From Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.Dear friend of CCBC:
Although we embarked upon fiscal year 2020 with the same optimism and commitment we bring to every other year, it was anything but normal. On March 16, struck with the force of the COVID-19 pandemic, the college went dark. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students were forced into the strange world of remote instruction and telework. Amazingly, we did it!
Although the pandemic dramatically changed the way in which CCBC operates and educates its students, we at CCBC are nothing if not resilient. Delivery of instruction continued; projects already underway were seen to completion; new initiatives—some born of pandemic necessity—were conceived, planned and implemented. No one gave a thought to doing anything but continuing to move forward.
Every day we actively live our mission; we will not allow a pandemic to dictate otherwise. The college is open and delivering instruction on-site and online to support all learning styles of all the students who look to us for opportunity and advancement.
In this annual report to the community, I invite you to share in these and other achievements and successes of CCBC throughout this most challenging but remarkable year:
- A significant construction milestone in the completion of the Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions – a superb facility that opened on time and on budget for the start of the Fall 2020 semester.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award of $3.88 million to CCBC and Johns Hopkins University to support our collaborative Humanities for All initiative.
- The move of more than 3000 credit courses and 500 Continuing Education life enrichment and workforce training classes to real-time teaching on the Zoom platform, reaching youth, adults and seniors.
- Pivoting all CCBC’s events into virtual formats, including our annual gala, Commencement, and an amazing array of celebratory and professional development activities for faculty, staff and students.
Please join me as we build on our successes, face our challenges, and continue to move forward together.
Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.
Community College of Baltimore County