Community College of Philadelphia will start fall with online classes

The Community College of Philadelphia became the first college in the region to announce it would start the fall semester with online classes.

Some face-to-face courses, particularly labs or those that require hands-on instruction, may be allowed later in the fall if the circumstances surrounding the virus change, the school said.

College president Donald Generals made the announcement to faculty and staff during a virtual town hall on Tuesday. The college, which enrolls about 25,000 full-time and part-time students annually, is largely a commuter campus.

Generals called online classes the “safest and best educational option for the fall semester."