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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:48pm

Philadelphia, PA (July 29 2019) – Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) is hosting a community festival that will feature all things new at the College, including information tables on four exciting new academic programs that expand employment and transfer opportunities.

The festivities will take place on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., near the Bonnell and Winnet courtyards, which are off 17th Street, just south of Spring Garden Street. Express enrollment will be available from 10 a.m. until 3 pm that day for first-time college students. Those students will receive a priority pass, which will afford speedier access to key college services.

Meanwhile, the occasion will provide Philadelphians with an opportunity to show their support by participating in a back-to-school drive sponsored by the College’s Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership and a food donation drive led by CCP’s Food Collaborative team. The College has a multi-prong effort underway to combat food insecurity among students. Preliminary research indicates that students who visit the CCP food pantry remain enrolled in college at higher rates. Philly residents are asked to donate backpacks, snack foods and canned goods ahead of the start of the fall semester.

 “It takes a village to spread prosperity to all corners of the City,” said CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals. ”We are inviting the community to show support and to work with us so all students and all families can be successful.”

Mutha Knows, a popular radio co-host on Power 99 and recent graduate of Community College of Philadelphia, will be on hand for the festivities along with the Power 99 Ground Crew. They will have giveaways and provide entertainment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, guests also will enjoy live music provided by artists for Spring Garden Records, which is the College’s student-powered music label.

Free food, interactive games and a fashion show also are planned.

As part of the What’s New event, the College will recruit applicants for its four newest academic degrees– Business Leadership, Black Studies, Fashion Merchandising & Marketing and Tourism & Hospitality Management. The tourism degree, which includes a cutting-edge course on casino gaming, is proving quite popular. Philadelphia’s hotel industry is growing, and CCP is responding to employer’s needs by adding programs that serve high-priority industries. The Black Studies degree, meanwhile, seeks to deepen the understanding of the Black experience and increase the ranks of culturally responsive problem solvers. Many students with a Black Studies degree end up employed in law, education and criminal justice.

“We continuously update and revise the academic curricula in an effort to provide an educational experience that enables students from all walks and stages of life to serve the City and make important contributions in all industries,” Dr. Generals said.


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