With some 9,500 credit and nearly 10,000 non-credit students enrolled each semester, Baltimore City Community College ranks as one of the city's foremost work force-enhancement institutions. A two-year college offering 34 associate's degree and 25 certificate programs as well as nine associate's degree transfer programs, BCCC consistently turns out students who are qualified, certified in their respective fields and ready to go to work.
The school was founded as a part of the Baltimore public school system in 1947, and was known as Baltimore Junior College. In 1967 the college became a department of the city and was given a new name: Community College of Baltimore. Then, in 1992, the school evolved again, becoming a state-funded institution and taking on its present name.
With its open-admissions policy, the school attracts a mixed bag of full- and part-time learners, including both high school graduates looking for professional certifications and adult learners hoping to enhance their job skills and earnings potential.
BCCC operates three campuses: One on Liberty Heights Avenue, one downtown on East Lombard Street and one at Reisterstown Plaza Center. One of the highlights of the Liberty Heights campus is the Life Sciences Building. Opened in 1997, this $18.5 million, 81,000-square-foot structure houses state-of-the-art classrooms, science laboratories, computer facilities and faculty offices. The Main Building and classrooms have also been upgraded as part of a three-phase renovation. The smaller downtown campus is home to classrooms and continuing-education programs, and the school's Business and Continuing Education Center.
Academics here are geared toward the practical. Students can delve into such areas as business marketing, computer graphics, dental hygiene, emergency medical technology and apparel design, to name a few.
Student life at BCCC is rich and varied. The school competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and fields competitive teams in baseball, men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball. Student organizations include the Allied Human Services Club, Student Governance Board, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Students Organized for Disability Awareness, computer club and literary club. Students also produce a monthly publication during the school year, The College Crier.
The college has a number of famous alumni, including Academy Award-winning film director Barry Levinson, local radio personality Randy Dennis and Maryland State Senator Joan Carter Conway.
In an effort to accommodate its large population of adult learners, the school operates the Clarence W. Blount Child Development Center, a day care center located on the grounds of the Liberty Heights campus. The center provides affordable child care to the children of students, faculty and staff.
In 2001, BCCC opened the Health Sciences and Wellness Center, whose staff includes a full-time registered nurse and medical assistant, and a part-time physician. This team provides low-cost medical services and also keeps students apprised of health screenings and other services offered by area health care providers.