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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)
On Aug. 4, nine Community College of Philadelphia students celebrated the completion of the Biomedical Technician Training Program (BTTP) at The Wistar Institute on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The ceremony represents far more than a graduation: With each certificate of completion comes new employment opportunities, career connections and the confidence that drives scientific research and innovation. Success starts with the students, who complete the apprenticeship program over the course of two summers, gain intensive classroom and hands-on, laboratory experience, and leave prepared to work as research technicians within the robust biomedical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. “I feel proud and a little in awe right now,” said David Caref, a graduate whose mother traveled from North Carolina to attend the ...(Read more)
On July 30, more than 50 student runners and their mentors crossed the finish line at Community College of Philadelphia, concluding a five-mile run and college tour that introduced many of them to the College for the first time. The “Run to College Tour” was conceived by the staff of Students Run Philly Style (SRPS), a local nonprofit made up of runners from middle and high schools throughout the city, which helps students increase their capacity for success through mentoring and distance running. SRPS typically schedules training runs to prepare for November’s Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon, but its partnership with the College and Temple University allowed students the added bonus of touring college campuses while getting in their training. ...(Read more)
Seven New Advisors, More Offerings at Community College Of Philadelphia to Support And Enrich The Learning Experience As new students enter the College for the 2016-2017 academic year, they will be welcomed by new academic advisors whose sole job is to guide them toward their educational goals. The advisors are one of several new programs and initiatives Community College of Philadelphia has implemented this fall to strengthen student success and enrich the learning experience. President Donald Guy Generals, upon taking the helm of the College in 2014, saw the need for full-time faculty dedicated to help students with prudent course selection, planning and, when needed, interventions to get them back on track. These seven new full-time advisors are in a ...(Read more)
The idea of free community college has gradually moved to the forefront of the higher education debate. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both agree that college tuition should be free for families making under $125,000, and Clinton has made the initiative part of the official Democratic Party platform. While the Democrats hashed out their ideas at the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia and the College Promise Campaign hosted a special screening of “No Greater Odds,” a documentary that highlighted the stories of five community college students at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) as they overcame challenges faced by students who pursue higher education. Following the screening, Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president ...(Read more)
The focus on student success begins long before students actually enroll in college. More and more students are gaining an edge by participating in dual enrollment programs. On July 14, nearly 100 higher education practitioners from across the region came together to share best practices in the first-ever Mid Atlantic conference on dual enrollment sponsored by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) and Community College of Philadelphia. Conference-goers shared information about their policies and programs, funding models and recent innovations and trends. They eagerly exchanged strategies because they all had one goal in common: creating a more effective academic bridge between high school and college for students. Dr. David E. Thomas, associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives and ...(Read more)
Don’t expect business as usual at Community College of Philadelphia. The city is growing and changing, and the College stands ready to meet the needs of Philadelphia and the students it serves. Since his arrival two years ago, College President Donald Guy Generals has worked tirelessly to foster a quality learning experience that leads to degree and credential comple tion, workforce readiness, civic engagement and most importantly, student achievement. “We know from the research amassed by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, that for students to persist and to achieve academic success, they need clear direction and guidance leading toward a career goal,” Dr. Generals said. “They need to be assisted in identifying that goal and they need to have ...(Read more)
Two years ago, in an effort to lose weight, Bill McDowell began taking daily lunchtime strolls around the indoor walking path on the second floor of the Mint Building — one of Community College of Philadelphia’s many wellness activities which promote a culture of fitness. Fifty pounds and five waist sizes later, McDowell understands the power of a fit-friendly work environment. “I was surprised quite a bit at the results,” said McDowell, an employee in the registration office on the Main Campus. “I definitely enjoy it, especially in the winter when the weather is bad. There’s no excuse not to do it.” The half-mile walking path, along with many other campus health initiatives, have earned the College national recognition as ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia welcomed a very special guest to its 2016 Respiratory Care Technology Program Completion Ceremony last week, thanks in part to a unique relationship cultivated between a student and a politician, nurtured over frequently-served meals, heartfelt chats and words of encouragement. Despite his hectic schedule, Mayor Jim Kenney found time to stop by the College and speak to the students and their families. He attended at the invitation of graduate Jamie Sliker, who first met the mayor when he was a city councilman and she was a server at a restaurant in Old City, where Kenney is a regular. The two have been on friendly terms ever since, but even Sliker wasn’t sure if he would accept ...(Read more)
More than 100 thoughtleaders from across the Philadelphia region gathered last month for a workforce forum at Community College of Philadelphia. The forum was sponsored by Roadmap for Growth, a multiyear initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The panel members, comprised of some of the city’s most recognized educators and business executives, shared their agendas to promote economic growth and job creation — actionable ideas that Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration can work on to bring its vision of growth into fruition. Community College of Philadelphia’s president, Donald Guy Generals, proposed an idea that he has woven into the fabric of the College’s administration. “Facilitating relationships between the business community and the educational sector are key. For the College ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia has served as the springboard for every professional leap Luis Torrado of Northeast Philly has made over the past 30 years. Community College of Philadelphia enabled Torrado, a 1987 graduate, to land his first professional job drafting at one of the region’s largest electrical companies. Fast forward 27 years. Torrado, now owner of Philadelphia-based Torrado Construction, credits the College, specifically its Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, for equipping him and other graduates with the tangible and intangible tools needed to grow. And grow he has. Torrado’s Port Richmond-based general construction firm saw revenues skyrocket from $4 million in 2012 to a $13.7 million in fiscal 2015, an increase of over 200 percent over three years, ...(Read more)
Deesha Dyer’s extraordinary journey took her from Community College of Philadelphia to the career of her dreams in the White House. Last week, Dyer made a triumphant return to Philadelphia, where she delivered the College’s commencement address as special assistant to the president and social secretary of the White House. All of this, from a young woman who at one time thought she could get by without a degree and dropped out of college. Her story of resilience and dogged perseverance resonated deeply with the College’s candidates for graduation, many of whom overcame many obstacles to earn their degrees. After the ceremony, one graduate tweeted, “Deesha Dyer, you were truly the best commencement speaker I’ve ever heard. So glad CCP ...(Read more)
Forty-nine Community College of Philadelphia employees who have a combined 785 years of service were honored last week during the 32nd Annual Classified/Confidential Employee Luncheon in the Great Hall. More than 250 employees celebrated their colleagues and friends for their continued dedication to the College and its students. Amidst a festive atmosphere filled with balloons and music, employees who had accumulated five years of service up to 40 years were recognized with applause, certificates, a lunch buffet and a special thank you from President Donald Guy Generals. “This is my favorite event aside from graduation,” Dr. Generals said. “It’s an opportunity to say thank you to all of you who work in this space where the rubber hits the road, ...(Read more)
Dr. Karen E. Nelson’s social-good science knows no bounds. A microbiologist whose research may one day allow doctors to match medical care to an individual’s genetic code, Nelson’s ground-breaking research has had a global impact — and it could change how people live their lives. Her passion as a scientist is only matched by her desire to direct more students on the road to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Nelson, president of the renowned J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and a leader in the National Institutes of Health Human Microbiome Project (HMP), tirelessly works to put more students, especially women and minorities, into the STEM pipeline — and keep them there. “It’s great to get students into STEM, ...(Read more)
“What foods are good for your teeth and what foods are bad?” “What if a baby was born with a tooth? Does that count as its first set of teeth?” “What other colors can your teeth turn besides green?” Those were just a sampling of the questions Sandi Fisher’s fifth graders posed to Theresa Grady, Dental Hygiene program director at Community College of Philadelphia, during Grady’s visit to William Cramp Elementary School, located in the city’s Fairhill neighborhood. The student-reporters interviewed Grady as part of their school’s partnership with Healthy NewsWorks, a Philadelphia-area nonprofit program that empowers student journalists to transform the health of their communities by producing school-based health newspapers, related media and an annual book that profiles area ...(Read more)
An inspirational week of dialogue, discussion and action marked the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society’s 17th annual Law and Society Week at Community College of Philadelphia, a week in which judicial ethics were explored and social justice was the rallying cry. Law and Society Week provided students, faculty, staff and community members with updates on emerging legal issues and trends while offering practical advice from respected experts. More than two dozen workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations during the week were free and open to the public. Among the week's highlights was Edgar Cahn, distinguished attorney, law professor and one of the nation’s foremost advocates for social justice, who delivered a talk about community equality. “It’s exciting to ...(Read more)
Community college athletics are not just about getting the next big win. Athletes do play for the love of the game, but Rogers Glipsy, athletic director at Community College of Philadelphia, says the soft skills and useful life lessons drawn from sports enrich the student experience and position players to compete in life. The strategies learned in competition provide a foundation for fostering lifelong success and that is where the real victory lies. Learning from Adversity Rafiq Johnson, a 6’5” starting forward for the Colonials’ men’s basketball team is confident that the Colonials, who were crowned Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference champions and are headed to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III, Region XIX playoffs for the second ...(Read more)
When Elizabeth “Ellie” Scicchitano read the email notifying her she had been selected as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, her thoughts quickly turned to her mother, who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer. More than anything, the scholarship spurred her to stay the course on her journey to become a research oncologist and do her part to conquer the disease that has ravaged her family. Scicchitano, 32, a second-year Biology major and mother of a 7-year-old daughter, carries a 3.72 grade point average. She is co-president of scholarships of the Rho Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest and most prestigious honor society for community college students. “It’s hard to raise my daughter and go to school, ...(Read more)
Jamil Watson was serving time in prison when he first met Tara Timberman, founder and coordinator of the Reentry Support Project at Community College of Philadelphia. Timberman assured Watson that if he enrolled in the Reentry Support Project’s College REACH program, he could map out a pathway to earning his associate’s degree at the College and get the support he needed along the way. In the spring of 2015, while still incarcerated, Watson started his first college classes. He was released in July. In December, as proud family, friends and members of the College community looked on, Watson and eight other formerly incarcerated students were recognized by Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney, College President Donald Guy Generals and Court of Common Pleas ...(Read more)
Last December, Ari Bank, an assistant professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia, told his wife, Kirsten Quinn, that all he wanted for Christmas were donations to his favorite charities. Quinn, an associate professor of English at the College complied, gifting him as well with a bag of “care packages” to give to people without homes. Taking a chance, Bank brought a few of the packages to the College to show members of the International Student Association (ISA), where he is the faculty advisor. Maybe, just maybe, he thought, his students could take the idea and run with it. They didn’t just run, they sprinted. Students began making and designing their own care packages, which included socks, underwear, soap, ...(Read more)