Carroll Community College began in 1976 as a small rural branch of Catonsville Community College. The College grew steadily through the years, gaining students and facilities that made it more and more autonomous. It became an independent institution in 1993 and graduated its first class in 1994.
Since becoming a separate college, the school has continued to expand. The Random House Library was constructed in 1997, and the Robert Annis and Phyllis Barrett Scott Center for the Fine and Performing Arts was completed in 2002. The campus also has a Business Training Center and a Nursing and Allied Health Building.
The school helps meet the needs of the Maryland workforce, but participating in such programs as the Skills2Compete, which was implemented by the state governor. These are skills needed in the area that require more than a high school-level education but less than what a traditional bachelor’s degree at a University demands. There are also a variety of non-credit courses available, which helps those already established in a career keep their skills current.