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Track and Field Athletes Visit California

Track and Field Athletes Visit California

Student athletes representing the College in San Francisco, from left, were Byron Dailey, Yasmin Wooten, Mark Allen and Edmond Hawi. Photo courtesy of Rogers Glispy.

Yasmin Wooten
Yasmin Wooten in the 100-meter dash. Photo courtesy of Rogers Glispy.
Four Community College of Philadelphia athletes qualified for the U.S.A, Track and Field (USATF) National Club Championships in San Francisco, Ca., held July 9–10. Yasmin Wooten, the only woman representing the Lady Colonials, ran a season’s best time at 13.08 seconds in the 100-meter dash. The men—Byron Dailey, Mark Allen and Edmond Hawi—finished 16th out of 30 teams. Hawi ran a personal best and set a school record in the 400-meter hurdles at 59.03 seconds. Allen won the bronze medal in the triple jump. He also placed fifth in the high jump and eighth in the long jump.

Lobby Day in Harrisburg

Lobby Day in Harrisburg

Students, faculty, administrators and staff visited Harrisburg on June 8 to urge legislators to increase their support for the College and for community colleges statewide. To sign the petition to Advance PA, visit the Advance PA: Community Colleges Leading the Way website

Kathryn J. Engebretson Scholarship Awarded to Megan Kenney

Megan Kenney

Laid off after a decade as an architectural firm’s marketing coordinator, Megan Kenney welcomed the opportunity for a career change. Having long dreamt of the good she could do in the field of social work, Kenney recognized that her goals could only be achieved by returning to college.

The Philadelphia resident was awarded the Kathryn J. Engebretson Scholarship—an all-inclusive award that provides up to $10,000 in tuition, textbooks and fees over the course of two academic years. The scholarship, part of nearly $775,000 awarded to students at the College annually, is named for the late Kathryn J. Engebretson, who was president of the William Penn Foundation.

"Whether social work ultimately finds me employed in youth study centers, criminal justice facilities or community outreach programs, I now feel my dream has an opportunity to blossom into a reality," Kenney said.

Wanamaker Scholars Program Goes Green

The Wanamaker Institute Scholars program is a tuition-free training program open to unemployed and underemployed residents of Philadelphia. The partnership of the Wanamaker Institute and the College provides free education in high-demand job fields and has been focused on training students to be nurse aides or pharmacy technicians.

Recently, a new program was added to train weatherization installers. The program is an introduction to weatherization and energy conservation and involves recognizing and fixing energy problems for residential buildings. Graduates will have cutting- edge skills in one of the fastest-growing industries today. For more information, contact Vida Wright, Wanamaker Scholars program coordinator, at or 215-751-8763.

College Family Tree Campaign Launched

NERC construction or architectural renderings

The College Foundation recently announced the launch of the College Family Tree Campaign as part of its "Expanding Possibilities" campaign. Members of the College family, including faculty, staff, retirees and alumni, are being asked to support the largest fundraising effort in the College’s history. All gifts made to the campaign through June 30, 2011, will be essentially doubled, thanks to the Kresge Foundation challenge grant.

Expanding Possibilities, which has raised more than $6.7 toward its $10 million goal, will support new construction and renovations at the Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center and provide scholarships for students. All donations above $100 will be recognized as part of a permanent installation in the newly-renovated Bonnell Building. For more information about the campaign, visit the campaign website. or contact Suzanne Becker, executive director of the Capital Campaign, at or 215-751-8369.