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All Summer and Fall classes will be held online, and all admissions and student support services are available remotely. Visit the Virtual Student Resource Center to access the assistance that you need.

Weekly Roundup of Community Resources |May 1

Our resilience teaches us, as Community College of Philadelphia students, how to survive despite our challenges, and how to thrive throughout the most difficult moments in our lives, such as we are doing during this pandemic. Adaptability and fortitude are ingrained in our DNA, so when we join a community with people of similar qualities of strength, we become a juggernaut of staunch determination to achieve our goals.

We craft creative solutions in our efforts to succeed. We huddle around public Wi-Fi hotspots to complete assignments and connect with our loved ones. We invest in the cultural currency of social media and web-based technologies to keep us tethered to our peers and professors in the spirit of community. We are empowered to run virtual food drives and share resources with those in need. We rise to the challenge humanity has set forth for us, and are doing so in remarkable, awe-inspiring fashion.
 

Though many of us may not get to experience our long awaited “graduation walk” this year, we will be remembered as the fearless, strong-willed “Corona Warriors of 2020” that walked a more significant walk: the walk of humanism. CCP students are showing our communities, as well as the world, that we will survive this pandemic together, and we are setting an example the students after us will certainly follow.

 If there is a silver lining to this pandemic, it is that our collective life trajectories have come sharply into focus; we have experienced resiliency by ourselves, gained empowerment through community, and will attain transcendence through our contributions to the world.
 

Kendall Stephens
Class of 2020

Messages of Encouragement to Our Students

To Our “Corona Warriors of 2020,”

The College knows how challenging and difficult this semester has been, and we congratulate you on your efforts and successes. We wish you the best of luck as you gear up for finals, and want to send a few messages your way. You’ve got this!

Remember that we are here for you, and there are resources to address your concerns and questions. 

Sincerely,
Community College of Philadelphia Faculty and Staff

Celebrating Our Nursing Graduates

As a member of the Nursing faculty, I am incredibly fortunate to participate in the education of the next generation of nurses who will care for the Philadelphia community, and I am equally privileged to work with an amazing group of educators who have helped to add to the more than 5,000 Community College of Philadelphia Nursing graduates.

As we have transitioned to an online environment, I have been in awe at the resilience of both the students and the faculty. They are the spirit of Community College of Philadelphia. As students listened to intensive lectures with faculty who quickly modified their teaching strategies, both were challenged by technical issues, concurrently homeschooling children and the uncertainly of life in the face of COVID-19.

Despite the virtual environment, the support for one another is palpable. The challenges created by the recent quarantine have bolstered my belief in our students. They are from the community, and they return to the community well prepared to be leaders in health care.
 

As faculty, we are so proud of our students—some return to work with us, others have taken care of our families. They will move forward with incredible tenacity to address the significant health care challenges of the community, and we will all continue to be proud of their accomplishments. 

Laureen Tavolaro-Ryley, RN, MSN, CNS
Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing

Celebrating Our Nursing Graduates

Community Resources

COVID-19 Response Alert
Temple University Health System is asking for community support. They are collecting thank you notes and artwork to help spread positivity during the pandemic. They are also in need of donations such as food and beverages, personal protection equipment, and other donations to benefit the patient experience. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Michael Miles, community engagement specialist, at mmiles@ccp.edu. 

Sustenance Forward
Free, healthy food is available at sites throughout Philadelphia, and locations are updated regularly. Residents can pick up a box of food on Mondays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon. You may also call 311 to find the pantry closest to you. 

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

Social Showcase

Not all superheroes wear capes, but for now, they definitely wear masks! This week, for National Superhero Day, Roary donned their homemade face mask to honor our mightiest heroes. Thank you to all essential workers, health care professionals and countless others on the front lines.

Show Us Your #CCPpride
Tag your photos or videos on social media with #CCPpride and each week, we’ll randomly pick a student photo to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Though faculty and staff cannot win the gift cards, we will be awarding honorable mentions to a few lucky participants! Post your pictures on social media, tag @ccpedu and include #CCPpride and #CCPLions in your photos. Learn more on the Pride Portal. 

Follow Us

Please follow the College on social media through TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday, May 4: Summer four-day workweek begins — College closed on Fridays. 

Friday, May 8: Deadline for faculty submission of grades for Spring 2020 (15-week and 10-week) terms. 

Monday, May 18: Early Summer 6-week (term code 7A) and 13-week (term code 14A) terms begin.

Takes from HR

Faculty and staff are eligible for discounts from Blue Cross Blue Shield on a variety of items, including fitness equipment and virtual coaching, food delivery services, fitness apparel, and much more. Visit their site to see all of the current deals and offers.

Student Resources

Offerings from Career Connections:

  • Virtual Interviewing Techniques
    Join us every Friday at 11 a.m. to help prepare for job opportunities amidst the pandemic. We continue to engage employers interested in recruiting our students, so we want you to be prepared!
  • Résumé Bootcamp Week
    Résumé Bootcamp Week is Monday, May 4 through Thursday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! To schedule an appointment, login to MyCCP, click on the Career Connections tab and then click on the Career Connections Employment Hub platform. We will help students update or create their résumés all week.
  • Employer Partner Zoom Takeover Series
    On Tuesday, May 5, Verizon will facilitate our workshop, “How to Write an Interview-generating Résumé.” Learn key tips and tools from one of the seasoned recruiters from Verizon.

Counseling Close By
We know adjusting to online learning has its challenges, and the last few weeks have presented an array of situations we’re not accustomed to. Our counselors have created a series of videos, Adjusting to Online Learning, to help you during this transition. 

The Vanguard
Don’t forget, the current issue of The Vanguard is now live!, and visit their website for more information.

Fellowship Support Meetings
The Office of Collegiate Recovery continues to hold their weekly Fellowship Support Meetings on Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays, from 2 to 3 p.m., via Zoom. 

CCP Cares
Immediate needs can be addressed through CCP Cares.

In the News

10KSB Alumni Lends a Lifesaving Helping Hand
Annette Patchell, owner of Supreme Safety and an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at the College, was recognized for donating N-95 masks to area emergency responders.
 

2020 All-PA Scholars
Kendall Stephens, one of the College’s All-PA scholars and Pennsylvania’s 2020 Coca-Cola New Century Transfer scholar, is featured in the latest e-newsletter from the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.

In the News

10KSB Alumni Lends a Lifesaving Helping Hand
Annette Patchell, owner of Supreme Safety and an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at the College, was recognized for donating N-95 masks to area emergency responders.
 

2020 All-PA Scholars
Kendall Stephens, one of the College’s All-PA scholars and Pennsylvania’s 2020 Coca-Cola New Century Transfer scholar, is featured in the latest e-newsletter from the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.

Campus Creative

CCPTV Series Helping Students Learn from Home
Car Corner,” hosted by Dan Reed, assistant professor of Automotive Technology, is now helping students who are learning from home. Each episode of the long-running series focuses on one maintenance or repair topic. Current students are now being shown the videos to further their online instruction. Dan recently emailed Allan Kobernick and his CCPTV crew to thank them for their work on the show. “Those ‘Car Corner’ shoots are invaluable right now. The students REALLY like learning with them. We use them as key parts of Canvas quizzes. The fact that they were all shot in the garage gives them a real sense of ‘still being in school’ as they remember it," said Dan.

 

Spring Garden Records Releases Two New Albums
Expand your music library with works from our label’s extraordinarily talented artists. Sean Danger Smith’s new album “Space Camp,” is out today, and was featured on Cherry Veen Zine. June Rodriguez’s second full-length album, “Elixir,” was released last week.

Social Distancing 101

A Little Over a Week Left—Join the (Social) Distance Challenge
Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College and Luzerne County Community College are teaming up to see how far we can go! Can we travel the world (24,901 miles) or the width of the United States (2,680 miles) by May 10? You can walk, run or ride your miles. Every step counts! If you’re our winner, you’ll score a CCP Athletics tracksuit. For more information, visit the Pride Portal.

Good Screen Fun
The Office of Student Engagement presents Netflix Movie Night! Join us for “Hitch” on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. For full instructions on how to join, visit the Pride Portal. Please note: Netflix Party is only available on Chrome browsers and desktop/laptop computers.

The Pains of Being Apart
From the New York Times, a graphic novel approach to the novel coronavirus.

Lifestyles of the Faculty and Staff

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.
 

Cooking Rewind
Did you miss the Free Food Resources and Live Healthy Cooking Demo by the Snack Rack and Grady’s Community Garden? The session was jam-packed with useful information—catch the recording here! (Password: 3w^E?93f)

Thrills from Home

Virtual Classes and Activities for Kids
Discover an array of fun and educational resources from Philly Fun Guide.
 

Concerts from the Philadelphia Orchestra
Tune into watch, listen or learn sessions for performances, unreleased audio, discussions and more, including special offerings through their social media channels.
 

Visit the Barnes Online
View and learn about different works of art daily via the Barnes YouTube channel.

FAQ

Answers to Your Questions, Anytime
Don’t forget about our new chat feature on www.ccp.edu, which has been expanded beyond Admissions to assist you with your inquiries. For further assistance, visit our Virtual Student Support Center.

Just for Fun

Mondays with Michelle
Listen to Michelle Obama read from her favorite children’s books (someone get her a copy of “Oh Dear, What’s a Career”!) through May 11. 

Local, Live Tunes
Love from Philly is a virtual citywide music and arts festival created to bring hope, inspiration, resources, and love to Philly’s entertainment and arts community in these difficult times. All festival proceeds will benefit 30amp Circuit’s grants for Philly musicians, entertainment professionals, venues and charitable organizations. 

Dance the Day Away
PHILADANCO is dedicated to providing and sharing the one thing that brings the community together: dance! Be sure to check out events such as Janine Beckles' Graham-Technique Class every Tuesday at 1 p.m., and Artist Talks and Spotlights, or videos featuring company repertory. You can find these events and more by following the company on Instagram and liking the Facebook page: Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company.

 

Stars Salute the Class of 2020
Steph Curry, (CCP’s own) Kevin Hart and Serena Williams are hosting Show Me Your Walk, an event celebrating the class of 2020 on May 2, starting at 2 p.m. Catch the livestream on YouTube and on Twitter.

Footnote

We know the pandemic has put Gen Z and young Millennials’ lives on hold, as it has similarly affected us all, but what happens when instability is the bulk of these generation’s experiences? As we congratulate our “Corona Warriors of 2020,” let us honor the unique challenges this graduating class has faced, and we wish them well as they go forth to transform the world. After all, hindsight is 2020!