CCBC highlights: 60 years in the making

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Photo of the land that CCBC Essex was built on in 1958


Farmland on Mace Avenue, off Ridge Road in Rosedale, was purchased as the future site of Essex Community College.

Dundalk Community College president in 1971


Dundalk Community College President John E. Ravekes (left) and Dean John M. Kingsmore.

Rosie the Riveter


A historic 50-year reunion of some of World War II’s “hidden army” was attended by 226 original “Rosie the Riveters” who gathered at then-Dundalk Community College. What began as part of the college’s annual Women’s History Month celebration became an event that touched the hearts and lives of the “Rosies” and their families, and garnered attention from local, state and national leaders and media.


CCBC celebrates its first single commencement ceremony. Held June 1 on the campus of UMBC, the celebration included a graduate processional representing each of CCBC’s three campuses and graduate remarks from each campus. Levi Watkins Jr, M.D., a Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon and a civil rights activist, delivered the commencement address. Watkins was the first doctor to perform a human implant of a defibrillator to restart a failing heart or correct its rhythm.

Cybersecurity institute classroom


CCBC Essex opens its new Cybersecurity Institute, a $1.5 million project the included expanded classroom space, additional equipment and an online infrastructure to accommodate additional students in the Cybersecurity program.

The Institute has already been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. CCBC is one of only 13 community colleges nationwide to receive that certification.

Outside picture of the math and science building on the Catonsville campus


More than two years in the making, the gleaming new Mathematics and Science Hall opened its doors on the CCBC Catonsville campus. The $34 million facility, at nearly 100,000 square feet, is the most energy-efficient building on any of CCBC’s campuses. It is LEED Silver certified, in recognition of its environmentally responsible building design, construction and maintenance.

The building was purposely designed with spaces and amenities that encourage student social interaction and team collaboration. It features an atrium-style lobby, six large general classrooms – three with tiered seating – as well as 12 laboratories, 44 offices and an enlarged planetarium.