Obama Administration Under Secretary of Education to tour Community College of Baltimore County

Mar 29, 2018 | by Terri Charles | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.202.0017 (cell)

Baltimore County, MDCollege Promise Campaign Executive Director and former Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will tour the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) with CCBC President, Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Interim Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White on Monday, April 9. This event is part of the College Promise Campaign’s This is College initiative, showcasing the many career fields accessible to students through community colleges as part of its celebration of National Community College Month. The campus visit will also include a roundtable discussion with local leaders about the recently proposed Baltimore County College Promise program. Pending passage of the county’s FY 2019 budget, the Baltimore County College Promise will offer free tuition for eligible low and moderate income recent high school graduates to attend CCBC this fall.

Officials will tour CCBC’s unique Associate to Bachelor’s Degree (ATB) in Nursing program, a partnership with local 4-year universities. This program allows students who complete their associate degree at CCBC to finish a bachelor’s degree at one of four local universities at a reduced cost and accelerated rate.

They will also tour the CCBC cybersecurity program where students gain hands-on experience using the latest intrusion detection and protection systems. The program is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Education.

  • What: Tour of innovative CCBC programs followed by a roundtable discussion about the many opportunities presented to students by the Baltimore County College Promise.
  • When: Monday, April 9, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237
  • Who: College Promise Campaign Executive Director Martha Kanter, CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Interim Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White.
  • Why: To showcase the innovative programs at CCBC and to discuss the Baltimore County College Promise, part of a growing national movement to make a community college education as universal and free as high school.
  • Visuals: Students interacting with technology and equipment in nursing and cybersecurity labs, Dr. Kanter engaging with students and local stakeholders. One-on-one interviews with Dr. Kanter are possible before the event.



About Dr. Martha Kanter:
Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign’s national initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion in American higher education, starting in the nation’s community colleges. She is also a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She specializes in policy efforts to identify innovative education interventions, financing models and behavioral incentives at the local, state and national levels to raise America’s high school and college graduation rates from two and four-year colleges and universities. Her academic interests include: The Confluence of Access, Equity and Excellence; The Intersection of Policy and Politics in American Higher Education; and The Contributions of America's Community Colleges to the Nation's Social Fabric, Civic Future and Economy.

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Kanter to serve as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, with oversight responsibility for all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory, and administrative policies and programs for the U.S. Department of Education, including the $175B annual federal student aid programs, higher education, adult education, career-technical education, international education and 6 White House Initiatives. From 2009-2013, serving under U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Kanter and her team took bold steps to increase college access, affordability, quality and completion to implement President Obama's goal to have the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020. She oversaw the successful implementation of the Direct Student Loan program that resulted in a 50-percent increase in the college enrollment of low-income students, growing from 6 to more than 9 million Pell Grant recipients. Previously, Kanter served as President of De Anza College and then Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for sixteen years. She began her career as an alternative high school teacher. She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.

About CPC: The College Promise Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit higher education initiative that builds widespread support for funding the first two years of a community college education for all hardworking students. Chaired by Dr. Jill Biden and former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY), the Campaign works to build broad public support that community college education is an investment in America’s future and a necessary continuation of K-12 education. In the 21st century, a high school diploma is no longer enough to lead Americans to a good job and decent quality of life. CPC is an initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Learn more about the College Promise and the Campaign at CollegePromise.org.

About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, more than 63,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best College 2018. CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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