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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.

Coalition aims to support people who are arrested

11/25/2019 - 2:45pm
The Defender Association of Philadelphia launched its Pre-Entry Coalition initiative at the Bonnell Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia on Thursday.The coalition is a network of community-based organizations united to serve as a system of support for people who have been arrested. According to the Defender Association, about 45 percent of arrests in Philadelphia result in no conviction, and four of every 10 people convicted are not sentenced to prison. The pre-entry system and coalition aims to address the root causes of behavior, give the communities most impacted by crime and mass incarceration a greater voice in the criminal justice system and increase public safety by reducing recidivism. The coalition aims to be a resource that will encourage people to have more faith in the legal system as a whole. “Most people feel like the system set them up to fail because of inequality,” Allen said. The Defender Association is...

With financial incentives and extra support, Philly and Pa. plan to recruit more teachers of color

11/25/2019 - 2:28pm
Plagued by a teacher shortage in general and the nation’s lowest rate of teachers of color, Pennsylvania education officials Wednesday announced a program to recruit, train, and keep a more diverse force of educators.The program, Aspiring to Educate — the first of its kind in the nation, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said — will provide free or reduced tuition at Community College of Philadelphia and Temple, Drexel, West Chester, Arcadia, and Cabrini Universities, as well as mentoring support. It will be piloted in Philadelphia with support from the Pennsylvania’s teaching pool has shrunk by more than 65% since 2013, and the educator force is 96% white, making the state’s teacher ranks the least diverse in the United States, officials said.

State launches Aspire to Educate program to diversify teaching force

11/25/2019 - 2:19pm
The program is being piloted in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Department of Education, along with several college and university partners, is putting new emphasis on recruiting teachers of color by starting a program that seeks to identify potential recruits as early as freshman year in high school and offer them financial help to pursue post-secondary degrees. The new program, called Aspire to Educate (A2E), will be piloted in the Philadelphia School District. “We need to strengthen the pipeline for educators, particularly educators of color,” said Donald Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), where the news conference about the program’s launch was held. “I can’t say enough how important this will be for the city of Philadelphia.” Besides CCP, partners include Drexel, Temple, Arcadia, Cheyney, West Chester, and Cabrini Universities, all in the Philadelphia area. The program hopes to attract not only high school and college students into teaching, but...

In a play for peace, Parkway student activists go up against police — in basketball

11/21/2019 - 10:57am
Students from Parkway Center City Middle College, and our dual enrollment students, make the news. I barely recognized the young men in front of me, though I’ve known them for nearly two years.The three — Jaden Burnett, Frank Gillis-Corbitt, and Quadir Gamble — are all Parkway Center City Middle College students. They’re in 11th grade now, but I first met them as ninth graders when I walked into their school auditorium on a cold March day to hear the class read essays about how gun violence has impacted their lives. Ever since, I’ve watched them evolve into passionate activists, calling attention to the gun violence in Philadelphia that’s too often reduced to a mere footnote in the national conversation on the epidemic. They’ve traveled to Harrisburg and D.C. to call attention to the issue. Last year they led the way to the Art Museum for the fourth annual Fill the...

CCP is hosting a conference on the connection between video games and academics

11/21/2019 - 10:14am
Also, learn about the history of video games, gaming communities and the psychology involved at Community College of Philadelphia's Nov. 20 event. Community College of Philadelphia students will present research on the relationship between playing video games and academic performance at a daylong gathering called The Video Gaming & Society Conference .The conference was organized by students in professor Rick Frei’s Descriptive Research Methods class, which in the past has researched topics like sexting, marijuana use, the Philly Soda Tax and cyberbullying, Frei said.This semester’s students surveyed more than 1,100 middle school, high school, and college students, looking at the relationship between gaming and academic performance. The purpose of the event is to facilitate community discussion through education.“We are still analyzing the data, but the initial findings mirror what other researchers have found in the past — no difference in academic performance between video game players and nonplayers,” Frei told...

‘It’s Time To Man Up’: Hundreds Of Men Join Forces To Combat Gun Violence In Philadelphia

11/21/2019 - 10:07am
“We can no longer talk about the racist system and all of these other things that certainly are true and certainly are there and certainly we acknowledge, but now tonight it’s time to man up,” radio host and columnist Solomon Jones said at last night’s ManUpPhl forum at CCP. Over 400 people, mostly men of color, joined together inside Community College of Philadelphia to man up together “We are here because just last week a 10-year-old was shot in the head walking home from school. We are here because a 2-year-old was shot in her own home ,” Jones said. As a wave of child shootings has swept over Philadelphia, community leaders are joining forces under the program and hashtag #ManUpPHL to consolidate their efforts “We have a blueprint. I just need more men to step in. Just show up,” said Taj Murdoch, CEO of Empowerment Achievement Movement. Murdoch is...

Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, Rapper Meek Mill Take Part In Town Hall Meeting On Policing In Philadelphia

10/30/2019 - 4:44pm
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Philadelphia-native rapper Meek Mill are among those who took part in a town hall meeting on policing. The forum is called the Player’s Coalition Town Hall and Jenkins says the goal is to give Philadelphians a voice on who their next police commissioner should be. The two-time Super Bowl champion was front and center at the Community College of Philadelphia to discuss policing in Philadelphia and hear what the community wants to see in their next police commissioner.“ What we want to see is a commissioner that comes in with the idea that there needs to be a radical change in the culture of policing in Philadelphia,” Jenkins said.The social justice and racial equality advocacy nonprofit organization that Jenkins co-founded called the Player’s Coalition, hosted the town hall forum.“We wanted to create a forum where these voices can be heard and weigh...

At town hall on policing, Meek Mill, Malcolm Jenkins turn the mic over to residents

10/30/2019 - 4:38pm
When Mayor Jim Kenney put out a call for citizens to weigh in on who should be the next leader of Philadelphia’s police department, Malcolm Jenkins was paying attention. And the Eagles safety took it to heart. At a standing-room-only event Monday, Jenkins — through Players Coalition, the social-justice nonprofit he co-founded — assembled a panel of prominent Philadelphians to discuss what qualities are most needed in the next police commissioner. He shared the stage with prosecutors, community organizers, spiritual leaders, and the city’s only multi-platinum rapper pushing for probation reform, Meek Mill.“We wanted to create a forum where these voices can be heard and weigh in,” Jenkins said. “And we wanted to package it in a way for Mayor Kenney to consider. If he is listening to the concerns of the citizens, this is the first step."

Socializing with President Obama's Social Secretary

10/22/2019 - 11:29am
Deesha Dyer served as the White House Social Secretary for U.S. President Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017. She is currently a Fall 2019 Residential Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. At 29, Dyer returned to her studies, this time at the Community College of Philadelphia. In 2007, her first year at college, Barack Obama was beginning to make waves in the Democratic primary. Dyer had never been deeply interested in electoral politics, but Obama’s campaign struck a chord with her passion for activism.

These 64 young pros made Leadership Philadelphia’s 2019-2020 Keepers cohort

10/22/2019 - 11:24am
Cory Dulaney , support coach at the Center for Male Engagement , Community College of Philadelphia is among the honorees. Leadership launched the program in 2014 to connect professional up-and-comers to each other and the city in the hopes of encouraging them to stay for the long haul. The seven-month, invite-only program involves team building, professional development sessions and space to meet with Philadelphia bigwigs.

Philadelphia launches regional collaborative to tackle climate change, recycling, renewable energy

10/18/2019 - 5:07pm
On Wednesday, city officials were to announce the creation of the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia . The goal is for the collaborative to serve as a way for local leaders, businesses, nonprofits, colleges, and institutions to coordinate efforts to tackle climate change, purchase renewable energy, and address the current recycling crisis. Organizers expected about 20 sign-ups by launch. Instead, they got 39 business and community leaders to commit to addressing climate change as a group, according to Christine Knapp, director of the city’s Office of Sustainability. More sign-ups are expected. So far, Yards Brewing Co., Saxbys, Hersha Hospitality Management, MOM’s Organic Market, NRG, Peco, and the Philadelphia AFL-CIO are among businesses and organizations that have signed up for the collaborative.Temple University, Penn State’s local campuses, Philadelphia Community College, and Rowan University in Glassboro are among educational institutions on board. Other universities have expressed interest but have not yet signed...

Goldman Sachs’ $500 Million Bet on Small Businesses

10/16/2019 - 5:57pm
Launched in the midst of the financial crisis, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program provided business education and access to capital for small businesses across the United States. The company committed $500 million to fund the program and nine years later had graduated 7,300 participants, just shy of its goal. Professor Len Schlesinger discusses the success, impact, and future of the program. The Harvard Business Review rxamines where the program is and where it is gong.

Soaring housing costs stretch already-strapped college students

10/16/2019 - 5:42pm
Rethinking Education takes a look at the situation in Philly, where many college students are struggling to find affordable housing. They visited Temple University and the campus of Community College of Philadelphia . One out of four people in the city of Philadelphia live below the poverty line, so you would think this would be an affordable place to live, the report said. Philadelphia also has another distinction, however, which is the second most number of colleges and universities of any city in the nation. And that makes affordable housing hard to come by, whether you're at a big four-year university or even a two-year community college.Just steps away from downtown, 26,000 students attend the Community College of Philadelphia. Like most two-year schools, housing is not offered. A 2018 study by Goldrick-Rab and her colleagues found nearly 20 percent of the school's students were experiencing homelessness, and more than half...

11 Alternative Schools that are Real Alternatives

10/16/2019 - 5:19pm
Another Big Picture partnership in a high-challenge community is Vaux High School . Big Picture works with the School District of Philadelphia , the local housing authority, the teacher’s union, Community College of Philadelphia , and youth and family services. Ninth graders take a Real World Learning class to gain work-ready competencies and they start internships in tenth grade. Students present public products at exhibitions at the end of each semester.

What’s New in Civic Tech: Philly to Host Innovation Fest

10/16/2019 - 5:17pm
Plus, Washington, D.C., preps for digital inclusion week; Florida relaunches and expands its commercial property search tool; and the National Digital Inclusion Alliances unveils two new tools for local government.

The newest hire at CCPTV, Sikemi Williams, takes home a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award for her work on ‘Strange College’, a hit show

10/16/2019 - 5:09pm
CCPTV’s newest hire, Sikemi Williams, took home a prestigious Emmy award at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards ceremony on September 28, 2019. She received this prestigious honor for her graphics/animation work on the opening credits of “Strange College,” a much-honored maximalist science-fiction program about reanimated corpses, black-ops organizations, fringe science, alien invasions, transdimensional beings, secret societies, plucky college newspaper reporters and more. CCPTV’s newest hire, Sikemi Williams, took home a prestigious Emmy award at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards ceremony on September 28, 2019. She received this prestigious honor for her graphics/animation work on the opening credits of “Strange College,” a much-honored maximalist science-fiction program about reanimated corpses, black-ops organizations, fringe science, alien invasions, transdimensional beings, secret societies, plucky college newspaper reporters and more.

Graduates from 10,000 Small Businesses program reveal key lessons, as Greater Philly emerges as a new growth engine for minority-and women-owned businesses

10/16/2019 - 5:03pm
Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program hosted a Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week event as part of the Oct. 7-11 celebration, which highlights minority businesses and connects them to vital resources to help their firms grow. Through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, participants can gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management. In addition, business owners receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan. Marsia Henley, procurement manager for Community College of Philadelphia discussed contract protocols and business opportunities at the college and a panel of graduates from the 10,000 Small Businesses program also discussed how they applied the key lessons to their businesses.

Nonprofits join forces to provide ‘one-stop shop’ for youth seeking housing, medical services

10/11/2019 - 10:47am
To increase access to housing services for patients of FIGHT's Y-HEP Adolescent and Young Adult Health Center, the HIV-prevention group has teamed up with social services organization Valley Youth House.The nonprofits kicked off a collaboration Sept. 9 that has two Valley Youth House staff members visiting the Y-HEP Health Center on Mondays from 2-5 p.m. to connect patients experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness with housing counseling, emergency housing referrals and resources including clothing, personal hygiene products and sleeping bags. The clinic serves patients ages 13-24. Those at least 18 years old can also work with staffers to complete the Office of Homeless Services’ coordinated entry housing assessment , a tool that matches eligible people with housing within 3-6 months, said Zakia Dodson, FIGHT’s community health worker.The Y-HEP Health Center initiative is one of four “mobile sites” Valley Youth House debuted in Philadelphia this summer. Staff also visit the Mazzoni Center’s...

Attorney General Josh Shapiro talks the student debt crisis at the Community College of Philadelphia

10/11/2019 - 9:55am
Pennsylvania is “ground zero” for student debt, but its attorney general is fighting to change that.. He calls for free community colleges in the Commonwealth. As for policies he thinks should be in place, there were many for Shapiro, but two of the most important of the town hall were his support of free community college education along with income-based determinations for state and state-affiliated institutions and exemption of all student debt in the event of declared bankruptcy.Regarding the latter, student loan debt is the only kind of debt not to be wiped out after declaring bankruptcy. In some cases, the institution can declare bankruptcy, but leave students saddled with federal loans — which only become exempt after expensive court fights. When asked about bankruptcy forgiveness for student loans, Shapiro, speaking at Community College of Philadelphia, was adamant. He also called upon the state to make community colleges free.

Delco college, Citizens partner for regional maritime training center

10/09/2019 - 5:04pm
Local leaders, including Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, recently joined Citizens Bank, the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, PhilaPort, and Philadelphia Works to celebrate the official opening of the Citizens Bank Regional Maritime Training Center.Citizens Bank Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun cut the ribbon on the new facility, located at 3062 South 61st Street in Philadelphia. He also announced an additional $75,000 investment to expand training opportunities for maritime industry personnel. The $75,000 investment is in addition to $100,000 the bank provided last year to help create the center. “We are proud to support the Citizens Bank Regional Maritime Training Center and its continued expansion to serve the maritime industry,” Van Saun said. “Providing the region with its first formalized maritime training program will help elevate the local workforce and drive economic growth".

Philly to host city-wide innovation festival

10/09/2019 - 4:57pm
Some of the locations for the festival will include Independence Blue Cross, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute for Music, Temple University, Drexel University, the Science Center, and Jefferson University.

Listen Up, Philly Employers: Here’s What Your LGBTQ+ Employees Need From You

10/09/2019 - 4:48pm
Former orientation leader at Community College of Philadelphia Shailynn Gabriel has had to balance being a student while working, which is complicated because of the constant misgendering and lack of knowledge about the queer community on the part of Gabriel’s peers in each setting. "The one thing that affected my work was having everyone at work get used to my pronouns before I stopped using them altogether,” Gabriel said. “I had to ask on multiple occasions to not be referred to as ‘lady.’” ...“I understood that it took time for everyone to get used to my pronouns, but it just gave me anxiety having to constantly remind everyone,” Gabriel said. “Once everyone got around to using my pronouns, I felt validated and even relieved that I didn’t have to keep giving those constant reminders.”

Chinatown fosters an environment where small businesses can thrive

10/09/2019 - 4:29pm
The Chinatown Learning Center, a bilingual preschool and after school program on Spring street, received the Minority Business Award from the city after receiving counseling from the PCDC. Classes are taught by PCDC experts and occasionally outside sources, like the Community College of Philadelphia, which supported PCDC by teaching a social media workshop last May. Outside of classes, PCDC supports the economy of the entirety of Chinatown by finding ways to bring in new visitors.In 2016, when the Chinese Lantern Festival came to Franklin Square for the first time, PCDC worked to redirect traffic to the center of Chinatown. PCDC also hosts annual cultural events and the YeShi Night Market — a nighttime block party that brings in about 20,000 visitors each year.

‘Around the Table’: Sen. Cory Booker talks water crisis, income inequality

10/07/2019 - 1:07pm
Community College of Philadelphia Nursing student Tria Jones, a KEYS participant, was selected by ABC News to have dinner with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. The network posted a clip and video online.

Everything you need to know about Philadelphia’s new voting machines

10/07/2019 - 1:03pm
The new equipment will debut in November — despite concerns about favoritism and security. Roary, the Community College of Philadelphia mascot, is pictured using the new voting machines at the CCP Votes event.

Upcoming B.PHL Innovation Fest inspired by SXSW

10/07/2019 - 1:00pm
Excitement is building for the B.PHL Innovation Fest, Philadelphia's first city-wide innovation festival. The three-day event, which takes place October 15-17, will include interactive workshops, speakers, and exhibits exploring innovation in health care, business, education, science and technology, social impact and the arts. Download our app once you have your badge so you can start to build your schedule. There are 20 minutes between sessions so you will have plenty of time to get where you want to be. Most events are walkable and there will be a discount available for Indego Bike Share. Community College of Philadelphia is among the partners. Badges are $250 through B.PHL Fest. You can register here . For every badge purchased, we will be giving one away for free. We want everyone to have a chance to participate in the festival.

Matt O'Donnell Tackles the Exploding Cost of Higher Education and More in the True Philadelphia Podcast

10/07/2019 - 12:18pm
Dr. Donald Guy Generals has been running the largest institution of higher learning in the city, Community College of Philadelphia, for five years now. We gathered in Dr. General's office in the historic Mint Building (which was once the home of the Third Philadelphia Mint) to brainstorm about the state of higher learning.

Community College Of Philadelphia Marks National Voter Registration Day With 'CCP Votes'

10/07/2019 - 12:16pm
The event is designed to prepare students and residents for Philadelphia's upcoming election on Nov. 5.

WHYY Broadcasts Story on Community College Of Philadelphia's New Mascot

10/07/2019 - 12:15pm
Community College of Philadelphia unveils a new school mascot after two years of debate. Roary, the lion, replaces Colonel Phil, a white man wearing a try corner hat which students in twenty seventeen said was a call back to a period where slavery was still in effect.

Roary, Community College of Philadelphia’s new mascot, finds their place and their pride

10/07/2019 - 12:02pm
Roary, Community College of Philadelphia’s new mascot, arrived on Main Campus today to fanfare, with music blaring, people dancing, and the roar of their pride. In keeping with the College’s commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all students and all Philadelphians, Roary identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. This is Philly’s second non-gendered mascot, the other being Squiggles at the Please Touch Museum. Roary is believed to be one of the first non-binary college mascots in the nation.

Community College Of Philadelphia Marks National Voter Registration Day With 'CCP Votes'

10/07/2019 - 11:55am
The event is designed to prepare students and residents for Philadelphia's upcoming election on Nov. 5.

Philadelphia trains more than 2,000 people in 1 day to be 2020 ‘Census Champions’

10/07/2019 - 11:52am
They were among more than 2,000 people in the city and surrounding counties who trained on Tuesday to spread accurate information about the census in their communities and to persuade their neighbors to participate next year.Philly Counts 2020, a city census initiative, organized the more than 70 trainings, many hosted by community organizations. The city also has partnered with FactSumo, a Duolingo-esque learning app, to offer the training online and via app. Area community-based organizations such as Make the Road, VietLead, and the Philadelphia Chinese United Association hosted Tuesday’s trainings, which were available in several languages: American Sign Language, English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church held a training when congregants usually attend their weekly bible study. The John C. Anderson Apartments, LGBTQ-friendly senior housing, and the Community College of Philadelphia also hosted trainings. The city hosted some for city employees.

Philly Community College Roars With New Nonbinary Mascot

10/07/2019 - 11:49am
Community College of Philadelphia introduces their new mascot, Roary, the lion. They replaced their previous mascot, Colonial Phil because students did not feel he represented the college’s diversity.

Who is Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter?

10/07/2019 - 11:44am
Deputy Coulter is an experienced police commander with nearly 30 years of law enforcement service. During her position as deputy she was responsible for professional support services to enable officers in the field to have the training, equipment and support personnel that is needed. Coulter has served or commanded in patrol, narcotics intelligence, investigations and special patrol. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Management from Saint Joseph's University, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Eastern University and an Associate degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

CCP teaches girls about STEM through summer camp

10/07/2019 - 11:41am
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) offered a week-long “Girls in STEM” camp in August to empower young females to pursue their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies. “At Community College of Philadelphia, we pride ourselves on playing a significant role in diversifying the local STEM workforce and providing a strong talent pipeline,” said Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia in a statement. The launch of our Transportation Summer Camp session and our recent $7.2 million investment in our biology, chemistry, and microbiology labs reinforces our college’s commitment in expanding access to STEM resources and opportunities across Philadelphia. ”The “Girls in STEM” camp, which was exclusive to girls, was one of two Transportation Summer Camp sessions geared toward sixth to eighth graders. CCP also held a co-ed boys and girls STEM camp that focused on the future of young people in STEM transportation field.

How I found my voice and embraced my roots — despite a failed ESL journey

10/07/2019 - 11:06am
"Looking back, I wish that I didn’t allow outside forces to make me feel like some of the most beautiful parts of myself were a disadvantage," says Kensington Voice journalist Solmaira Valerio. Instead, I went to The Community College of Philadelphia, where I decided to study photography. I knew that I really enjoyed taking photos, and I felt like this was something I could succeed at because it did not revolve around writing. I failed my English placement test when I applied, so I had to take an introductory English class before taking any for-credit courses. On my first day of that class, when the professor asked us to write a short paragraph about ourselves, I raised my hand and asked her how to start writing one. She looked at me in disbelief. I felt really embarrassed and incompetent. At that point, I still didn’t know how to structure a...

World record attempt for ‘most roars’ at CCP mascot reveal, replacing symbol of colonialism

09/30/2019 - 5:26pm
Teams at Community College of Philadelphia will now be repped by a lion instead of “Colonial Phil.” “I think it’s different, I think its changing it up,” Butler said. “I know Colonial Phil has probably been here for years [but] rebranding and rechanging it to a lion kind of fits the bill of CCP having that lion mentality. ”He’s curious to see the finished product when the mascot is officially unveiled. CCP is going all out with the reveal, which Dean of Students Asencio said he sees as an opportunity to generate school spirit. At a noon pride party emceed by sports personality Marc Farzetta, the crowd will try to break the World Record for “Most People Roaring Simultaneously."

HEADS OF STATE: 150 miles south of Washington, a crumbling shrine to presidential history. Photographs by Hannah Price / Text by Mark Leibovich

09/30/2019 - 5:22pm
The place in question is a ragged industrial field that has become the repository for 42 giant busts of American presidents, sculpted by an artist named David Adickes, each some 15 to 18 feet in height and eight to 10 tons in weight. They used to inhabit something called Presidents Park, in nearby Williamsburg, but after that place closed in 2010, the orphaned commanders in concrete were transported by flatbed to Croaker, about 12 miles away. The brief but treacherous journey left the heads in various states of disrepair. Bill Clinton is missing part of his right ear. Woodrow Wilson looks as though he has leprosy. Ronald Reagan might have been struck by lightning. Abraham Lincoln has a hole in the back of his skull — as if he needed one of those!

City Training 1,000 People For Philly Counts 2020 Census

09/30/2019 - 5:10pm
The City of Philadelphia is gearing up for its Philly Counts 2020 campaign and will train 1,000 people to be "Census Champions." This initiative will prepare participants with the tools and information needed to accurately talk about the census in their community, dispel myths, and promote participation among neighbors, friends, and family. A Census Champion is a trusted messenger, trained to deliver the right information about the census at the right time. Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Community College of Philadelphia, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Ceiba, PHL Diversity (PHLCVB), Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Congreso, and Southwest CDC are among the locations where the training will take place.

Power moves at the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia and the Juvenile Law Center

09/30/2019 - 5:01pm
Shannon McLaughlin Rooney has been named the vice president of marketing and communications at Community College of Philadelphia, where she will be responsible for leading CCP’s marketing and communications teams and overseeing marketing efforts, public relations, publication design and content development, as well as its strategic communications and its website.

Money Moves: More than $4 million in funding was granted to Philadelphia-area orgs

09/30/2019 - 4:36pm
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) has received a $1 million gift from the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation, to be disbursed over five years, to assist students who were unable to attend college immediately after their high school graduation. The gift is the largest scholarship donation ever made to CCP. Currently, CCP offers a Promise Scholarship which provides academically qualified Philadelphia high school graduates an opportunity to enroll at CCP with no cost for tuition or fees. Started by the CCP Foundation in 2015 to mark the College’s 50th Anniversary, the Promise Scholarship has supported approximately 900 high school graduates. Like that scholarship, the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation Scholarship will enable qualifying students to attend CCP with no cost for tuition or fees.

Listen here: WURD Founders Day Panel on the Future of Work

09/30/2019 - 4:16pm
Charles Ellison, host of Reality Check on WURD Radio, moderated a lively panel discussion on the future of work. Ellison and his colleagues examined ways to prepare for the technology that will bring robots into the workplaces and transform the employee experience. “What does it mean for us?" Ellison asked the crowd gathered for WURD's Founder's Day celebration on August 23, 2019 at the Free Library. “What does it mean for communities like us? How do we adapt, since we can’t stop this change? There is this world of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, and while, on the one hand, it might seem exciting, it is making people nervous because we don’t know what those changes mean!” Joining him were Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia; Dr. Jamie M. Bracey-Green, director of the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness at Temple University; Jeff Brown, president and CEO of...

How This Apprenticeship Helps Educators Achieve Once Out-of-Reach Career Goals

09/30/2019 - 3:03pm
Yaribel Mercedes-Perez is one of 36 child care workers across Philadelphia accepted into the inaugural class of a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program for early childhood educators. Mercedes-Perez has a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, the first step of career development and a requirement for early childhood educators in many states. Launched in 2017, the apprenticeship program puts teachers in the field with a CDA on a fast-track to earn their associate degree, with up to four pay raises delivered along the way. The program awards nine credits for those who have a CDA credential and another nine credits from on-the-job learning. The remainder of her 62-credit degree comes from courses taken through the Community College of Philadelphia—either in-person classes held during the evenings or online whenever she can find the time. Five of the graduates have already enrolled in bachelor degree programs, at Drexel University or Arcadia University.

Here’s why you can’t buy a carton of cigarettes at any CVS

09/30/2019 - 2:09pm
CVS mentions us in an opinion column promoting the benefits of non-tobacco campuses. Through a five-year, $50 million investment, new strategies have helped increase the number of people leading tobacco-free lives and moved us one step closer to delivering the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. For example, we’ve partnered with the Truth Initiative and the American Cancer Society to engage hundreds of schools, like Bryn Mawr College, Community College of Philadelphia, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh, to advocate for, adopt and implement tobacco-free campus policies. As a result of our efforts, more than 80 campuses have been added to the ranks of smoke- and tobacco-free colleges and universities in the past two years.

Christine Coulter, Philly’s new acting police commissioner, is the first woman to hold the position

08/21/2019 - 11:01am
Christine M. Coulter has become Philadelphia’s first female police commissioner. Coulter has an associate's degree in criminal justice from Community College of Philadelphia, along with a bachelor's in organizational management from Eastern University and a master's in public safety management from St. Jospeh's University. She has been on the force for nearly three decades in a variety of roles. — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Power Moves: Jasmine Sessoms joins Community College of Philadelphia

08/19/2019 - 2:26pm
Jasmine E. Sessoms, who has made Business Journal’s list of top leaders under age 40, will serve in a new cabinet-level position as the government relations officer for Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) . Herman Nyamunga will be the new director of Power Up Your Business, CCP’s neighborhood-based approach to economic development that offers free training to small businesses in vital commercial corridors. — Generocity

Philly powerlifter, 69, overcame blindness, homelessness, addiction, cancer, and the death of his daughter to become a champion

08/14/2019 - 12:15pm
Charles King, one of the oldest blind powerlifters in the world, finished first in his weight and age class last month at the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Powerlifting Championships. He became homeless after becoming blind at 39 but turned his life around a few years later. He enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia, where he graduated with a 3.4 GPA and an associate's degree in behavioral and mental health. — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly artist commissioned for Wells Fargo’s corporate offices in NYC’s Hudson Yards

08/14/2019 - 12:05pm
Philadelphia-based mixed-media artist Pauline Houston-McCall was comissioned to create a 19-piece collection for Wells Fargo's new corporate offices in New York City's Hudson Yards complex. Houston-McCall trained at both Community College of Philadelphia and Moore College of Art. She strives to connect elements of the black experience into her work. “I have come to tell the stories of our African and African American ancestors,” she said. “No matter how sorrowful ... I’ve come to tell the story in the most beautiful way possible.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer