Grow With the Neighborhood
Expanded Online learning and Weekend Courses at Community College of Philadelphia's Regional Centers

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1, 2012—This fall, Community College of Philadelphia is expanding its online class offerings as well as services at its Regional Centers in West, Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia to meet demand for neighborhood classes and flexible learning options.
The College is rolling out a new online learning system called Canvas that allows students and instructors to interact more easily and communicate via social media and video chats. Online classes, and hybrid classes, which combine classroom learning with online learning, afford students the flexibility of studying anywhere, and anytime, without the costs associated with transportation, parking and child care. Online classes accounted for more than 8,600 registrations during the College’s 2011–2012 academic year.

In addition, an ongoing multiyear, $86 million expansion and modernization program has positioned the College to deliver new student services at the Regional Centers and expand opportunities for clubs and community activities. A Student Life coordinator now spends time at each site developing and promoting programs, events and services for the roughly 6,200 students enrolled at the three Regional Centers.

As part of the modernization, the West Regional Center, at 47th and Chestnut streets, expanded last year into an adjacent building, creating space for two new computer classrooms and a Learning Commons that includes a Library, Learning Labs and a Student Academic Computing Center. The new features provide students with access to more research resources, free tutoring and expanded computer access.

Ongoing commercial revitalization is bringing new opportunities to West Philadelphia, which now has more than 80,000 jobs and $2 billion in real estate under construction, according to a 2011 University City District report. “The College is growing along with West Philadelphia,” said President Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D. “Many of our students there seek the skills, degrees and training required by the companies that are reshaping Philadelphia’s economy.”

The West Regional Center is offering more weekend classes this fall, plus 10 degree programs that can be completed with a combination of online courses and regular classes at the Center. The full-degree options are:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Studies
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Culture, Science and Technology
  • Justice
  • Liberal Arts – General
  • Liberal Arts – Social/Behavioral Science
  • Science
  • Women’s Studies/Gender Studies

The Main Campus will operate on a limited weekend schedule this fall as a cost-saving measure. Regional Centers will remain open Monday through Saturday, with increased weekend and evening classes. An analysis by the College determined many of the students currently taking weekend classes at the Main Campus actually live closer to a Regional Center.

Classes begin Sep. 4, so act now. For more information, go to, or visit one of our Regional Centers. The locations are: West, 4725 Chestnut Street; Northwest, 1300 Godfrey Avenue; and Northeast, at 12901 Townsend Road.