Baltimore City Community College, also known as BCCC, is a comprehensive two-year degree awarding community college located in Baltimore, Maryland. The history dates back to 1947 when the institution was founded as part of the Baltimore City Public School System. Today, BCCC serves the business community of Baltimore as a state-sponsored institution. It also operates several satellite locations throughout the city. The College strives to be the leader in providing high quality education which responds to and meets the requirements of a diverse population of students, adding value to lives and the community.
This is a comprehensive community college offering over 30 associate’s degree and more than 25 certificate programs in diverse fields of study such as business, technology, engineering, hospitality, health care, teacher education and so on. These degrees enable you to transfer to a four-year college or University, or get retraining at work.
Some of the academic certificates offered are Addictions Counseling, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Law Enforcement & Correctional, Health Information Technology, Respiratory Care, Robotics Technology, Special Education Assistant, Substitute Teacher, Surgical Technologist, Teacher Education Math/ Science, and Teacher Education Transfer.
Business and Continuing Education
The Business and Continuing Education Division offers day, evening, and weekend courses for the students. These are training courses customized to fit the specific requirements of the employers, business associations, and agencies. Degrees are not offered for this program, since the classes are not long enough and are set up to help prepare students who wish to enter into the business world or who want a refresher course in a business topic.
Maryland Center for Construction Technologies
Plumbing, electrical, and carpentry classes are taught at this center to help develop future construction workers. There are 15 week courses, 1 year, and 2 year degrees available and upon graduation, students are encouraged to seek apprenticeships to gain hands-on experience that will lead to a full time construction career.
Life Sciences Institute
This institute is currently housed in the UM BioPark and was designed to provide training in the Biotechnology and Health Sciences fields. There are currently 1 and 2 year degrees offered along with certificates to help advance an education in Biotechnology, pre-dental, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, and nursing.
National Weatherization Training Center
This center provides classes in weatherizing the interior and exterior of buildings. It prepares students for employment in the Green Economy.
Students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to various personal and professional commitments may obtain an online education to help them access classes from almost anywhere in the world. Some of the online courses offered are Dietetic Technician; Criminal Justice; General Studies; Law Enforcement; Business Management, Business Administration, and Accounting.
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There is an open admissions policy. Freshmen students seeking admission must send the completed application form along with official transcripts and ACCUPLACER test scores to the institute. All high school graduates as well as holders of high school equivalency diplomas or certificates are eligible for admission. Getting a transfer to the college is easy. Students seeking a transfer must send the completed application form along with all the official transcripts from previously attended institutes.
International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test or any other equivalent test to provide a proof of their proficiency in English language.
A variety of financial aid programs to students who are unable to pay for college are available. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. BCCC offers financial assistance through different mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, veteran benefits, or employment opportunities.
Grants and scholarships are the type of financial aid programs that are considered gifts and do not need to be paid back. Some of the federal and state grants are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Guaranteed Access Grant, Educational Assistance Grant, and Part-Time State Grant. Scholarships offered include the Senatorial Scholarship, House of Delegates Scholarship, Maryland State Nursing Scholarship, Councilmanic/Mayoral Scholarship, Presidential Merit Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Healthcare Student Equipment Scholarship.
Students can also opt for loans. However, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. The institute also offers work-study programs to enable the students to take up part time jobs. Apart from helping them earn money to meet the educational expenses, work-study programs also assist students in gaining work experience in their field of interest.
The campus hosts a variety of events and activities to promote the overall development and growth of the students. The campus is also home to several clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to join the existing clubs such as Allied Human Services Club, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Expressions Literary Club, Early Childhood Club, Computer Technology Club, Greenhouse, Honors Club, International Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Students Organized for Disability Awareness, and Student Governance Board.
The Career Development & Job Placement Center is committed in supporting the continuously evolving needs of the workforce. It has a wide range of strategies for connecting students and graduates with employers in search of good candidates to fulfill vacant positions in their companies. Whether you are looking for your first job or seeking to advance or change your career, the career development center is there to assist you.
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WBJC is a non-commercial, station at 91.5 MHz. It broadcasts classical music almost 24 hours daily throughout the week. It is one of only two stations in the Baltimore-Washington region that plays such music.
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The athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as basketball, tennis, volleyball, and cross country. The Fitness Center is open to students, faculty, and staff after class hours. BCCC participates in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO), and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Joan Carter Conway, Maryland State Senator
Otis Warren, Noted Real Estate Developer
Kweisi Mfume, Former President and CEO, NAACP
DeWayne Wickham, Noted Columnist, USA Today
Barry Levinson, Oscar-Winning Motion Picture Director
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The Clarence W. Blount Child Development Center provides quality childcare services students who attend the College. The staff and faculty employed by the institute may also make use of the services offered through the center. The Center strives to foster quality and affordable childcare for kids 3-5 years of age.
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