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A bridge to college: Students in a bridging pilot program at Community College of Philadelphia talk about their academic struggles in high school and the path forward to earning a degree.

Tuesday’s neighborhood hearing also provides constituents their first opportunity to testify either in support of or against Kenney’s proposed tax or on any other budget–related issue.

The next opportunity for constituents to offer public testimony inside Council chambers will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in room 400 of City Hall. The next neighborhood budget hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 3 at Community College of Philadelphia’s Northwest Campus, 1300 W. Godfrey Ave., and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Other investments have supported Community College of Philadelphia’s “SingleStop” program, which is intended to boost community college completion rate by connecting low-income students with services, employment opportunities and transitional jobs for former inmates attempting re-entry after serving time in state prison.

But today, Pearce, Jackson and Earvin have their high school equivalency (GED) diplomas, and Mushimiymana will soon be taking the test for hers. Although they face a long journey to realizing their career goals, all have taken the first step by enrolling in a post-secondary bridging pilot program at Community College of Philadelphia.

The $1.6 million pilot, run by the Philadelphia Youth Network, works with young people, most of whom have dropped out of high school and are working toward their GED. At no cost to students, it provides extra academic tutoring and helps them prepare for college and overcome personal obstacles. Then it pays for at least one course at CCP and offers continued counseling for an additional year.

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

Celebrating how education and access to capital spur economic development

PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2015— Twenty-nine additional entrepreneurs will graduate Friday, April 15th from the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program, bringing the total number of regional graduates to 251.

The graduates join the other small business owners who have previously participated in the program; and are now spurring their local economies, and creating jobs in every county in this region, going as far east as Atlantic City and as far south as Washington D.C.

The graduates represent a wide variety of industries, and 673 years of cumulative experience. Each owner leaves with a new set of business tools and growth strategies designed to support them as they work toward the next level of success. Last year, a Babson College survey found that small

business owners who had completed the 10,000 Small Businesses course outperformed other U.S. small businesses overall in revenue growth and job creation. Locally, 52 percent of those who graduated from Community College of Philadelphia’s program have created jobs after completing the program; and 61 percent have reported an increase in revenues just six months after leaving the program.

John Grady, president of PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, will be the keynote speaker, and will be joined by the leaders of Community College of Philadelphia and Goldman Sachs at graduation, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room C2-28 at the Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street.

“PIDC is a proud partner in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative,” said John Grady. “This program provides business owners with critical education, and through partners like PIDC, access to capital to support their growth. PIDC is dedicated to driving growth in Philadelphia and we know that small businesses are key to our success. We are thrilled to see another class of graduates with a greater understanding of their business and the capital needs to support their growth.”

Nicole Pullen Ross, the Mid-Atlantic Head of Goldman Sachs, added, “The small business owners who are graduating help to strengthen the Philadelphia economy through the jobs they’re creating, and the revenues that their businesses are generating. We are pleased to work with local partners in this program as we continue to strengthen our longstanding commitment to the Philadelphia region.”

Tina Wells, CEO & Founder of Buzz Marketing Group, and a graduating scholar of the 2016 class, will deliver remarks during the ceremony reflective of the program, and the group’s achievements.

“At the outset, I didn’t fully realize how much it would take me outside of my comfort zone to participate fully in this program, but I have been struck by how the experience has forced me and my team to work differently. Our firm has earned more than 75 percent of what it earned all of last year in this first quarter – while I was in the program. Our projections are now worlds from what I had envisioned they could be.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has provided Mid Atlantic entrepreneurs with timely strategies for managing and growing successful businesses since 2013. Goldman Sachs made an investment in PIDC and Community First Fund to give greater access to capital for small business owners.

Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses are accepted on a rolling basis at the Community College. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region. Learn more at http://www.ccp.edu/10KSB and www.10ksbapply.com.




Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses. More at www.10ksbapply.com or on Twitter @gs10ksmallbiz.


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When Gilberto Gonzalez started getting into trouble as a kid in South Kensington, his father responded by getting him a camera. Peering through the viewfinder gave him a new perspective."I saw a bigger world once I had my camera," said Gonzalez, 51, still an amateur photographer, and now a designer for Community College of Philadelphia. The photos saved him, and he saved the photos - for years, though he wasn't sure for what.

Community College of Philadelphia, through its "Homeless Student Support Project," is another. It has helped more than 100 students since 2012, said Claudia Curry, director of the Women's Outreach and Advocacy Center. The college gives seminars on financial management, housing assistance, and other topics, as well as food stipends and clothing vouchers.

The naturalization application clinic is scheduled for April 9 at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney welcomed members of HIAS at City Hall Tuesday and other immigration legal services organizations, and urged more people to volunteer to help with the effort.

Thompson, 18, was admitted to the Gateway to College program at Community College of Philadelphia, where she is on track to receive her high school diploma late this year, while also accumulating college credits.

This fall, Community College of Philadelphia will award the first J. Whyatt Mondesire Community Impact Scholarship to a graduating high school senior planning to pursue an associate’s degree. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors graduating in June 2016 who intend to enroll at Community College of Philadelphia for the fall 2016 semester. Application deadline is June 15, 2016. Please visit www.ccp.edu/scholarships to apply.