Monday, May 18, 2015

Access Admission

ACCESS Admission
A new initiative from Art-Reach is tailored to meet the needs of individuals who manage their government assisted funds (for SNAP, Medicaid, PH95, etc.) with an EBT/ACCESS Card. ACCESS Admission invites ACCESS Cardholders and their to visit over 15 local museums, gardens and historic sites, at a deeply discounted rate. Simply by showing their ACCESS Card with a photo ID upon entry, cardholders will enjoy general admission during all days and hours in which a participating museum is open to the public, for just $2. Bring up to three guests, and they'll enter for just $2 per person, too. Admission is to be paid by the visitor, not through the EBT card.

For more information visit the Art-Reach website. Interested in helping Art-Reach spread the word by distributing brochures or posting flyers in your neighborhood? Contact Art-Reach Communications and Engagement Associate, Melissa Roderman, at 267-515-6726 or

Museum Partners

All seventeen local museums listed below now offer offer $2 admission to ACCESS/EBT Cardholders!
Please note: Visiting cardholders must present their valid ACCESS Card and a matching photo ID to receive the discount. One (1) ACCESS Card admits up to four (4) family members at a rate of $2 per person. Admission is to be paid by the visitor, not through their EBT card. The ACCESS admission discount is not valid on special exhibitions or features, or with any other offers or group rates.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 299-1000
SEPTA Bus Routes 32, 33, 38 & 48
At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and wander through a tropical garden filled with live butterflies.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 574-0380
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 44, 47, 48 & 61
Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.

American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 | (215) 389-1776
SEPTA Broad Street Line and Bus Route 17
Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years.

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 278-7200
SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38 & 48
Explore the world’s greatest collection of post-impressionist and early modern art with masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, plus African sculpture, and more. With classes, tours, live musical performances, and family programs, there’s something for art lovers of all ages.

A visit to the Barnes Arboretum in Merion is a wonderful way to extend your experience of the Barnes Foundation’s legendary art collection on the Parkway. Venture a mere 8 miles to explore a 12-acre hidden treasure filled with a magnificent living collection of rare plants and breathtaking blooms. If Albert Barnes expressed his passion through art appreciation, his wife, Laura, expressed hers through the cultivation of the Arboretum and the establishment of the horticulture program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Pack a picnic, stroll the grounds, and tap new inspiration at the Barnes Arboretum. The Arboretum is open for the season May 1 – November 1, 2015, Fri-Sun,10am – 4pm. Free parking available

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 236-3300
SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 43 & 48
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers.

Historic Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground
*$2 admission includes a guided tour of the Burial Ground
Christ Church: Second Street above Market | Christ Church Burial Ground: 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 922-1695
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes: 5, 17, 33, 48, 57
Known as “The Nation’s Church” because of the famous Revolution-era leaders who worshiped and were buried here, including Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross.

Independence Seaport Museum
211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 413-8655
SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 25, 33 & 42
Note About Parking: Independence Seaport Museum does not own a parking facility. Individual cars may park in the Hyatt Hotel Parking garage lot and have your parking ticket stamped at our Visitor Services for a reduced rate, to be paid upon exiting the garage. We also recommend street parking along Chestnut Street or Front Street.
The Independence Seaport Museum is the region’s primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials from the Greater Delaware Valley, Port of Philadelphia & other urban ports of the Delaware River.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 | (215) 247-5777
SEPTA Chestnut Hill Train and Bus Routes 97 & L
Spend time with family and friends exploring Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers.

Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 563-3737
All SEPTA Trolley Lines, and Bus routes 7, 9, 21, 31, 42, 44, 48, 62, 124 & 125.
America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments in a 19th century “cabinet museum” setting.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 409-6700
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 38, 44 & 48
Step inside the Museum of We the People and be inspired by rare artifacts, interactive exhibits, theatrical performances, timely conversations on current events, and more. Plus, don’t miss the iconic Signers’ Hall, featuring life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th and Market Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 923-3811
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 & 57
Family-friendly and cutting-edge, NMAJH brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America, tracing the stories of immigrants becoming Americans. Enjoy hands-on, interactive displays, original films, historical documents, and fascinating artifacts — including Stephen Spielberg’s first camera, Hank Greenberg’s bat, and Irving Berlin’s piano.
*Children 12 and under are free

Penn Museum
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 898-4000
SEPTA Trolley Lines 11, 13, 34, 36, Bus Routes 21, 42, 40 and Regional Rail Airport, Marcus Hook/Wilmington/Newark and Media/Elwyn Lines
Explore ancient Egypt and the mummies, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Mesopotamia and the ancient Mediterranean world at this world-renowned museum. Enjoy gardens, shopping, and a café!

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad Street , Philadelphia, PA 19102 | (215) 972-7600
SEPTA Broad Street Line, Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 4, 16, 27 & 48
Located in the heart of Center City, PAFA is the nation’s oldest Museum and School of Fine Arts, boasting a vast collection of American art ranging from the 18th century to the present.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 685-4830
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 44, 47, 48 & 62
The Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art, and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia, from its founding in 1682 to the present day.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 763-8100
SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 & 48
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the greatest museums in America. Offering fun and educational programs for all ages, the museum is an ideal place to spend time with friends and family looking at art.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | (215) 733-0390
SEPTA Bus Routes 23, 40 & 47
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art.

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19131 | (215) 581-3181
SEPTA Bus Routes 38 & 40
The Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children ages seven and younger by creating learning opportunities through play enabling us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness.        ** Please note: ACCESS Cardholders of all ages must also present a valid photo ID to receive the discount.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, 19131 | (215) 878-5097
SEPTA Bus Routes 38, 40, PhillyPhlash Stop #12
Shofuso is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007. Shofuso is open for visitation and group tours from April to October.
Note about Accessibility: There are areas at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden that are not wheelchair accessible. To learn more, please click on the following link:

ACCESS Admission is a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach and supported by various community partners. ACCESS Admission is proudly sponsored by:

The Barra Foundation PECO

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Job Assistance in Upper Darby

     Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.  215-557-2847
a.        Visit this link for services.

The Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. 201 E Baltimore Avenue, 610-623-2973.
a.        Monday to Thursday walk-ins are welcome.  9-12 and 1-3
b.       Sign up for services to be eligible for classes and referrals

   ServiceMaster Clean
a.        Visit
b.       Type ServiceMaster in search box
c.        Click “cleaner/janitor” tab
d.       After completing the application, it will be forwarded to Service Master

   Best Packing. 2320 S 22nd St,  215-755-4400
a.        Must call for an appointment. Hires for General Labor.

   LSG Sky Chefs, 215-365-5005
a.        Call for application and directions to facility.

     On Time Staffing 866-333-3007
a.        Visit  Click “Apply Now”

 Community Transit of Delaware County. 206 Eddystone Avenue, 610-490-3977
a.        Drivers must be 21 years and older.

Beatitudes Home Health Care; 300 E. Lancaster Ave; Wynnewood, PA 19096 610-931-0653/484-417-6643
Comfort Keepers, 920 W Sproul Road; Springfield, PA  19064;

.    Health Care Solutions, 605 E Baltimore Pike, Media, PA  19063 484-234-2427

.    Heron Companions. 607 Morgan Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA  19026 610-259-9701
a.        Must be a certified CNA or HHA


.    Upper Darby School District

Suicide Prevention Nights at the Ballpark

Support suicide prevention in Pennsylvania with the second annual Suicide Prevention Night at the Ballpark. 

The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) and the PA Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition will once again partner with the Harrisburg Senators for a special suicide prevention night on Friday, June 12. 

Additionally, an announcement will be made about a partnership this year with the Philadelphia Phillies for "Suicide Prevention Night with the Phillies" on Friday, June 26. Come out and support suicide prevention. 

In addition to great baseball, the winning submissions for the 2015 PAYSPI youth suicide PSA contest will be on display at both games, including the winning videos which will be displayed on the jumbotrons. The contest winners will be present for the Phillies game on June 26 for a special honor - someone will throw out the first pitch! More information about how you can support suicide prevention in Pennsylvania by attending these games and purchasing your DISCOUNT tickets is at<

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Delaware Valley University to Offer Bachelor’s Degrees at Delaware County Community College

Contact: Anthony Twyman                                                                       Annmarie Ely
    Assistant to the President for Communications              Media Relations Coordinator
                  Delaware County Community College                                  Delaware Valley University
                  (610) 325-2816;                                   (215) 489-6367;
April 20, 2015                                                                                                                                                   

Delaware Valley University and Delaware County Community College signed an agreement today that will allow Delaware County Community College students to earn a DelVal bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave the community college’s campuses in Delaware or Chester Counties.

DelVal (formerly DelVal College) will begin offering courses this September at Delaware County Community College’s Marple Campus and Exton Center. Bachelor’s degree programs to be offered include business administration, counseling psychology, criminal justice, and media and communications.

Student tuition for the DelVal Degree Completion program will be $425 per credit, a reduced partnership rate that is less than DelVal’s on-campus tuition. There are no additional fees.

To be eligible, students must have already earned an associate degree from Delaware County Community College and met the minimum grade point averages required for admission into DelVal’s specific baccalaureate program.

To further assist students with the cost of earning their bachelor’s degree, students will be able to take up to 12 additional credits at Delaware County Community College beyond those required for their associate degree at the community college tuition rate. Those courses can be applied to the total credits required for the DelVal bachelor’s degree.

This new on-site bachelor’s degree completion program expands on the Guaranteed Dual Admission and Core-to-Core Transfer agreements that both institutions signed in June 2014.

“The expansion of our partnership agreement with Delaware County Community College is reflective of Delaware Valley University’s commitment to being a major resource for education and training in the region,” said Dr. Joseph Brosnan, University president.

“Many students who earn associate degrees want to also continue on to a bachelor’s degree but are often having to deal with personal and financial issues that prevent them from leaving their local area,” continued Dr. Brosnan. “This program eliminates both those barriers, will help students realize their dream of earning a bachelor’s degree, and ultimately will improve their quality of life.”

“Our students will benefit greatly from this opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at a reduced tuition rate without having to leave our College’s campuses,” said Dr. Jerry Parker, president of Delaware County Community College. “The convenience and cost savings represented by this agreement greatly expand the educational options available to our students.”

“We deliberately took a cooperative approach in developing this partnership,” said Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management at DelVal, which is located in Doylestown, PA.

“We listened to the concerns of the leaders and students at Delaware County Community College and jointly came up with an agreement that will provide for a seamless, convenient and affordable pathway for the College’s associate degree earners to attain a bachelor’s degree. This project also underscores DelVal’s continued effort to be the most transfer-friendly, four-year institution in the region.”


Friday, April 17, 2015

Delaware County Community College Latino Conference

MEDIA ALERT                                    
April 9, 2015                                                                                                                                                     
College Hosts “Beyond Multiculturalism: Empowering Latino Students and the Community” Conference

(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—As part of Delaware County Community College’s commitment to providing access and quality education to Latino students, the College will hold the “Beyond Multiculturalism: Empowering Latino Students and the Community” conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 24th on the College’s Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA, 19063).
This will be the first conference held at the College specifically focused on Latino issues in education and Latino youth leadership and advocacy. It is sponsored by the College’s faculty-led Latino Initiatives and Outreach Network (LION) in collaboration with the College’s student-led Latin Flavor Club. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but is requested.
Register online at
Two keynote presentations will occur during the conference. The first keynote presentation, “The Path to College Graduation: Latino Student Success and Concerns” by Dr. Idna Corbett, dean of Undergraduate Student Support Services at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, will focus on the factors influencing the Latino achievement gap in college. The second keynote presentation, “A Conversation with Hernán Guaracao,” publisher of AL DÍA, a Philadelphia-based, Hispanic-owned news media organization, will be during lunch.
In addition, two panels of experts will discuss the effects and factors influencing the Latino achievement gap in college and the importance of youth leadership and institutional support at college campuses. There also will be a panel of Delaware County Community College Latino student leaders who will discuss their experiences at the College and the role of student involvement and leadership in their academic success.
Additional conference participants include: Dr. Jose Cabrales—program manager for the national, multi-site Lumina Latino Student Success effort of Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit group that advocates for Latino students; Gilberto Gonzalez, senior designer creative services at Community College of Philadelphia and host of “Entre Nosotros,” a weekly current affairs cable TV show; Dr. Marisa Pereyra, associate professor of Spanish at Immaculata University and chair of the Global Languages and Cultures Department; and Edna Vidal, a peer mentor at Montgomery County Community College and founder/president of Drops of Love International, a nonprofit group that educates and advocates for people in and from Cali, Colombia.

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The conference also will feature a screening of the 2014 award-winning documentary “Underwater Dreams,” which explores the true story of a team of undocumented Mexican high school students, who, under the guidance of two dedicated science teachers, enter the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s International Remotely Operated Vehicles competition, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Ocean Exploration, and NASA. The four students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona compete against college teams, including a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and win first place.
After the screening, students featured in the documentary will participate in a Q & A session via Skype.
About the Latino Initiatives and Outreach Network (LION)
The Latino Initiatives and Outreach Network (LION) is a new organization made up of professors, College administrators and students, who seek to recruit, retain, empower, graduate and advance Latino/Hispanic students at Delaware County Community College. LION is interested in creating volunteer and outreach opportunities in the community and leadership and career development programs, as well as academic support programs at the College. In addition, LION is interested in collaborating with state and local organizations in the community to develop partnerships focused on college accessibility and student learning that complement the academic, personal, career, social and cultural development of Latino/Hispanic students.
About the Latin Flavor Club
The Latin Flavor Club is a student-led group at Delaware County Community College that has been instrumental in building strong connections between students of all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds at the College. The Latin Flavor Club provides student mentorship opportunities, as well as organizes social events and fundraisers to raise money for scholarships and to assist College and community organizations.
For more information, contact:
LION Coordinator Fernando Benavidez, Assistant Professor of English, at  (610) 723-1231, or; or LION Coordinator Dr. Jose Francisco Mazenett, Associate Professor of Spanish and French, at (610) 359-5228, or

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