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april 2021

Vaccine for All in Philly

Vaccine for All in Philly

The choice to receive or not receive the co-vid vaccine is a personal one. Some have taken a wait and see approach expressing concern over the speed at which the vaccines went from development to delivery. Others have been confused and frustrated trying to determine...

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Meet Sharon Birckett.

Meet Sharon Birckett.

Can a college degree shift from a dream to reality when you're a young mother, on your own and homeless? It’s more than possible. It was done by graduate Sharon Birckett.  College was something Sharon had wanted to do, but life seemed to keep putting it off. She had...

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The Answer to Busy-ness

The Answer to Busy-ness

Serenity NOW!!! A shout from all of our souls at times, and assuredly desired, if not voiced, far more frequently over the past year. Of course the path to peace is hardly immediate, but the reflection shared below on the well-known serenity prayer suggests some...

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march 2021

A Proud Chester Native & Community Scholar

A Proud Chester Native & Community Scholar

You don't often get flowers while you are living, nor many awards for doing the right thing. If you knew my story you would cry tears of joy. Making my own executive decision for my life, exactly two years ago I came back to my forgotten city of Chester, Pennsylvania...

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Meet Stephanie Hunt

Meet Stephanie Hunt

Sometimes believing in yourself is the hardest part of the journey to success. This was the case for Stephanie Hunt who  found the ACE program from a friend who was enrolled .She had decided that continuing her education was a way to get her life back on track after...

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An Excellent Book List!

An Excellent Book List!

You may not think you have time to read a good book, but we think if you choose one of the 12 on this list that we found on www.blackmilkwomen.com, you’ll make the time to finish it!  1. Becoming : Michelle Obama by Michelle Obama In her memoir, a work of deep...

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ACE for Foster Care

ACE for Foster Care

We recently partnered with Delta Family Services, an organization that provides foster care services to youth and young adults primarily in Philadelphia. If you’ve ever been in the foster care system, or know someone who has, you know how complicated it can be to try...

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Meet Amara Coles.

Meet Amara Coles.

“College to me means stability.” Amara was working in the restaurant industry when the pandemic hit. Furloughed and then laid off from the job, she determined she wanted a more stable and sustainable source of income. Looking around at those who stayed employed during...

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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!

Participants in the Harcum Community Scholars Leadership Program recently completed a section where they explored their Visions and Values. The reason to do this is to discover what is most important to you, your personal values and what you want for your life....

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february 2021

Faith Bartley and The People’s Paper Co-Op

Faith Bartley and The People’s Paper Co-Op

The close of 2020 was a glad event for many of us. It was even sweeter for Faith Bartley, who graduated in December from the ACE Partnership Site program of Harcum College at Deliverance with an Associate Degree in Human Services. Faith chose to begin her college...

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Meet Novena Chanzu

Meet Novena Chanzu

Novena Chanzu was an early childhood teacher in Kenya. Her mother, already a long time resident of the United States, longed to reunite the family. In 2014, green card approvals finally came through and Novena, her daughter, and her brother joined their mother in...

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Every Day, Creativity

Every Day, Creativity

“Creativity” is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around a lot. How many times a week do you encounter messages in magazine articles, on websites, in books, that tell you to be creative, to think creatively? We are told to be creative at our jobs, in our...

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Meet Celeste Atkins, PhD, the Author

Meet Celeste Atkins, PhD, the Author

Many of you know her as the site coordinator for Harcum College @ Deliverance Church. The leader of the largest partnership site, Ms. Celeste Atkins manages an average of 100 active students each semester and shepherded upwards of 250 community members through to...

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Celebrating Black Women

Celebrating Black Women

“Knowing they weren’t going to give us certain experiences, we were just innovative and decided we were going to do it ourselves.” —Tina Sloan Green, International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, 1999 Did you know that the first record of the birth of a Black woman in...

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january 2021

Graduation: It’s Closer Than You Think!

Graduation: It’s Closer Than You Think!

Have you figured out yet what you want to do after you graduate, especially those of you graduating in Spring 2021? You already have so much on your plate that you might think you can’t handle one more thing. You have help! The Career Office at Harcum has all kinds of...

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Meet Jamoca Harkins

Meet Jamoca Harkins

Jamoca Harkins Many adults seeking college education find that when the burden of finding and registering for programs is all on them, the dream falls into the background when you already have a career, and life is moving forward. For Jamoca Harkins, a mother and...

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Harcum Community Scholars

Harcum Community Scholars

Anybody who is receiving a Harcum Community Scholarship is eligible to take the HCS Leadership workshops which happen twice a month on Zoom. The workshops complement the academic work you’re doing — they help you to become the very best possible version of yourself...

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december 2020

Finals. You can do it!

Finals. You can do it!

You’re in the final stretch of the fall semester! Congrats for making it through and imagine how good it will feel when you have taken the last exam, submitted the final paper. And if you need a little help getting to the finish line, there are tutoring and essay...

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Meet Evelyn Rawls

Meet Evelyn Rawls

Ms. Evelyn Rawls earned her GED as an older adult but was not content to stop her educational journey there. She always had the goal of going to college but didn’t know where to start. Then she saw an ad on television for the ACE program and learned there was a path...

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Zoom & MOVE!

Zoom & MOVE!

Suffering from Zoom meeting fatigue? Wondering how to get through these last hours of online learning for 2020? Engage your body. Movement stimulates circulation, and circulation carries necessary oxygen to your brain. So...movement = brain food! Repetitive movement...

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november 2020

Thanksgiving…what 2 do?

Thanksgiving…what 2 do?

There is no way to perfectly simulate an in-person Thanksgiving in covid-surge virtual space. There just isn’t. We all long for a semblance of normalcy and may want to claim Thanksgiving as a marker. But, the risk is real. Covid is surging in the Greater Philadelphia...

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A New U.S.

A New U.S.

It may already seem like a long time ago, but just last week at this time Pennsvylania and Philadelphia in particiular were in focus and on point as votes were tallied in the national election. It bears repeating that there hasn’t been a more important election during...

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Meet Porsha Harris

Meet Porsha Harris

Congratulations to Porsha Harris, a current student at Harcum College in Delaware County who is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Riddle HealthCare Foundation. Porsha began her higher education journey in Fall 2019 as a Human Services major and has...

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october 2020

Time Management Principles

Time Management Principles

Most of you are juggling multiple responsibilities every day. Work schedules, childcare, ZOOM learning for your kids, household chores, grocery shopping. Whew! And on top of it all, you decided to go back to school adding yet another layer of complexity to your...

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Meet Jovani Soto

Meet Jovani Soto

Meet Jovani.  A single mother of two from the city of Chester, Jovani was anxious about returning to school as an adult, having so much time out of the classroom. She would ask herself “Am I too old? Will I remember anything? Will I look stupid?”. But she put those...

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Stress Less

Stress Less

The pandemic. It’s literally...everywhere. It has become the filter through which all daily life activities and interactions must be sifted and adjusted. Necessary changes have caused upheaval in routines, patterns, relationships. “Normal” life was always a bit...

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september 2020

Leadership Program

Leadership Program

Take Advantage of a Life-Transforming Opportunity: I-LEAD’s Leadership Development Program A Program Specially Designed for Harcum’s Community Scholars One of life’s most important lessons is that success and happiness do not...

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Meet Thomas Jarrett

Meet Thomas Jarrett

Meet Thomas Jarrett, a graduate of Harcum College who is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at West Chester University.  Like many adult students, Thomas had tried attending college before he enrolled at Harcum. He dropped in and out of classes at the...

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ACE for Foster Care

ACE for Foster Care

Since I-LEAD launched the Achieve College Education (ACE) program in 2005, more than 1000 of you have earned your associate degree and many of you have gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree. It took a lot of heart and courage and determination to get through school...

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