Mayor hints at new initiative to ease accessibility of community college

Pat Loeb
February 11, 2020 - 5:33 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — During his annual address to the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney hinted at a new effort to aid Community College of Philadelphia students.

The annual luncheon was a display of mutual admiration between the mayor and the chamber, each lauding the other on their efforts toward economic growth. 

Kenney said one of the big pushes of his second term would be easing the pursuit of higher education.

“If we want Philadelphia to be a talent magnet for new companies, we must do more to help residents gain credentials or post-secondary degrees,” he said. “That’s why our administration is working to help more high school students continue on to college and allow more residents to attend community college tuition-free, receiving more support for books, transportation and access to child care so they can succeed.”

He said he’ll reveal more about this effort in his budget address next month. 

He also promised to put an end to the epithet “Philthadelphia” by committing to cleaner streets. 

And, during his address, he introduced the new police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, who has now completed her second day on the job.

“I also want to thank Danielle for being here today because it’s the first time in five years no one’s talked to me. They all came surrounding her and I could actually eat my lunch,” he joked.