One Path—Endless Possibilities

Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Looks to the Future

College Foundation Introduces Capital Campaign to Expand the Path to Possibilities

In its first 40 years, more than a half-million individuals have pursued their academic and career dreams in the halls and classrooms of Community College of Philadelphia. For the city’s only public institution of higher education and the commonwealth’s largest single point of entry into postsecondary education for minorities, the challenges are clear: institutional capacity, strengthening and expanding instructional resources and improving the rate of student success.

The Campaign to Expand the Path to Possibilities seeks to raise public and private dollars for projects that will address those challenges, as outlined in the College’s Facility Master Plan. This first capital campaign in the College’s history is in the planning study stage.

The planning study will explore the feasibility of external funding for a significant expansion at both the Main Campus and the Northeast Regional Center. The commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia are expected to provide a substantial portion of the funding. However, a third portion will come from private donors and other sources, including businesses, foundations, financing and the federal government.

The two major projects are:

Expansion and Redesign of the Main Campus

The primary focus of the Main Campus expansion and redesign project is to strengthen and enhance the available instructional resources. The College’s Main Campus complex was designed to accommodate a student body significantly smaller than current enrollment levels and the anticipated growth in enrollment. Specifically, the expansion of the Main Campus will result in the establishment of a new Pavilion Building, an enhanced “one-stop” student services center and the creation of space for new program offerings.

CBI building entrance photo

Expansion and Redesign of the Northeast Regional Center

At the Northeast Regional Center, the College has experienced remarkable growth in the numbers of students served since its opening in 1995. The Center is literally bursting at the seams with 2,500 students enrolled over the course of a year. The expansion of the Northeast Regional Center will double its current enrollment capacity and will greatly add to the range of available offerings, including Biotechnology, Business and Industry training programs, Computer Forensics, Emergency Medical Technology and Health Sciences Management.

George and Diane Davis photo
George and Diane Davis

Looking to the Future: Growing to Meet Business and Educational Demands

The proposed campaign will preserve and enhance the high standards of instruction for which the College is known and will enable the College to extend its tradition of excellence to students, faculty and the community for generations to come. Our students are our future. Invest in their future, and you will invest in the future of Philadelphia.

We’re excited about this vision for our future and will be providing campaign updates at every opportunity. Please contact Susan Piergallini, vice president for Institutional Advancement, at or 215-751-8205 for more information about the capital campaign and planning study.

Gifts of Scholarships and Grants to Benefit Students

The College is fortunate to have a number of endowed scholarships and grants that benefit students with strategically targeted funds while achieving a variety of agendas. From honoring the memory of a beloved faculty mentor to celebrating and promoting leadership among students, these gifts are made by donors who “walk the walk” with their charitable dollars.

George and Diane Davis are two such donors. A retired senior vice president of Human Resources at Lincoln Financial Group, George Davis serves on the College’s Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of Directors. The Davises established The Diane and George Davis Scholarship Endowment to provide incentives for students who follow through with their plans to earn an associate’s degree; those recipients who maintain their eligibility at the end of their first year may be eligible to receive a second year of funding.

“We feel strongly that in order for the United States to compete in today’s global economy, higher education is a ‘must,’” said Mr. and Mrs. Davis. “Channeling a portion of our philanthropic assets, time and influence into the city’s only fully accessible College is our way of investing in the human resources that will keep our country in a leadership position for the future.”

For information on the steps to create an endowed scholarship, contact Susan Piergallini, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Community College of Philadelphia, at or 215-751-8205.