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iHeart Radio Interview with Dr. Generals

01/08/2019 - 9:50am
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.

North Philly to Oxford

01/08/2019 - 9:41am
College once seemed unlikely for Hazim Hardeman. Here’s how he became CCP and Temple’s first Rhodes scholar.

Former White House social secretary, CCP grad creates scholarship

12/11/2018 - 10:27am
Deesha Dyer’s life changed when she enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia at the age of 30. The Milton Hershey School alumna worked harder than she ever had before, and that work led to seven years of working for President Barack Obama as an intern and eventually White House social secretary. Now she wants to help other people make the most of their second, third or fourth chance. She said, “I want people to be reminded of my story and hope that inspires them to keep going and keep pursuing whatever avenue they desire and also on their own timetable.” So she has created the Deesha Dyer Second Chance Scholarship at CCP. — Philadelphia Tribune

Graduation time: What you’ll pay for a cap and gown at Philly’s colleges and universities

04/30/2018 - 11:00am
Happy college graduation season, Philly! Institutions of higher learning are on the cusp of their commencement ceremonies — most of which are set for mid-May. With at least a half dozen colleges and universities in Philadelphia and the surrounding ‘burbs, the number of soon-to-be-degree-holders is pretty high around these parts.

African Community Learning Program founder semifinalist in Wharton startup challenge

04/30/2018 - 10:59am
Sy, originally from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and later Senegal, runs the African Community Learning Program (ACLP) in the basement of her home. She welcomes and teaches first- through eighth-graders from African countries as diverse as Sudan, Nigeria and Burkina Faso about their culture and background. About a dozen students arrive each day after school for instruction and guidance from Sy and her volunteers. Temple Rhodes scholar Hazim Hardeman is one of seven volunteers with ACLP and also serves as the organization’s secretary. He’s known Sy since they met at the Community College of Philadelphia. He decided to volunteer at the program to give back and provide students experiences that they might not have otherwise.

CCP forms diversity partnership with Parx Casino

04/27/2018 - 10:01am
The Community College of Philadelphia and Parx Casino has formed a new corporate partnership designed to expand opportunity for students. The new diversity and inclusion partnership will provide scholarships and help support services for CCP students who are veterans, LGBTQ, women and members of underserved communities.

CCP's Andrea Bowleg has impressive freshman season for the Colonials

04/26/2018 - 11:47am
Andrea Bowleg never played basketball until her freshman year at Community College of Philadelphia. Bowleg played volleyball and flag football throughout her athletic career. She was playing on CCP’s club volleyball team when the women’s basketball coach Kenyatta McKinney asked if she was interested in playing for the Colonials. Bowleg thought about it and decided to join the team. And for someone who never stepped on the court turned in a great season.

An Rx for poverty? A career in nursing

04/26/2018 - 11:46am
The Introduction to the Health Care Professions course at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) is packed with aspiring nurses. There’s the man in his mid-20s who returned to school after years of working low-wage food service jobs. The young woman with glasses who graduated five years ago from a local Catholic high school. The teen who has always loved working with children. The 22-year-old who just earned her GED and wants to follow her two sisters into nursing.

Community College of Philadelphia: It’s Time For A New Mascot

04/26/2018 - 11:44am
Philadelphia’s mascot, Colonial Phil, is hanging up his hat and is ready to pass on his duties to someone new. Student petitioned the school back in 2016 and a new mascot is now on the horizon.

Dr. Generals on WURD Radio

04/16/2018 - 10:29am
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.

Philadelphia visionary and leader says farewell; Community College of Philadelphia honors Lynette M. Brown-Sow for years of service and dedication

01/30/2018 - 11:43am
After dedicating 22 years of service to the College, Lynette M. Brown Sow, Vice President of Marketing & Government Relations is leaving to return to her life as a successful consultant and entrepreneur. Join her friends and colleagues, along with honored guests, Mayor James Kenney, former Governor Edward G. Rendell, and state and city dignitaries, as they say farewell to Ms. Brown-Sow. Cherri Gregg, Community Affairs reporter for KYW 1060 News Radio will serve as the mistress of ceremony.

After 22 years, Lynette M. Brown-Sow leaving CCP

01/30/2018 - 11:42am
Lynette M. Brown-Sow is preparing to return to entrepreneurship after a 22-year career with the Community College of Philadelphia. She is gearing up to leave her post as CCP’s vice president of marketing and government relations. Brown-Sow officially steps down on March 30. She will be honored during an event scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Pavillon Building, Klein Cube at 17th, between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets. Mayor Jim Kenney, former Gov. Ed Rendell and state and city dignitaries will be on hand to bid her farewell.

CCP Pays Tribute, Bids Farewell To Longtime Leader

01/30/2018 - 11:41am
The Community College of Philadelphia is paying tribute to a local visionary and mentor. Lynette Brown-Sow is leaving her post as the institution’s Vice President of Marketing and Government Relations and returning to her roots. The Community College of Philadelphia is paying tribute to a local visionary and mentor. Lynette Brown-Sow is leaving her post as the institution’s Vice President of Marketing and Government Relations and returning to her roots.

Harrisburg University, Hussian College show off expanded Philadelphia campus

12/18/2017 - 12:04pm
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology joined Hussian College and local and state officials Friday morning to unveil the new, expanded location the two schools share in downtown Philadelphia during a ribbon-cutting event. Harrisburg University at the same time announced an articulation agreement it signed with the Community College of Philadelphia. The board of trustees from both schools - along with Harrisburg University President Dr. Eric Darr, and Hussian College President Jeremiah Staropoli - celebrated the expansion into 38,000 square feet of renovated space at 1500 Spring Garden Street. Officials from the Community College of Philadelphia also attended the event. "Harrisburg University and Hussian college worked together now for a number of years. HU knows Philadelphia very well. Today, we have more than 300 students from Philadelphia school district enrolled," Darr said. "This space gives us the opportunity to serve students in Philadelphia better. It's all about education and the...

HU unveils Philadelphia location, partnership

12/18/2017 - 12:03pm
Officials from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology on Friday officially cut the ribbon on the school's new location in downtown Philadelphia and announced a new agreement with the city's community college. The new location expands HU's three-year-old presence in Philadelphia and allows its students to complete their degrees in the city.

Community College of Philadelphia Creates “Path of Possibilities” for its Students

12/18/2017 - 11:59am
Hazim Hardeman’s story is a testament to the “path of possibilities” provided by the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). After completing an associate’s degree from CCP in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University this year, he will become the only American Rhodes Scholar winner in 2018 to have attended a community college. In what has become an unofficial pipeline to institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University or Cornell University, CCP has been working to redefine the role of community colleges in effectively preparing students academically, professionally and personally. “It’s a myth or it’s a misunderstanding that the first two years of a liberal arts curriculum at a community college is something less than what students would get at any other college,” says Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of CCP. “We provide a lot of support, we have counseling and we challenge them. We establish a high...

North Philly Man Makes History As First Ever Rhodes Scholar From Temple

11/30/2017 - 11:53am
After a rough time in high school, Hardeman landed at Community College of Philadelphia, where he excelled, and later at Temple where he graduated magna cum laude and applied for the Rhodes Scholarship — with distant hope.

First Temple grad to win Rhodes scholarship accepts with humility, high hopes

11/30/2017 - 11:52am
A true homegrown scholar, Hardeman grew up in North Philadelphia, attended public schools, and earned his associate’s degree at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Temple in 2015. Hardeman, 23, has never been out of the U.S. He attributes the distinction of his scholarship to the many mentors and people who’ve believed in from elementary school through college.

Temple University gets its first Rhodes Scholar

11/30/2017 - 11:50am
Hazim Hardeman, a 2017 Temple University grad, became the first student from the school to become a Rhodes Scholar. "I didn't think something like this would happen to me," said Hardeman. Of the thousands of nominees, Hardeman is one of 32 winners to receive the prestigious accolade. "I'm the first person in my family to go to college. I'm the second generation literate in my family," he said. "So the trajectory has been incredible and inconceivable in many ways. I am confident in myself, but things like this weren't on my radar." Raised by a single mother and the youngest of four, Hardeman grew up in North Philadelphia in the area of 23rd and Diamond streets. A product of Philadelphia Public Schools, he admits that he struggled in high school and didn't have the grades to be admitted to Temple. So instead, he pursued an associates degree from Community College...

Open to opportunity

11/30/2017 - 11:49am
Bachus’ own success story began at the Community College of Philadelphia, which was just in its second year when he enrolled. In addition to the lower cost and willingness to take him on as a student, CCP “was within reach of the subway, trolley or bus.” After two years, he transferred to Temple University — “also on the subway line” — and there completed a degree in psychology. He graduated sure of two things: he wanted a job somewhat related to his major; and “it better not involve math.”

Hazim Hardeman Selected Among 32 Rhodes Scholars

11/30/2017 - 11:47am
Hazim Hardeman, Philadelphia, graduated magna cum laude from Temple University in May with a concentration in strategic communication. He is Temple’s first Rhodes Scholar. He grew up four blocks from Temple; his single mother found a way to enroll him in a better elementary school two hours away by public transportation but he had to return to his inner city high school. From there he attended the Community College of Philadelphia, where he graduated with High Honors. His research interests include critical pedagogy, race and politics, and African-American intellectual history. He has written on hip hop music, gun control, and the prison abolition movement. He is a substitute teacher in the Philadelphia School District, was a fellow in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment, and took a course on death and dying with inmates in a prison hospice program. He explains that “arriving at truth through letting suffering speak”...

Community College of Phila. expands food pantry to help hungry students

11/30/2017 - 11:44am
More and more colleges are recognizing that they aren't immune from the issue of hunger. Last year's"Hunger on Campus" national report says it's driving some students to choose between classes and food. It's happening at the Community College of Philadelphia. The goal is to end hunger there, so students can concentrate more on their education. Twice a week, Jenavia Weaver, Verna Gillins or other volunteers from the Student Government Association form a small assembly line, creating snack packs at the Winnett Student Center.

Open Forum Presents Donald Generals, Middle States Team Chair for BMCC

11/09/2017 - 10:45am
As part of the ongoing accreditation process through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ( MSCHE ) for Borough of Manhattan Community College ( BMCC/CUNY ), students, faculty and staff attended a Middle States Open Forum on November 6 at 199 Chambers Street. The forum was hosted by BMCC President Antonio Pérez and featured Donald Generals, President of the Community College of Philadelphia and Middle States team chair for BMCC. Dr. Generals provided information about Middle States reaffirmation and opened the floor to audience comments related to BMCC's MSCHE Self-Study Report 2017-2018 .

Saxbys Hosts Fundraiser To Support Community College Of Philadelphia

11/09/2017 - 10:44am
Community College of Philadelphia staged a fundraiser, and the draw to the Center City event was coffee on a pay-as-you-wish basis. The Saxbys on the corner of 18th and Chestnut Streets was packed with patrons Tuesday. Community College of Philadelphia’s president Guy Generals says the proceeds of the event will go toward a fellowship for students.

Woman Sheds Light on the Plights Of Foster Kids After They Turn 18

10/19/2017 - 10:00am
While attending the Community College of Philadelphia, Drummer realized she was surrounded by peers who shared in the multi-faceted struggle of transitioning out of foster care. While attending the college, she took part in Ms. Black Genez, a group for Black female students. The women were encouraged to create a business plan for a nonprofit organization which is where the idea for FAHY was born.

LGBT center to open at Community College of Philadelphia

10/06/2017 - 9:39am
At a two-day conference on LGBT issues this week at Community College of Philadelphia, school officials announced another forthcoming LGBT initiative: its first LGBT center. Plans are underway for the launch of the MarcDavid LGBTQ Center. The space will be located in the Winnet Student Life Building and will officially open its doors with the hiring of the center’s coordinator. Officials began circulating a job posting for the position last week and also shared it with participants at the Oct. 5-6 “Acting on Diversity: LGBTQ and Community Colleges” conference on campus.

Parkway C.C. students earn college credit through Summer Bridge Program

09/12/2017 - 9:39am
Students attending the School District of Philadelphia’s new Parkway Center City Middle College this school year began their first step in their high school career over the summer with the opening of the Summer Bridge program at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Summer Bridge Program is a five-week initiative allowing students to earn college credits before taking their first high school class.

Program allows teens to graduate from high school and get associate's degree

09/12/2017 - 9:38am
Mackenzie Schoen and Savannah Zazulak were among several students who today celebrated a program that's changing lives and families. The program is a partnership between a local charter school and community college of Philadelphia. One of the students Carson Lowe explained how it works. "During the school year, we take half of our courses at MAST and the other half at CCP. Once we graduate from MAST we will have our high school diploma and have enough credits to get an associates degree in business."

Community College of Philadelphia Honors Lives Lost On 9/11

09/12/2017 - 9:35am
The Community College of Philadelphia honors local lives lost during the September 11 attacks. During the day’s ceremony CCP coordinator for Veteran Programming Stephen Bachovin paid respect to the three Philadelphians who died in the World Trade Center attacks, by reading their names and pausing to remember them.

Young Philly Students Learn To Build Cars At CCP Summer Camp

08/22/2017 - 10:53am
A summer camp giving city kids a crash course in automotive engineering as they learn to be the tech leaders of tomorrow. This STEM program is made possible by the Community College of Philadelphia as it help put kids in the driver’s seat of their future careers.

Fourth-grade teacher brings new ideas to classroom

08/22/2017 - 10:50am
Trice’s journey to becoming a teacher started in 2011 when he enrolled in a summer enrichment program at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). While at CCP, Trice connected with the Center for Male Engagement, a program to increase retention and graduation rates among African American men. “For the first time, I was watching four Black educators making a difference in my life and other students lives,” Trice said. “It was an eye opener for me. I was inspired by what they were doing, how they were carrying themselves, and how they were dressing. I had a conversation with one of my support coaches at the time and he told me the best part of being a teacher was fighting to make a difference in the lives of the students.

Education Roundup: CCP Foundation adds new board members

08/22/2017 - 10:48am
Community College of Philadelphia has added new board members to its Foundation, which raises private funds for the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program. Newest members include: Nick Bayer, CEO and founder of Saxby’s; Malcolm Jenkins, founder of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and safety for the Philadelphia Eagles; Rasheia Johnson, treasurer of the city of Philadelphia; Jill Michal, vice president for Business Transformation, Independence Blue Cross; Priya Roy, associate for Ballard Spahr and LLP; Simran Sidhu, executive director, HIVE and Michael Soileau, vice president of Planning and Strategy of Comcast.

Education Roundup: Beech scholarships go to students at 4 local colleges

08/22/2017 - 10:46am
The Beech Scholarship Fund was created in honor of Bernard C. Watson, John C. Haas, F. Otto Haas, Floyd W. Alston and Robert W. Smith. It awards $1,000-a-year scholarships to deserving minority students entering Temple University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University or Community College of Philadelphia as a full-time freshman or current full-time undergraduate.

As the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation prepares for future challenges, it adds new board members from Philadelphia Eagles, Comcast, Saxbys and More

08/22/2017 - 10:43am
As the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation continues efforts to raise private dollars to fund the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, it is adding influential new directors, including leading executives from Comcast, Saxbys, Independence Blue Cross, and even Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins.

Agency helps companies tap into area’s diverse pool of professionals

07/19/2017 - 9:56am
Diverse Force is an evolution of the Urban Philly Professional Network, a community of more than 16,000 professionals of color between the ages of 25 and 45 from various sectors. Rahman founded the organization 10 years ago with the purpose of engaging, empowering and connecting Philadelphia’s next generation of business and civic leadership.

13 and in college? Philly students begin a new kind of high school program

07/13/2017 - 11:18am
Lien and her classmates began a mandatory summer program this week, and attended their first day of a three-credit CCP class on Tuesday — some are taking History of American Diversity, some Women in History. They will take some CCP classes during their freshman and sophomore years, and during their junior and senior years will be fully immersed in the college campus a few blocks away from their high school. The students may participate in high school sports and other extracurricular programs, and they will have support— both at the high school and the CCP levels — to help them make the academic and social leap to college.

CCP, district team up for school that offers associates degrees

07/12/2017 - 9:42am
A new high school offering students a high school diploma and associates degree is the first in Philadelphia and the first of its kind accredited in the Commonwealth, according to the Community College and Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia. Parkway Center City Middle College, 540 N. 13th St., officially welcomes the class of 2021 this fall. Freshman students are attending a summer bridge program now through Aug. 9 that is a requirement for all incoming ninth graders. At the completion of the program, students will rack up three credit hours before school officially begins.

New Program Allows Students To Earn College Credits While In High School

07/12/2017 - 9:40am
A group of more than 120 students are the first in Philadelphia’s history to take part in a program that will allow them to earn college credits while they attend high school. On Tuesday, Students of the Parkway Center City Middle College were meeting for what’s called the “Summer Bridge.” It is a 5-week orientation program at the Community College of Philadelphia to get them ready for a mix of college and high school classes they’ll take at Parkway starting this fall.

The Wistar Institute Appoints Brian Keith, Ph.D., as the First-ever Dean of Biomedical Studies

07/10/2017 - 9:45am
Keith will work with Wistar faculty to guide educational efforts at all levels of training, from high school students to postdoctoral fellows. These programs include the Summer Fellowship in Biomedical Research , an eight-week intensive program that introduces high school students to biomedical research as they work on active projects in the lab. Another program is the Biomedical Technician Training Program (BTT), which prepares Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students for careers in academic or commercial research labs. In addition, the newly launched Biomedical Research Training Apprenticeship (BRT)—a spinoff from the BTT Program—offers longer internships and additional on-the-job training. BRT is the first registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program to offer students a pathway to become medical research technicians ratified by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, and is the first of its kind in the nation.

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church donates to CCP

06/29/2017 - 3:05pm
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church has donated $100,000 to Community College of Philadelphia during its morning service on June 25, according to a news release. The church at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. provided the donation to support CCP’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which aims to help make college possible for eligible Philadelphia high school graduates. “On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the college, I want to thank Pastor Alyn E. Waller and the entire membership at Enon for extending the opportunity to Philadelphia high school graduates who show much promise, but need their community’s support to earn a college degree and become highly skilled workforce contributors,” CCP President Donald Generals said in a news release. “A large gift such as this can change the lives of so many students, and foster more secure futures for their families and our city,” he added. Waller has led the effort to...

Education Roundup: Students participate in PHL Diversity's Hospitality Education Day

06/26/2017 - 3:36pm
More than 200 students participated in the 24th Annual Hospitality Education Day hosted by PHL Diversity, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and the Community College of Philadelphia. The event was held on June 1 at CCP, 1700 Spring Garden St. The free, invitation-only program provided guidance to area high school and adult students in designated hospitality programs. Through Hospitality Education Day, PHL Diversity strives to create a career pipeline that will enhance the regional hospitality industry, while bolstering graduation rates and paving the way for professional success.

Wistar Institute Begins Bio-Medical Apprenticeship Program

06/08/2017 - 10:30am
The Wistar Institute, in West Philadelphia, has registered a first-of-its-kind, non-traditional apprenticeship program in bio-medical research. It’s helping to diversify a field where women and minorities have been under-represented. It’s an old-fashioned concept, but Wistar Academic Affairs Director William Wunner says the apprenticeship will teach skills for the workforce of the future. “The ability to facilitate experimental procedures, manage a laboratory, monitor lab safety, conduct data analysis on experiments,” Wunner said. It grows out of a training program he started 17 years ago with Community College of Philadelphia.

Where students can take a different approach

06/08/2017 - 10:27am
The District also runs a dual enrollment program with Community College of Philadelphia in which students can catch up on high school credits while also earning an associate’s degree, and a school in the Juvenile Justice Center for students charged with felonies who are awaiting adjudication.

Wistar’s New Biomedical Research Technician Training Program Obtains First State Approval as Non-Traditional Apprenticeship

06/01/2017 - 12:48pm
The BRT Apprenticeship offers those pursuing degrees at the Community College of Philadelphia and elsewhere a career pathway to become biomedical research technicians in research laboratory environments. Through coursework and on-the-job training opportunities at Wistar and other partnering laboratories, trainees acquire skillsets to facilitate experimental procedures, manage a laboratory and monitor lab safety, conduct data analysis on experiments, and various other highly skilled techniques with the goal of supporting a lead scientist in the laboratory. - See more at: http://citybizlist.com/article/421815/wistars-new-biomedical-research-technician-training-program-obtains-first-state-approval-as-non-traditional-apprenticeship#sthash.PNHfQqGO.dpuf

Wistar helps community college grads get hard-core science jobs

06/01/2017 - 12:42pm
Apprentices in Wistar’s program, which was just accredited by the state of Pennsylvania on May 11, will build on the institute’s existing biomedical technician training to give apprentices more hours of on-the-job experience, as, and after, they complete an associate’s degree at Community College of Philadelphia.

Wistar Institute starts apprenticeship program for biomedical lab techs

06/01/2017 - 12:41pm
The apprenticeship program builds on the institute's existing biomedical technician-training internship program. Mentors, including post-doctoral fellows at Wistar, train students from the Community College of Philadelphia to work in biomedical labs, researching diseases such as cancer and HIV.

Wistar Institute launches 'nontraditional' apprenticeship program

06/01/2017 - 11:38am
The Wistar Institute is expanding a program it started nearly two decades ago to address the high turnover rates in research laboratories. The Philadelphia nonprofit research organization has established what it describes as the state’s “first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program to offer participants a career pathway to becoming biomedical research technicians in a research laboratory environment.

Single mom wins prestigious $40,000-a-year Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

05/31/2017 - 4:10pm
Jennifer Myers, a student in Community College of Philadelphia’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging program, is one of 55 students to be awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the nation. It provides high-achieving, service-oriented community college students up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Who's speaking at Philly-area commencements in 2017

05/31/2017 - 4:08pm
Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and an advocate for economic empowerment, will deliver the commencement address at the Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in The Liacouras Center. A long-time advocate for individuals seeking meaningful employment pathways, Morial has been a powerful voice for economic inclusion. As leader of the National Urban League since 2003, he has served as a seasoned strategist for revitalizing communities and local economies. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and African-American studies, he also holds a law degree from...

Education Roundup: College survival boot camp engages 200 students

05/31/2017 - 4:07pm
About 200 high school students attend the “Surviving College Boot Camp: Know Before You Go” event on Tuesday at the Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. The boot camp targeted first-generation, college-bound seniors who were exposed to motivational speakers, scholarship announcements and workshops, which included participation by sororities and fraternities.