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 | April 17

Community Starts Here

It is during this time of isolation that we can begin to understand the value of community in our daily lives, and to reflect on how we at Community College of Philadelphia generate and nurture that togetherness for our students, faculty, staff, the city and beyond.

People across the city often refer to our institution as “community.” We hear things like: “Oh, you work at community?” “I graduated from community when it was on Market Street.” “I love to teach at community.” We have all heard these phrases and in our current circumstances, we know that the College is a treasured community that brings us together (virtually or in person) to build a stronger, more resilient Philadelphia.

I see it in the thousands of health care workers who are our graduates on the front lines of combatting the coronavirus. I see it in our students, adapting to new modes of instruction and supportive services. Our faculty are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their colleagues to approach their expertise with a new lens and help students adapt to this new world reality. We see our small business owners who have sought resources and guidance from the College’s Power Up and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programs to keep them afloat during the shutdown. 

Thank you for all that you are doing in these challenging times, and for being a beacon of community.

Carol de Fries, Vice President, Workforce and Economic Innovation

Community Resources

April is National Volunteer Month and our city needs you! Check out all of the different ways you can contribute to the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: volunteer opportunities.

Also, take a look at the Institute’s new virtual support page and check out the Institute’s MyCCP page for updates on ways you can continue to contribute to your community right from home!  

The city and partner organizations have launched the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL emergency support fund for individuals and small businesses in arts and culture sector. Learn more to apply or to contribute to the fund.

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

Social Showcase

Roary’s debut!

Our leader is roaring all over TikTok. Go give them a follow and a like here!

#CCPpride Contest

#CCPLions, how are you representing your #CCPpride? Show us your spirit gear on Tuesdays, or how you’re helping in the community. Tag your photos on social media with #CCPpride and each week, and the Division of Student Development will randomly select a student photo to win a $50 Amazon gift card. 

Questions? See the full contest rules for any questions.

Please follow the College on social media through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. We will also continue providing College updates right here.

Important Dates and Reminders

April 22 – Deadline for full payment of tuition and fees for all students registered by this date for early summer 2020.

May 1 – 2019-2020 PHEAA grant filing deadline for all renewal applicants and final day to resolve all outstanding financial aid issues for the Spring 2020 semester.

Need clarity? Financial Aid or the Bursar’s Office for questions or assistance.

Takes from Hospitality Management

The College’s Hospitality Management department suggests tips on how to eat well without surplus.

Student Resources

Transfer Opportunities
Next week is Transfer Week! Attend a virtual information session and find your four-year institution! Visit the Pride Portal for a list of participating colleges and events. 

WomenSpeak
Powerful news you can use! The Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center presents the spring 2020 issue of WomenSpeak—written by students, for students—featuring editor-in-chief Vienna Zerbe and managing editor Caroline Kiker, along with a great team of student writers. If you would like to join the editorial staff, please email womencenter@ccp.edu.

New Programs Starting this Fall
To aid in the success of our students and the regional workforce, following are four new academic programs being offered at the College this fall:

Prepare for science and technology careers with a Biological Sciences degree. This program prepares students for transfer to four-year programs in science and technology related fields, including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and elementary and middle school education. 

The Data Science proficiency certificate prepares you to become a member of a data analytics team, where you can use in-demand skills for research and problem solving in almost any industry. 

Learn programming fundamentals and languages native to Android and iOS platforms in the Mobile Application Development proficiency certificate. No previous experience is necessary to start creating in-demand apps for phones and tablets. 

Students enrolled in the Music Performance degree option can also earn the Piano Technician proficiency certificate, which prepares students for a career in piano tuning and maintenance. 

CCP Cares
Immediate needs can be addressed through CCP Cares. 

In the News

Civic Leadership

New Jersey community activist and author Harry Pozycki shares how to remain active in your neighborhood during this crisis and credits the College for providing civic leadership training.

Workforce Development

The city is in early talks with the College to assist the city in filling a need for code enforcement inspectors.

Campus Creative

CCPTV released the first two episodes of “Focal Point Virtual,” a magazine show about the College and College family, produced entirely by students in the Digital Video Production curriculum. These students worked together remotely to create our first virtually produced series of episodes. We think you will be amazed by the ingenuity in how they reinvented the original assignment through the challenges this pandemic presents. 

Social Distancing 101

Join the (Social) Distance Challenge

Don’t let physical separation keep you from connecting! Join us as we come together to go the distance! Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, and Luzerne County Community College are teaming up to see how far we can get! Can we travel the world (24,902 miles) or the United States (2,802 miles) by May 10? You can walk, run, or ride your miles. Every step counts! For more information, including how to log your miles, click here.

Stay Motivated

Here’s some advice that can help keep you motivated and establish a fulfilling work from home routine. 

Lifestyles of the Faculty and Staff

COVID Boot Camp

Who’s ready to get healthy? First up: COVID-19 Nutrition Boot Camp. Meet virtually on a weekly basis with your personal registered dietitian to receive expert, individualized nutrition counseling advice. Ten-hut! To register, email with the subject line “COVID Boot Camp.” Please include your phone number and health insurance ID number and indicate that you work for Community College of Philadelphia.

Boot camp isn’t your thing? Connect with a registered dietitian via telehealth. Schedule a one-on-one session to overcome stress, build resiliency and improve your overall well-being. To get started, call 215.799.9099 or email to schedule your appointment.

Job Opportunity

The College’s VL Diversity Fellowship Applications are now open! This is a full-time, yearlong position that offers interested candidates from historically underrepresented groups a full-time salary and benefits. Fellows who complete the program are offered a guaranteed interview within their discipline for a full-time, tenure-track position. This year, we are hiring in the following disciplines: Biology, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Marketing and Accounting. If you have advanced degrees in any of these disciplines and are interested in a full-time career in higher education, considerapplying. If you have questions, please email Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus at doatesprimus@ccp.edu.

Regional Center eNewsletter

Stay connected with the Office of Student Engagement Regional Center eNewsletter – Lion News! Issues 1-4 are now available; new issues released weekly via Pride Portal.

Thrills from Home

Explore the world’s coolest museums, pick up a hobby or just watch animal cams during your downtime. 

Entertain the kids while learning these fun and easy science experiments.

Take your culinary skills to the next level with free online cooking classes and tutorials from master chefs and neat TV personalities.

FAQ

Chat Support
To expand the assistance and support available to prospective and current students during the College closure, the College's Admissions team with help from Marketing, has expanded its live chat offering to the entire ccp.edu website. Previously, this feature was only available on the admissions pages. Thanks to this expanded service, the team went from assisting 15 student chat requests on Monday, April 6, to supporting more than 113 chat requests on Monday, April 13, and nearly 200 additional requests the following two days. This is just one way the Admissions team is working to meet our students' needs during these challenging times.

 

Virtual Student Support Center
Students! Remember that you still have access to all of the assistance and support the College offers. Currently enrolled students: You can find answers to some of your most common questions. For further assistance, visit our Virtual Student Support Center.

Just for Fun

Join the Office of Student Engagement on Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. for Zoom Zumba! Bring your towel, water and mat (just in case!) and modify exercises as needed for 40 minutes of fun! To join, visit: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3591773587 

You’ll dig these ROARgeous customized College Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting, or choose from these well-known Philadelphia backdrops.

Dozens of musicians, actors, comedians and performers will come together for One World: Together at Home Global Eventon April 18 to support frontline health care workers and the WHO. The event will be broadcast around the world and online. 

Do you know the difference between a bird song and a birdcall? Morris Arboretum is offering unique online classes for hobbies anyone can take part in during quarantine—investigate the outdoors during Backyard Birding or sit back and relax with their video playlist.

Footnote

Give a round of applause for quarantine clapping. Although this New York Times article focuses on those in New York City clapping each day for essential workers, shouldn’t we all take a moment each day to acknowledge those on the front lines? We’re used to clapping in response when we know we’ll be heard, but what if we were to ask ourselves if it matters? Perhaps the sheer appreciation of clapping toward the sky will create the positive energy this world needs to make it through a crisis like this.