AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Community College of Philadelphia - Center for Male Engagement

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Community College of Philadelphia - Center for Male Engagement 


Ronald Jackson 

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Dean of Students 


Community College of Philadelphia 


1700 Spring Garden Street 

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Program Description

The Center for Male Engagement (CME), geared toward African American males, provides a community where males are supported by peers and mentors, and encouraged to take advantage of the many academic and social opportunities at the Community College of Philadelphia.  With the assistance of the full time Project Director and Support Coaches, CME establishes a supportive, safe community where members will feel secure asking for help they might need, and be encouraged to support each other as they navigate the college environment and their lives outside of school.  CME offers life skills training, cultural enrichment activities, and academic support.  Additionally, CME sponsors a Summer Enrichment Program, geared toward African American males who are recent high school graduates and matriculating into the College.

Program Services

Mentoring; College Survival Skills; Life Skills 

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Program Initiated

Based on data gathered through the College's participation in the Achieving the Dream initiative, and other data regularly collected by Institutional Research, the College saw a need to focus attention on the persistence and graduation rates of African American males.  Through a review of current literature and best practices, the Center for Male Engagement was created to assist our students in attaining positive personal and academic results.

Program Funded

CME is funded by the Community College of Philadelphia in addition to grant funds received from the Department of Education.

College President and Administrators Involvement

CME has the full support of the President.  In addition to signing off on the grant proposal, the President has demonstrated support through college funding along with the Vice President of Student Affairs, who was the impetus behind the grant.  The Vice President of Student Affairs serves as the chair for the CME Advisory Committee, which also includes the Vice President of Academic Affairs serves and the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students provides direct oversight of the Center.

Program Success Story

Due to intimidation, college was always a second option. I decided to finally come for the Spring 2010 semester to give it a try. The Center for Male Engagement has inspired me to continue in college. The Center has provided me with many reasons to continue to pursue my college goals. The Center has also inspired me in many different ways. The center has given me somewhere to turn whenever I have an issue pertaining to school. With the center offering different resources to help me in all areas I feel more comfortable with coming to school every day and asking for help when needed.

Anthony J. Davila
Created at 3/18/2010 6:02 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 3/23/2010 10:19 AM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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