About CCBC


A brief history of CCBC

Five decades have passed since CCBC's Catonsville and Essex – and later, Dundalk – campuses first opened their doors to serve and educate the residents of Baltimore County and beyond. It’s been an amazing journey for the college, the community and the many unique and remarkable individuals who’ve made their starts, left lasting impressions, and improved their lives and the lives of others through their CCBC experiences.

Catonsville Community College welcomed the college's first students in fall 1957, beginning operation with evening classes held in the basement of Catonsville High School and Johnnycake Elementary. There were just 53 students enrolled, taught by one full-time and 13 part-time faculty. Courses described in the college's first catalog – just 16 pages long – emphasized teacher education and arts and sciences.

That inaugural catalog was shared with CCC's sister institution in eastern Baltimore County, Essex Community College, also founded in 1957. ECC enrolled nine full-time and 50 part-time students that first semester, and held classes at Kenwood High School until more permanent facilities could be established.

Both colleges grew throughout the coming decade, in enrollment as well as the acquisition of property for permanent campus locations. By the mid-1960s, Catonsville Community College had begun construction on several buildings at its present Rolling Road location, and Essex Community College had found a home on its present 147-acre campus on Rossville Blvd. in eastern Baltimore County.

In fall 1971 Dundalk Community College welcomed its first students, following seven years of residents' unflagging commitment to establishing an institution of higher learning in the Dundalk community. During that first semester, 70 full-time and 332 part-time students – some recruited in a summertime door-to-door campaign conducted through local neighborhoods – enrolled in courses in the arts and sciences, business administration and elementary/secondary education.

For DCC's first year, students attended classes at Dundalk United Methodist Church as well as local high schools, middle schools and the YMCA. Construction of permanent college buildings began shortly thereafter on the site of the college's current home on Sollers Point Road in Dundalk.

On October 1, 1998, state legislation restructured the county's three community colleges as the Community College of Baltimore County, a single college, multi-campus institution. Though much has changed since the college's founding institutions welcomed students more than half a century ago, CCBC embraces a proud history that promotes excellence, builds community, rewards innovation and, most importantly, celebrates student success.

Today the Community College of Baltimore County is ranked among the top providers of undergraduate education, work force development, technology training and lifelong learning/life enrichment in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, CCBC educates nearly 70,000 people each year, including more than half of all Baltimore County residents attending undergraduate college.

CCBC offers more than 50 different associate degrees and more than 100 unique certificate programs – surpassing other colleges in the Maryland region. CCBC’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is the preferred training partner for Maryland businesses, serving more than 100 employers annually with customized employee development training.

The college's highly qualified and dedicated faculty teach small classes in state-of-the-art facilities. Here they can work closely with students, giving them the best opportunity to learn. Days, nights, weekends and online, CCBC offers courses at three campuses, three extension centers and a variety of high schools and community centers.

Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative.

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