CCBC launches new AAS degree to prepare skilled workers for Next-Generation Manufacturing

May 20, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Classes beginning fall semester 2015 on the Catonsville campus 

Baltimore County, MD – If you think the United States’ dominance in manufacturing is dead, you haven’t been paying attention. While the iconic smokestacks are gone, American industries and entrepreneurs have been, or are in the process of, transforming themselves into a more creative and technical model. This is demanding a more educated skilled workforce. To meet this need, the Community College of Baltimore County has recently received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to offer an associate degree in Design, Fabrication and Advanced Manufacturing. Classes in skills that range from digital design, rapid prototyping, production, computer-aided machining to 21st Century manufacturing strategy and technology commercialization will begin in fall 2015. CCBC’s program will be supported by its well-reputed MIT Fabrication Laboratory ("Fab Lab"), a rapid prototyping community resource in which "virtually anything can be made."

The two-year, 60-credit program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for individuals who have a career interest in manufacturing, industrial engineering or design. A strong background or interest in math and science is ideal, but not required.” Core courses include but are not limited to: Introduction to Computer Aided Design, Solid Modeling, Numerically Controlled Machines and Milling, Logic and OO Design, Digital Fabrication and Next Generation Manufacturing Strategies.

Doug Kendzierski, Interim assistant dean for the School of Applied & Information Technology, predicts, "As American industry retools and re-staffs to once again provide leadership for the international manufacturing community, the skills learned in this program will be directly relevant to the emerging workforce need for creative, well-rounded technical professionals, who can work collaboratively to apply our region's creative genius in advancing production around the globe." For more information about this new Manufacturing degree path, contact Ken Burch at 443.840.5103, or email


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Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.” 

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