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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)
Lindsay Jackson
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)
Convening his third Town Hall meeting of a busy academic year, President Donald Guy Generals updated the College community on ways in which the College is continuing to develop strategies to strengthen student success, despite coping with a five-month old budget impasse that has adversely affected community colleges throughout the state. Members of the College community gathered at the Bonnell Auditorium for the Nov. 18 hour-long session, which was also video streamed for faculty and staff in the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers. Though the College has been working with other college officials across the state to come up with temporary measures to ease the financial burden, Dr. Generals conceded that the impasse impacts the College’s cash flow. “We ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia is a vibrant gathering place that gives people an opportunity to work for a better world. On Nov. 9, the Sierra Club and the College’s Coalition for a Sustainable Future joined together to sponsor a program on climate change and explore its impact on Philadelphia and the planet. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of Meteorology at Penn State and an expert on global warming, spoke to a nearly packed house in the Bonnell Auditorium. He is a leading member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007. In his talk titled, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues," Mann spoke of global warming ...(Read more)
Carmen Williams working at Starbucks
Carmen Williams was on the road to nowhere. Left at a friend’s home by her mother as a child, Carmen endured myriad foster homes, including a household crawling with 30 unneutered cats. One day, she came home to discover the cats had soiled all of her high school uniforms. When she asked for $5 to get them washed, she said her foster parent refused to help. So, she dropped out of school—not because she didn’t want to learn—but because she had nothing to wear. That’s how precarious life can be for youth like Carmen. But today, the 22-year-old student’s uniform of choice belongs to Starbucks, where she works as a barista in the heart of the city’s business district. Her ...(Read more)
Across the city, ceremonies marked Nov. 11, the day the nation shows its appreciation for those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. At Community College of Philadelphia, Craig L. Adams, a veteran who is executive vice president of Exelon and president and CEO of PECO, joined the College community in honoring these heroes for their commitment to duty, honor and country. A U.S. Army veteran and a community college graduate, Adams shared the story of 92-year-old Herschel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, a retired United States Marine who is the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Heroes like Williams don’t wake up every day thinking about ...(Read more)
Community College of Philadelphia Selected for New, National Initiative Colleges participating in a new national initiative called the Pathways Project will implement guided academic and career pathways at scale — for all students. That is the shared commitment of the 30 institutions selected to join the groundbreaking program led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Following a highly competitive national selection process, Community College of Philadelphia was invited to join in and contribute to the body of important work. This initiative reinforces the College’s ongoing effort to create a holistic educational approach that creates guided pathways from the student’s initial contact with the College through graduation. AACC is coordinating a national partnership to build capacity for community colleges ...(Read more)
Ron Davis and the Center for Male Engagement
Ron Davis knows a little about success and failure. He played in the National Football League and he was cut from the National Football League. In business, he’s led companies and has been fired from companies. Now he’s a doting grandfather raising his 11-year-old grandson. In life, he says, “there’s no straight line.” So when Davis, director of diversity and community development for Parx Casino, was invited in the spring of 2013 to speak at the Center for Male Engagement (CME) at Community College of Philadelphia, he realized his life lessons, the tough ones especially, might benefit these young men. “I wanted to give back to young African American men who I did not know,” Davis said. “Parx and Community ...(Read more)
President Donald Guy Generals kicked off the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a discussion of a larger than life classic as the Fireside Chats began anew. During the program, Dr. Generals presided over a free-wheeling conversation of what is arguably one of the greatest and bestselling works of fiction ever published — Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote. For an hour in the Winnet Student Life Building Coffeehouse on Sept. 29, he led the audience in a discussion of the ways Don Quixote has influenced global culture, even five centuries after it was first published. It has inspired ballets, films, cookbooks and clothing lines. The word “quixotic,” meaning extravagantly chivalrous or romantic, has even made its way into the ...(Read more)
By any standard, going from community college student to White House social secretary in just six years is the stuff of which dreams are made. And Deesha Dyer would probably be pinching herself, if she had the time. Dyer, however, is too busy doing her job, which could arguably be described as the political arena’s most important events planner. Just last week, she and her team arranged for President Obama to welcome Pope Francis on the South Lawn; planned for him to host President Xi Jinpig of China; and then organized a state dinner for the Chinese president and hundreds of other VIPs. No worries, though. Judging from the hug she received from First Lady Michelle Obama afterward, everything went ...(Read more)
President Donald Guy Generals kicked off the College’s 50th year by posing a question to the faculty and staff assembled in the Winnet Student Life Building for Fall Professional Development Opening Session August 31. “Do we want to be good?” Dr. Generals asked, “Or do we want to be great?” The question is drawn from his listening tour, as he has tuned in on the conversations that will shape the direction of the College over the next 50 years. His takeaways? The College is widely viewed as part of a vibrant and historical fabric of the city, and cited as one of the most important institutions in Philadelphia. However, there are some who believe the College should stay the course ...(Read more)
After Gunter Pfau enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia, he learned never to be afraid to question the status quo. As an entrepreneur and CEO of Stuzo, a marketing and digital advertising company, that lesson is one he still uses regularly. “In technology, there’s no other choice,” he said. “In fact, I would say you have to seek out change. If you don’t change, you’ll die.” Since our founding in 1964 and opening our doors to students for the first time on September 23, 1965, Community College of Philadelphia has been expanding minds, changing lives and transforming generations. Pfau is one of 54,000 Community College of Philadelphia graduates, many of whom contribute to the city as job creators, police officers, ...(Read more)
Brian Seymour
For the first time, Community College of Philadelphia has created a course that allows students to use one of the world’s finest collections of Post-Impressionist and Early Modern paintings as their textbooks. Art 101 will be offered at the Barnes Foundation during an accelerated 10-week term, with the first class beginning Tuesday, October 6. Subsequent classes will run Mondays through December 19, 2015. Each Monday, students will have access to the Renoirs, Cézannes and Picassos of the renowned collection. The class runs from 4:10 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Barnes, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with class time equally divided between the classroom and the galleries. The course will offer a primer on how to enter into a discourse about ...(Read more)