CCBC joins County Executive for groundbreaking at Owings Mills
Wielding shovels at the ceremonial groundbreaking were (from left) CCBC Board of Trustees members Wayne McDowell, Charles E. Kountz Jr. (vice chair), Linda C. Goldberg and Barbara Kerr Howe (chair); Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; CCBC Board of Trustees member Dorothy Foos; and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis.
In late July, President Kurtinitis joined Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction for the Owings Mills Metro Centre project.
The centerpiece building for this project is a six-story, 120,000 square foot building which will house an extension center for the Community College of Baltimore County and the largest public library branch in Baltimore County. Construction is scheduled to be complete in the winter of 2013.
CCBC currently has an extension center in Owings Mills, but the facility has long reached full capacity. The new site more than triples the space at the current facility with 27 classrooms, science labs and state-of-the art technology. Plus, coexisting with the largest county public library is a major benefit.
It’s a concept Dr. Kurtinitis described as “brilliant.”
“Having CCBC share space with the library is a perfect partnership,” said Kurtinitis. “Our students will have easy access to the wealth of books, technology and valuable resources that the library provides. And, our students will provide a steady stream of occupants to the library. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
With the expanded facility, the college will have the opportunity to grow its academic programming at Owings Mills, offering courses in the health professions as well as in other areas that will make students workforce-ready. Additionally , students will even be able to complete some degrees without taking courses at the other CCBC locations.
“I guarantee you that the resources, the classes, the technology and the inviting atmosphere of this building promise to draw people of every age and interest together in a building designed for learning, exploration and shared knowledge,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.