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When developing a student philanthropy program, community college professionals should start by looking at their past projects and being honest about what has been successful and what hasn't. And they should never be afraid to try something new, according to two CASE contributing authors.

It's a lesson that Patti Conroy, director of scholarship programs, and Anne McGrath, development officer, of the Community College of Philadelphia know well. Conroy and McGrath explored their experiences building a student giving campaign at the Community College of Philadelphia in the recently released CASE book, Lasting Impressions: Laying the Foundation for Engaged and Philanthropic Future Alumni.

Dozens of higher-ed centers around the country have already pledged their support for the students left stranded in the wake of last week’s news, including a few in the Philly area like Harcum CollegePeirce CollegeDelaware County Community College and the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP).

The latter even held a “Fast-Track to Enrollment for ITT Students Day” on Sept. 13.

For CCP Vice President for Academic and Student Success Samuel Hirsch, the shutdown of for-profit colleges isn’t remotely a new occurrence. And sadly, each time it happens, the students — young people looking for a better life — are always the victims.

“I think it’s a rather unfortunate situation all the way around,” said Hirsch. “I don’t know the data specifically, but generally for-profits have a high number of minority students. So when things like these happen, it’s another blow to a significant population that we need to support in the city of Philadelphia.”

Patrick Houston '17, a special major in political science and environmental policy, introduced President Barack Obama at a rally held in his hometown in front of the Art Museum this afternoon.

"It was my professors at Community College of Philadelphia eight blocks from here who challenged me to explore the depth of my intellectual capabilities. And it is in daily engagement with my classmates and mentors at Swarthmore College, who strive to bridge the gap between academics and action to tackle issues of social justice in my community. Finally, it is leaders who demonstrate sound moral judgment, the courage to hope for a brighter future, and the initiative to affect change in their communities who inspire me to be the change I want to see in the world."

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The Community College of Philadelphia opens its arms to students who fell victim to the sudden closure of a popular for-profit institution.

“I was really devastated when I heard the schools were closing. I was, like what are we going to do?” said 55-year-old Miriam Ferrar from Philadelphia.

She says she was about to start her second semester at ITT when she got word the school was closed.

But she’s happy CCP has opened their doors.

“I’m glad we had the opportunity to come down here, because someone is accepting our transfer credits. I feel good because they didn’t have to, they already have a campus full of students and I just thought it was great that they would welcome us to come,” said Ferrar.

On Tuesday, CCP held an open house for former ITT tech students like Miriam.



For former ITT students, the news of the school's abrupt closing still stings.

"It was horrible. I couldn't believe it. I punched the wall when I found out," Greg Murray of Southwest Philadelphia said.

"When I found out I was shocked. I applied for the school and it's going to close on me," Antour Hansford of South Philadelphia said.

But on Tuesday, they got help from the Community College of Philadelphia during a "fast track" enrollment day for any student from ITT.

"To do so we brought together a team of experts from our various areas, whether it be financial aid, counseling, advising, to really do an individualized plan with each student," Dr. Sam Hirsch, PCC Vice President of Academic and Student Success, said.

The Community College of Philadelphia is hosting a fast track to enrollment for ITT Tech students Tuesday. ITT Tech was closed after the federal education department banned them from enrolling new students receiving federal aid.

Click the link to watch the video.

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


WHAT: To mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Community College of Philadelphia will hold a ceremony honoring the victims of that tragic day, and bring together students, staff, and faculty of varying ages, backgrounds, and faiths to memorialize the first responders who sacrificed their lives to protect our nation’s citizens. Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College, will give brief remarks, followed by Coordinator for Veterans Programming Stephen J. Bachovin, who will pay homage to Pennsylvania members of the armed forces and student veterans who lost their lives while serving in Iran and Afghanistan.

WHEN: 9AM on Monday, September 12th. The ceremony will run approximately 30 minutes.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia’s Bonnell Circle, outside of the Bonnell Building main entrance (located on 17th Street, between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets)

 

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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.


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


PHILADELPHIA, PA., Sept. 8, 2016 — Community College of Philadelphia experts are standing by to help displaced ITT Tech students navigate complex academic and financial aid issues and provide best options for them to move forward. There is still time to enroll for the 10-week semester, which begins Oct. 4.

"We are prepared to accommodate ITT Tech students for one of our fall terms,” said Dr. Samuel Hirsch, the College’s vice president of Academic and Student Success. “Our financial aid team and academic advising team are here to give students personal assistance. They will individually assess students’ academic standing and provide them with feasible academic and financial options.”

Academic counselors stand ready to offer students one-on-one assistance and help them explore an array of special program options to complete their education, such as credit by examination, credit for prior learning and credit awarded for life experience. In addition, College experts will review students’ financial aid status, assess their eligibility for aid and scholarship opportunities and develop the best plan for them.

Staff from Admissions, Financial Aid and Counseling will answer questions and walk students through the steps of enrollment during "Fast-Track to Enrollment for ITT Students Day” from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Main Campus Welcome Center, located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.

Interested ITT Tech students are invited to visit www.ccp.edu/itt to complete an information form. They will be contacted by an Enrollment Services representative, who will advise them of next steps.

With average tuition costs for an associate’s degree at just over $11,000, Community College of Philadelphia is an affordable choice for transferring ITT Tech students. In 2015-2016, ITT Tech publications put the average cost of obtaining an associate’s degree upwards of $44,000 (including fees).

“We’re here, and we’re ready to help students figure it out,” Dr. Hirsch said. “But they should contact us soon, because courses begin in October.”

ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit institution with campuses in 38 states, announced Tuesday that it was closing all locations, displacing more than 35,000 students nationwide, including more than 4,000 in Pennsylvania.


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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.


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