In the News

Commencement 2012

Community College of Philadelphia is making news. With an award-winning faculty and staff, ongoing development of degree and certificate programs, cultural and athletic events, new educational opportunities for Philadelphians and lots more, there’s always something exciting to share. Read all about it here.

Student Success: Gateway to College

Open Society Foundations recently featured three remarkable Gateway to College graduates, including one from Community College of Philadelphia. Read more

Changing the Game" Opens in Theaters

"Changing the Game," the second feature film by Rel Dowdell, an adjunct instructor at the College, has opened at AMC theaters in Philadelphia, New York and elsewhere. Read more

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Winner

Graduate Larry Thi was selected in July 2011 as one of 60 community college students nationwide to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation transfer scholarship of up to $30,000 per year for up to three years to attend a top-tier, four-year college or university. Read more.

Hearst Foundations Award $400,000 Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors Grant

The National League for Nursing received a $400,000 grant in July 2011 from The Hearst Foundations to continue work with Community College of Philadelphia in developing and implementing a groundbreaking national initiative that integrates geriatric care into Nursing education. Read more.

College Receives Center of Excellence Designation

Community College of Philadelphia was among six schools nationwide to receive a Center of Excellence designation from the National League for Nursing in October 2010 at the NLN’s annual Education Summit in Las Vegas. It is the College’s third consecutive Center of Excellence designation for “creating environments that enhance student learning and development.” Read more.

NBC 10’s “Go Global Stay Local” Series Features College Faculty

On Aug., 17, 2011, NBC 10 Television’s “Go Global Stay Local” features María Luisa Ortega Hernández, associate professor of Foreign Languages, showing NBC 10’s Lu Ann Cahn how you can get away to Mexico, Spain or Latin America without having to leave Philadelphia. Watch it here.

On Aug. 30, 2011, visiting lecturer Massimo Musumeci took NBC 10’s Lu Ann Cahn on a journey through the undiscovered lands of Italy right in our area. Watch it here.

Center Helps Black Male College Students Succeed

In 2011, the College received government and private grant awards totaling $2.9 million to continue its work on improving the success of African-American male students through the Center for Male Engagement and Project Achieve. The gains made by these programs were reported by on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Read more

Attacking the Destructive “Don't Snitch” Mentality

Richard Frei, Ph.D., an associate professor of Behavioral Sciences at the College, was interviewed in October 2011 by The Kansas City Star about his research on the “don’t snitch” phenomenon. Read more.

Going Green in the Northeast

The College celebrated the formal opening of its renovated and expanded Northeast Regional Center with a weeklong series of events to highlight the bigger, better, greener facility. Read the April 20, 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer report here.

Basketball Coach Takes Local Standouts to London

Coach Robert “Dondi” DeShields, who celebrated his 300th win as head basketball coach for the men’s basketball team in January 2011, led a team of young area players from Philadelphia to London where they competed in an international tournament. Read the July 7, 2011 South Philly Review article here.

Positive Reflections of a Graduate

Peak Johnson, who received his Associate in Arts degree in 2011, reflects positively on his time as a student at Community College of Philadelphia. The North Philadelphia native, who has since transferred to Temple University, credited several faculty members for inspiring him to pursue his academic goals. Read his July 14 and Aug. 9, 2011 memoirs in The Philadelphia Public School Notebook.