Highlights of January 2021

Adapting to meet the evolving needs of the college community, CCBC continues to provide instructional, training and enrichment opportunities on campus and in virtual environments.

CDL training begins at Tradepoint Atlantic

students in a truck driving for a commercial driver license courseStudents began Commercial Driver’s License training at CCBC’s Tradepoint Atlantic site on January 5. They were the first class of students to be trained at the new location.

With a combination of in-class and behind-the-wheel instruction, this expansive new driving range offers students the opportunity to earn a Commercial Driver’s Class-A License. The 280-hour training program runs 8-20 weeks with day, evening and weekend options.

Future offerings at the training center at TPA will include specialized heavy truck, medium truck, powered industrial truck, and related technician and front-line workers.

Business Plan Competition awards $62,500 in prize money

strawberry cakeThe Center for Business Innovation hosted its eighth annual Business Plan Competition Awards Banquet on January 31, this year in a virtual format. The event featured business plan pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs, all of whom are CCBC students or alumni. Winners shared a total of $62,500 in seed money to be used as start-up capital for their fledgling businesses.

Prize money was made possible by the generous support of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, which has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to expand the Center for Business Innovation.

This year’s first-place prize of $20,000 was awarded to Owings Mills, Md. resident Talena Coles of Coles Classic Cook & Cakes, an upscale bakery specializing in homemade custom baked goods.

Other winners
Second place ($15,000): Steven Sadler of LaxStraps.
Third place ($10,000): Jacqueline (Rena) Bullard of Events U Love.
Fourth place ($7,500): Cheryl Bennett of Just Swim Consulting LLC.
Runner-up ($5,000): Nicholas Plazio of Alpha Bravo First-Aid.
Runner-up ($5,000): Michael Edwards of Conver-Safety Consulting LLC.

CBI is dedicated to serving CCBC students and alumni who are interested in learning how to turn their ideas for new products, services, businesses and organizations into sustainable entities. Entrepreneurial-minded students and alumni are mentored by CCBC faculty and local business owners.

Employees support community and campus-based giving campaigns

student getting food from ccbc's food pantryWith a sense of purpose and generosity, CCBC faculty and staff raised $47,000 in support of the United Way of Central Maryland’s annual campaign, far exceeding last year’s collective gift of $38,000.

These contributions support the CCBC Student Emergency Fund and also help the United Way provide critically needed health and human services to our neighbors across Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

The generosity of the college community was also on display on Giving Tuesday, an annual event held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. College faculty and staff contributed nearly $7,000 to the CCBC Student Life Food Pantries. Throughout the year, the three campus-based CCBC Student Life Food Pantries experienced more than 6,000 visits from students in need of assistance.

Special Police Officer training course begins

In response to changes in Maryland state law enacted in October 2020, CCBC Continuing Education launched the Special Police Officer initial training course in January 2021. Based on these legislative changes, applicants to the program are required to complete 80 hours of instruction and meet 61 hours of training objectives.

The class is taught by law enforcement professionals from CCBC Public SafetyBaltimore County Police Department, Maryland Department of Transportation Police, and CCBC adjunct professors. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and can apply for a Special Police Officer Commission with the Maryland State Police.

To date, 35 officers from a number of local and regional colleges and universities, as well as public and private institutions, have already completed the course.