Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

$8 million can seem like a lot of money to the average citizen. For those involved with higher education in Philadelphia, it may be a day late and a dollar short to solve a growing crisis.

The Community College of Philadelphia faces increasing class sizes as more students use its four campuses to launch careers or matriculate to four-year institutions. However, the school isn’t getting adequate funding from city and state sources. With these issues, the school’s union has been without a contract for three years and is planning to strike soon.
Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

The Pennsylvania Senate sent legislation to tighten laws around hazing and phase out the Keystone exams as graduation requirements to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Monday, both of which he announced his intent to sign.
Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

Tyrell Mann-Barnes is a senior biology student ready to start pursuing med school. He’s from a low-income family in Philadelphia and the first generation that went to college. His other siblings went to school for athletic scholarships, but that wasn’t an option for him. His cousins didn’t even apply because college is expensive. He knew college would change his life, so he found a way. 

He became student body president and a resident assistant for three years. His positions led to decreased tuition and covered his room and food costs.

“I would have been a housing and food insecure student [otherwise],” he said. 

Although he’s happy with his accomplishments, he doesn’t want other students to struggle like he did. At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday, he said the PA Promise Plan may be a step in the right direction. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
HBCU Cheyney announces new institute to study African American health

HBCU Cheyney announces new institute to study African American health

Gov. Tom Wolf was at Cheyney University Tuesday to announce the school’s partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, Starbucks Coffee, and Epscot Crenshaw Corp. to create an institute that will study issues related to race and diversity.

“Cheyney University is the perfect location for this new initiative that partners the oldest historically black university in our nation with Thomas Jefferson University – one of the oldest medical colleges in the country,” Wolf said. “This new institute will provide the kind of STEM learning and training that Pennsylvania needs to create a well-educated and skilled workforce and drive our economy forward.”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - July 13, 2018

Tweets of the Week - July 13, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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