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17 Apr 2015

Recognizing Philly’s heroes: Open House aims to celebrate veterans and first responders

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April 17, 2015 Category: Local Posted by:

Community College of Philadelphia will celebrate our local heroes—veterans and first responders—by holding Hero Day and Open House at the College’s Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road, Townsend and McNulty roads, Saturday, April 18, 11:00 AM to 3 PM. The activities are free and open to the public. Visitors can learn about the Criminal Justice and Fire Science programs and their diverse career paths, while local heroes will receive information on free veteran resources, and the City of Philadelphia’s Returning to Learning Program, which provides a 25 percent college tuition discount for workers on the city payroll, including all firefighters and police officers. Robert Drennen, a former battalion chief and coordinator of the Fire Science program, will discuss the challenges facing today’s firefighters at the event. Representatives from police, fire, and the Armed Forces will also be on hand to answer questions. The program will open with an honor guard ceremony and a flag raising ceremony (weather permitting), and will feature refreshments and giveaways.

A Wills for Heroes clinic for veterans and first responders will be held upstairs on the Regional Center’s second floor. Students from the College’s Paralegal Studies program and volunteer lawyers will provide free assistance to those who need a will. Media coverage is invited.

The public is encouraged to RSVP for Hero Day and Open House at

Since opening its doors to students in 1965, Community College of Philadelphia has prepared legions of members of the city’s Fire and Police departments, who have gained additional expertise for their job, pursued a bachelor’s degree and beyond, and moved into leadership roles. In 2012, the College opened the Veterans Resource Center to expand academic and enrollment support services for military members, veterans and their families.

Community College of Philadelphia enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at Follow us on Like us on Facebook at

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