Welcome to the fall 2020 semester. I would like to thank our students and the rest of the College for trusting that we are doing our best to keep you safe amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is my pleasure to relay the safety measures we are taking as we continue to communicate updates related to our campus. Our primary goal is keeping you informed with the latest information and providing answers to questions you may have.
—Dr. Donald Guy Generals
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Students Visiting Campus
While we may have made the decision to go online this semester, there’s still a small number of exceptions we are making for students, staff and faculty who need to access or provide on-site resources. The College offers a limited number of in-person student support services and hybrid courses which require individuals to be in class to complete. In these cases, we are asking students to adhere to the Campus COVID-19 Safety Expectations for Students to minimize contact and help fight the spread of the virus.
If you need to come to campus to register for a noncredit workforce development or continuing professional education program, please use this form to request an appointment.
Free Parking on Campus
For registered students visiting Main Campus, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, free parking will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Main Garage, from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
When using the Main Garage, please keep in mind the following: You may enter and exit the garage from the 17th Street entrance only and you will need your College ID for getting in and out. No outside/guest parking will be permitted.
For individuals attending evening classes that begin at or after 5 p.m., consider parking in the Bonnell (flat) Lot, across from the Main Garage, as there will be no after-hour vehicle retrieval from the Main Garage once closed. You will need your ID to enter/exit the lot.
Learning About Virtual Learning
Reminder: Updates Student Services Hours
As has been previously shared, our student device loaner program page contains information, guidelines and responsibilities if you need to borrow a laptop this semester. Make sure you’re ready for the semester by taking action now.
Do you have a computer, but are worried about internet access? You are eligible for Comcast Internet Essentials. Please see information about free, low cost and upgraded internet access for more details.
While you’re online, make sure to order course materials and related supplies through the CCP Bookstore website. It’s encouraged that you get materials shipped to your home, but if you need to visit the Bookstore, it’s open through Friday, Sept. 18 from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a limited number of individuals permitted in the Bookstore at one time and social distancing will be enforced.
While the College has made great efforts to make the on-campus experience as safe as possible, to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia, and in light of updated guidelines from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the College wants to also encourage you to maintain safe practices off campus as well. While off campus, the College encourages you to:
Wear a mask whenever you are around anyone that is not a member of your household
Minimize social gatherings, regardless of size
There has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 transmission among college students at social gatherings in Philadelphia, even when gatherings are small
If you are directed to quarantine or isolate at home because you have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, try not to share a bathroom with other people in your household
Also note that the City of Philadelphia has compiled a list of free COVID-19 testing sites throughout Philadelphia, available here.
Keeping You Up to Date
This situation is ever-evolving and information is changing quickly. Please visit https://www.myccp.online/coronavirus to stay up-to-date for important communications from the College.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance, so I hope you stay well and have a great beginning of the semester.