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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.

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.

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

10/07/2019 - 1:42pm
The event is designed to prepare students and residents for Philadelphia's upcoming election on Nov. 5.

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

10/07/2019 - 1:37pm
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.

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

10/07/2019 - 1:34pm
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 - 1:33pm
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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.