CCBC hosts virtual ribbon-cutting Oct. 29 celebrating opening of Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions

Oct 16, 2020 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.992.8642 (cell)

Baltimore County, Md. – Community College of Baltimore County will host a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions at CCBC Essex at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The event will include celebratory remarks from CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, elected officials and other distinguished guests. A virtual tour of the building will also be included as part of the ceremony. The public can view the event live at

The $63 million, 120,000-square-foot facility is named in honor of the late Carol Diane Eustis, who served for 12 years as dean of CCBC’s School of Health Professions and enjoyed an impressive 46-year career at CCBC Essex. The facility provides students and alumni with cutting-edge technology, labs, classrooms, student lounges and an inter-professional simulation center for hundreds of students to practice care in a safe, risk-free environment.

“We are very excited that the magnificent Carol Diane Eustis Center is finally a reality, and this beautiful and groundbreaking building is truly a fitting tribute to Carol’s legacy,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “With the investment of our partners at the state and county levels, as well as support from a host of donors, CCBC is preparing tomorrow’s leaders to meet today’s critical industry workforce needs.”

CCBC is the largest educator of undergraduate health care professionals in Maryland. The School of Health Professions at CCBC offers 15 degree programs, four certificate programs and 20 Workforce Training Certificate programs. These include Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Emergency Medical Technology, Physician Assistant, Massage Therapy and Medical Laboratory Testing.

Highlights of the Carol Diane Eustis Center include simulation labs with computer-controlled mannequins; a home environment simulation lab for “real world” emergency response practice; debriefing rooms; simulated exam and hospital rooms; and a cross-discipline simulation lab which can mimic emergency room conditions. The building also includes a 140-seat testing center with sections for adaptability, including reduced-distraction testing rooms for special needs students.


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Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 60,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best College 2018.

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