Pathways Breakfast

Pathways Breakfast

Business and community leaders and elected officials packed a ballroom for the College’s first annual Pathways Breakfast on Dec. 13, where the College gave Bill Cosby, Ed.D., its highest honor.

“Our recipient is a genuine renaissance man,” said Daniel P. McElhatton, Esq., chair of Community College of Philadelphia’s Board of Trustees, adding that Cosby continues to be a leading force in the movement to help educate youth and their parents as a way of breaking the cycle of crime and violence in the city.

McElhatton and President Stephen M. Curtis gave Cosby the College's first Allen T. Bonnell Award at a breakfast held at the Down Town Club in Center City. Named after the College’s founder and first president, the Bonnell Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to access, opportunity and transformational change. Cosby embodies those characteristics. He has urged individuals to better themselves by obtaining an education. This year, he has called on community colleges to do more to train students to enter career areas through which they can help at-risk and incarcerated youth, such as psychology and social work.

At the breakfast, the renowned actor, comedian, author, educator and humanitarian praised the College and called it an “eraser” that allows people to erase past mistakes and rise above their circumstances—whether poverty, drugs or incarceration—to obtain an education and advance into rewarding careers.

"The time when you decide that you want to make a difference in yourself, Community College [of Philadelphia] is ready," Cosby said.

Others honored at the Pathways Breakfast included: Corporate Partnership Award – Bill Knott, regional president for Wachovia Bank; Foundation Keystone Award – Barbara Cohen of The Hassel Foundation; Civic Investment Award – Cecilia Moy Yep, founder of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Community Philanthropist Award – Kal Rudman, music industry pioneer and philanthropist; Alumni Achievement Award – Community College of Philadelphia alumnus Paul Gluck, executive director, Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, Drexel University.

Sponsors of the Pathways Breakfast incarincluded Comcast Corporation, The Glenmede Trust Company and the Independence Foundation, as well as Agoos/Lovera Architects; Beneficial Bank; Citizens Bank; Independence Blue Cross; Jacques Ferber, Inc.; Keystone Mercy Health Plan; Edward Y. Kung, Ph.D.; Verizon; Bill and Eileen Whiteside; and others.


Lasting Legacies


New Scholarship Endowment for Students

New Scholarship Endowment for Students

The Office of Institutional Advancement and the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of a $20,000 endowment—the Pathways International Student Travel Fund. The endowment is funded with a portion of the proceeds from the Pathways Breakfast, which was held in December. This new “international” endowment will enhance the College’s efforts to provide opportunities for our students to participate in international travel by funding scholarships for Collegesponsored study abroad programs. If you would like to support the endowment and provide students with an opportunity to expand their horizons and become global citizens, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 215-751-8042.