CCBC and apprenticeship partners sign agreement facilitating college degrees for apprenticeship graduates

Jan 29, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.840.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County and its apprenticeship partners will be signing a new articulation agreement January 30 at 2 p.m. in the Board Room (ADMIN 110) at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. This new agreement will expand eligibility for college degrees to graduates of three-year apprenticeship programs.

In the past, only four-year and five-year apprenticeship programs were included in the agreement. CCBC’s apprenticeship partners for this agreement are: Associated Builders and Contractors (Metropolitan Baltimore), Baltimore Electricians, Heat & Frost Insulators Local #24, Independent Electrical Contractors, Ironworkers Local #16, Maryland Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors, Mid-Atlantic Carpenters Training Centers, National Elevator Industry Education Program, Operating Engineers Local Union #37, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union #486 and Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #100.

According to Greg Case, coordinator for both the Construction Management (CM) and the Construction Craft Professional (CCP) programs, “CCBC has been articulating apprenticeship credits for the CM program for over two decades. In 2004, CCBC developed the CCP program and received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to offer the new associate degree. Case stated, “The CCP program was one of the first degree programs in the country to award all the credits from an apprenticeship toward an associate degree.”

Apprenticeship to degree programs are becoming a national trend. CCBC and several of the apprenticeship partners are members of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), started in 2014 by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to provide apprenticeship graduates with more opportunities to complete associate and baccalaureate degrees. The RACC includes 104 colleges representing 387 campuses; five national registered apprenticeship programs representing 575 training centers; and eight organizations that represent post-secondary institutions or registered apprenticeship programs.

Allen Clinedinst III, apprenticeship training director for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 486 joint apprenticeship training committee, is a strong supporter of tradespeople earning college degrees in addition to their apprenticeship credential. “The degree helps validate the significant work that apprenticeship graduates have accomplished on the job, at the apprenticeship school, and on the college campus. It opens up additional opportunities for them if they want to go into management, inspection, or teaching their trade to the next generation.”

Under the agreement, the number of credits varies depending on the length and content of the apprenticeship program, from 18 credits for a three-year apprenticeship program to 30 credits for a five-year program. Students must also take additional construction-related classes and general education classes to complete the associate degree.

For more information, visit or contact Greg Case at 443.840.4110.

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