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Dr. Mellissia Zanjani named vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation

07/29/2020 - 4:03pm
Community College of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dr. Mellissia Zanjani, CFRE, as the college’s vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation. Dr. Zanjani leads the Institutional Advancement Office team’s efforts to strengthen and enhance alumni engagement, friend and fundraising events, annual giving, major and capital giving, and planned estate giving in support of scholarships, programs, facilities, equipment, and areas of greatest needs.

College students wondering about next school year amid coronavirus pandemic

07/09/2020 - 6:46pm
Dr. Kim Dean, Assistant professor at Arcadia University's School of Education joined local new anchors to discuss the benefits of attending community college while the Coronavirus pandemic continues to force Universities to prohibit students from returning to campus. Community College of Philadelphia is shown through video footage, reminding viewers and students who are anxious about paying full tuition for online classes that Community College of Philadelphia provides quality education at a fraction of the cost.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Scholar is featured on WURD, along with 10KSB Business Coach Frannie McNeal

07/08/2020 - 11:43pm

MaST/CCP MC2 dual enrollment program graduates its first African American student

07/07/2020 - 5:35am
Imari Hearst is an example of who our ancestors dreamed of as they toiled, bled, and died for better living conditions in America. Those ancestors knew something, despite the constant messaging to the contrary — we are a brilliant people. This young lady created history at MaST Community Charter School in Philadelphia by graduating from college with an associate’s degree before graduating with her high school diploma! I spoke with Imari, it was clear that she has a sense of purpose which goes beyond what others thought she could do, and she aims to exceed her own high expectations. SUN: Imari, you have accomplished much in a short period of time. What are you most proud of in this moment? IH: As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I am proud to say I was the first and only African American so far to complete the...

Dana Chanel And Prince Donnell Share Advice On Accountability, Faith And Self-Love

07/07/2020 - 5:28am
"Not gonna lie, I wasn't ready at all. I was a 20-year-old dude who just started my career as a personal banker with my life, accident and health insurance license and making $60,000 per year," Donnell admits to xoNecole about his mental preparation for a serious relationship. "I moved into my own apartment, got my own car and I had a few extra dollars on my check every two weeks after bills. To be honest, I felt like I made it." After living what he thought in his mind was his best life with having his friends in and out of his apartment every day and a fair share of friendships with various women, he soon came to realize that his life would change after meeting his wife with whom he shared the same alma mater, Community College of Philadelphia. "I remember her third time visiting my apartment and she...

CCP president on Covid-19 challenges and the school's role in the fight for racial justice

07/07/2020 - 5:20am
Donald "Guy" Generals said the school isn't just trying to prepare students for the post-pandemic economy, it also needs to take a "leading role" amid the fight for racial justice.

They said his name How George Floyd changed a city 1,100 miles away

07/07/2020 - 5:18am
Demonstrations spanned the city. In Fairmount, a young black protester sat atop a car, wearing a cap and gown. “You can take my life,” the 2020 Community College of Philadelphia graduate declared, “but you can’t take my degree.”

CCP plans to host public dialogue on racism, policing and the path forward

07/07/2020 - 5:13am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Community College of Philadelphia President Guy Generals says “enough is enough.” He believes it's time that the city had a frank discussion about racism in America, so the college is arranging an online “teach-in” and town hall. Generals said he thinks about the racism that permeates our modern-day culture daily. As a black man with three sons, he said the death of George Floyd evoked the fear he lives with every day. “It's a real anxiety that I have, that something comparable to what has happened to far too many African-American men and boys could happen,” he said. CCP is organizing an online town hall to talk about racism and justice. Generals said the panel will include members of the college's Black Studies program and possibly representatives of the Philadelphia Police Department. “We're trying to get a balance of voices and ideas so that it's an...

Invoking ‘change’, Council introduces ‘New Normal’ budget, advances housing bills

07/06/2020 - 6:11pm
The amendment to the revised FY21 budget bills would transfer the $25 million from the city’s recession reserve fund and focus on expanding job training. City money would be redirected to fund stipends for the Community College of Philadelphia and a plan to create “adult education learning” programs in every neighborhood.

Colleges in the Philly area and elsewhere are pledging to address national unrest and criminal justice inequalities

07/06/2020 - 6:05pm
At Community College of Philadelphia, educators and community activists discussed inequities in the criminal justice system, institutional racism, and the need to find solutions. “The importance of beginning the conversation and the dialogue in the current context is something that needed to happen and needed to take precedence over everything else we had planned in our lives,” CCP president Donald Guy Generals said during the 75-minute forum.

CCP sends three to four-year colleges on scholarship

06/30/2020 - 2:46am
Community College of Philadelphia has really developed an outstanding women’s college basketball program over the last three years. This year CCP has taken the program to another level sending three women to college on basketball scholarships and one to a Division I school. CCP head coach Kenyatta McKinney will send Cassandra Colon to the University of Toledo to play major college basketball. Elan Wali will be going to Southern Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Kyirah Beckham will be heading to Edward Waters College, an NAIA school and a historically Black college and university in Jacksonville, Florida. McKinney is pleased with all his players going to college on athletic scholarships. Of course, Colon heading to Toledo is very impressive.

As the economy struggles, consider community college | Opinion

06/03/2020 - 3:35pm
Rather than giving up, most [students] persevered through a disrupted spring semester. In fact, many have taken the next step and signed up for summer classes — also all being offered online and via a remote format. They know what they want, whether it is a certificate, a professional development course, a two-year degree, or credits that can be transferred to another institution. They know that waiting to pursue what they want can lead to more debt and delayed earnings, and they will not be deterred — even by a pandemic...The lesson to be learned from community college students is to not let a year go by without making educational progress. Preparing for the post-pandemic future should be a top priority. During this period of personal uncertainty — related to home life and finances as well as those like on-campus living arrangements and tuition costs — the best decision is...

Generals: Octavius Catto Scholarship is transforming lives

06/03/2020 - 3:26pm
A proposal that makes possible a community college degree without the burdens of costs or loan repayments is an idea that should make every Philadelphian proud. Today, 24 states offer a version of free tuition for either their community colleges or, in some cases, their two- and four-year institutions. Removing the barriers to a community college education has become a national imperative and is consistent with the needs of an advanced economy. According to the Lumina Foundation, 60 percent of all jobs will require a post-secondary education by the year 2025. We are currently at 40 percent.

Community College of Philadelphia will start fall with online classes

05/28/2020 - 7:23pm
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."

Community College Of Philadelphia To Open Fall Semester With Online Classes

05/28/2020 - 7:05pm
As the City of Philadelphia takes its first steps to return to some kind of normalcy, the Community College of Philadelphia has announced that it plans to open the fall semester with online classes. College President Dr. Donald Guy Generals made the announcement during a virtual town hall meeting with faculty and staff members on Tuesday. However, the college says that if circumstances change, some in-person classes may be offered later in the fall semester. “Given the continuing uncertainty regarding long-term COVID-19 forecasts, Community College of Philadelphia has decided that online classes are the safest and best educational option for the fall semester,” Dr. Generals said in a statement. “We are making this decision now to allow faculty adequate time to develop the best remote-learning strategies and to allow students to begin making plans for the fall semester.”...Dr. Generals also said that the college will continue its laptop loan program...

Octavius Catto Scholarship: transforming lives through education

05/19/2020 - 3:35pm
The Octavius Catto Scholarship embodies the central themes of Community College of Philadelphia’s mission: access, opportunity and student success. The Catto Scholarship will ensure access and opportunity for more Philadelphians than ever, but their success as students is what’s most important. Student success is not limited to college admission. Summative success will be defined by the number of graduates in the job market making livable wages and the number of graduates who transfer to one of the great colleges or universities in the Philadelphia area. It will further be defined by the number of students able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. To achieve success, students will be supported by dedicated faculty, advisers, counselors and innovative curricula. The Octavius Catto Scholarship reflects and extends the long history of this nation’s willingness to invest in education as a means for addressing burgeoning societal needs. Public policy has consistently...

Trans activist chosen as CCP’s 2020 commencement speaker

05/19/2020 - 9:57am
Kendall Stephens, a Black, transgender leader in the local trans community and one of PGN’s People of the Year in 2019, was selected as the student speaker for Community College of Philadelphia’s (CCP) 2020 commencement. Stephens is graduating from college with an associate’s degree in behavioral health and human services. She plans to continue her education by studying public health at Temple University on a full scholarship. “From clubs and organizations, student programming and student leadership, [Kendall] has been extremely active in a variety of different ways,” said Richard Kopp, CCP’s assistant dean of students in the Academic and Student Success Division. “Not only [has she been] active and involved, but oftentimes [she] led the charge on many of the initiatives that she’s been involved with.” Stephens has indeed been very active in the CCP community. She served as president of the newly revitalized LGBTQ+ club, which runs out of...

Local urologist and alum CCP retires after distinguished career

05/14/2020 - 6:58pm
Urologist Dr. Joseph Williams has retired after 40 years of treating patients. Williams officially wrapped up his career on April 30th from MidLantic Urology, where he specialized in diseases of the bladder, kidney and urinary tract. And while he’s going to miss his colleagues and patients, he said the time has come for him to retire. “It’s been a great journey,” Williams said as he reflected on his time in medicine. “I enjoyed it very much. But it comes a time when you have to say enough is enough.” The native of Albany, Georgia didn’t initially aspire to become a urologist. He grew up in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section and graduated from Olney High School. Williams transferred college credits he earned at Community College of Philadelphia to Temple University, where he earned a pharmacy degree.

Kevin Hart, Stephen Curry and Serena Williams Celebrate Class of 2020 amid Coronavirus Pandemic

05/01/2020 - 10:36am
“You just got thrown a major curve ball, but ultimately that curve ball makes you better,” Hart added, referring to the pandemic. “These future leaders of tomorrow and today will say I was around through the pandemic, and I graduated. And after that it made me think about finances, life management and the things that are important. Your hindsight will just be different.” Hart later joked that he'd tell the class of 2020 to “be better than I was" after saying he dropped out of the Community College of Philadelphia after just two weeks. “Me and you are in the same court, right Steph?” Hart said, laughing. (The basketball star attended Davidson College for three years before opting out of his senior year.)

Here’s how 6 Philly-area colleges are celebrating graduation amid the pandemic

05/01/2020 - 10:18am
The Philadelphia region has no shortage of colleges and universities, and thousands of students graduate into the city’s various workforces every year. But in March, as many schools turned to virtual instruction to finish out the semester, many graduating seniors were left wondering about what springtime commencement would look like. “I’ve seen many students, especially seniors, express their sadness about spending the rest of their time in college in online classes,” Technical.ly editorial intern Marybeth Gerdelmann wrote last month . “The change came quick. Not all students can thrive in an online learning environment .” Now, college seniors are taking finals online and wrapping up Zoom meetings for the semester while job hunting for the first time during a pandemic . Most of these students will officially “graduate” in the coming weeks, but have no clue if or when they’ll get to don a cap and gown and walk across...

CCP Nursing Class of 2020 to host online graduation party, Mayor Kenney to participate

05/01/2020 - 10:14am
Due to social distancing guidelines, Community College of Philadelphia was unable to host its traditional nurses pinning ceremony, planned for May 1, 2020. So graduates will together in spirit via a 2020 Zoom online graduation party. Mayor Jim Kenney will offer congratulations along with CCP President Guy Generals, Dr. Tamika Curry, an assistant professor of Nursing, and surprise guests. The 96 graduates are among the first Nursing students in the area to complete their coursework. The Class of 2020 has faced unthinkable heartbreak and challenges such as job loss, the death of a classmate, illness and the transition to online learning. Three members of the class-many of whom were working jobs as licensed practical nurses or aides in nursing homes or health agencies-tested positive for the novel coronavirus and completed some classwork online while in quarantine. Like past graduates, most are likely to end up with jobs in the City...

Community College of Philadelphia donates six ventilators, plus life-saving personal protective gear to local hospitals

04/24/2020 - 11:43am
Three health care programs at Community College of Philadelphia have donated life-saving equipment to local hospitals to support health care facilities and their colleagues working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Respiratory Care Technology program, the Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) program and the Nursing program at CCP have donated either ventilators or personal protective gear, both of which are in short supply and used to treat patients with the novel coronavirus. The Respiratory Care Technology program has donated four ventilators and one BiPAP, which is a less invasive type of ventilator that helps patients keep breathing. The program uses the equipment to help students prepare for their upcoming respiratory therapy clinicals in hospitals. The BMET program donated its ventilator as well. Students in that program learn how to test and repair the medical equipment used in hospitals. The technicians play a vital role by taking care of the...

Online Learning, Hybrid Classes and Virtual Reality: Philly Universities Prepare for a Risky Fall Semester

04/24/2020 - 11:40am
Schools in the Philadelphia area are already resigned to the potential for a combination of online and in-person instruction this fall. Shannon McLaughlin Rooney, a spokesperson for the Community College of Philadelphia, says the school is planning for “multiple possible scenarios,” including “fully in-person classes, hybrid classes with a mix of in-person and online instruction, and fully remote classes.”...For its part, the Community College of Philadelphia has already convened an administrative group to work on a plan that will focus on online learning and technological advances in the short term and permanently, Rooney says: “Regardless of how this pandemic continues, we know the shift to technology-based education will accelerate.”

Can hands-on career and tech programs go online during school shutdowns?

04/03/2020 - 11:19am
At the Community College of Philadelphia, campuses are closed through at least May 6, and all spring semester courses will be online. Putting lectures online isn’t a big concern, said Theresa Grady, who directs the school’s dental hygiene program. The problem is the required clinical practice. Even 20 years from now, applied dental hygiene won’t be taught virtually, Grady said. “You need to see different patients’ mouths, the anatomy of the mouth,” she added. “Virtually you’re not going to learn how to deal with a difficult patient.” A student in a nurse assistant vocational tech program near Atlanta takes part in an exercise for class. With colleges closed, students in nursing and other medical fields are being left without opportunities to acquire clinical experience and credits. Credit: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report Grady said her plan for now is to add extra clinics once campus reopens, even if that...

The Wistar Institute signed the lease for its 8,000-square-foot Discovery Center

04/03/2020 - 10:26am
“Wistar will curate this mix of innovative organizations in a dynamic scientific environment,” said Heather Steinman , VP of business development and head of tech transfer, in a statement. “We also see the opportunity to provide critically needed shared resources and a talent training pipeline program similar to our successful Biomedical Technician Training Program which is already supporting growing companies in Greater Philadelphia.” Wistar already relies on industry connections, especially for its technician training program for Community College of Philadelphia students to get training in life-sustaining jobs in the sciences: The program has operated for 20 years and late last year, the Institute told Technical.ly that it often works with biomedical companies Invisible Sentinel and Integral Molecular , both located in the University City Science Center , on their needs and desirable qualities and skills for its students.

College degrees and what they're worth

03/31/2020 - 10:50am
We looked at thousands of academic degrees to see what graduates across the region earned in their first year out of school, along with what they owed in federal loans. English majors at the University of Pennsylvania took home $29,300 their first year after college, while rhetoric and composition majors at state college Shippensburg University made more, earning $36,500 right out of school. Both were beaten by new dental hygienists with a two-year associate’s degree from the Community College of Philadelphia, who made $47,900. These are some of the findings from an exclusive Inquirer online search tool that looks at thousands of academic degrees and what graduates across the region earned in their first year out of school along with what they owed in federal loans. It’s a new way for students and parents to see what they are paying for and assess their ability to repay loans.

Kendall Stephens: improving Philly, one person and one college class at a time

03/20/2020 - 5:09pm
Kendall Stephens has pushed through adversity, giving her deeper insight and a quiet strength that she weaves into college courses and daily life. “We claim our power,” she says. “When we are affirmed, it begins the healing process.”... Now just months away from earning her associate degree in Behavioral Health/Human Services, Stephens balances a full roster of community work and coursework. She serves on several advisory boards, including CCP’s LGBTQ Center, the Mazzoni LGBTQ Health Center and the William Way LGBTQ Community Center.

Happy Hour College Radio Tour

03/20/2020 - 5:06pm
In celebration of Black History Month, Philadelphia Radio station, WURD hosted a satellite broadcast, live from The Coffeehouse in the Winnet Student Life Building. " Happy Hour on WURD is an evening show at WURD Radio where millennials (aged 18-35) talk about the most empowering and innovative happenings in Philadelphia and beyond. It’s a young, fresh perspective on solutions to issues and life." During this College Tour stop, WURD host DJ A-List spoke to Dr. Generals, members of the Woman' and Men's basketball teams, Patrick Robinson, Tamisha Hardy, Tamika Jackson, Ayanna Washington and Dr. Linda Powell about job training, career readiness and entrepreneurship opportunities.

After going viral, Taqueria Morales is keeping up

03/20/2020 - 5:04pm
While Elizabeth hits the books at a Center City charter school, Daniela, a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, does the same at CCP in her time outside the taqueria. “I want to be a child psychologist, but I actually like to write, which is my first passion,” she says. One day, she might even put her family’s story down on paper — one that social media, in all its engineered ephemerality, could never dream to tell as well.

CCP Student Launches Movement “I Buy Black”

03/20/2020 - 5:03pm
Medina Oyefusi learned about the restaurant industry after she became a host at a restaurant and jazz bar in Fairmount. She learned about coordinating large gatherings by participating in Obama’s Organizing for America in 2012, and she discovered her event-planning skills while working for the National Society of Black Engineer’s Temple University chapter. Then, Oyefusi began putting on a couple events a month at Green Soul, a large chic venue on Mount Vernon Street with a Southern-inspired but healthy menu. Now, she’s extending her influence. On Feb. 22, the 22-year-old college student, soft-spoken but ambitious, is holding her biggest event to date, I BUY BLACK TOO. It’s a restaurant and bar-crawl in greater Center City featuring four black-owned venues, live music and vendors. I t might seem like a lot for a 22-year-old who, by the way, is still taking classes at the Community College of Philadelphia . The annual...

Former CCP Student Advances in a Competition Where Applicants are Professors and PhDs

03/20/2020 - 5:00pm
Tara Boonngamanong and Note Nuchprayoon came into the current winter term at Drexel University with a little more capital and a lot more work to do on their current passion project.That’s because the second-year game design students won first place and $20,000 in the second round of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) game challenge for their aesthetically pleasing obesity prevention game, “ Well Spent .” And, if they complete the game in a six-month timeframe and continue to wow the competition’s judges, they will be eligible for significant additional funding. The idea to enter the contest came about when Boonngamanong was looking around for scholarships and contests where she could flex her game-design muscles.Boonngamanong reached out to Nuchprayoon to see if he could join her in the endeavor because, “he’s a very good artist, and he’s one of the top students [in our program],” she said...

CCP nursing students tackle the opioid crisis on the ground

03/20/2020 - 4:58pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nursing students at Community College of Philadelphia are facing the city's opioid crisis head-on, as an element of their studies. The students are spending time at ground zero of Philadelphia's opioid crisis, as part of a six-week community rotation. CCP's Independence Foundation Chair in nursing, Laureen Tavolaro-Ryley, helped to establish the program a year ago. "We wanted to, number one, make an impact in the community," she said, "and number two, really do the best we could to prepare the workforce of the next generation of nurses here in Philadelphia to address this need." Students dress wounds and do blood pressure screening at the Kensington Storefront run by Porch Light, a collaboration between the city and Mural Arts. About 150 students have been through the program, spending up to 15 days on site.

CCP Alumnus Hazim Hardeman sings the praises of CCP in a 6ABC interview on race, life and injustice; They taught us to think critically and courageously"

03/20/2020 - 4:41pm
Tredici (WPVI) -- From the basketball courts of the Raymond Rosen housing development in North Philadelphia to the hallowed halls of Oxford University, Hazim Hardeman's story is as improbable as it is inspiring. Once an indifferent student struggling to make his way through a woefully under-resourced educational system, Hardeman barely made it through high school, but his mother's determination sent him on a new course; first to the Community College of Philadelphia, then to Temple University, and ultimately to the distinction of becoming Temple University's first (and as yet, only) Rhodes Scholar.

In its 28th year, African American Children’s Book Fair draws thousands

03/20/2020 - 4:40pm
When the African American Children’s Book Fair started in Philadelphia 28 years ago, Tonya Bolden was among the authors who was there, then a fledgling writer with only a couple of books...."The people who come, I often feel like they’re family. They come year after year.” Kacia Gibson, 9, reads a book while shopping at the African American Children's Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia on Feb.1, 2020.

Student Nurses Learning With Community-based Care

03/20/2020 - 4:36pm
Comcast Newsmakers talks with Laureen Tavolaro-Ryley , Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing for the Community College of Philadelphia , about the role of community-based care in treating patients and training student nurses. Recorded January 24, 2020.

Andrea Lawful Sanders elevates the issue of education in the African American community

03/20/2020 - 4:34pm
Andrea Lawful Sanders kicks off her first show as a permanent host on WURD with visits from CCP’s Dr. David Thomas and Juwan Bennet, a PhD candidate at Temple who began CCP as a dual enrollment student. He started college classes at the age of 15. “I believe education is the largest gateway out of poverty, out of criminal behavior, and, Lord have mercy, it is the largest gateway out of everything,” Sanders tells her listeners. She spoke with Thomas and Bennett for two hours, urging parents to seize opportunities for their kids. Juwan, a PHD candidate at the age of 26, received his bachelor’s degree from Temple at the age of 19. Listen to highlights:

PHL17 Morning News

03/20/2020 - 4:31pm
PHL 17 Sofia Cifuentes showcases the tables set up by CCP during the station's morning broadcast on MLK events. Michelle Lopez explains CCP Votes, and discusses activities planned later in the day by the College’s Education Club. The camera panned over a bank of computers, with CCP Cares flashing on the screen.

Kenney calls for tuition-free community college in Philadelphia, but details remain vague

03/20/2020 - 4:29pm
Mayor Jim Kenney wants to make the Community College of Philadelphia tuition-free.“My aspirational vision for Community College [of Philadelphia]: Free. No tuition,” Kenney said during an interview on WHYY’s Radio Times with host Marty Moss-Coane earlier this month. It was the day after he pitched the idea in his inauguration address. But much remains unknown about how the Kenney administration would pull it off by the end of his second term. The administration is holding off on delving into the details of such a program — cost, eligibility, logistics, impact on the community college, etc. — until budget discussions begin in the spring .“

PHL 17 showcases the impact and reach of Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program

03/20/2020 - 4:25pm
PHL 17 promotes 10,000 Small Businesses and a few of its graduates on its morning program. Lisa Horwitz, a 10KSB graduate who is VP/partner of Feldscher Horwitz Public Reactions, arranged the taping. PHL 17 interviewed and showcased five of the 10KSB graduates.

After going viral, Taqueria Morales is keeping up

02/20/2020 - 2:42pm
While Elizabeth hits the books at a Center City charter school, Daniela, a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, does the same at CCP in her time outside the taqueria. “I want to be a child psychologist, but I actually like to write, which is my first passion,” she says. One day, she might even put her family’s story down on paper — one that social media, in all its engineered ephemerality, could never dream to tell as well.

A newly minted Ph.D. credits her West Philly mother for her success

01/08/2020 - 4:40pm
Philadelphia Inquirer profiles faculty member Debonair Oates-Primus --Debonair Oates-Primus always knew she was expected to succeed. She was born to a teenage single mother and grew up in a tough West Philadelphia neighborhood, but those things were motivators, not hindrances. Oates-Primus had a sharp mind and a willingness to work hard — and that single mother behind her, demanding A’s and providing the kind of support that made everything possible. So when Oates-Primus crossed a stage at Indiana University of Pennsylvania this month, earning her doctorate in English literature and criticism and delivering a graduation speech to thunderous applause.

For 2020, Philadelphia hopes to build on 2018 record-breaking young voter turnout

01/08/2020 - 4:13pm
"At the Community College of Philadelphia, their voter growth is unique. Of all the Philadelphia colleges surveyed by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, CCP was the only one where the percentage of students who voted increase d despite having fewer students registered to vote overall. David Thomas, vice president of strategic initiatives at CCP, credits that to the college’s efforts to keep turnout high. He said CCP always ensures voter outreach work happens in the evenings as well as during daytime classes. 'You can imagine if a student is coming in the evening, it’s because they can’t come in the morning, so we didn’t want to exclude those students,' Thomas said."

Area student praised for work with early childhood education

01/08/2020 - 4:11pm
An article on the growing importance of childhood education programs mentions CCP's partnership as a model. Arcadia University student Emmanuel Harris is more concerned about his preschool students being kind to each other than he is about recognition for the work he does as an educator at the Parent Infant Center. He’s currently a student in the School of Education’s PreK-4 Program for Working Professionals. He received his associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Philadelphia and enroll at Arcadia.

Person of the Year: Kendall Stephens

01/03/2020 - 4:22pm
"The trans woman of color, a lifelong Philadelphian living in Point Breeze, didn’t let adversity keep her down. Driven by memories of sleeping on park benches in the freezing cold and having to wash out her only pair of underwear each night, Stephens is now a powerhouse in the city’s LGBTQ community. Since 2015, she has served as co-facilitator of TransWay, a two-hour weekly support group for trans and gender-nonconforming people at William Way LGBT Community Center, which honored Stephens with its New Emerging Leader Award in October. Stephens also facilitates support groups and assists yoga classes as an intern at Morris Home, the Southwest Philadelphia recovery center for trans and gender-nonconforming folks with addiction. The LGBTQ advocate juggles her community work with studying behavioral health and human service at Community College of Philadelphia, where she ranks on the honor roll and dean’s list and acts as president of the...

Growing Business in Philadelphia with Donald Guy Generals

01/03/2020 - 10:55am
Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D., President of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), talks about the partnership between CCP, the City of Philadelphia and Goldman Sachs to provide small business owners tools for growth. Recorded December 19, 2019.

How Community College, Goldman Sachs are helping Philly small businesses become ‘bankable’

12/19/2019 - 10:30am
Lily Fischer co-owns Cake Life Bake Shop in Fishtown, but she had no formal business education.Then she signed up for the joint program between Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the Community College of Philadelphia , a 14-week accelerated business training seminar that’s free to those who earn a spot. “There’s no class for being a boss. I want to be a successful job creator, and I needed help," she said. "This has been exactly what I needed.”Since Goldman Sachs launched the 10,000 Small Businesses program in Philadelphia in 2013, CCP has churned out over 500 graduates through 20 cohorts, billed as a mini-MBA Two-thirds of graduates of the program report revenue growth within six months, according to Nicole Pullen Ross, managing director at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s Philadelphia office.“We also have Goldman employees come over to do mock interviews and what we call ‘rocket pitches,' as if they...

Several CCP teams garnering recognition

12/17/2019 - 4:06pm
The sports teams at Community College of Philadelphia have been performing at a high level. The Lions’ cross country and the men’s and women’s basketball teams are helping to put the school’s athletic on the local and national map among junior colleges.CCP won the Women’s EPAC (Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference) Division III Cross Country Championship on Sunday hosted by Luzerne County Community College. The quintette was led by sophomore Elizabeth Chukwuezi who finished sixth overall. She was followed by Sakinah Brice, Shardenai Davis and Tianna Jeffcoat. Lions head cross country coach Robert Taylor was named Coach of the Year.The men’s basketball team at CCP is ranked 10th nationally in the NCJAA’s (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division III. CCP recently defeated sixth-ranked Northampton Community College 80-69 on the road. The Lions have a sensational 10-1 record.“We are off to a good start,” said Joe Rome, CCP’s head coach in a...

Intelligent.com Announces Best Fire Science Degree Programs for 2020

12/17/2019 - 4:03pm
Community College of Philadelphia makes the list: The 2020 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed 88 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 29 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm, which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university. Students who pursue any one of these programs can expect to gain employment much quicker in comparison to candidates without a degree. In addition to accessibility and cost, the steady job growth in this market is one of the many reasons Intelligent.com researched and ranked the Top Fire Science Degree Programs. To access the complete ranking, please visit: https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-fire-science-degree-programs/

Citizen of the Week: Aminata Sandra Calhoun

12/05/2019 - 2:15pm
When she was growing up, Calhoun says that old trees lined every block as far as the eye could see. But on that day in 2014, the 900 block was bare. When she asked a neighbor why, he told her that a few years before, people in trucks had come and removed the trees. “When they take trees, that’s taking life out of your community,” Calhoun says. “That’s taking life from you.” So Calhoun partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to plant three baby trees on the block. She plans to keep adding more, until all of them have been replaced... Calhoun is currently enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia, studying environmental design. With her degree, she hopes to start her own enterprise that combines her interest in art and design with her passion for eliminating waste and healing the environment.

College of Southern Maryland women's basketball loses to Philadelphia

11/25/2019 - 3:00pm
Perhaps it would seem only fitting that Tuesday night’s contest between the College of Southern Maryland women’s basketball team and visiting Community College of Philadelphia, rescheduled from two weeks earlier, would begin somewhat belatedly as the visitors made a tardy arrival in La Plata. Philadelphia arrived late after navigating through heavy traffic in I-95 and U.S. 301, CSM worked on various passing drills. The game itself was close, with the two teams tied at 48 through three quarters of play, but the Hawks were hindered by 10 turnovers in the fourth and eventually fell, 69-62.