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Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in the City. Since 1965, over 500,000 students have passed through our doors seeking associate's degrees, certificates, improved workplace skills and lifelong learning. Many of our degree students transfer to four-year institutions while others seek employment in the Philadelphia region. Over 90 percent of our graduates remain in the area and seek employment, strengthening our local economy and workforce. Local businesses look to us to provide workplace training to keep their workers skilled and their companies competitive.

We offer over 70 degree and certificate programs in art, science, business, technology and liberal arts. Many of our students have hectic schedules, and we know how to accommodate every type of learner. Classes are held during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays at the Main Campus, our three Regional Centers and at neighborhood sites throughout the City. Distance education classes are also available.


To serve Philadelphia as a premier learning institution where student success exemplifies the strength of a diverse, urban community college.

Employee Benefits

Community College of Philadelphia offers exceptional benefits

    Full-time faculty and staff benefits include*:
  • College-paid medical, dental, drug, life and disability insurance
  • Tuition remission (for classes at the college)
  • Forgivable tuition loan (for classes at any accredited academic institution)
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 10% College contribution with employee contribution 5%
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Paid vacation, holiday and personal time

Additional College benefits:
Winter break: 1 week between Christmas and New Years
Spring Break: 1 week in March
Summer Hours: 4-day work week (closed on Fridays) from the 2nd week in May through the 3rd week in August


Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission, associate-degree-granting institution which provides access to higher education for all who may benefit. Its programs of study in the liberal arts and sciences, career technologies, and basic academic skills provide a coherent foundation for college transfer, employment, and life-long learning. The College serves Philadelphia by preparing its students to be informed and concerned citizens, active participants in the cultural life of the city, and enabled to meet the changing needs of business, industry and the professions. To help address broad economic, cultural and political concerns in the city and beyond, the College draws together students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide the programs and support they need to achieve their goals. Community College of Philadelphia seeks to create a caring environment which is intellectually and culturally dynamic and encourages all students to achieve:
  • Greater insight into their strengths, needs, and aspirations, and greater appreciation of their own cultural background and experience
  • Increased awareness and appreciation of a diverse world where all are interdependent
  • Heightened curiosity and active interest in intellectual questions and social issues
  • Improved ability to pursue paths of inquiry, to interpret and evaluate what is discovered, and to express reactions effectively
  • Self-fulfillment based on service to others, preparation for future work and study, and enjoyment of present challenges and accomplishments.

Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream will help more community college students succeed. Achieving the Dream is a long-term national initiative to help more community college students earn degrees and certificates, as well as transfer to four-year institutions to continue their studies. This initiative focuses on student groups that have faced the most significant barriers to success, including low-income students and students of color.

In the Achieving the Dream model, every decision made at a college—from setting educational strategies and allocating resources to scheduling classes and organizing student services—is grounded in data about student outcomes. Setting measurable goals and making lasting institutional change to achieve them is central to this work.

For more information about Achieving the Dream, visit their Web site at www.achievingthe