Best of Philly: 2021 College President – Donald “Guy” Generals
In the year of the Great Pandemic, a dozen area heads of school decided to decamp, retire, or become the ambassador to Germany. (Higher ed is complicated!) Yet Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia since 2014, shone for his public service and community engagement, including CCP’s “Enough Is Enough” initiative to help students work through the trauma sparked by George Floyd’s murder.
Community College of Philadelphia President Wins National Leadership Award
April 2, 2021
Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals, the president of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), has received the 2021 Pacesetter of the Year award from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR).
COVID-Era College: Are Students Satisfied?
March 24, 2021
Donald Guy Generals, Community College of Philadelphia’s president, says his students’ social lives have traditionally involved a lot of community activities, such as helping local schools with community gardens.
Dr. Generals Recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100
February 26, 2021
Dr. General was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the Philadelphia area during the year 2020. The editorial team at the Philadelphia Business Journal selects the Power 100 using a panel of experts in collaboration with their editorial staff.
Dr. Generals Receives the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Leader Award
November 12, 2020
Dr. Generals has been awarded the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Leader award. Annually the Philadelphia Tribune acknowledges African-American Leaders in the region for outstanding commitment to our community.
Dr. Generals Serves on AL DÍA’s 2020 Hispanic Heritage Awards Advisory Board
September 3, 2020
This year’s honorees were selected by an advisory board of 16, led by Judge Nelson Diaz and a new co-chair, PECO President and CEO, Michael Innocenzo. Honoress are selected for their leadership in the nonprofit, public service, health, education and business sectors. AL DÍA’s virtual 2020 Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 7.
CCP president on Covid-19 challenges and the school's role in the fight for racial justice
June 12, 2020
Donald "Guy" Generals said the school isn't just trying to prepare students for the post-pandemic economy, it also needs to take a "leading role" amid the fight for racial justice.
Community College of Philadelphia will start fall with online classes
May 26, 2020
"Generals said even if the city were to get the state’s “green” designation, which would allow restaurants, gyms, and other major venues to reopen at less capacity, the college will stay with online classes at the semester’s start. College committees, he said, looked at a number of options and couldn’t figure out a way to safely provide social distancing and other safeguards, such as testing, needed for an in-person start, given all the uncertainty, he said."
CCP announces plans to hold online classes for the fall
May 26, 2020
“Making this decision now gives everyone a chance to register now without worrying that their fall semester will be interrupted,” president of CCP Donald Guy Generals told the Tribune on Tuesday [May, 26]. “It also gives our faculty and staff time to plan for the best possible education experience this Fall.”
The State of Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 8, 2020
Dr. Generals and Farah Jimenez, President & CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund, joined host Matt O'Donnell for an in-depth discussion on education, virtual curriculums, the learning gap for the underserved, the cost of private and state colleges vs. community colleges, and whether students take a 'gap year.
WURD Radio interview with Andrea Lawful Sanders
March 19, 2020
Announcing the Octavius Catto Scholarship
March 5, 2020
As Mayor Kenney prepares to unveil his plan to make the College tuition-free, Dr. Generals discusses the College's hopes to provide tools that will spur Philadelphians toward economic and cultural prosperity.
Celebrating Black History Month
Feb. 20, 2020
Dr. Generals joins WURD Radio host Syreeta Martin for "Happy Hour College tour" to discuss the 1619 Project, new academic offerings at the College and more.
Working to Make College Tuition-Free
Jan. 18, 2020
Immediately showing support after Mayor Jim Kenney announced at his inauguration that he wants to make Community College of Philadelphia tuition-free, Dr. Generals told the Philadelphia Tribune that he is excited about the Mayor's “commitment to ensuring that all Philadelphians have quality educational experiences from pre-K through college,” and looks forward to creating more resources for city residents to earn a credential or degree.
Growing Business in Philadelphia
Dec. 23, 2019
Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D., President of Community College of Philadelphia(CCP), talks about the partnership between CCP, the City of Philadelphia and Goldman Sachs to provide small business owners tools for growth. Recorded December 19, 2019.
Guided Pathways at Community College of Philadelphia: A Catalyst for Institutional Change
Oct. 9, 2019
Dr. Generals contributed the second in a series by practitioners at AACC Pathways Project colleges describing their experience with implementing guided pathways reforms.
True Philadelphia Podcast with Matt O'Donnell
Sept. 12, 2019
Dr. Generals joined Matt O'Donnell on his True Philadelphia podcast to discuss why college continues to be so expensive and outpace inflation, how this generation of student is starting to seek more value in education, why Community College of Philadelphia and other community colleges should be free, how education is the latest industry to be disrupted by technology, the importance of writing as a skill and more.
Dialogues: Dr. Donald 'Guy' Generals interviews Dr. William Hite
July 17, 2019
Dr. Generals invited Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of Philadelphia School Districts, to be interviewed on CCPTV53. The two discuss strategies, initiatives and challenges for shaping the future of education in Philadelphia.
Local couple’s donation will make CCP free for some nontraditional students
July 3, 2019
“Either due to personal, social, or financial reasons, many students delay going to college, which negatively impacts their ability to achieve a college degree or pursue career opportunities,” Dr. Generals said. “In many cases, the returning students are more mature and return with a stronger commitment to the value of education and its benefits.”
After battling faculty union, president ponders CCP’s future at his 5-year mark: ‘We want to make our students well’
July 1, 2019
“We want to make the community, our students, well,” Dr. Generals said, “both in terms of their educational prospects and opportunity, as well as the lives that they live.”
The Community College of Philadelphia Black and Gold Gala of hope and redemption
June 21, 2019
“This fundraiser is a way to acknowledge and honor those who committed themselves to college admissions,” Dr. Generals said. “Our goal was to honor students, alumni and community together, to celebrate the college and its mission to eradicate barriers for those who [wish] to attend college.”
Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins receives award from Community College of Philadelphia for work in the inner city
June 13, 2019
At the Community College of Philadelphia Black and Gold gala, Eagles player Malcom Jenkins was presented with the Community Hero Award for his service in advancing education, economic advancement in low income communities, criminal justice reform, and police community relations.
Modern Day Heroes: A Celebration
May 23, 2019
Dr. Generals and Derrick Perkins share the success stories of three participants of the Center for Male Engagement Program at Community College of Philadelphia to celebrate the next generation of leaders.
Alum Innovates to Make Higher Education Accessible to the Nation’s Most Vulnerable Populations
May 23, 2019
“Philadelphia has a 25% poverty rate, which is the highest poverty rate of the 10 largest cities in the nation – the only way to break the vicious cycle of poverty is through education,” states Dr. Generals. “My vision of accessibility is focused on social justice, and the amazing faculty and staff at the Community College of Philadelphia have rallied around this cause.”
MaST students receive degrees from CCP
May 17, 2019
Six students from MaST Community Charter School graduated May 4 with associate degrees from the Community College of Philadelphia more than a month before their high school graduation.
Hallahan HS, Community College of Phila. ink partnership
May 15, 2019
Dr. Generals signed the agreement for a dual course of study between John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School and Community College of Philadelphia on May 9.
CareerLink Job Hub opens at CCP’s Northeast campus
Feb. 14, 2019
“We see this Job Resource Hub as another pillar in our commitment to serving the community,” said Donald Generals, president of CCP and Philadelphia Works board member. “It is exciting for the Community College and Philadelphia Works to come together to address the need for coordinated workforce development efforts in Northeast Philadelphia. We hope this new hub will benefit not only CCP students, but the entire Northeast Philadelphia community.”
Community College of Philadelphia unveils $7.2M in lab upgrades
Feb. 8, 2019
"The renovations are an investment in workforce development."
Community College of Philadelphia Combats Poverty as a way to Support Student Success
Jan. 19, 2019
"It is our goal to increase the number of graduates to compete for the jobs of the future and take part in the city's renaissance," Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), said. The College, in fact, is preparing to break ground on a new Career and Advanced Technology Center in West Philadelphia that will provide in-demand skilled and technical talent and expand access to family sustaining jobs."
iHeart Radio Interview with Dr. Generals
Jan. 4, 2019
Lorraine Ballard Morrill interviews Dr. Generals about how Community College of Philadelphia is a path to family-sustaining jobs for Philadelphians and how the College is supporting Mayor Kenney's workforce development initiatives. The College is creating guided pathways that lead to student success and create a pipeline to a skilled Philadelphia workforce.
Dr. Generals Named in "Made Man Foundation honors 50 Black influencers"
Nov. 1, 2018
"Fifty Black male business and community leaders were honored Thursday for their career and community achievements by The Made Man Foundation"
Old Factories Bring New Jobs, Hope and Conversations About Shared Growth to a Struggling Neighborhood
Aug 3, 2018
"Thanks to a partnership between Goldman Sachs, the City of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia and Shift Capital LLC, hope, jobs and opportunity are being manufactured in a building at 3401 I Street in one of the city’s hardest-pressed neighborhoods."
City Biz List releases 3 Part Interview with Dr. Generals.
June 28, 2018
Dr. Generals on WURD Radio
April 16, 2018
Dr. Generals joins Keaton on WURD Radio during the show's live broadcast from Community College of Philadelphia for The Lounge's College Tour to discuss many opportunities that students can take advantage of at the College.
CCP And Parx Casino Work To Eliminate Barriers, Build On The Strengths Of Philly's Students
March 27, 2018
'The College is addressing the disparities in student success with promising practices tailored to support students' individual needs, including those that provide bridges to degree completion and supports that anchor students when tough times arrive,' said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College. 'Students need to have an environment that is conducive to their interests, that is sensitive to their needs and really paves the way and enlightens them to the importance of doing well, not just in the classroom, but in preparation for going into the classroom.'