Community College of Philadelphia

The Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission institution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, that grants associate degrees, academic certificates and proficiency certificates. Programs of study include health care; science and technology; design, construction and transportation; business, entrepreneurship and law; creative arts; liberal arts and communications; and education and human services.[1] The college offers traditional, evening, weekend and online courses, including online degree programs.[2]

Students at the college can pursue a bachelor's degree upon graduation, and some programs prepare students to enter the workforce. Dual admissions partnerships and transfer agreements[3] with four-year schools make it easy for students to further their education. Student support services[4] include free tutoring, counseling, transfer assistance, the Center for Male Engagement,[5] a Career Services Center,[6] and a Veteran's Resource Center.[7] Adult Basic Education[8] classes can provide Philadelphia residents with valuable, lifelong skills.

The college's Corporate Solutions[9] unit offers workforce training initiatives for individuals looking to advance their career skills or prepare for new career.

Student life programs are offered, with a variety of clubs, organizations,[10] and athletic activities[11] to choose from. The college also offers study abroad programs.[12]

Community College of Philadelphia
CCP Mint Building with Anniversary Banners
Community College of Philadelphia Mint Building on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia
Motto"The Path to Possibilities."
TypeCommunity College
EstablishedSeptember 23, 1965
PresidentDr. Donald Generals
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
NicknameColonials (former)
MascotColonial Phil (former)
Community College of Philadelphia
Phila USMint02
Third Philadelphia Mint (1901). Now part of Community College of Philadelphia's main campus.


There are three locations throughout the city to help make a college education more accessible:


The college opened on September 23, 1965, in the Snellenberg's Building at 34 South 11th Street. The Mint Building on the main campus, which opened for classes in 1973, served as the Third Philadelphia Mint from 1901 to 1969.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "All Offerings - Community College of Philadelphia".
  2. ^ "Online Learning - Community College of Philadelphia".
  3. ^ "Transfer Opportunities - Community College of Philadelphia".
  4. ^ "Student Support - Community College of Philadelphia".
  5. ^ "Center for Male Engagement - Community College of Philadelphia".
  6. ^ "Career Services - Community College of Philadelphia".
  7. ^ "Veterans Resource Center - Community College of Philadelphia".
  8. ^ "Adult Basic Education - Community College of Philadelphia".
  9. ^ "Business and Industry - Community College of Philadelphia".
  10. ^ "Student Leadership and Involvement - Community College of Philadelphia".
  11. ^ "Athletics Center - Community College of Philadelphia".
  12. ^ "Study Abroad - Community College of Philadelphia".
  13. ^ "Main Campus - Community College of Philadelphia".
  14. ^ "Northeast Regional Center - Community College of Philadelphia".
  15. ^ "Northwest Regional Center - Community College of Philadelphia".
  16. ^ "West Regional Center - Community College of Philadelphia".
  17. ^ VANESSA L. LOWERY BROWN - PA House of Representatives

External links

Coordinates: 39°57′46″N 75°09′59″W / 39.962883°N 75.166299°W

Benjamin Ramos

Benjamin Ramos (born August 31, 1956) is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Ben Ramos represented over 60,000 residents in Pennsylvania's 180th Legislative District from 1994-2000. He served as the Democratic Secretary of the Committee on Health and Human Services, the Urban Affairs, Liquor Control and the House Democratic Policy Committees. He was appointed by the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to serve on the Pennsylvania Adult Basic Education Interagency Coordinating Council well as the Select Committee on Pharmaceuticals and the Sub-Committee on School Violence. Ramos was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus; Co-Chair, member, National Hispanic Cacus of State Legislators (NHCSL) and National Association of Latino Elected/Appointed Officials (NALEO); Secretary, Black Elected Officials of Philadelphia. He was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Ed Rendell. Ben Ramos most recently worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a Partnership Coordinator & Specialist where he was responsible for developing and nurturing productive partnerships for the purpose of gaining cooperation and support for the 2010 Census in the Philadelphia region as well as working with state, local and tribal governments, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, media outlets and businesses.

He was born in Puerto Rico and attended Thomas A. Edison High School in Philadelphia. He earned an M.S. degree in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University). Prior to elective office, he served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.

He represented the 180th legislative district from 1995 until his defeat in the 2000 Democratic primary by Angel Cruz.In early 2003, newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell nominated him to serve as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, Ramos withdrew from consideration in February 2003 amid legislative criticism over revelations that as a State Representative he was late in filing campaign-finance reports and was subject to fines, although all fines had been paid years prior. He would have been the first Latino to hold that post. He is currently the Regional Director of the Office of International Business Development for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.

Chaka Fattah

Chaka Fattah (born Arthur Davenport; November 21, 1956) is a former American politician who was the United States Representative for Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 2016. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The district included portions of North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and West Philadelphia along with Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.

On July 29, 2015, Fattah and a group of associates were indicted on federal charges related to their alleged roles in a racketeering and influence peddling conspiracy. He later lost the 2016 Democratic primary as well. He was convicted on 23 counts of racketeering, fraud, and other corruption charges on June 21, 2016 and resigned two days later. On December 12, 2016, Fattah was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On August 9, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia overturned Fattah's bribery convictions.

Charles F. Dougherty

Charles Francis Dougherty (born June 26, 1937) is a former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Dougherty was born in Philadelphia. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1957-77 (active duty, 1959–62). He graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1959 and did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-64. He worked as a high school teacher from 1962-65. In 1965 to 1966 he was a special agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Department of the Navy. He conducted additional graduate work at Temple University in 1967. He was assistant dean of the Community College of Philadelphia from 1966–70, and a high school principal from 1970-72. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1972-79.Dougherty was elected in 1978 and reelected in 1980 as a Republican to the 96th and 97th United States Congresses. He was defeated in 1982 by State Representative Robert Borski after his district was renumbered as the 3rd District. He ran against Borski again in 1992, 1998 and 2000, and was defeated each time.To date, Dougherty is the last Republican to represent a Philadelphia-based district in Congress. He would be the last Republican to represent any portion of Philadelphia in the House until the 2000 Census resulted in the Bucks County-based 8th District absorbing a small portion of Philadelphia.

Dan C. Tsang

Daniel Chuen-Tuen Tsang is an activist and scholar whose writings have been of great importance in the Asian American and LGBT political movements. Tsang worked with early activist organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO), and East Wind, an Asian American activist organization. Tsang also worked as a librarian for Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of California, Irvine.

Deesha Dyer

Deesha Dyer (born 1978) is an American public servant who served as the White House Social Secretary for U.S. President Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017. Dyer also served as Deputy to the previous Social Secretary, Jeremy Bernard. Her White House career began as an intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance in Fall 2009. She was the Obama administration's fourth social secretary and the second of African-American descent. Before working at the White House she worked as the executive assistant at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and a freelance writer at the Philadelphia Citypaper. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Dyer won a 2017 NAACP Image Award for the BET special Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration. She volunteers her time as the Executive Director of Philadelphia based teen girl travel group, In 2017, she was signed as a speaker to Outspoken Agency. In 2018, she contributed a chapter to West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House recounting her experiences in the Obama White House.Dyer has been featured in national media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, Elle, Marie Claire, Essence, Vogue, Refinery29, Forbes, The Root, and Washington Post.

Dwight Evans (politician)

Dwight E. Evans (born May 16, 1954) is an American politician of the Democratic Party serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district serving in Congress since 2016. He defeated incumbent Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary election, and won a special election on November 8, 2016, following Fattah's resignation from Congress after he faced corruption charges. He previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 203rd district located in Philadelphia County.

Edward Roy Becker

Edward Roy Becker (May 4, 1933 – May 19, 2006) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Darnell Hart (born July 6, 1979) is an American comedian, actor and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in films such as Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005), and Little Fockers (2010).

Hart's comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album, I'm a Grown Little Man (2008), and performances in the films Think Like a Man (2012), Grudge Match (2013), Ride Along (2014) and its sequel Ride Along 2 (2016), About Last Night (2014), Get Hard (2015), Central Intelligence (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Night School (2018).

He also released four more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010, Laugh at My Pain in 2011, Let Me Explain in 2013, and What Now? in 2016. In 2015, Time Magazine named Hart one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. He starred as himself in the lead role of Real Husbands of Hollywood.

Leonard Buschel

Leonard Lee Buschel is an American publisher, substance abuse counselor and co-founder of Writers in Treatment, which supports recovery and the arts, and executive director of REEL Recovery Film Festival, focusing on stories of addiction and recovery.

Logan Square, Philadelphia

Logan Square is a neighborhood in Philadelphia. Bounded by Market Street on the south, Spring Garden Street on the north, Broad Street on the east, and the Schuylkill River on the west, it occupies the northwest quadrant of Center City. The square for which it is named is one of the five "squares", or parks, central to William Penn's design for Philadelphia. Originally called Northwest Square, it was renamed in honor of James Logan, an eighteenth-century mayor of Philadelphia.

Located here are a number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, the Bell Telephone Company Building, the Board of Education Building, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the Harris Building, the Insurance Company of North America Building, the Larkin–Belber Building, Logan Square, the Francis McIlvain House, St. Clement's Protestant Episcopal Church, the Inquirer Building, and the Wesley Building. Other notable sites are the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Moore College of Art and Design, the Parkway Central Library, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Pennsylvania (Mormon) Temple, and the main campus of the Community College of Philadelphia.

Penn Center, Franklintown and much of Philadelphia's central business district are located in Logan Square.

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot (born February 2, 1985) is an American jazz singer who has been influenced by such blues and jazz artists as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Gardot was playing at piano bars in Philadelphia when she had a bicycle accident at the age of 18. Music played a critical role in her recovery from the head injury that resulted. She is an advocate of music therapy, and has visited hospitals and universities to discuss its benefits. In 2012, it was reported that she had given her name to a music therapy program in New Jersey. Gardot follows the teachings of Buddhism, is a macrobiotic cook and humanitarian. She speaks fluent French as well as her native English and considers herself a "citizen of the world".

Michael Horsey

Michael J. Horsey (born November 22, 1949) is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

He is a 1968 graduate of St. Thomas More High School in Philadelphia. He earned a degree from Cheyney State College in 1975, an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Community College of Philadelphia in 1980, and a paralegal certification from Penn State University in 1983. He attended classes at Antioch Law School. Prior to elective office, Horsey worked as a manager at the Philadelphia Parking Authority, 6th Ward Democratic leader, and a Philadelphia Public School Teacher. He had two children with his wife Lorna Denise Horsey (Michael Horsey Jr., and Lauren Horsey), and currently has three grandchildren (John, Jordan, and Jada Cherry).He was first elected to represent the 190th legislative district in 1994. He was defeated in the 2004 Democratic primary by Thomas Blackwell.

Ollie Johnson (basketball, born 1949)

Ollie Johnson (born May 11, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'6" forward from Temple University, Johnson played ten seasons (1972–1982) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Jazz, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, and Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 7.7 points per game in his NBA career.He became director of athletics at the Community College of Philadelphia, retiring in 2011.


Brady Goodwin Jr. (born December 2, 1976) better known by his stage name, Phanatik is an American East Coast rapper and author who has recorded both independently and as a founding member of the two time Grammy-nominated Christian rap group The Cross Movement. His debut album entitled The Incredible Walk, was released on February 22, 2005. Phanatik has since released three other solo albums (Crime & Consequences, Party Over Here and The Art of Battle Rap). Phanatik is known for his creative concepts, wordplay or "witty word wizardry" and story telling. His "on beat - off beat" style has been described as a "Thinking man's flow."

In 2008, Goodwin began a 2nd career teaching Character Education in Philadelphia public schools. This led the former rapper to develop his own course and curriculum which he titled "Hip Hop & Ethics." He currently teaches this course at Gratz High School and the Community College of Philadelphia. In 2015 the former rapper expanded his professorial roster when he began teaching courses in apologetics, biblical studies and cultural engagement at C.U.T.S. (the Center for Urban Theological Studies) in Philadelphia.

As an author, his first book, The Death of Hip Hop, Marriage & Morals became available in August 2010. His second and third books City of Allegory (Part 1 and Part 2) were released in November 2011 and November 2012 respectively. The author released two more books, From Hip Hop to Hollywood: The Art of Christianity and Navigating the N Word in March 2013 and December 2015 respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Christian Service from Lancaster Bible College (2009) and a master's degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (2015).

Ronald Murray

Ronald "Flip" Murray (born July 29, 1979) is a retired American professional basketball player who last played for Al Mouttahed Tripoli of the Lebanese Basketball League. He is a 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st) point guard–shooting guard. After attending Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, where he starred on the basketball team, he played college basketball for four seasons, first at the Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi from 1997 to 1999, and then at Shaw University located in Raleigh, North Carolina from 2000 to 2002. He is nicknamed "Flip" by childhood friends who often said he looked like Bernie Mac's character, "Flip", from the movie Above The Rim.

Spring Garden station (Broad Street Line)

Spring Garden is a subway station on SEPTA's Broad Street Subway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is an express station with four tracks and two island platforms. Spring Garden is the northernmost station in Center City, serving Community College of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia Building, the Inquirer Building (home of Philadelphia newspapers the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News), Ben Franklin High School and miscellaneous office buildings, restaurants, and clubs. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is ten blocks west of the station while the Northern Liberties neighborhood lies approximately eight blocks east. Near this station is Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School. There are numerous restaurants and shops nearby which makes this a very busy station.

Spring Garden station is the seventh busiest station on the Broad Street Line, with 10,000 riders a day.

Vanessa L. Brown

Vanessa Lowery Brown (born 1966) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 190th District. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. In 2018 she was convicted on seven charges related to a bribery case, six of which were felonies. She was sentenced to 23 months probation for her crimes.

Warren Hope

Warren T. Hope is an American poet and university professor.

William J. Ciancaglini

William J. Ciancaglini (born January 16, 1971) is an American lawyer currently practicing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ciancaglini is best known for establishing the controversial, "Men's Law Caucus" as a law student.Ciancaglini received the media spotlight in a landmark case versus The Philadelphia Turf Club, a subsidiary of Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack. In 2009, Dittus v. Philadelphia Turf Club was decided in Ciancaglini's favor before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

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