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Celebrating 40 years of Keeping the Community Informed Spring 2019

The Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) is a low-cost, non-credit continuing education service of the Office of Community Relations.

PASCEP has remained a pillar in the community for over 40 years and is the most unique community education program in Philadelphia. With over 25 volunteer faculty members, PASCEP offers a multitude of diverse courses, including Introduction to Computers, Financial Education, American Sign Language, Workforce Development, Rites of Passage, African Drumming, Etymology, Entrepreneurship, Sewing, Reentry Education, Real Estate, Hip Hop, Spanish, and much more.

The History of PASCEP

PASCEP was founded in 1975 by the late Annie D. Hyman, a Temple University graduate and North Philadelphia community activist who sought to bring the University to the community. Prior to coming to Temple, the Community Education Program was held in community schools, churches, and centers. University faculty volunteered their time to teach classes. Ms. Hyman later obtained the support of Dr. Odeyo Ayaga, who was then Chairman of the Pan-African Studies Department, to seek Temple University's sponsorship of the Community Education Program.

In the Spring of 1979, the University adopted the Program and it came to the campus under the auspices of the Pan-African Studies Department of the College of Arts and Sciences of Temple University. Faculty of the Pan-African Studies Department and other faculty continued to volunteer time to teach courses for PASCEP: Dr. Rita Smith, Dr. Audrey Pitman, Dr. Tran Van Dinh, Professor Sonia Sanchez, Professor Jacqueline Mungai, Dr.Wilbert Roget, Dr. C. T. Keto, Dr. Barbara Hampton, and Dr. Thaddeus Mathis, among others.

Today the vast majority of PASCEP's courses are taught by volunteers from the community whose purpose is to give back to others what was given to them in knowledge, skill, inspiration, and example. Community self-help is no better exemplified than in the PASCEP philosophy and practice.


PASCEP Catalog

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PASCEP Community Workshops

Community Thursdays 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

PASCEP0903 - PASCEP Community Thursdays Workshops

Thursday, March 14 - Community and Culture
A Dialogue in Relationships PASCEP will host effective dialogue between PASCEP instructors, students and interested neighbors. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 24 - Wantrepreneurs...Fundamentals of Realities of Starting Your Own Business
This is a panel discussiong from experts, small business owners and developers to prepare serious mindded entrepreneurs. Sponsored through Temple Univeristy Small Business Development Center and hosted by Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative (LNPWI), Pan-Aftican Studies Community Education Program, and TU Center for Community Partnerships.

Monday, June 3 - Thursday, July 11 - Adult Civic Education Summer School
We will explore the civil rights movement and its effect on present academic, economic and social conditions.Learn about new and modified rules, laws, and opportunities that affect Senior healthcare, retirement funds, legacies and taxes.

Mental Health First Aid (PASCEP0900)
First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. A certificate is awarded to successful completers. Instructor: City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services

February 20 and 21 5pm-9pm- Mental Health First Aid Training Adults (Section 011)

March 20 and 21 5pm-9pm - Mental Health First Aid Training Youth (Section 012)

April 3 and 4 5pm-9pm - Mental Health First Aid Training Higher Education (Section 013)

Community Resources at PASCEP

Educational and Informational Courses: 3-10 week classes Fall and Spring, Free Community Thursday Workshops, Certificate Programs (nominal fee)

Reentry Services: Reentry Workshop every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (National Workforce Opportunity Network and reentry affiliates), Career coaching and employment placement are available

Keyspot: Free Internet access Monday - Thursday, 1p.m. - 5 p.m. except during workshops, Computer basics classes and individual assistance available upon request.

Workforce Connection Hub: Collaboration of PA CareerLink, Graduate Philadelphia, Office of Adult Education, and Temple University Human Resources, access to assessment, employment skills, training opportunities, and advancement for post-secondary education, Workshops are offered every Thursday by various partners.


Call today to register for individual assistance

Temple University - Office of Community Relations
Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP)
215-204-1993 (10AM - 4PM)



Contact Information

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Telephone Number: (215) 204-1993
Program Office Address:

Entertainment and Community Education Center
1509 Cecil B. Moore
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19121




PASCEP at Temple University 40th Anniversary 1979-2019







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