Classes Close To You
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 Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia to meet the strong demand for neighborhood classes and flexible learning options.
The College will launch a new online learning system called Canvas that allows students and instructors to interact more easily and communicate via social media. Online classes and hybrid classes, which combine classroom sessions with online learning, offer 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 2011–2012 academic year.
The College’s multiyear, $86 expansion and modernization program has positioned it to enhance student services at the Regional Centers and expand opportunities for clubs and community activities. A Student Life coordinator now spends time at each center developing and promoting programs, events and services for the roughly 6,200 students enrolled at the three locations.
In 2011, construction of a 60,000 square-foot wing nearly doubled the size of the Northeast Regional Center, and the renovations added state-of-the-art classrooms; a café; bookstore; Center for Small Business Education, Growth and Training; community meeting rooms and more.
Moreover, students at that center now can enroll in the Liberal Arts – Honors program that prepares them to transfer to highly competitive four-year institutions. Recent Honors program graduates of Community College of Philadelphia have received scholarships to such highly respected institutions as Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Larry Liu, a 2012 graduate who lives in Northeast Philadelphia, won the coveted Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $30,000 a year.
This fall, the College will offer a dozen degree programs that can be fully completed at the Northeast Regional Center. Before the expansion, students had an option to complete degrees in Culture, Science and Technology; Liberal Arts – General, Honors or Social/ Behavioral Science. This fall, they also will be able to complete Business Administration, Computer Forensics, Science and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies degrees without attending classes at the Main Campus or another College site. In addition, students who take a mix of online courses and regular classes at the Center can earn degrees in Accounting, Applied Studies, Business and Justice.
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 additional 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 time act now. For more information, go to www.ccp.edu, or visit one of our Regional Centers. The locations are: Northeast, 12901 Townsend Road; Northwest, 1300 Godfrey Avenue; and West at 4725 Chestnut Street.