Letter from the Presidents
From the stimulus package to unemployment claims, the economy is weighing heavily on everyone’s mind. Instead of simply waiting for matters to improve, resourceful Philadelphia businesses and workers are looking for ways to boost their financial and employment prospects—to survive and thrive in the new economy. For many, this means going to school to earn a degree, certificate or credential that will position them for success.
There are emerging careers in a number of industries that are thriving in our region. At Community College of Philadelphia, we’ve created and expanded curricula that prepare our students for these opportunities—and help provide a pipeline of qualified workers to area businesses.
Philadelphians can turn to the College to quickly gain skills that will allow them to return to work in a growth industry. They can also count on the College for education and training that will serve them well over time—associate’s degrees that will help them earn more money, and transfer programs that will put them on the path to a bachelor’s degree and more.
In the health care arena, patient service representatives, medical assistants and health services managers find plenty of opportunity for both entry-level positions and career advancement. Early childhood education workers are retaining their jobs and securing promotions by earning the Child Development Associate credential.
Opportunities abound in technical fields as well. The automotive industry continues to evolve, with the growing global marketplace and increasing emphasis on green technology playing a significant role. Workers who understand the latest automotive technologies are in high demand. So too are systems and network administrators, whose hands-on jobs are among those that simply cannot be outsourced.
From associate’s degree programs to noncredit Corporate Solutions workshops, the College is committed to educating Philadelphians and preparing them for long-term success—the kind that weathers any recession.
Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D.
Community College of Philadelphia
A. E. Piscopo
Community College of Philadelphia Foundation