Highlights of June 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.

U.S. Sen. Van Hollen visits CCBC Dundalk, highlights milestone legislation

Sen Van HollenMaryland Senator Chris Van Hollen visited the CCBC Dundalk campus on June 3 to tour selected workforce development programs. While on campus, Sen. Van Hollen visited with a variety of programs including Dental Hygiene, Practical Nursing, Engineering/PTEC, Construction Technology and Sustainable Horticulture

The Senator finished out the day with a trip to CCBC’s Transportation Training Center at Tradepoint Atlantic where, under the supervision of one of our instructors, he took one of our trucks for a spin around the parking lot.

'Humanities for All' named a Program of Promise

The National Organization for Student Success has recognized CCBC’s Humanities for All program as a 2021 Program of Promise. This honor recognizes exceptional programs that are using effective and/or promising practices that promote student success and development.

Humanities for All provides students with a unique academic experience designed to enrich their education, prepare them for successful transfer to four-year universities, and help them develop the knowledge and tools necessary to reach their full potential.

Overseen by CCBC’s Honors Program, Humanities for All was created in 2017 with support from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. Students participate in a Mellon Scholars Lecture Series featuring a visiting JHU faculty member, a Mellon Scholar Research Experience which includes a 10-week paid JHU residential program and a half-day, end-of-semester symposium where students infuse their own research and experiences into a conversation based on topics chosen by the academic community.

Harrison honored for student leadership and service

harrisonCCBC student Daniel Harrison was selected as the college’s 2021 President’s Distinguished Graduate Award recipient. This award is given annually to a student who has shown exemplary leadership and a commitment to help others. Harrison was recognized during CCBC’s 2021 commencement ceremony on June 5. Approximately 400 of CCBC’s nearly 3,000 graduates participated in the virtual ceremony, where Harrison delivered the student commencement address.

At an early age, Harrison had dreams of becoming a pilot and was actively pursuing that goal in his native land, Jamaica. When a fiery crash damaged the aviation training center he attended, Harrison put his piloting dreams on hold and decided to pursue an education in the United States.

Harrison enrolled in CCBC’s General Studies program in 2019 and quickly became involved in a number of campus organizations: Student Government Association, Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, English Conversation Club and the African Student Union.

A serious student, Harrison juggled his many campus activities, along with a part-time job, while still making his studies a priority. He acquired several academic scholarships during his tenure at CCBC and proudly graduated with honors. Harrison plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Morgan State University.

"The best step I took for both my academic and professional life was attending CCBC,” said Harrison. “Throughout my time here, I saw the incredible value of education, and the necessity to keep my eyes on the prize. I always had a strong support system around me, and I am now ready to take on the world. Thank you, CCBC!"

B'more BOLD Conference targets entrepreneurs and innovators

b more bold conference imageOzzie Newsome Jr., former general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, was the keynote speaker at the B’more BOLD Conference for Entrepreneurs and Innovators, held virtually on June 11. The event was hosted by CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation and included practical breakout sessions and a $3,000 pitch competition.

Seven contestants vied for awards by providing an initial two-minute video pitch, followed by a 12-minute live virtual pitch, before a panel of judges. Winners included Krystal Henry for Around The Way Mom (first place, $3,000); Jordan Foley for Chow (second place, $2,000); and Jeremiah Batucan for Annapolis Social League (third place, $1,000).

Topics at the B’more BOLD conference focused on digital marketing, crowdsourcing, employee development, financial management, scenario planning and more. Speakers included Anirban Basu, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group, and host of WYPR’s Morning Economic Report; Keith and Rebecca Klein Scott, founders, TALLsmall Productions; and Rod Bourn, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Soccer teams, student-athletes earn national and regional honors

soccer team photoCCBC Essex Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer concluded the 2020-2021 season at the NJCAA Division II Championships in Wichita, Kan. and Evans, Ga., respectively, June 4-10, 2021. It was the second straight season both teams earned trips to nationals. The men advanced all the way to the national championship game for the first time since 1989, and finished as national runner-up after a hard-fought, overtime game versus Southeastern Community College (Burlington, Iowa).

Six CCBC Essex Knights earned NJCAA Division II Soccer All-America honors: Kota Tsuchisawa, Brendan LeMaster, and Ethan Stewart for the men, and Kara Dietrich, Ryleigh Fachler, and Caroline Warns for the women.

‘INSIDE THE CADMUS’ is featured exhibition at CCBC Catonsville

inside the cadmus artworkThroughout late spring and early summer 2021, The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville hosted the work of Nigerian artist Chukwuemeka Chukwu in his exhibition, “INSIDE THE CADMUS.”

Chukwu recently graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art as a multidisciplinary artist. His artwork in “INSIDE THE CADMUS” is a progression of the series he began in his thesis, which incorporates his studies of architectural design and Afrofuturism into large, abstract paintings. During the exhibition’s run, Chukwu filled the gallery space with an installation of balloons; pumps were set up outside so visitors could inflate balloons and add them to the installation inside.

“I blend my background in architecture within my art by abstracting elements I find in architecture to create a space that can both restrict and inspire the evolution of the work,” said Chukwu. “This propels the art to grow in a subtle, ever-changing pace that feels like the art is self-generating.”