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CCBC awarded $1.497 million grant from Mellon Foundation to support Humanities for Today initiatives

The Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1.497 million grant to the Community College of Baltimore County to fund a new set of initiatives – Humanities for Today.

The primary objective of Humanities for Today is to create educational experiences and diverse learning environments that cultivate civic knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference.

With this three-year partnership with the Mellon Foundation, CCBC plans to redesign its Humanities curriculum to improve student learning outcomes, increase student engagement and retention and foster a space of inclusivity and diversity.

The Mellon Foundation grant will also allow CCBC to provide additional professional learning opportunities for faculty and implement a Faculty Fellows program.

“We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for continuing to help fund and support our enriching Humanities experiences for both students and faculty,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Humanities for Today will enable us to strengthen our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and keep CCBC in the forefront as a leader of the national Humanities movement in community colleges.”

Humanities for Today will complement CCBC’s Humanities for All initiative, which was started in 2017 with an original Mellon Foundation grant of $1.725 million to CCBC and Johns Hopkins University to support collaborations between the two institutions on Humanities curriculum and pedagogy. Humanities for Today provides humanities students with a more dynamic learning experience and helps improve student success.

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About 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 2022 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

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