My Path to Graduation

One of the unique advantages of attending a community college is the individualized attention you receive. Classes tend to be smaller than those at four-year institutions, and support is always available if you need it.  

Academic Advising

"Academic Advisors work to strengthen the importance, dignity, potential, and unique nature of each individual served within the academic setting." - NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising 

Students who participate in academic advising will be able to:

  • Create an educational plan for successfully achieving goals
  • Use Banner Web to select and register for appropriate classes
  • Use their degree audit in My Degree Path to identify their degree requirements
  • Create and document short-term and long-term goals reflecting on academic values, interests, strengths, and challenges
  • Discuss challenges and assess what caused them, how to resolve them, and implement action plans to avoid them in the future
  • Demonstrate decision-making skills by gathering information, assessing alternatives, and examining consequences
  • Understand the importance of including experiences outside the classroom such as, internships, study abroad, and community service-learning projects
  • Identify and utilize campus resources to facilitate academic success
  • View and use MyCCP email for official correspondence on a regular basis
  • Contact an advisor or the Advising Office via email, phone, or in person

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Advising is a shared responsibility between student and advisor that includes certain student learning outcomes as well as expectations for both student and advisor. 

What your advisor can expect from you:

  • Maintain a professional relationship with your academic advisor by arriving on time; being prepared for your appointments; and calling if you need to reschedule
  • Come prepared for each meeting, and participate actively in advising discussions 
  • Communicate openly and honestly regarding issues that affect your educational goals and academic performance
  • Develop and follow an academic plan based on realistic self-assessment 
  • Take responsibility for your academic success by utilizing the tools provided. Examples include college catalogs, degree audits, college websites, and academic calendars
  • Maintain your own personal file with relevant academic materials and follow through with your academic advisor’s recommendations
  • Research internships and extracurricular opportunities that support career goals or personal growth to use appropriate College resources (the Learning Labs, Career Center, the Library, etc.) 

What you can expect from your Academic Advisor:

  • Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication
  • Empower you to take responsibility for your academic success
  • Help you develop an educational plan and to monitor your progress toward its completion 
  • Respond to your emails and other correspondence in a timely manner 
  • Provide accurate information regarding curriculum and academic policies and procedures
  • Refer you to academic resources and student services, when appropriate
  • Introduce you to the student learning outcomes for academic advising and help you to achieve them 
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding interactions with you 

For information related to all aspects of academic advising, students are urged to visit our Main Campus office in the Bonnell Building, Room BG-12; call (215) 751-8777 or 8778; email ; or view our webpage at myccp.online/academic-advising.   

Regional Centers

Northeast Regional Center (NERC)
12901 Townsend Road
Room 102
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(215) 972-6372 - Please choose option 9

Northwest Regional Center (NWRC)
1300 W. Godfrey Avenue
Room 118
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 751-8773

West Regional Center (WERC)
4725 Chestnut Street
Room 131D
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 516-3653

Career Connections

The Career Connections department is available to help you prepare for your career throughout your college experience at the College. We can help you in all areas of your career development from developing a winning resume and cover letter to helping you develop appropriate job search and interview techniques, Career Connections is ready to assist you with developing your career-readiness skills starting from your first semester! We have three software tools to assist you with developing successful interview skills, career exploration, virtual job shadow exposure and a new employment portal platform, Handshake that will provide you with easy access to part time and full-time jobs and internship opportunities throughout the City of Philadelphia and across the nation! You will also be able to register for recruitment events, career development workshops and schedule appointments with staff.

Below is a guide to the following services and software tools that we offer to help you with your current and future career development needs: 

Our Services

  • Individual appointments to assist you with your career development and goals and employment needs, just to name a few
  • Weekly walk-in hours from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday
  • Assistance writing an interview generating résumé, cover letter and other career-related documents from our Certified Professional Resume Writing office (CPRW Certified)
  • Workshops, career fairs and information sessions with employers, career peer events, career chats and so much more! 
  • On-campus recruitment tabling each semester with over 100 local employers throughout the year with companies in the City and surrounding counties (Look for the NOW HIRING banners throughout the Main Campus and three Regional Centers)
  • Assistance searching for internship and externship opportunities with our employer partners
  • A dedicated computer lab to work on your career related documents and job search needs 

Career Connection’s Online Software Tools 

Career Connections invested in three new online software tools to enhance your customer service experience with our department! These software tools can be accessedvia your MyCCP account. Once you are logged into your MyCCP account, you will click on the STUDENT tab at the top of the page and then click on the CAREER CONNECTIONS tab on the left-hand side of the page to access our career-readiness software tools: 

  • Handshake is our new employment platform that will help you post your résumé, look for local and national job opportunities, and conduct job searches based on your major and career interest. You will also be able to register for our career-readiness workshops, career fairs, and employer-led events.
  • Big Interview is your secret weapon to win any job interview! Interactive mock interviews and example answers for 100+ industries. This software is also accessible on your mobile devices and tablets to record mock interviews and send to the Career Connection’s department to receive feedback in real-time on your mock interviews.
  • Virtual Job Shadow (VJS) is a highly engaging, fully digital career exploration and workforce development job shadow resource for college students. VJS brings job shadowing directly to the account-holder, eliminating many of the costs and challenges frequently associated with traditional job shadowing.  

Event and additional career resources information can be accessed on our webpage at myccp.online/career-connections.

Center for Male Engagement

The Center for Male Engagement (CME) is a cohort-based program that is specially designed to increase the retention rates and academic outcomes of African American and other male students of color through intentional, holistic and culturally responsive programming. 

College can be a challenging experience without proper support, particularly for first-generation students. To that end, the CME provides its members with the following core services throughout the academic year: 

  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Academic support, including tutoring in writing, math and CIS 103
  • Career and leadership development 
  • Life skills training 
  • Mentorship 
  • Community service and, 
  • Culturally relevant social enrichment activities   

Membership in the program is limited. To be eligible, interested students must have either successfully completed the four-week summer enrichment program designed for first-time incoming students OR have 24 credits or less at the beginning of the fall or spring semester. All prospective members must be interviewed to determine fit and are required to sign a Member’s agreement of participation outlining program expectations. 

For more information regarding the program, feel free to stop by S1-05, call (215) 751-8817 or email .

I Am More: Reentry Engagement Program

I Am More: Reentry Engagement Program is a College-wide initiative designed to holistically address the academic, career, and social needs of formerly incarcerated students as they actively pursue a certificate or associate degree at the College. The College values the diversity of our students' lived experiences and is committed to creating programming that meets students where they are and provides the best means of support in attaining their academic and career goals.

I Am More participants receive: 

  • Case management: An assigned Support Coach who will help balance the competing demands of a college student, both on and off campus.
  • Program support: Workshops and training regarding academic success, including tutoring by Learning Specialists in writing, math and CIS courses, career development, leadership development, life skills, and mentorship.
  • Social support: Identification of and assistance with basic needs and health and wellness resources.

Participation in the program is limited. To be eligible, prospective students must be currently enrolled in a certificate or degree program at the College, and been sentenced and served time in a county, state, or federal correctional facility. All participants are required to sign an agreement of participation that outlines program expectations.

For more information regarding the program, contact Derrick A. Perkins at (215) 751-8877 or email .

Center on Disability

The Center on Disability (COD) can assist you with your health, mental health, physical, learning, attention, or sensory disability by: 

  • Determining appropriate academic accommodations for your classes  
  • Connecting you to campus and community resources that support your educational goals  
  • Introducing you to assistive technology that helps you manage your course work  
  • Facilitating your communication with faculty about your learning needs  
  • Developing activities that support your goals

If you seek support from the COD, you should provide information that establishes eligibility for the requested accommodations. Appropriate documentation includes: 

  •  Information that is current and relevant to the College setting  
  • A typed report or letter that has been prepared and signed by a professional licensed to diagnose or treat the condition for which you are seeking service  
  • Diagnosis, nature, and impact of the disability in an educational environment  
  • Suggested accommodations, with rationale, that might benefit you   

To ensure timely services, you should submit your documentation to the COD ( ) at least six weeks before the start of the semester. We invite you to visit our webpage (myccp.online/cod) or call us at (215) 751-8050 for more information.

College Catalog

The College Catalog is used as the road map on the journey through your academic program and college experiences. In the Catalog, you will find detailed descriptions of each of our associate degrees and academic and proficiency certificate programs. We recommend you use the Catalog to: 

  • Learn about our academic program offerings  
  • Explore course offerings 
  • Help you plan for transfer to a four-year college or university 
  • Help you prepare for entry into your selected career 
  • Help you become a successful student 
  • Learn where and how to get things done  
  • Explore co-curricular and extracurricular activities offered through the Office of Student Engagement

Community College of Philadelphia’s Catalog is published online annually. Information about courses and programs may be modified throughout the year. Students should always consult with an academic advisor or counselor to ensure that the most current information is available when making academic decisions.  

Counseling Center

Staffed by professionals, the College’s Counseling Center, located in BG-07, offers a variety of counseling services to students relating to their academic, career, personal, and transfer needs. Students can schedule phone, Zoom or in-person appointments to meet with a counselor. Students without an appointment can attend a virtual drop-in event to see a counselor on a first come, first served basis for a 15-minute session. Students who need additional time will be scheduled for an appointment. The following counseling topics can be addressed in free sessions to students:

Academic Counseling

  • Educational planning and course selection
  • Academic probation counseling
  • Curriculum change
  • Application to select programs
  • Dealing with problems with instructors
  • Assistance dropping classes and understanding the consequences
  • Withdrawal from College
  • Review of study skills strategies
  • Techniques for reducing test anxiety
  • Support of academic excellence

Career Counseling

  • Career decision making
  • Career assessment instruments and interpretation
  • Assistance with integrating educational choices and career plans
  • Guidance on career information and resources
  • Information about job market trends

Group Counseling

  • Student success workshops
  • Career and transfer workshops

Personal Counseling

  • Decision making and life skills
  • Stress and time management skills
  • Crisis counseling
  • Community resources and referrals

Transfer Counseling

  • Assistance in identifying colleges and universities for transfer
  • Help planning appropriate course selection for transfer
  • Guidance on application process
  • Resources for educational funding
  • Help in managing transfer timelines
  • Information on dual admissions programs
  • Advice on how to gain acceptance into select colleges
  • Clarification of credit minimums and GPA requirements

Hours of Operation


Main Campus
Monday-Thursday: 8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Friday: 8:45 AM - 2:45 PM (please call for summer hours)

Appointments can be made at the reception desk in the Bonnell Building, Room BG-07, by calling (215) 751-8169 or by emailing .

Regional Centers
Hours vary, please call for service hours:

Northeast Regional Center

Northwest Regional Center

West Regional Center

(215) 516-3780

(215) 516-3782

(215) 516-3781

English as a Second Language (ESL)

If English is not your first language, the ESL academic course sequence might be the right fit for you. Our Academic ESL courses will help enhance your language skills through listening/speaking and reading/writing courses. Our courses aim to build a strong foundation for your success in the College's academic and career programs, as well as for your effective participation in the community at large. Experienced instructors, learning lab tutors, and academic advisors will help you achieve your language goals and prepare you for our college-level courses. 

Please note: the ACADEMIC ESL courses are significantly different from the CCP ESL Institute courses.

For more information, please visit the ESL academic course page which can be found on CCP’s English Department’s website or contact Dr. Talar Kaloustian, ESL Liaison, at .

Graduation

Commencement takes place once a year at the conclusion of spring semester. However, you may fulfill graduation requirements at the end of any semester or summer session. If you intend to meet the requirements for graduation, you should submit an application online electronically via MyCCP. Application deadlines and status updates are also posted on MyCCP. If you do not meet graduation requirements, you must submit a new application for the term in which you anticipate program completion.

Graduation applications must be completed online; please login to MyCCP and look for the application link.

Online Learning

Online Learning will not be the only option for 2021, but it is still a smart choice. You will be fully supported with high quality courses, robust technology and virtual support services. Online courses are just as rigorous as our on-campus courses. You are expected to establish and maintain high levels of involvement and interaction throughout the semester.

Classes will be offered in Asynchronous Online, Synchronous Online and Hybrid formats. All of these formats use Canvas, the College’s Learning Management System.

Asynchronous (or “anytime online” courses) do not have required meeting times, although you must turn in assignments by the required deadlines. These courses are conducted entirely online in Canvas.

Synchronous online courses have some required meeting times, meaning the class will have specific days and times when you will meet online. Methods for these virtual meetings include video conferencing (Zoom), live chats and live-streaming lectures. These courses also include lessons in Canvas.

Hybrid courses, combining both classroom and online teaching, meet in the classroom regularly and are supplemented with online lessons in Canvas. Classroom attendance is mandatory for all hybrid courses.

For questions or more information, visit ccp.edu/academic-offerings/online-learning or email .

Transfer Opportunities

After successful completion of course work at the College, you can continue your education at a four-year college or university. The success you could enjoy is a reflection of the College’s transfer curricula and related support.

Transfer Agreements
The College offers three types of transfer agreements: program-to-program, core-to-core and dual admissions. To participate in these agreements you must earn an appropriate associate degree before transfer. These agreements are not exclusive of one another. If you transfer to a school with more than one type of agreement, the agreements can complement one another. While it is possible to transfer before you earn your associate degree, research shows that degree holders perform better after transfer than students who transfer without a degree. Visit the Transfer Opportunities page for detailed information about your transfer options.

Dual enrollment students still in high school and interested in transfer should contact .