Change a Life, Change a City

  • Letter From The President

    Dr. Donald Guy Generals

    Community College of Philadelphia is transforming the city — both the vibrant, growing Philadelphia firmly entrenched in the knowledge-based economy, and the neighborhoods where the lack of educational opportunities and college completion are impediments to social and economic growth.

  • Performance Indicator: Retention

    pie chart showing 71.8 percent retention

    Students from Fall 2015 to Spring 2016 had a persistence rate of 71.8%

    Students assigned to an advisor from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 had a persistence rate of 76%.


  • Performance Indicator: Graduation

    In May 2017, the College had 1,950 graduates and awarded a total of 2,272 degrees and certificates.


Preparing Citizens to Thrive

Osvil Acosta-Morales is a professor who leads with bold actions and tranquil words. He speaks passionately of student success and Guided Pathways, a national community college reform effort that focuses on providing students with a highly structured experience that comes with clear academic program roadmaps, an onboarding process that clarifies student goals and career direction, and well-timed advising and support.


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Philadelphia is a city on the rise, seeking new ways to advance small businesses, local talent, and families seeking economic and social prosperity.

The College's rich history of educating generations of city leaders continues. A new generation of recent high school graduates have benefitted from the rigorous academic offerings and the preparation needed to succeed in life.


Larry Tsi

Springboard to Success

Larry Thi began an impressive academic career at Community College of Philadelphia — one that would earn him two scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and lead him to the Ivy League.

"My time at Community College of Philadelphia was so invaluable. My professors were my mentors," said Thi. "The College really makes great strides for students to be successful."


  • A Learning Community for Trailblazers

    Fakira Awawdeh is the first among her siblings to graduate high school (earning the second highest GPA along the way) and attend College. She received a $5,000 Gus Amsterdam Leadership Awards Scholarship from the the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Fast-Track to Jobs of the Future

    Omotayo Ope completed the Biomedical Technician Training program at The Wistar Institute in 2016, and now works full time studying cancer immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

  • A $50,000 Scholarship that Changes Everything

    Rubiliz Merchison is now attending Bucknell University, a connection she made through the Bucknell Community Scholars Program.

  • Putting our Knowledge to Work

    Dr. Berna Dike-Anyiam, assistant professor in the College's Computer Technologies department, has brought service learning to the classroom with students in the Computer Information Systems program.

  • Leading the Way

    Lynette Luckers, assistant professor in the Counseling department, was recently recognized in the 2017 Women's Achievement Awards competition.

Focus On STEM

The Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) program, jointly developed by The Wistar Institute and Community College of Philadelphia, is designed to prepare students for new career opportunities as research technicians.

Our Students Pursuing STEM Careers >>

Supporting the Economy

Supporting the Economy

Supporting The Economy

Students enroll at Community College of Philadelphia to find a better life, higher paying jobs and greater opportunity for their families.

How Our Students are Moving the Philadelphia Economy >>

Student Highlights

High Demand Jobs of the Future

For Wadiya Moore, sous chef at The Capital Grille in Philadelphia, cooking is like breathing, an involuntary response that just comes easy. She’s been mixing, whipping and concocting new dishes since she was 18 years old.

Read Wadiya's Story >>

A Path to My Dream College

Like many top math students, Phuc Dinh wanted to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University.

He first enrolled, however, at Community College of Philadelphia, where he said he took courses that prepared him for other colleges and universities.

A Path to a Bachelor's Degree and Beyond>>

Bringing Issues to Life

Service-learning and volunteer opportunities enrich the student experience, develop crucial workforce skills, and strengthen the fabric of the community.

See How We Impact Our Community >>


Outstanding Faculty at Work

Dr. Kristy Shuda McGuire, associate professor of Biology, transforms science into daily life lessons for students. She has been a leader of the smoke-free campus movement at Community College of Philadelphia since its beginning six years ago. She and others began to push for tighter restrictions for health and career reasons.

The Path to a Smoke-free College >>

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