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A message from the president

Dr KurtinitisDear Friends,

I am proud to announce that 2017 marks a landmark event for the Community College of Baltimore County. We are celebrating our Diamond Jubilee, the yearlong celebration of CCBC’s 60th Anniversary.

For 60 years, CCBC has held a preeminent place in the hearts and minds of our communities as an access to opportunity—first as three independent colleges and now as one dynamic, strong and influential institution. Having arrived at CCBC as the college prepared to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2007, it is my special honor to have served as the president who has led the institution for the past decade to this next important institutional landmark.

Much has changed since those early days. Our three colleges—Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex Community College—became one in 1998, launching a new era of service and educational opportunity for communities throughout Baltimore County. With the addition of extension centers at Hunt Valley, Owings Mills and Randallstown, the college spread northward and has now expanded its reach by taking college courses into the Baltimore County Public Schools.

Today, CCBC serves nearly 63,000 students annually, offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs and hundreds of valuable workplace certifications. Our graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities of their choice, often on scholarship, and graduate with bachelor’s degrees in numbers equal to or higher than the students who enter those universities as freshmen. Thanks to their CCBC experiences over these six decades, hundreds of thousands of students have begun journeys that have improved their lives and the lives of those around them.

Although the college will hold Anniversary celebrations throughout the year, I invite you to join us for our most significant celebration event; the Rock, Roll & Remember Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at Martins West. No event celebrates the college as enthusiastically as this one does—and this one will be extra special: a six-decade trip down memory lane, honoring our past and embracing our future. We will have a great party while raising funds for the noble cause of supporting scholarships and academic programs.

Celebratory events are scheduled throughout the year. You can keep track of them by visiting our 60th Anniversary web page as well as our 60th Anniversary History Timeline, which gives a glimpse of our past and our present. Here’s to a “Brilliant” past and a “Brilliant” future!

Best regards,

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Sandra Kurtinitis