All Spring 2021 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 you need.

Keeping our Community Safe | September 9

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

Being prepared for college is one thing but being prepared for virtual learning is a new concept we’ve all had to adapt to pretty quickly. Luckily, here at the College, faculty and staff have been working hard to make sure you succeed this semester. To help you adapt to virtual learning and Canvas, (CCP’s online learning management system), live, virtual Zoom sessions guided by faculty are being offered. Check out the list of sessions to find one that fits your schedule. 
Canvas will be your primary source for keeping track of coursework this semester, so it’s best to prepare and learn it now. If you would like to move through the tutorial on your own, you can access a self-guided option, FAQs and helpful tips here.   
Also, be sure to check out the video below from Dr. Linda Powell, professor and department head, Biology, as she gives some helpful tips about how to use Canvas. 
Dr. Linda Powell

Reminder: Updates Student Services Hours

Now that the fall semester has officially begun, office hours for many virtual student services continue to be updated. We have been offering our support services remotely since March, and offer on-campus services by appointment only. Visit the Virtual Student Resource Center to find resources and services that best fit your needs. 

Get Online!

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. 

Get Online!

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 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.