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Division of Access and Community Engagement (DACE)

Main Campus building at CCP.

Community College of Philadelphia’s Division of Access and Community Engagement (DACE) offers special programs and services to the adult literacy and developmental student population, the local high school student population and the many other community partners and residents in Philadelphia.

DACE focuses on community engagement, educational equity and student success while closely aligning with the mission and vision of the College.


What’s Available?

News & Announcements

June 16, 2020

The TRiO Upward Bound program serves 66 students per year who are either from low-income households or from families where neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree.


Students must be in 9th or 10th grade at the time of enrollment and enrolled in one of the following participating Philadelphia high schools: Benjamin Franklin, Edison-Farerira, or South Philadelphia.

May 22, 2019

Fostering Caring Connections

Fostering Caring Connections is a program that connects students with experience in the foster care system with needed resources, including:

  • Campus Food Pantry
  • Emergency Funds Scholarship
  • Shelter resources
  • On-campus support services on campus (i.e., advising, counseling, tutoring and more)


In order to qualify for the Fostering Caring Connections program, you must be currently enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia as a student between the ages of 16 and 24. You also must identify with one of the following statements that you:

October 2, 2018

Why Vote?

  • You have the right to be heard and the power to vote during the election
  • Your vote matters because you are important and so are the needs of your family and friends
  • You can support solutions to the problems you see affecting your community
  • You can make sure your elected officials represent you
  • You can impact the direction of the entire country

Be part of the Community College of Philadelphia student population who beat the national voting average during the presidential election! Let's add to this momentum—and get out to vote for this year's election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Fall 2020 Get Out the Vote Events

CCP Votes and the Urban League of Philadelphia Presents: Voting in 2020

September 22, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

May 1, 2018

Greetings College Community, Partners and Friends,

As we approach the end of another spring semester and prepare for the summer months, we want to highlight some of the awesome accomplishments of our students and programs in this edition of DACE Times. Under the College’s Division of Strategic Initiatives, Division of Access and Community Engagement (DACE) proudly continues its work to serve the residents of our great city. Strongly aligned with the mission and vision of the College, DACE maintains an intentional and personalized focus on access, engagement, and student success.

June 7, 2017

Contact us

For more information and to get involved, please contact the Institute, at
Office Location: Winnet Student Life Building, S303

June 7, 2017


Upcoming Events

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Recent Events


June 7, 2017



In response to the ongoing public health issues surrounding COVID-19, and to do our part in preventing its spread, the Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership will now be promoting virtual volunteer opportunities and socially distant service opportunities.

Please read below to learn more about how you can give back during the pandemic!

June 7, 2017

The Institute is currently engaging the community through our signature initiatives of working with youth and diversity and inclusion. Following are some examples of how the Institute and College have already begun to embark upon this work and are making a positive local impact:

Foster Care Youth Support & Training

In partnership with The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute is developing a campus based support program for students with experience in foster care.  The program will involve using a “single points of contact” experience for students seeking support to engage with a College employee who is educated on and sensitive to the unique needs of foster care youth.  

February 8, 2017

This fair will feature over 20 local organizations that have resources and information crucial to many  students, including but not limited to, crucial housing information, access to health services, financial literacy information, support for student immigrants and more! 

It will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Life Building, Great Hall. The fair is open to all of the College's students who are enrolled in both credit and noncredit classes. 

 For more information, please contact Sarah Maguire, Resource and Support Specialist, at extension 8250 or