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8 Oct 2013

Community College of Philadelphia welcomes new initiatives, programs

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The 2013-14 academic year at Community College of Philadelphia got underway with a new, user-friendly design for the website, some fresh ideas and a student support initiative that offers greater possibilities for our students. 


Below are just a few of the new arrivals that created a buzz on the Main Campus and Regional Centers:


Debut of the all new 


On Sept. 30, the College welcomed the all new, which was redesigned with new services and user-friendly features. The launch was accompanied by a host of lively activities including a website scavenger hunt for faculty and students. Colonial Phil, students and staff members joined the celebration by handing out free popcorn in the Pavilion as students took the site for a test-run. The redesigned website is smarter, easier to use on any device, and easy on the eyes.


New online tool helps students achieve goals


Need a goal plan for success? It’s easier now with MyGPS (Goal Plan for Success), a web page that has timely, and easy-to-navigate materials to help students set and achieve academic and career goals. MyGPS offers tools to help with financial management, goal setting, planning, and more.  Students also can create an electronic portfolio and store school-related documents and forms.


CCPTV quiz show looking for wizards


Fall Semester kicks-off with a lively quiz show called Show Off  on CCPTV (Channel 53) which features student contestants answering questions in categories such as Art, English, Math, Biology, History, Music, Business and Economics, Psychology, World Religions, and Physics. Contestants audition and must have a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate fluent knowledge of any three academic categories. Students from the Digital Video Production program are helping to produce the show, which will also feature faculty mini-lectures as Show Off  learning segments.  Episodes are scheduled to air in November. For information, contact Allan Kobernick at [email protected].


New learning space for Architecture, Design and Construction


The renovated suite for the Department of Architecture, Design and Construction on the second floor of the West Building, room W2-2, features state-of-the art classrooms as well as open, common areas for presentations and peer-to-peer learning. With roughly 7,000 square feet, the new space features more natural light and is capable of hosting industry-level events such as the International Facilities Management Association, which is scheduled to meet there October 17, according to Miles Grosbard, department chair. 


A Single Stop for information on benefits


In October, a national initiative called Single Stop, will come to Philadelphia to assist students on our campus. Single Stop uses specially designed software that screens students for eligibility for public benefits. This unique one-stop program combines benefits screening and application assistance with tax preparation, some legal assistance and financial counseling. The initiative supports academic student retention and completion efforts by helping students overcome financial barriers to attending school. The average student finds an additional $2,000 in untapped benefits through the service. The program is made possible through a $1 million grant from the Green Light Fund’s Social Innovation Fund Initiative and support from the College.  


Taking the path to health and wellness


The campaign for health and wellness continues as the College unveils a half-mile indoor walking trail through campus that weaves through the Mint, Bonnell, and West buildings and showcases dynamic views of Center City. The walking trail begins on the second floor of the Mint Building, near the Isadore Shrager Boardroom. Look for the yellow and black “Spring Garden Strollers” signs and follow the arrows.


Now we’re in the national junior college league


This fall, the College joined the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA.) Athletes  will compete in Region XIX this year as part of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC). The NJCAA is the national governing body for two-year college athletic programs nationwide. The men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, tennis, and track and field teams will participate in structured conferences, regional tournaments, and national championships. Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball will remain independent for the 2013-14 year but could join NJCAA in subsequent years.


Additional restroom options


Students, faculty and staff have added comfort, convenience and privacy this year as new gender neutral restrooms arrived at the Main Campus. The facilities are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible and open to individuals regardless of gender identity or expression. These restrooms are found on Main Campus at the following locations: Center for Business and Industry – 2nd floor, Bonnell-1st floor, Winnet-1st floor, West-2nd floor.


Community College of Philadelphia enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at Follow us on Like us on Facebook at


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