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Grant awards – large and small - support unfunded and underfunded institutional priorities at CCBC

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (February 20, 2014) – While most college and university grant development is tied to faculty-driven research, community colleges have a different agenda. At the Community College of Baltimore County, grants allow institutional initiatives to become a reality. Regardless of the size of the award from major support to relatively small awards, grant funds are crucial to initiate and/or continue unfunded and underfunded institutional priorities.

Recent CCBC grants include:

• Community education
$10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Education in American Communities (10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014)


This support will enable CCBC involve the community and its students in two ongoing projects:

o The Creative Writing Forum brings novelists, poets, screenwriters and playwrights to campus to interact with students throughout the year and hosts a keynote lecture in the spring. All events are free and open to the public.
o The Galleries at CCBC to promote and encourage art education hosting exhibitions of local and national artists and sculptors and allowing for an special “reception with the artist” as part of the exhibition.

• Workforce education and development for Nursing Professionals
$298,957 continuation grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Nurse Support II Program (NSP) phase 8 (7/1/2013-6/30/2015)
The School of Health Professions at CCBC offers an Associate of Science degree in Nursing to its graduates. Each year CCBC admits approximately 400 students into its nursing programs with 300 completing the program two-year program each year. Past support from MHEC has underwritten CCBC retention initiatives to increase the number of students completing this and other health professions programs.

Grant funds from MHEC Phase 8 of the Nursing Support II program will be used to:

o Help provide a seamless “Associate to Bachelor’s in Nursing” degree program with a goal of increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Maryland;

o Increase the number of BSN graduates in Maryland from underserved groups. CCBC has a minority enrollment of 46 percent. Of new students admitted to the nursing program each year, 56 percent are considered disadvantaged. In order to help these students complete the associate degree program and transition into a baccalaureate program, the grant funds will be used to hire two part-time “Transition Coordinators” as well as offer an array of services from financial aid, advising, personal and career counseling and academic support (supplemental instruction and tutoring) to nursing students from underserved groups.

For additional information about these grants or others, contact the Office of Grants Development at 443-840-3561.

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