CCBC celebrates the opening of a new Mathematics and Science Hall
Sep 21, 2015 | by Hope Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5550 (cell)Ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m. at CCBC Catonsville
Baltimore County, MD – More than two years in the making, the Community College of Baltimore County will celebrate the opening of a new Mathematics and Science Hall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 at CCBC Catonsville. President Kurtinitis will be joined by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and other local officials to mark the opening of the new building.
Located in the heart of the campus, the $39.7 million facility, at nearly 100,000 square feet, incorporates the space that formerly housed the campus library and its adjoining parking lot. Built to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, the Mathematics and Science Hall features an atrium-style lobby, six large general classrooms, 12 laboratories, numerous faculty offices and an abundance of study and support spaces for students.
“This new facility allows our faculty to have the space and equipment to meet the needs of an evolving math and science curriculum,” notes Jean Ashby, dean of Instruction for the School of Mathematics and Science. “Interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers has increased the number of students taking upper-level classes and these facilities will make it easier to accommodate larger needs for classrooms and laboratories.”
The Mathematics and Science Hall also houses an enlarged and improved planetarium. With a seating capacity of 72, features of the new planetarium make it possible for faculty to show commercial full-dome digital programs or create programs of their own. New systems and software will also allow CCBC to expand its range of shows for school groups and the general public.
Funded primarily by state and county resources, the new Mathematics and Science Hall is the most energy-efficient building on any of CCBC’s campuses. The facility features a vegetative roof, and will qualify for LEED Silver certification, a mark of achievement in environmentally responsible building design, construction and maintenance.
“CCBC offers outstanding educational and career opportunities for people in Baltimore County, and this new state of the art STEM building provides even more valuable resources for students who want to pursue technical careers in this growing field,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
“STEM careers are definitely fueling the regional economy. And, it’s important for our STEM students to have access to the equipment and resources necessary to make them competitive,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Not only is this building equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, there is also a Mathematics Center where students can receive individualized or group tutoring to advance them academically. I think the students will appreciate the detail that went into the design of this building. It’s a great space for our students to learn as well as congregate.”
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CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs. Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates approximately 65,000 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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