COVID-19 Campus Update

The College is currently closed, and remote instruction and work continue while Philadelphia remains under a stay-at-home order. All courses for the Summer I and II terms will be held online while student services and support are available remotely. Visit the College’s Virtual Student Resource Center to access the assistance that you need. Adequate notice will be shared with students, staff and faculty once a re-opening date is established. 

Weekly Roundup of Community Resources

It has been a dizzying four weeks since the College first closed due to the spread of COVID-19. In that time, we have all had to make significant adjustments. Some of us are working from home for the first time, juggling daily online meetings and conference calls. Many of us were part of the College’s gargantuan effort to move nearly 1,500 course sections to remote instruction in a two-week span. You may now be teaching or learning online for the first time.

In this moment of global crisis, we are all trying to settle into new daily routines while navigating the demands of our personal lives. It is not easy. I hope we all feel a sense of pride and accomplishment at the close of this week. As Mayor Kenney said in his letter to the city Friday morning, our collective work is part of what makes Philadelphia so strong. And we know Community College of Philadelphia will have an even more important role to play in the city’s recovery when we return to campus.
 

Shannon McLaughlin Rooney
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Community Resources

The Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership wants to talk Census! This week, their spotlight shines on Philly Counts for a virtual volunteer opportunity.

Philly Counts is in need of volunteers to assist with phone banking to ensure that every city resident is counted for the 2020 Census, which began on April 1. Get started with the link to sign up. The Institute is in the virtual swing of things, so contact with any questions on how to get involved.
 

PSECU, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, has launched a free, online finance learning center, in English and Spanish, that is accessible to everyone. You can select from 35 topics, including managing debt, saving for retirement and creating a budget. Your local PSECU manager, Jasmine Campbell, is available to answer your questions via scheduled calls and Zoom meetings!

Are you interested in helping our students directly during this global crisis? Support the emergency fund here.

Social Showcase

The Division of Student Development invites students, staff and faculty to the #CCPpride contest launching on April 14! 

We want to see how our #CCPLions are showing their #CCPpride off campus, rocking spirit gear on Tuesdays, or helping in the community throughout the week. Tag your photos on social media with #CCPpride and each week, we’ll randomly select a student photo to win a $50 Amazon gift card. We’re always proud of you, but now more than ever. Full contest rules are available here.

Please follow the College on social media through TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn. We will also continue providing College updates and Coronavirus FAQs to keep you informed on the latest developments.

Important Dates and Reminders

The interruption to the spring semester has also affected the early summer session start date. Courses for Summer I will now begin on May 18.

Takes from HR

Parents! Experiment with these fun, daily learning projects for kids in Pre-K through ninth grade.

Need mental wellness assistance? Visit the College’s provider, Carebridge. Use access code KJC7Y.

Student Resources

SNAP Benefits
Are you having a hard time affording groceries? Low-income college students who meet certain eligibility rules might be eligible for SNAP. See if you meet the guidelines and apply, or call 215.430.0556. If you need further assistance, email the College’s Single Stop office or contact us through CCP Cares.
 

International Festival Contest
Although this year’s International Festival is cancelled, Dave Prejsnar and Marianne Mielke are still accepting submissions for the corresponding essay contest. Interested students may submit an essay/poem or a prose piece directly with the email subject line “International Festival Contest.” The deadline is April 15. The theme of this year's festival was going to be "global/local intersection," and while we welcome any works on this topic, we are open to any submissions, including thoughts and reflections on the present Corona pandemic.
 

Academic Advising
The Academic Advisors at CCP are here to support you. We have a number of options in place to ensure full access to academic advising. We stand ready to meet with you by telephone, email or through Zoom. If you need to meet with an advisor, please start with Meet Your Advisor On Zoom!
 

Hot Jobs Alert Session with Apple!
Are you interested in working for Apple? Our Career Connections department is excited to announce a partnership to help recruit CCP students for great positions in their retail family.

Apple will be hosting a virtual information session on April 16 from 2-2:45 p.m., covering what it’s like to work at Apple retail, scheduling options, and Apple's world-class benefits! We would love to help you prepare for this opportunity and register for the Zoom session with Apple. 

To register for this event:

  • Log into your MyCCP
  • Select the Student tab
  • In the left-hand menu, click Career Connections, then click Career Connections Employment Hub
  • Select the Events tab to locate the Apple event

College Catalog
You will find the most up-to-date information about the College’s programs or course requirements in the 2020−2021 College Catalog.
 

Virtual Student Resource Center
Visit the College’s Virtual Student Resource Center to access the assistance that you need, with updated information about the bookstore and PA Government Services!
 

Immediate needs can be addressed through CCP Cares.

In the News

Learn how Behavioral Health and Human Services student Kendall Stephens became a dedicated community activist.

Members of the men’s basketball team have been recognized with All-Conference honors.

Campus Creative

The Vanguard
The current issue of The Vanguard is now live! Click here to read the March 2020 edition and visit their website for more information.
 

Spring Garden Records
Spring Garden Records artist, Arthur Thomas and the Funkitorium, deliver a mix of vintage 70s sound with hip-hop. They have performed across Philadelphia and were the winners of PHL Live’s Summer Stage 2019. Check out a live performance of their single, “How You Like Me Now;” watch the music video; and read about the single’s release.

Band member Norman Green, aka DJ Ndot, also produced the track. Working behind the scenes in music for years, he is now a student in the College’s Sound Recording and Music Technology (SRMT) program. With a projected graduation date of next spring, Green plans on launching his own label and production company. 

“Build a team and get a mentor. And if you live in Philly, hands down CCP houses the best program for us because it’s ran by people who are just like us,” said Green.

Social Distancing 101

In addition to adhering to the six feet rule, health experts now recommend wearing a mask when you’re running that essential errand. There are several DIY options and even a no-sewing-necessary versionRepurpose existing pieces by using a bandana or any breathable fabric.

Lifestyles of the Faculty and Staff

Faculty from our Dental Hygiene and Nursing departments are featured in this national article about online teaching challenges in specific programs.
 
Three health care programs at the College have loaned life-saving equipment to local hospitals to support health care facilities and their colleagues working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thrills from Home

Searching for variety? Fun and educational resources for kids, as well as parents, with a local flair.

Do you have pets? Does life in quarantine with them feel a bit like a zoo? Take a moment together and watch the pets of Philadelphia.

FAQ

Check out our recent additions to your most asked questions.

Just for Fun

Join the Office of Student Engagement on April 16 at 11 a.m. for Part II of Hair Care Basics with extensions/braids. Students can chat with salon owner and stylist Ms. Shetorra Nichols with Splurge Salon for tips and tricks on “feeling yourself” during quarantine. To join, visit: https://ccp.zoom.us/j/403810489.

Footnote

You’re not lazy, self-isolation is utterly exhausting! For those who are able to resume their work from home, we mustn’t run to establish quarantine as a time of particular or quantifiable accomplishment. There’s a lot to absorb. This isn’t normal. Be patient with yourself, and be proud!