CCBC awarded MSDE Career and Technical Education Innovation Grant to develop AAS degree in Data Science

Nov 19, 2021 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County was recently awarded a $137,283 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation Fund grant from the Maryland State Department of Education to develop an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Data Science.

CCBC will create three Data Science courses to supplement an existing course created through another CTE grant completed in June 2021. By offering Data Science courses and a degree program, CCBC will enable students to prepare for employment in one of the fastest growing professions in the nation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next ten years, the Data Sciences profession will see growth ranging from 8 – 22%, and median annual salaries ranging from $86,000 to $150,000. Data scientists are employed across industries, including Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups, cybersecurity, IT, government and nonprofit organizations, and market research.

MSDE awards the CTE Innovation annually to provide funds to develop and implement a CTE curriculum framework and program that is innovative and includes promising practices that are used by the best CTE programs around the world. The goal is that these programs will lead to high-wage, high-skill or in-demand careers in support of Maryland’s workforce and economic development needs.

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About the Community College of Baltimore County (
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 50,000 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. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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