Highlights of April 2020

Throughout a remarkable and unprecedented year, CCBC continued to provide instructional, training and enrichment opportunities on campus and in virtual environments.

Galleries at CCBC go virtual

logo for CCBC art galleriesThe Galleries at CCBC created an online gallery to continue to present art exhibitions during the COVID-19 outbreak. These online exhibits supplement appointment-only viewing of campus gallery shows, as well as provide original online content.

The Galleries at CCBC’s first online-only exhibition, Images of Perseverance, highlighted the artwork of local/regional photographers and their day-to-day experience of the COVID-19 outbreak. The exhibition included an Instagram outreach campaign, encouraging members of the community to share their own images using #perseverepics.

Navigating Between, exhibited at CCBC Catonsville, brings together three local artists who explore (and often upend) the power relationships that exist between dominant culture and marginalized individuals. A 3D tour of the exhibit is available online, as are video interviews with the curators and each of the artists.

Allied health programs launch apprenticeship programs

students in a health professions classOne of only a handful of educational institutions nationally to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, CCBC launched allied health pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, successfully starting nine cohorts and 109 students in Medical Front Office and Central Sterile Technician pre-apprenticeships.

Through both pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, students prepare for national certification in the field, and attend the program at no cost, with tuition, books, and certification exam expenses included.

CCBC will receive funding for this grant for three additional years and anticipates launching Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Surgical Technology, and Patient Care Technician apprenticeships in the next year in partnership with regional and national employers.

Introductory Contact Trace Training offered

Contact Trace Investigator Training took center stage during the pandemic. This process was developed to help prevent the spread of infectious disease by tracking individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

CCBC partnered with Baltimore County Government to develop a free Introductory Contact Trace Training course. The four-week training was offered at CCBC online; more than 2,000 individuals took advantage of the opportunity to learn about the role of community health workers and covered topics such as effective communication techniques for the contact tracer, ethics and privacy in public health work, and cultural humility.

Individuals who completed the training had an opportunity to join a pool of applicants for contact trace positions with Baltimore County.