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CCP will pay off outstanding school bills for as many as 3,500 students using stimulus funds

07/28/2021 - 12:40pm
The Community College of Philadelphia will use $2.75 million in stimulus funds to pay off the outstanding school balances of as many as 3,500 of its students, a step that would allow them to continue their studies this fall. CCP’s move is part of a larger effort by colleges nationally to assist students whose education may have been disrupted or negatively affected by the pandemic. Community colleges, which often serve higher percentages of students from low-income families and students of color, have seen large numbers drop out.

CCP’s Career and Advanced Technology Center at 48th and Market halfway done, to open in 2022 

07/27/2021 - 5:16pm
The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) today celebrated the halfway point in construction for its highly anticipated state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility in West Philadelphia.

CATC in the News: CBS3 Philadelphia 

07/27/2021 - 5:00pm
Community College of Philadelphia continues to grow. A ceremony was held today to celebrate the new Career and Advanced Technology Center. The new center is on Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. Mayor Kenney attended today's festivity as well.

CATC in the News: — NBC10 News at 5pm 

07/27/2021 - 4:27pm
The final beam has now been hoisted into place to top off the new Career and Advanced Technology Center in West Philadelphia. It's part of the Community College of Philadelphia.

CATC in the News: 6ABC Action News 

07/27/2021 - 3:45pm
Mayor Jim Kenney and other officials celebrated the halfway point of the expansion project at Community College of Philadelphia today. Crews were working on the new Career and Advanced Technology Center on 4700 block of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia.

Putting folks on the right PATH

07/27/2021 - 11:39am
The governor and mayor were among those celebrating on Monday as People Acting To Help opened its new headquarters at Castor and Cottman avenues. The agency is billing itself as PATH@1919, as its new home is at 1919 Cottman Ave. Mayor Jim Kenney was on hand, while Gov. Tom Wolf delivered a videotaped greeting. PATH was founded in 1973 by parents hoping to aid their children with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health issues.

Resource Roundup: A bootcamp scholarship, CCP small biz program and Philly Startup Sprint

07/26/2021 - 5:37pm
For some people, the summer can represent a time to relax or catch up on a favorite TV show. But for those seeking to upskill, enhance their resume or build a small business, it’s also a time to get ahead as professionals. Here are a few ways to help that latter group find results.

Building Knowledge, Breaking Barriers: CCP Students Connect

07/22/2021 - 11:06am
Students from the Community College of Philadelphia are connecting with history on a new level thanks to a collaboration with Presbyterian Historical Society’s 500-year-old archive.

What will be at CCP’s newest Career and Technology Center in West Philly?

07/21/2021 - 3:59pm
The new learning facility will benefit many students from all parts of the city, and provide an opportunity for them to learn more about software proficiency, environmental studies, and hands-on healthcare training. CATC will also act as a local hub for students with access to 3-D printing and other advanced tools. “The CATC will offer state-of-the-art features that will lead students to in-demand careers, provide technical resources and spaces for public use, and serve as an innovation hub for small businesses and entrepreneurs,” CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals told West Philly Local.

What's New at Community College of Philadelphia

07/21/2021 - 1:56pm
Community College of Philadelphia is excited to welcome students back to campus this fall. For the past few months, the college has been diligently working with Pennoni, an engineering consulting firm located in Philadelphia, to develop a comprehensive Fall 2021 Campus Safety Plan to ensure a safe return to campus. While in-person instruction will take place in staggered schedules, courses will be offered in four formats: synchronous and asynchronous online, hybrid and in-person. The College is committed to offering courses that best meet the needs and schedules of our students. The College will continue to follow all guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

CCP Foundation partners with Parx for Diversity and Inclusion

06/16/2021 - 7:24pm
The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation recently announced that it is to benefit from a grant of $144,000. The grant from Parx Casino will cover three years of the college’s diversity and inclusion program.

Parkway Center City Middle College seniors graduate with high school diplomas, associate’s degrees

06/16/2021 - 6:58pm
With the help from family, high school teachers and staff and university faculty, Seyani Davis graduated with a high school diploma and an associate degree from Parkway Center City Middle College and Community College of Philadelphia.

Raising the Roof for Student Housing

06/16/2021 - 4:54pm
Donald “Guy” Generals and his colleagues at the Community College of Philadelphia hear many stories about students struggling to pay for housing or living on the cusp of homelessness.

Hundreds are attending Community College of Philadelphia tuition-free thanks to the Octavius Catto Scholarship

06/16/2021 - 4:11pm
A little over a year ago, Mayor Jim Kenney announced his vision to make Community College of Philadelphia free for countless Philadelphians. This vision is now known as the Octavius Catto Scholarship – the result of a partnership between the College and the City of Philadelphia.

"City Wide” to Sad Disco: Sean Danger Smith talks compact songwriting, collaboration, and finding love at Ortlieb’s

06/15/2021 - 5:23pm
This February, from the depths of the pandemic, Philly singer-songwriter Sean Danger Smith released an earnest, anthemic song about falling in love in the simpler before times. “City Wide / We Met At Ortlieb’s” made its debut on the Philly Loves You holiday compilation, and its yearning, uplifting alt-roots tones channeled stars like Marcus Mumford and Nathaniel Rateliff as Smith described a fervent romance forged over Pabst and Beam, cocktail napkin sketches, and late nights.

For this Philly high school senior, graduating with two degrees will make all the difference

06/01/2021 - 11:43am
At first, Parkway Center City Middle College was just a name on a form to Laila Manigo, a Philadelphia high school on a list of many.

PHA to provide housing for Community College of Philadelphia students who housing insecure, involved in foster care system

06/01/2021 - 10:08am
Students at Community College of Philadelphia who do not have a stable place to live will soon be eligible for low-cost student housing provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA).

A Philly partnership focused on STEM students, workforce  

05/27/2021 - 9:18am
Though community colleges have increased their ability to prepare workers for STEM-related fields through various programs and partnerships, they are still underused and “unidentified” resources to strengthen the country’s STEM workforce, according to the president of the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)

CCP and PHA are going to offer housing for community college students without a secure place to live

05/20/2021 - 3:55pm
For the last two years, Philadelphia’s community college and housing authority have been exploring ways to help students who don’t have a stable place to live stay in school and earn a degree. On Thursday, the Philadelphia Housing Authority board will vote on a proposal to renovate two houses within walking distance of the college at Spring Garden and 17th Streets and offer housing there to up to 16 students who are low-income and meet the definition of housing insecure.

Community College of Philadelphia Foundation announces continued diversity and inclusion partnership with Parx Casino

05/18/2021 - 11:53am
The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation today announced a renewed commitment to diversity and inclusion in partnership with Parx Casino®. Over the next three years, Parx Casino will support College programming through a generous $144,000 grant – roughly $48,000 a year – dedicated to empowering traditionally underserved students attending the College.

This spoken word poet has been speaking up for Asian Americans for decades

05/18/2021 - 11:38am
Michelle Myers' spoken word poetry has been resonating with Asian American audiences for decades. Yellow Rage's short film in collaboration with Studio Revolt is out by the end of May.

Community College of Philadelphia Trustee Shares Perspective on Higher Education

04/29/2021 - 11:22am
Sheila Ireland, Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry and Community College of Philadelphia Trustee, recently shared her unique perspectives on leadership and the role of higher education in training the Commonwealth’s workforce through a short question and answer session.

New exhibit at Presbyterian Historical Society displays the work of CCP students

04/09/2021 - 9:55am
A new exhibit “Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers (BKBB)” will show how Community College of Philadelphia students interpret what history means to them through the lens of the Black church, abolition and displacement.

CCP program introduces middle, high school girls to engineering

04/07/2021 - 2:30pm
Fifty-six girls from across the region participated in Community College of Philadelphia’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on Thursday.

Community College of Philadelphia program introduces high school girls to engineering

04/07/2021 - 1:47pm
Women make up only 29% of the science and engineering workforce, according to the National Science Board. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the Community College of Philadelphia is designed to change that.

Community College of Philadelphia’s nursing program wins first place in Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations awards

03/19/2021 - 12:11pm
Community College of Philadelphia has announced that in January 2021, its nursing program was presented with the “Innovations in Social Mobility: Workforce Development” award powered by the Social Innovations Journal.

Judith Gay Will Be the First Leader of the New Erie County Community College in Pennsylvania

02/02/2021 - 11:39am
Recently, the board of trustees approved the hiring of Judith Gay as interim president, the first leader of the new community college. Dr. Gay has been serving as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff for the Community College of Philadelphia and was interim president during the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. Gay had planned to retire at the end of January.

Community College Of Philadelphia Kicks Off Black History Month By Separating COVID-19 Vaccination Facts From Fiction

02/02/2021 - 10:02am
[The College] held the Enough is Enough session on COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium.

Community College of Philadelphia welcomes its first class of Octavius Catto scholars

01/27/2021 - 3:55pm
Back at the end of 2020, the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and the City of Philadelphia started a call for students to be a part of the first class of Octavius Catto scholars for the Spring of 2021. The program is a major partnership between the school and city government that targets students in poverty in the city and provides them funds to overcome costs associated with tuition, food, transportation, and books. At a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 21, CCP welcomed its first class of Catto scholars for its Spring semester. There are 79 students part of the inaugural program, and they started classes on Jan. 19. Dr. April Voltz, the executive director of the Octavius Catto Scholarship, said she was “very excited” about the number considering the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on schooling and employment.

Board hires Judith Gay, Community College of Philadelphia's vice president, for interim post

01/21/2021 - 3:14pm
The Erie County Community College has its first president — even if her tenure might be temporary. Judith Gay, vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff for the Community College of Philadelphia, was named interim president for the new college by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees Wednesday night. Gay's first day on the job will be Feb. 1. She previously served as vice president of academic affairs and interim president at the Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to her time there, she worked as a division chair for the Montgomery County Community College, which is also part of the commonwealth's system of public community colleges.

First class of city-funded 'Catto scholars' starts semester at Community College of Philadelphia

01/21/2021 - 3:11pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When Community College of Philadelphia begins a new semester on Tuesday, it will welcome its first class of “Catto scholars.” The scholarship, named for a 19th century civil rights leader, is a city-funded effort to increase access to higher education. Darrel Claiborne has a plan: two years at community college then on to Temple University for nursing. He figures it’s his best chance to provide a better life for his two sons, but the margin on his investment is razor thin. “You never know what’s going to happen. Your car could break down or you might have a hard month where you’re not going to be able to afford food, especially trying to focus on school,” he said. So he was thrilled to be selected for the brand-new Catto Scholarship, which provides last dollar tuition, books, food, transportation and housing support — a CCP survey showed...

They lived in rental cars for a year. Now, these students have the Christmas present they wanted most.

01/07/2021 - 2:35pm
“We used to go to hotel rooms when we could afford them to try to keep us warm, keep us clean,” said Johnson. To get the wireless access Holly needed to complete his schoolwork — he’s a semester away from completing an associate’s degree in criminal justice at Community College of Philadelphia — they would sit in a parking lot. To charge their devices, they relied on the generosity of a woman who let them use her porch outlets. Holly, who has dreams of becoming a lawyer, saw his grades slip after becoming homeless. “I can’t work and drive the car and do my schoolwork at the same time,” Holly said. “Everything was so difficult.”

During COVID-19 pandemic, student struggling with housing obtains apartment, accepts college scholarship

01/07/2021 - 1:38pm
Liam Spady had already come a long way by the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit this spring when the sudden lockdown put his future once again into the throes of uncertainty. The 22-year-old college student who had been "couch surfing" was taking courses at a community college in Philadelphia when the college closed its campus due to the pandemic. He lost his study space, his cafeteria, his access to Wi-Fi and plentiful power outlets. Like many people struggling with housing, he said he relied on these public spaces to survive.

Philadelphia College Builds Auto Training Tech Center

11/30/2020 - 12:46pm
Nov. 23, 2020— The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) is underway with the building of a new center focused on preparing students for careers in the automotive industry, according to KYW Newsradio. Ground broke on the $34 million project last week. The center is expected to serve as the main training loaction for the college's transportation, advanced manufacturing and health care programs. According to recent renderings, the CCP's new center will feature classrooms and labs designed for study of transportation technology, helping students earn credentials from auto manufacturers. The program will also feature training on alternative fuels and heavy truck technology. Classes could begin to be held in the center as early as spring 2022.

Community College of Philadelphia breaks ground on new West Philly Career and Advanced Technology Center

11/30/2020 - 12:27pm
In its mission to provide its students with more high-quality training to enter the workforce and earn a living wage beyond graduation, the Community College of Philadelphia broke ground on Nov. 18 for a new Career and Advanced Technology Center in West Philadelphia. The $33.5 million facility located at 4750 Market Street is being financed using new market tax credits. They will be coming from a number of different sources including U.S. Bank, the Reinvestment Fund, Urban Research Park, and the state’s Department of Education and Redevelopment Assistance Capital Grant Program. Programs getting a boost in the new facility include those for transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure, health care, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

Community College Of Philadelphia Laying Down Foundation For Future

11/30/2020 - 12:20pm
Mayor Jim Kenney and officials broke ground on the college's new Career and Advanced Technology Center in West Philadelphia.

Mikecia Witherspoon named Government Relations Officer at Community College of Philadelphia

11/16/2020 - 1:38pm
Community College of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that Mikecia Witherspoon has joined the institution as the College’s Government Relations Officer. Witherspoon will be instrumental in leading the development and implementation of legislative strategies that align with the College’s mission. She will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and ensure awareness of public policy interests and actions. “We are excited to welcome Mikecia Witherspoon to the College,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, College president. “She brings valuable experience to a critically important role as we continue to work with our elected officials to provide the best possible College experience for our students.” Witherspoon comes to the College from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, where she previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff. In addition to her government relations experience, she has also worked as a Social Media Specialist for the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Celebrating La Salle’s first-generation students

11/06/2020 - 5:46pm
Students, as the first in their families to pursue four-year degrees, share how La Salle continues to support them. The college experience challenges every student. For first-generation students, generally defined as those students whose parents did not obtain a four-year college degree, those challenges can be especially unique and sometimes daunting... La Salle University historically has maintained a commitment to enrolling and supporting its first-generation students. With first-generation students comprising 30 percent of its student body, La Salle typically exceeds the national average of 24 percent.

City of Philadelphia Partners With CCP to Create Scholarship Program

11/06/2020 - 5:26pm
Looking to improve success rates for local students, the City of Philadelphia has partnered with the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) to establish the Octavius Catto Scholarship, which was named in honor of the civil rights activist and educator. For up to three years, the scholarship will provide students with last-dollar funding to cover the cost of tuition as well as offer financial support for other costs such as food, transportation and textbooks. Over the next five years, 4,500 students are expected to receive the scholarship. According to the scholarship’s website , to be eligible, students must: Hold a high school diploma, Commonwealth Diploma or GED from any Philadelphia high school, Pennsylvania state cyber charter school or home school. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and certify an Expected Family Contribution below $8,000. Attend Community College of Philadelphia full-time, which is equivalent to enrolling in at least...

New CCP scholarship launches, offering thousands free tuition

11/02/2020 - 12:57pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Its launch was delayed by the pandemic, but Community College of Philadelphia is now offering free tuition through its new city-funded Octavius Catto Scholarship. The Catto Scholarship covers the tuition for qualified students to attend Community College of Philadelphia after other federal and state grants are applied. The city is funding the program with $5 million this year and $47 million over five years. Dr. April Voltz, who oversees the scholarship at CCP, expects up to 4,500 students to benefit over the next five years. "We do expect to work with about 500 students this first semester. And we expect that it will increase over the years of the grant," Voltz said. College president Guy Generals told reporters that each year 3,000 students drop out of CCP, because after paying tuition they can't afford books or to pay for transportation or child care. He said the...

Community College Of Philadelphia Holds Virtual Voter Awareness Event

10/22/2020 - 7:00pm
The discussion focused on a global perspective about American elections.

For a new Philly-trained nurse, upskilling changed her life

10/20/2020 - 1:27pm
When Marie Gates was 7, her family moved from Trinidad to Philadelphia. She grew up in Olney, dreaming of working in the fashion industry. But after her son was born, she decided to become a medical assistant and moved to New York. The job paid just enough for her to get by. “I wasn’t struggling,” she explains, “but I was living paycheck to paycheck. I was always making a little too much for food stamps.” She began to worry about the future for her son. One day, a doctor where she worked told her she would make a great nurse. Inspired, Gates began looking for schools that would allow a flexible schedule so she could keep working while taking classes. She found that the nursing program at Community College of Philadelphia would not only accommodate her schedule, it was affordable compared with other schools. Although it took her a year...

Community College of Philadelphia cancels classes on Election Day to promote student voting

10/06/2020 - 11:39am
Community College of Philadelphia has canceled all classes and will close on-campus facilities on Nov. 3 to maximize student voter turnout on Election Day. So far, CCP is the only college in the Delaware Valley to fully cancel classes that day. Drexel University announced it will end the day early, at 2 p.m. CCP’s president, Donald Guy Generals, decided instead to turn Election Day into a day of service for students to be civically engaged. “We’re taking an out-of-the-box approach from the classroom, professor-to-students curriculum,” said Michelle Lopez, who manages CCP’s Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership. “We feel for our students, because if they feel connected to the recent injustices that are happening right now, we want them to feel empowered that they can make decisions around things that can correct these large systemic issues.”

Community College of Philadelphia, the Urban League of Philadelphia to Host Virtual Voting Rights Panel

09/22/2020 - 11:50am
Contact: Megan Lello Email: Institutions team up on National Voter Registration Day to prepare community for upcoming presidential election; Mayor Kenney to provide welcome remarks PHILADELPHIA – On National Voter Registration Day, celebrated today, Tuesday, Sept. 22, Community College of Philadelphia and the Urban League of Philadelphia will host a virtual voting rights discussion, “Voting in 2020.” The event is part of CCP Votes, a multi-year civic initiative designed to engage students in the community and the electoral process. Panelists will address a variety of topics including voter registration barriers, mail-in ballot options, and changes in polling locations. Voter suppression will also be addressed as participants learn how to create a voting plan and make their voices heard. Panelists and speakers include Dr. Donald Guy Generals, College president; Mayor Jim Kenney; Andrea Custis, president and CEO, the Urban League of Philadelphia; Omar Sabir, commissioner, City of Philadelphia; Ashley Session,...

Community College of Philadelphia to Continue Online Learning in the Spring

09/18/2020 - 5:32pm
Online learning will continue for the Community College of Philadelphia in the spring 2021 semester, the school announced Tuesday. “As we head into fall and winter, there still remains a high risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in Philadelphia,” CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals said. “And while we hope the situation significantly improves by spring, we want to err on the side of caution to keep our students and the rest of our city safe, much as we did for the fall semester.” CCP will have a limited number of in-person credit classes and noncredit workplace development programs that require face-to-face settings. These classes will be on a case-by-case basis with safety measures strictly enforced however.

Community College of Philadelphia officials announce spring 2021 classes will be held online

09/18/2020 - 5:19pm
PHILADELPHIA - If you are a student at Community College of Philadelphia, your spring 2021 classes will primarily be online, repeating the fall 2020 semester, school officials announced Tuesday. College President, Doctor Donald Guy Generals, made the announcement in the hopes an early decision helps students plan for classes around schedules which include full-time jobs and childcare, part-time jobs or caring for aging family members.

Tracing the coronavirus: Students at Community College of Philadelphia are working to help stop the spread

09/16/2020 - 9:41am
Tyshien Maddox had seen what the coronavirus could do: His mother got it. So did his two brothers and his grandparents. And a cousin died from it. So when Community College of Philadelphia, where he is a student, asked whether he would be interested in working for the city’s Department of Public Health as a contact tracer, he was all in. “Anything I can do to help out and let people know this is real,” said Maddox, 38, of West Philadelphia. “It was very scary for us.” Maddox is one of 13 CCP students working among the city’s 80 contact tracers. They call known contacts of coronavirus patients, warn them about possible exposure, check on their health daily, and ask them to quarantine.

Magic 8-Balls, mini golf and trivia: 5 cool apps created by middle schoolers

08/26/2020 - 2:54pm
In line with citywide efforts to get students from underrepresented backgrounds into STEM, for a few weeks this summer, Philly middle schoolers learned algebra readiness and coding skills via Community College of Philadelphia’s summer STEM Academy. Rising seventh and eighth graders participated in two sessions of a virtual learning academy that combined live instruction with prerecorded sessions. From July 20 through 30, students participated in “Minecraft World.” The session centered around popular video game Minecraft which was used as a way to introduce concepts related to math and coding. The second session from Aug. 10 through 20 was called “#AwesomeApps” and saw students coding ideas into mobile apps via MIT App Inventor. After creating the apps, students pitched them in a showcase on Thursday. Here’s a look at what a handful came up with: Malika S.’s mobile app is a Magic Eight-Ball simulator. Malika coded her app so that by...

Community College of Philadelphia presents college science experience for middle schoolers

08/26/2020 - 1:51pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A summer camp focused on science, technology and math just wrapped up at Community College of Philadelphia. But the campers weren't college students. They weren't even high school students. It was the school's first STEM camp for middle school students. About 50 seventh and eighth graders took part in the four-week STEM Academy Virtual Summer Camp. Kids were taught math in the online morning sessions, then they worked in Minecraft and did coding in the afternoon. Students presented their creations Thursday at an online "Demonstration Day." Malika Staton, a seventh-grader at Friends Select, created a Magic 8 Ball app. "When you open the app, you will see the Magic 8 Ball. And when you shake your phone, you will hear a clinking teaspoon," she said. "You can press on the Magic 8 Ball and ask some questions and it’ll answer them in random order."

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.