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CCBC signs Articulation Agreement with
UMBC Intercultural Communication Certificate program
Combines study of intercultural communication with advanced foreign language study

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (February 28, 2014) – Danielle McGrogan of Dundalk, Md. has her eyes set on a career with non-profit or government agencies focusing on international development. Specifically, she wants to work in post-genocide countries in West Africa to create recreational programs for community outreach. McGrogan, 20 – and the first in her family to graduate from college –majors in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the Community College of Baltimore County. She is also enrolled in the CCBC’s innovative Global Distinction program (GDp), designed to help prepare students to succeed in the interconnected and interdependent world of the 21st century.

When she graduates from CCBC this year, McGrogan plans to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) under a recently signed articulation agreement that allows students with GDp designation on their transcript to transfer 10 credits to UMBC’s Intercultural Communication Certificate program. Students in the program will pursue a Certificate in Intercultural Communication as they complete the bachelor’s degree program.

“This agreement is a capstone for our Global education initiative,” notes CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “It fulfills our goals for completion not only at the associate level but also at the bachelor’s level while advancing workforce development in a multicultural world.”

According to Dr. Omar Ka, associate professor and chair, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at UMBC, “This agreement allows UMBC to attract a diverse and committed group of students from CCBC that might not have otherwise applied for a Certificate in Intercultural Communication. Students are expected to have advanced language skills in Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian or Spanish in order to complete the Intercultural Communication certificate. A competence in intercultural communication is indispensable for functioning effectively in an era of economic, social and cultural globalization.”

CCBC’s Global Distinction program requires the completion of 15 credit hours of globally intensive curriculum including a two-semester world language sequence or its equivalent; participation in one international/intercultural activity each semester; study abroad or equivalent intercultural experience as well as a portfolio of the program-related coursework and an exit assessment. The Global Distinction program currently has 20-30 students enrolled. The GDp associate degree transcript indicates to future employers and transfer institutions that students have heightened global awareness and intercultural skills that may support their success in the global workplace and chosen transfer program.

“I became interested in the Global Distinction program at CCBC because it allowed me to be recognized for my global interest,” remarks McGrogan. “It has pushed me to study abroad and to take advantage of community service and internships that support a global perspective. I am currently interning at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. this semester.”

For additional information on this Global Articulation Agreement, please contact Dr. Ann MacLellan at

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