn, distinguished attorney, law professor and one of the nation’s foremost advocates for social justice, who delivered a talk about community equality. “It’s exciting to be here,” he said, praising the College for its longtime support of Law and Society Week. “You are doing what very few institutions are doing. You are talking about justice.”

Informative, aspirational and still a burning advocate for justice, the 81-year-old Cahn shared his transformative experience of falling in love and marrying an aspiring African American lawyer, Jean Camper, in 1957, and subsequently being subjected to discrimination, prompting him to work even harder for social justice.

In keeping with their belief that the legal system should be used as an instrument for promoting social justice, Edgar and Jean Camper Cahn (who died of breast cancer in 1991) co-founded the Antioch School of Law in the early 1970s (now renamed the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of District of Columbia). It was the first institution to educate law students primarily through clinical training in legal services to the poor.

For some visionaries, that would be enough, but Cahn didn't stop there. His desire to involve communities in promoting systems of self-help birthed the Time Dollars project in the late 1980s, a service credit program that now has more than 70 registered programs in the United States, Great Britain and Japan. The idea behind his use of “time dollars” was to mobilize a non- market economy that recognized and rewarded reciprocal contributions of service and caring.

“It’s essentially a tax-exempt barter system, where people earn credit to help each other and use those credits to help themselves,” Cahn explained. “Say for instance you have a sick child and can’t go to class, somebody can take notes for you. It’s a new kind of extended family.”

One social justice idea begat another. The Time Dollar philosophy inspired Cahn, in the early ‘90s, to establish Youth Court, aimed to keep teenagers out of the juvenile justice system, and help them learn to negotiate and communicate better. Cahn believed that people do better when they contribute to the solution of their own problems. There are now more than 1,000 Youth Courts in the United States.

“You can’t get to justice by simply funding programs,” Cahn said. “Money alone will not solve the problem. You have to involve the people the program is designed for to try to help you come up with ideas.”

A wealth of ideas was shared during Law and Society Week. The week started with an exploration of the psychological effects of war, specifically post-traumatic stress, told through a screening of “Our Way

Home: Transitioning from the Front Lines to the Homefront.” The documentary told the homecoming stories of United States veterans from World War II to the present. It was produced by Alexis Werner, who started the nonprofit, Seeds of Hope, as a way not only to understand the war her stepfather waged in Afghanistan, but the war raging inside himself upon his return.

College students, faculty and staff were treated to a lineup of panel discussions and presentations as varied as an examination of mass incarceration through a hip hop musical (“The Last Jimmy”) to a discussion by U.S. Department of State officials about the plight of international refugees; and a discussion of recent breeches in judicial ethics and the impact they have on public perception.

“The feedback has been phenomenal,” said Kathleen Smith, J.D., director of the College’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, who founded Law and Society Week with her husband, David M.Freeman, J.D., associate professor of Social Science at the College. “Students have been bubbling all week about what they learned. It’s about engagement, and sparking interest in the bigger world.”

Biomedical Equipment Technology April 12 Information Session

If you plan to join us for the information session on Tuesday, April 12 at 2:40 p.m. in Room W4-37, please complete the RSVP form. If you are unable to attend, but would like more information about the program, please feel free to contact us:

Randy Libros, Applied Science and Engineering Technology (ASET) Director

Mozhgan (Maggie) Bahadory, BMET Recruitment Coordinator

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

Philadelphia ­ MaST Community Charter School (MaST) has partnered with Community College of Philadelphia to provide a dual enrollment opportunity to high school students. During their first year in the program, students take three courses per term along with two to three MaST courses. College level courses are a mixture of online and traditional classes held at the College’s Northeast Regional Center. By senior year, the students will have completed twenty courses totaling sixty college credits. The first MaST cohort to complete the dual enrollment program, MC2 , will receive an Associate’s Degree in Business in June of 2018, along with their high school diploma.

“I have great respect for the work that MaST does for their students, “said Kathy Mulray, Northeast Regional Center Director at Community College of Philadelphia. “MaST is at the forefront when it comes to providing experiences for students to better prepare them for adult life. The partnership between Community College of Philadelphia and MaST Community Charter School creates a direct, clear pipeline to higher education.”

Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia, said the program benefits the City and its businesses, not just MaST students. “Mounting evidence suggests that when high school students take college-level courses, college participation rates increase for students who would not otherwise be college bound,” he said. “Programs such as these provide an accelerated career track for Philadelphia’s motivated and talented high school students. As more local students begin taking college classes during their high school years, Philadelphia will develop the knowledgeable and skilled workforce needed in a globalized economy."

The College offers a range of dual enrollment programs, some serving high­achieving students and others providing pathways for populations currently underrepresented in higher education.

MaST Community Charter School’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. John Swoyer agreed that the partnership is another exciting opportunity for MaST students. Swoyer stated: “The dual enrollment business program offers our students an opportunity to get an Associate’s degree while they are in high school. It also saves them time and money by offering college credit courses for half the cost of courses for a four- year degree. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity as a student? It was a no brainer for MaST to participate. We are very happy to be partnered with the College for this initiative.”

Ms. Phyllis Santiago, High School Principal at MaST, added, “There are currently seven 10th grade students in the MaST/community college business cohort and I have had the pleasure of working closely with these students throughout their first college experience. They traveled to the Northeast Regional Center two days per week for Math and English while taking a challenging online management course at school and their ability to manage college and high school academics has set the bar high for the next cohort. We are very proud of their leadership and hope to see continued growth because of their example.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 15,000 public high schools (82%) enrolled students in college courses during the 2010-11 school year. Since then, an additional 3,000 public high schools established partnerships to offer college courses to their students, according to experts.

“Community College of Philadelphia presently has more than 700 students in dual enrollment programs, and we are planning to enroll more than 1,000 over the next two years,” Dr. Generals added.

MaST and the staff and faculty at Community College of Philadelphia would like to congratulate the following students who make up the first cohort: Alex Bachvarova, Samantha Feil, Sabrina Fiocca, James Hogan, Carson Lo, Anthony Rodriguez, Mackenzie Schoen, Selwin Varughese and Savannah Zazulak.

MaST Community Charter School currently runs a K­12 charter school that serves 1,321 students with a waitlist of over 7,000 students. MaST will be opening a new campus next fall. The MaST educational philosophy embeds STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, and Math) into all aspects of its curriculum and learning environments.



Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College 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
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu


Women’s Health Issues Up For Discussion at Health And Wellness Forum

WHAT: For three consecutive years, Community College of Philadelphia has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksite, a national honor that acknowledges the college’s commitment to encouraging and supporting physical activity, healthy eating and a wellness culture on campus. The College earned the distinction by providing services such as mobile mammography and Red Cross blood drives and establishing an indoor walking trail on Main Campus for health enthusiasts. Additionally, the College on March 16 launched a Wellness Lending Library, where faculty and staff can borrow books and videos for up to three weeks on a variety of wellness topics.

As part of its ongoing commitment to building on Your Wellness Matters initiative, the College’s Division of Access and Community Engagement is hosting a free Women’s Health and Wellness Forum where a panel of health experts will discuss risks and conditions associated with women’s health. Of key interest will be a discussion on how to manage and treat fibroid tumors, abnormal growths that grow on the wall of a woman’s uterus. It is estimated that three-quarters of American women of childbearing age suffer from fibroid tumors, which can be painful and lead to hysterectomies.

WHO: A diverse panel of women’s healthcare leaders will lend their expertise to this important discussion. Panelists include Dr. Sharan Abdul-Rahman, OB/GYN and owner, Today’s Woman Health Center; Brenda Shelton-Dunston, executive director, Black Women’s Health Alliance, a Philadelphia nonprofit that seeks to create a legacy of wellness; ; Dr. Amun Neb and Dr. Amsu Anpu of the Aboriginal Medical Association, co-authors of Got Fibroids? The Fibroid Elimination Bible; bestselling authors Gessie Thompson (Hope Beyond Fibroids); and Coach Felicia (Thrive! 7 Strategies for Extraordinary Living); and State Representative Joanna E. McClinton, Esq., who will share her plans for health initiatives in the 191st District.

WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2016, noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Klein Cube, The Pavilion Building, 2nd Floor, located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

Free Training Workshops at Community College of Philadelphia


WHAT: Students from the Computer Information Systems program at Community College of Philadelphia are taking their skills into the community — by offering free computer training workshops for those looking to advance their skills.

There are two workshops to choose from. “Managing, Maintaining and Troubleshooting Problems on Your Computer; and Personalize Windows to Your Liking” will teach novices how to keep their computers running smoothly, how to customize settings, troubleshoot and more. Or, if you’re ready for something more advanced, “Website Browsing and Privacy Tools: Advanced Windows Features” will provide the skills to surf the web with confidence, including email traces, configuring wireless access, managing schedules and utilizing Windows commands.

WHO: Open to beginning and more advanced users. If you have a friend, loved one or relative who would be interested in brushing up their skills, invite them, too!


WHEN: Two sessions are scheduled for “Managing, Maintaining and Troubleshooting Problems on Your Computer”: Wednesday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Thursday, March 31, from 1 to 3:15 p.m. “Website Browsing and Privacy Tools” will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: All workshops will be held in Room C3-18 in the Center for Business and Industry, located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill streets. RSVP now, because space is limited.