Community College of Philadelphia

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Community College of Philadelphia
Motto "The path to possibilities."
Established 1965
Type Community College
President Dr. Donald Generals (as of July 2014)
Academic staff 1,045
Students 39,270
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Urban, multi-campus
Third Philadelphia Mint (1901). Now Community College of Philadelphia's main campus.

The Community College of Philadelphia is a community college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The main campus is located at 1700 Spring Garden Street in a building that was the former Philadelphia Mint since 1973. When established in 1965, it was located in the men's store annex of the defunct Snellenburg's department store at 34 South 11th Street.

Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission, Associate degree granting institution with more than 70 degree and certificate programs in the arts, business, health care, science and technology, humanities and social sciences and human services. Enrolling more than 38,000 students annually,[1] the College is the largest institution of higher education in Philadelphia.

Like many community colleges, Community College of Philadelphia offers dual admissions programs and transfer agreements for transferring to a four-year college or university. The College also offers ESL courses to help international students improve their English skills. The school has study abroad opportunities to Mexico, Spain and England.

As of 2013, the College is experiencing decreased level of Philadelphia city and Pennsylvania state financial support, as are many other educational institutions. Due to protracted negotiations, college faculty and staff have worked without a contract since expiry of the last labor contract in August 2011.


The system also operates for credit and non-credit courses in various neighborhood sites.[2]


As of July 2014, the President of the College is Dr. Donald Generals.[3] The College is managed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for hiring and terminating the President. As of 2013, the Chairman of the Board is Matt Bergheiser, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is a member of the Board.[4]


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Coordinates: 39°57′46″N 75°09′59″W / 39.962883°N 75.166299°W / 39.962883; -75.166299