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A paint gallery, a bakery, a beauty salon, an eyeglass store, a craft tea business and a handcraft studio – block by block, owners of these nearby businesses, all graduates of Power Up Your Business, a small business development program, are building a stronger community along Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. Together, on one Philadelphia street, they provide a textbook case of how knowledgeable entrepreneurs can expand their businesses, growing jobs and sustaining neighborhoods along commercial corridors. Germantown Avenue, one of Philadelphia’s major arteries, threads for miles through some of the city’s wealthiest – and most distressed – neighborhoods. "I think Power Up has a real presence on the corridor," said Sarajane Blair, managing director of Mt. Airy USA, an organization ...(Read more)
After the graduates flipped the tassels on their caps from right to left and posed for photos with proud family members, someone still had to pack away the gowns worn by the faculty, checking names off a master list. At The Liacouras Center on May 5, that someone was Roland Fountain, College mailroom supervisor, a 45-year employee of the College and a 45-year volunteer at commencement. "I represent the College so I want to make sure the students are happy," he said. "I like the students. It's a pleasure watching them walk up to meet the President (at commencement)." Fountain didn’t wait to be assigned a task. After he helped the faculty don their ceremonial robes, he walked the building ...(Read more)
In April, clad in her power suit and professional high heels, Shania Bennett, 18, stood on the steps of Pennsylvania's Capitol building in Harrisburg and declared herself to the world. "When I come here, I feel great," said Shania, who joined other students from Community College of Philadelphia in lobbying for improved funding for community colleges. At that time, she was a dual enrollment student, which meant she was taking college classes while finishing up high school classes at Girard Academic Music Program High School in Philadelphia. "I feel like I belong here,” she said as she met with her state representatives and state senators in pursuit of increased funding for the state’s 14 community colleges. She took what she ...(Read more)
Six high school seniors graduated from Community College of Philadelphia on May 5–and, in an unusual twist, they received their first college degree before they officially earned a high school diploma. The students, all seniors from the Mathematics, Science and Technology (MaST) Community Charter School in Northeast Philadelphia, are the first MaST cohort to complete the MC 2 dual enrollment program, dividing their day between high school classes, online classes and college-level courses at the College’s Northeast Regional Center. They began college as high school sophomores after completing entrance exams and have taken about 60 credits to earn an Associate in Arts degree in Business. On May 5, they were among the 1,885 candidates for degrees and certificates in the ...(Read more)
Hazim Hardeman, a kid from North Philly, a Rhodes Scholar and a Community College of Philadelphia alumnus, had a message for the city as he spoke at the College’s 52nd Commencement at The Liacouras Center on May 5: "Many of you are the first in your family to attend college, others of you are the first to graduate. And there’s a particular lure about being a first, the stroke of the ego, the feeling that you’ve been able to accomplish something that others before you couldn’t," Hazim, the College's Commencement speaker, told the students, families and friends of the Class of 2018. "But we should never mistake our being first, for being the first that were worthy," he cautioned. "Because ...(Read more)
When it comes to cleaning, Jonathan Williams, 21, has one piece of advice: "Work smarter, not harder." He takes his own advice—almost. That's because Jonathan, who works smart, also works hard. Jonathan runs his own professional cleaning business, Chestnut Hill Cleaning Co., which he started while only a junior at Central High School. He just finished up his last semester at the College, graduating on May 5 with an Associate in Arts degree in Business. If taking college classes and running a business doesn’t sound hectic enough, each Thursday, Jonathan mentors 15 to 20 middle-school students in business through a nonprofit he started, the "Sky is the Limit Entrepreneurial Program." Working hard comes naturally to him. The working smart part ...(Read more)
Kathy Mulray, the director of Community College of Philadelphia's Northeast Regional Center, recently organized a seminar where students and public safety experts could talk, as well as listen, to each other. The event comes in the wake of the Feb. 14th mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and news reports that students and staff at the school felt their security concerns often had been ignored. "We want to catch the problems before they happen," Randolph Merced, College director of Public Safety said, speaking to the crowd of about 100 people gathered at the Northeast Regional Center on April 3. Panelist Detective Joseph P. Rovnan, from the Philadelphia Police Department's counter terrorism operations unit, also emphasized ...(Read more)
Margaret Stephens, associate professor of Social Science, teaches environmental conservation and geography, connecting lessons in the classroom to issues within the city. The approach, called service-learning, fosters a sense of ownership in students and gives them a role in bettering society. When State Representative Donna Bullock and a panel of environmental leaders from across the city came to the College’s Main Campus on March 20, 2018, to discuss green jobs and ways to combat environmental injustice, Stephens’ class was in the room soaking in the differing views and learning strategies. Tykee James, a legislative assistant for Rep. Bullock and co-coordinator of the event, said he was especially excited to see the sea of new faces in the crowd. “Normally when ...(Read more)
Troy Bundy, a father and husband who leads the Community College of Philadelphia's Student Government Association, and Coby Dulitzki, a business owner and biomedical sciences major who dreams of becoming a doctor, have been honored as two of the state's top community college students for their scholarly achievements and community involvement. Bundy and Dulitzki, members of the 2018 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, were honored April 9th in Harrisburg by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the largest and most prestigious honor society for community college students. Forty-six students from across the state were recognized. Both men are among the members of the College’s Class of 2018, which will graduate at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5, ...(Read more)
Professionals from colleges and universities across the Greater Philadelphia region convened on the Main Campus for the 2018 Judicial Affairs Best Practices Conference. Randolph Merced, the College’s director of safety and security, said this year's programs centered around sexual assault and harassment with the intent of creating a collaborative learning experience for "everyone who works with our students in any academic or social setting throughout their journey as a learner . . . I created this conference in 2009 from an idea of getting professionals from the judicial affairs, student affairs, campus police and conduct administrators together as an information sharing activity." Merced said he took a slightly different approach with the planning of the 2018 conference. Community members were ...(Read more)
Deesha Dyer served as White House Social Secretary and advised the President of the United States but she might never have reached Pennsylvania Avenue without the scholarship provided by the Philadelphia chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. She said that scholarship kept her moving forward at an unsteady time during her academic journey. “This is the scholarship that was available for me,” Dyer told the coalition members at the Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel on March 17. “You have to understand that, because of this scholarship, that was the reason why I was able to continue in school and that was the reason why I was able to be an intern for ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia and Parx Casino recently announced a diversity partnership that will help fund support services for students who are veterans, LGBTQ, women and members of underserved communities. The partnership, which includes a gift in the amount $102,000 over three years from Parx, is designed to guide and mentor students who often face constant personal, emotional and academic hurdles while in college. In addition, employees from Parx Casino will personally mentor students from these areas. “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 ...(Read more)
Angela Dodson, renowned journalist, editor and author of "Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box,” says the history of the women’s suffrage movement holds crucial lessons for the scial movements today. The beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement can be traced back to the anti-slavery movement in Philadelphia. Many of the same women were involved in both causes, she said. Even then, blacks and whites served as allies whose causes intersected and bonded their lives together. They were activists with a multitude of causes, rather than mothers and sisters with a singular focus. Many of these ladies joined the temperance movement and the free produce movement, which urged citizens to boycott products made with ...(Read more)
The Colonials emerged as champions of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship (EPAC) and now rank fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association(NJCAA) Region XIX, Division III. Their 17-5 record in the regular season play has earned them a berth in the Division III playoffs. The Colonials will play Northampton in Bethlehem, Pa. on Tuesday, March 27th at 7 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. This has been a stellar season for the team and for Jaylen Nixon, who received 1st team All-EPAC and was voted “Player of the Year." Malachi Thompson was awarded 2nd team All-EPAC honors. The Community College of Philadelphia Colonials have fielded powerhouse basketball teams for many decades. Outstanding basketball alumni ...(Read more)
Fifty years after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., America still struggles with the issues faced by past generations: civil unrest, police brutality, segregation, racism and discrimination. On February 19, 2018, the College's African American History Month Diversity Dialogue event examined Life After King , the relevance of King's tactics and messages of love in a nation where mass shootings and hate groups have become commonplace. Faculty members Aaron Love, assistant professor of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Debonair Oates-Primus, assistant professor of English, discussed the history of the civil rights movement and offered insights while alumnus Robert Hudson and student Ismail Ebo addressed the relevance and significance of King’s legacy to youth today. Derrick Perkins, ...(Read more)
As Philadelphia and other major cities move to fill early childhood education centers with well-qualified teachers, there is growing concern that these efforts might threaten the jobs of those who don’t have, or can’t afford, a college degree. District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, is working with educators at the College on the Early Childhood Education Teachers Apprenticeship program, which places day care workers on long-term career pathways leading to higher pay, and supports the campaign to provide quality Pre-K education for the City’s children. These high-quality and accelerated career pathways are at the center of Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine, Mayor Kenney’s newly announced workforce strategy which seeks to address the deep-rooted poverty that affects so many ...(Read more)
In the six years after graduating from Community College of Philadelphia, L. Larry Liu has gone from Northeast Philadelphia, to an Ivy League university, to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. This astonishing journey has only just begun. After earning two scholarships—one to help pay for his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economic Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and the second for his master’s work at the University of Oxford—Liu is on his way to completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University. He attributes much of his recent academic success to the solid foundation he received from the College’s Liberal Arts – Honors curriculum. The robust culture of learning in the Honors program has prepared him ...(Read more)
With three home games left in the regular season, Community College of Philadelphia’s men’s basketball team is ranked the 9th best team in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Men’s Basketball Poll Committee with an impressive 15-5 record. The Colonials are vying for a spot in the playoffs and have three home games left: Attendance at the games is free and open to the public. The home games are: Jan. 27 – Lehigh Carbon Community College at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 – Northampton Community College at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 – Brookdale Community College at 7 p.m. Under head coach Joe Rome, the Colonials took home the championship title for the NJCAA Region 19 ...(Read more)
When Barb Thiel approached the stage to receive her white rose, a symbol of a newly developed relationship during her induction into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, she thought, “Wow, look where I am – I never thought I’d care about education.” Thiel, a Theater major who is on track to graduate in spring 2018, was one of 145 students inducted into the prestigious honor society as friends, family, faculty and staff filled Bonnell Auditorium in November 2017 for the fall PTK Rho Upsilon Chapter induction ceremony. Every semester, 1,200 to 1,400 students from the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are invited to join the ...(Read more)
Faculty and staff gathered in the Great Hall for the Annual Holiday Brunch to reflect on 2017 and recognize faculty and staff for their decades of service. “Around Philadelphia and around the country, Community College of Philadelphia is creating a buzz…it’s all because of you,” said Dr. Judith Rényi, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. She went on to highlight alumni such as Deesha Dyer, former White House social secretary who recently penned an op-ed in support of free community college for Forbes; Hazim Hardeman, the College’s first Rhodes scholar ; and Larry Liu, the first-ever Cooke Oxford Scholar who is now working on his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Attendees enjoyed karaoke, live entertainment, games, giveaways and a ...(Read more)
Star Fusion prides itself on being “a diverse restaurant just like the city we serve.” An American, Asian and Caribbean restaurant located in West Philadelphia, the restaurant is known for its signature specialty wings and spring roll bar, and its seafood macaroni and cheese. After two years of owning and operating the restaurant, Darlene Jones was ready to take a step towards her long-term goal of franchising her business. Her plan? Scale the company by increasing the sales of spring rolls. Thankfully, Philadelphia had someplace where she could learn how to increase her sales… free of charge. Power Up Your Business is an initiative at Community College of Philadelphia that helps small businesses manage their companies and plan for growth. ...(Read more)
Veterans are those who put on a uniform in the morning and write a check to the nation saying “cash it at will.” The words spoken by Kenneth Blume, alumnus and current president of the Student Veterans Club, brought a mixture of responses on Veterans Day 2017, ranging from deep reflection to inspiration and awe. They serve not knowing if or when they will be called off to a combat zone, but they still put their uniform on,” Blume continued. “They serve in places most people have never heard of in conditions that people never want to be in.” Veterans Day is a day for the College community to pause and recognize America’s heroes, some of whom work here; others ...(Read more)
Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu Rhonda L. Lipschutz, 215-751-8021, rlipschutz@ccp.edu PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21, 2017 –Hazim Hardeman is the first graduate from Community College of Philadelphia to become a Rhodes Scholar, and the only winner in 2018 to have attended a community college. In fall 2018, he will enroll at Oxford, one of the world’s leading universities, to pursue a master’s degree. After receiving his associate degree in Communications in 2015, Hardeman, who served as a vice president of the Student Government Association, graduated with High Honors. He then transferred to Temple University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and Public Advocacy. He grew up four blocks from Temple; his single mother ...(Read more)
When Hazim Hardeman arrived on Community College of Philadelphia's campus in 2012, he had no idea that he was destined to become a Rhodes scholar, an honor that provides him entry into one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The University of Oxford is a long way from North Philadelphia, where he grew up at 23rd and Diamond streets, providing a near clear view of Temple University and always reminding him that opportunity was but a few steps eastward, beyond him. Those steps, however, weren't as simple and easy as the actual walk to Temple's campus. Hardeman graduated from high school with a 2.3 GPA, which delayed his enrollment eligibility into to Temple. Determined to rise above the ...(Read more)
Saxbys recently set out on a new mission to Make Life Better one coffee at a time by establishing a fellowship program for Community College of Philadelphia students. The grand opening of Saxbys at 1800 Chestnut Street featured a celebrity lineup of baristas who welcomed patrons to enjoy coffee for a cause at a “pay-as-you-wish” price, with proceeds benefiting the College. Throngs of Philadelphians crowded the location throughout the course of 12 hours to have their orders handed to them by guest baristas who included Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, City Councilman Allan Domb, Chris Long and Rodney McLeod of the Philadelphia Eagles, State Representative Jordan Harris, Fox 29 TV Host Quincy Harris and others. Jessica Gehring was “super excited” to ...(Read more)
Jarell Currie, who goes by the stage name, Black Cancer (a.k.a. Brave Lion Applying Concrete Knowledge Consume All Necessities Courageous Encouraging Rebel), connected to Drop the Mic after attending the spoken word poetry workshop at the College in 2007. As a rap artist, Black Cancer saw spoken word poetry as an outlet to enhance his genre. Spoken word also enabled Black Cancer to understand himself and people better. As a teen, he had a lot of anger and it helped him to express those feelings. “I am more self-aware now. I’m an introvert and social at the same time; spoken word really got me out of my shell,” said Black Cancer. Michelle Myers, associate professor of English at Community College ...(Read more)
Students at Community College of Philadelphia engaged in a commanding display of camaraderie and unity after a man who calls himself Pastor Aden and his followers suddenly appeared on campus to voice controversial opinions on issues such as abortion, sexual orientation and Islamophobia. Pastor Aden's followers yelled at students and staff as they were passing through the area to get from one class to the next. Many of those followers insulted passersby, commenting on their religious beliefs or their appearance, and addressing issues such as abortion, sexual orientation and Islamophobia. Upon Pastor Aden’s arrival on campus, students helped to pass out stickers that read “No Place for Hate,” which were provided by the Anti-Defamation League. Students, faculty and staff joined ...(Read more)
Six students from the 2018 senior class at MaST Community Charter School (MaST) are embarking on the next big chapter of their lives. This year when the students step off the bus at the Northeast Regional Center to take their college-level courses, the memory will be bittersweet. Not only is it the last year of high school, it is also their last year at Community College of Philadelphia. These students will soon become the first cohort to graduate under a special dual enrollment program created through a partnership between MaST and the College in 2015, known as MC 2 . They are on track to earn both an associate degree and a high school diploma in May 2018. “Colleges like ...(Read more)
As the nation remembered the lives lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks, Community College of Philadelphia held its own memorial service at the Bonnell Circle, where students, faculty and staff had a chance to reflect. Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College, said that even in an unthinkable crisis, the American spirit remained strong as families and communities stand united. He urged the group to preserve democracy and fight against social injustices. “We remember those that died that day and celebrate their memory,” said Dr. Generals. “We also mark this day as an opportunity to reflect upon the responsibility of citizenship, especially in troubled times. Even then, we are able to stand together and help one another,” he ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia is preparing students to join the next generation of scientists through the Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) program, jointly developed by The Wistar Institute and our institution in 2000. The BTT program was created to provide a gateway to the high-growth, high-demand life sciences workforce. In August, 10 students from the BTT program received their completion certificates at a ceremony held at Wistar. Since its inception, a total of 140 students have completed the BTT program, the majority of whom are female and from underrepresented minority groups. BTT is designed to prepare students for new career opportunities as research technicians. The program combines academic course work at the College with specialized training in research laboratories at Wistar ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia offers Express Enrollment Day Wouldn’t it be great if you could move through the steps to enroll in college, all in one visit? At Community College of Philadelphia, you can do just that. The College is offering Express Enrollment Days, which are held at the College’s Main Campus and Regional Centers throughout the year, and enable prospective students to complete their admission application, satisfy their placement exam, register for classes and file for financial aid in a matter of hours. “My friend told me about Express Enrollment Day and I went with him. It was so easy to do and I registered for 12 credits. People at the College were very nice and walked me through ...(Read more)
Alumnus Makes 2017 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Community College of Philadelphia alumnus Cedric Jouin has been named to the 2017 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team—an honor that recognizes 49 of the state’s community college students for scholarly achievements and community involvement. Jouin was nominated before he graduated in December 2016 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges paid tribute to the All-Pennsylvania Scholars at an event on April 3 in Harrisburg, PA. To make the statewide academic team, scholars must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher. Team members are eligible for two-year scholarships offered by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that may be used at any of the ...(Read more)
Naya Williams was 18 years-old when her mother passed away, leaving her to guide and love her three younger siblings, a 13-year-old and two six-year-old twins. “I made a promise to her that they would be OK,” she said. After the last twin enrolled in college in 2012, Naya decided it was her turn. She had promised her mom she would go to college. “I wanted to put my family in the position of bettering themselves,” she said. Naya selected Community College of Philadelphia, where she was eligible for Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS), a program that assists recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in finding structured, affordable paths to work and ...(Read more)
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The College continues to advance its mission of student success and academic excellence by securing partnerships with two prestigious institutions: The Wistar Institute and Drexel University. The Wistar Institute’s Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship program offers those pursuing degrees at Community College of Philadelphia and elsewhere a career pathway to become biomedical research technicians in research laboratory environments, while the dual admissions agreement between Drexel and Community College of Philadelphia allows for a seamless transfer of credits between the two institutions. The Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship Program The Wistar Institute’s BRT program has become the first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program in biomedical research approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This training model is now fully recognized ...(Read more)
Philadelphia is undergoing a revolution powered by the U.S. energy renaissance, and experts say the City of Brotherly Love has the potential to be the next big energy hub if it gets the highly-skilled labor needed in the natural gas distribution industry. To meet the market demand, Community College of Philadelphia joined a Philadelphia-region consortium to offer training to prepare students to work in Pennsylvania’s growing natural gas sector. The inaugural class of nine graduates from the College’s Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Training Program graduated this Spring. Students learned how to perform tasks needed to install and maintain pipelines for natural gas distribution systems, which provide natural gas service to residential, commercial and industrial customers. The 11-week program includes 140 ...(Read more)
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Lindsay Jackson, an Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4 th grade) major never imagined she would finish college. On May 6 at Community College of Philadelphia’s 51 st commencement, Jackson was not only walking the aisle with her fellow 2017 graduates, she was the student speaker, and graduating with honors. Jackson, a mother of seven children, took to the podium with her inspiring speech on how she was scared and unsure of her capabilities as a student after taking a 13-year hiatus from college. It was after her first semester that she excelled, discovering her capabilities and determined to be the best student academically. A Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member and a Vice President for the chapter, Rho ...(Read more)
On Monday, Community College of Philadelphia delved into an issue that affects many Philadelphia youth today, as well as generations of relatives who came before them. On the first full day of Law & Society Week, students, faculty and staff gathered for a session called “Savage Inequities: A Tale of Two Schools.” The panel explored how school inequity impacts youth, and their education in rich and poor communities alike. The discussion centered around bus trips that students from Philadelphia’s Kensington Health Science High School and Montgomery County’s Methacton High School, took to explore each other’s schools. Panelists included 12th graders from Methacton High and their teacher, Anthony Maida; James Williams, principal of Kensington Health Sciences Academy; and moderator David Keller ...(Read more)
In honor of the late civil rights leader, Community College of Philadelphia students and staff took part in the Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service on January 16, 2017, at Girard College — a city-wide signature event. Nearly 5,000 volunteers from organizations across the city took part in 250 service projects throughout the day. Elected officials also attended, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Gov. Tom Wolf spoke to the crowd. College President, Dr. Donald Guy Generals, and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, Dr. Judith Gay, led the volunteers from the College, including 13 student ambassadors and two student government leaders. Student ambassadors came up with the ideas for the six projects that were used ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia kicked off its African American History Month celebration on Wednesday, Feb.1, with a breakfast at the Great Hall. President Donald Guy Generals and Sulaiman Rahman, founder and CEO of Urban Philly Professional Network, related storied achievements of the past to emerging issues of today, like immigration. With the Trump administration’s recent travel ban of seven predominantly Muslim countries, Dr. Generals reminded the audience that African Americans’ gifts to the world have been their spirit of liberation and resistance. "We have the obligation to take the legacy we are celebrating here during African American Heritage Month to embrace their cause; and find ways to advance their cause, while they’re trying to liberate themselves from the types of ...(Read more)
For Carole Haas Gravagno, responsible citizenship simply doesn’t mean living purposefully as an engaged, duty-bound member of society. Above all else, good citizenship requires compassion. Delivering remarks focusing on challenges and solutions to bettering life in the Philadelphia region, Gravagno made the case for compassionate citizenship at the College’s 2016 Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award breakfast at Community College of Philadelphia. As the eighth Becker Award winner, Gravagno—a philanthropist, dedicated board member, volunteer, and mother who believes all children should have same opportunities as her own—brought to life examples of compassion in action as personified by the late Judge Edward R. Becker (1933-2006), for whom the award is named. Judge Becker was a civil servant noted for his down-to-earth ...(Read more)
The Power Up Your Business initiative is a neighborhood-centered approach to economic development. Through the program, Community College of Philadelphia will provide free training and business development tools to existing and aspiring small business owners that are located along the city’s commercial corridors.(Read more)
By 2020, an estimated 30 percent of all job openings will require at least some college or an associate’s degree. President Obama has urged more states to provide tuition-free community colleges. Community College of Philadelphia offers free tuition to low-income students, but that standard should be statewide.(Read more)
On the same day the Department of Labor announced the November unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, the lowest level in nine years, a winding line of job-seekers snaked around Spring Garden Street and down 17th Street on the Main Campus. One of the hopeful was Wakeler Tongor, a married father of two, including a newborn, who has been looking for a family-sustaining job since graduating from Temple in 2009. He currently works two part-time jobs, for a pharmaceutical company and for an assisted living facility, but both jobs combined don’t pay him enough to support his growing family. He hoped to find salaried, full-time employment, preferably a supervisory job in social services. Like hundreds of others, he marveled over ...(Read more)
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) this year expanded its venues to include the Main Campus of Community College of Philadelphia, where the diverse community fosters a variety of learning experiences. The Festival, now the largest Asian American festival on the East Coast, exposes the region to films by and about Asian Americans through an abundance of film screenings and events. The other venues were the International House in University City, and the Asian Art initiative in Chinatown. “Hosting PAAFF events at the College was important because it offered an opportunity to educate people about Asian American people and cultures,” said Michelle Myers, associate professor of English and a conference organizer. “There is a misperception that all Asian people ...(Read more)
Monica Parrilla, owner of Marz Auto Center in Hunting Park, loves her job but sometimes the challenges can be difficult to bear. Her four employees and their families rely on her and her auto repair business for their livelihood. She is working for her customers, and for them. On Monday, Parrilla, clad in a Dale Earnhardt pullover shirt, breathed easier. Power Up Your Business, a new initiative funded by City Council and created by Community College of Philadelphia, aims to help her company grow, and the neighborhood along with it. “There are workshops and grants for businesses with large revenue streams but small businesses like mine are excluded because we don’t meet the benchmark,” said Parrilla, who will serve as ...(Read more)
Veterans Day at Community College of Philadelphia was a time to remember heroes, a number of whom are sitting in the classrooms, and juggling kids and books. About 75 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Allen T. Bonnell Building lobby for a solemn ceremony on Veterans Day that recalled fallen comrades and sacred duty. College President Donald Guy Generals praised all servicemen and women as protectors of freedom. “What is your definition of a veteran?” William A. Baas, vice president of Talent, Comcast Northeast Region and currently a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. “Mine is simple. A veteran is that man or woman who raises his or her hand, swears an oath to the Constitution of the United ...(Read more)
The jazz riffs of Ron McCurdy’s sweet trumpet wafted out of the Bonnell Auditorium, piquing the curiosity of passersby. Inside, a sepia image of literary giant Langston Hughes, superimposed on a big screen behind the musicians, provided a fitting backdrop for telling the story of one writer’s struggle for artistic and social freedom. On Oct. 27, Community College of Philadelphia students watched and listened to a special multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ 12-part, epic poem, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” performed Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy, a professor of music at the University of Southern California, who, along with his trio of musicians, traveled from Los Angeles to educate and entertain the College community about jazz, poetry and ...(Read more)
As part of their job description, registered nurses are expected to carry out emotionally-fraught tasks that most workers simply wouldn’t be able to handle. Treating bloody wounds, caring for the dying infants, consoling grieving families, and constantly adapting to unexpected life and death situations are just some of the stressful duties that nurses must perform on a regular basis. But how do nurses preserve their own mental health after handling all of the responsibilities of the profession? How do they cope? Who can they talk to? The truth is, RNs are trained to take care of everybody but themselves, according to Lisa Johnson, assistant professor of Nursing at Community College of Philadelphia. Johnson has done extensive doctoral research on the ...(Read more)
African Americans' centuries-long battle for freedom has not been lost on Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, an Irish Catholic who prides himself on knowing his city’s history. On Tuesday, while praising the bravery and sacrifices of these past freedom fighters, Kenney made an observation that made the room fall silent: “In the end, this country will be saved again by African Americans Nov. 8,” the Democratic mayor told the crowd. He, of course was referring to the presidential election, and to his hopes for the presumed defeat of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. His remarks came at an event hosted by Community College of Philadelphia on the final day to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the presidential election. About 150 ...(Read more)
As Community College of Philadelphia prepared for the 2016-2017 academic year, it placed the focus on learning — by faculty and staff — to develop collaborative networks to guide more students toward their academic and career goals. The College is entering into its first full academic year of implementing the highly-touted Guided Pathways model to scale, and yesterday Dr. Rob Johnstone, one of the nation’s foremost authorities, sought to demystify the concept by offering four streamlined principles. “Have a structure. Help students get in a (career and academic) program earlier. Make sure they’re making progress. And keep the focus on learning,” suggested Dr. Johnstone, founder and president of the Bay Area-based National Center for Inquiry & Improvement, which works with ...(Read more)