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CCBC Programs for Adults with Learning Differences and Cognitive Challenges

  • Single Step Program serving individual students with learning differences and cognitive challenges, and the educational institutions and agencies that support them
  • Center for ACCESS serving agencies with programs for adults with developmental and mental health disabilities, learning differences and cognitive challenges


For over 35 years, the Community College of Baltimore County Single Step Program has been changing lives by providing programs for adults with disabilities. Single Step provides students with academic, pre-vocational, social, and independent living skills necessary for success in college study, employment, and adult life.

Students’ Development is Supported Through:

  • Basic skills instruction specifically designed for special learners,
  • 6-1 student teacher ratio,
  • Community-based field trips, and
  • Interactive learning activities designed to connect learning with students’ real lives, goals, and communities.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • On-campus interview and assessment
  • Tuition must be paid before classes begin

Vocational Certificate Options

  • 90-Hour Childcare Certification – This certificate course is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education to satisfy the requirement of 90 hours of classroom training for directors and senior staff to work with children birth to age six in group child care centers. In addition, the first half of our 90-hour course covers child growth and development from birth to adolescence and will satisfy the first half of the 90-hour requirement for directors and child care teachers in school-age before/after care group centers.

  • Childcare Assistant - This career track is designed to teach the skills necessary to successfully complete a supervised internship working as an assistant in a childcare center. At the conclusion of the program, students will have obtained the required skillset to obtain work as a childcare assistant within the field.

  • Clerical and Office Skills – Receive individualized instruction in general office processes and the use of basic office technology. Topics include telephone etiquette, writing memos and emails and taking messages; appropriate business language and etiquette; improving creating files; using standard office fax machines, copiers and voicemail; managing time, calendars and basic records and the independent employment skills needed to get and keep a job.

  • Food Service – In this career track, learn the basic concepts of food preparation and food safety. Topics to be covered include avoidance of cross contamination, hygiene for kitchen safety, measurement, and use of cutlery.

  • Professional Animal Workers (PAWS) – Earn a non-credit completion certificate in Basic Professional Animal Care! Skills will prepare you for the clerical, technological, and practical skills needed for entry level work in the field of animal care.

  • Warehouse and Forklift Safety – Start a career in the growing field of warehouse work! CCBC Single Step offers a 9-week summer training option in warehouse skills and safety, and forklift operation for individuals with learning differences and disabilities. Learn to drive two types of forklifts! Learn the methods of warehouse work! Put your skills to work during an 8-week internship in a working warehouse!

New Courses!!!

  • Foundations of Video Game Design - This course is designed to give students hands on practice with the basic software packages used in developing video games. Topics to be covered include game design, game mechanics, basic animation systems, 2D game design, collision geometry, data structures, modeling, and rigging.
  • Ready for Credit: English - These courses are designed to enable the student to learn those skills necessary to take on the ACCUPLACER exam and the rigors of Reading 051, English 051, and Math 051.

  • Ready for Credit: Reading - These courses are designed to enable the student to learn those skills necessary to take on the ACCUPLACER exam and the rigors of Reading 051, English 051, and Math 051.

  • Ready for Credit: Math - These courses are designed to enable the student to learn those skills necessary to take on the ACCUPLACER exam and the rigors of Reading 051, English 051, and Math 051.

Transition Track
The Single Step transition track focuses on improving individual reading comprehension, writing, math, humanities, computers, personal finances, employment and independent living skills.

Fall 2013 Transition Course Schedule – Dundalk Campus
Fall 2013 Transition Course Schedule – Catonsville Campus
Fall 2013 Transition Course Schedule – Essex Campus

For more information and to schedule an interview:

  • Contact the Single Step Program at 443-840-3262, or
  • Email an inquiry with your contact information to Program Assistant, Jennifer Cabana, at or Program Coordinator, Rakeah Glass, at


The Center for ACCESS works directly with agencies serving adults with developmental, emotional, and physical disabilities.   If you work for, or know someone who works with an agency serving this population, The Center for ACCESS has classes to benefit that agency’s clients.  For over 40 years, the Center for ACCESS (has contracted with agencies to provide classes at agency locations and the three main CCBC campuses.

The Center for ACCESS does not provide open enrollment classes for which individual students can sign up [see Single Step for individual enrollment classes].  In order to attend a Center for ACCESS class, you must be a client of an agency where we hold classes.  If your agency does not currently work with the Center for ACCESS, please contact the Center for ACCESS so that we can discuss the possibilities.

The Center for ACCESS offers over 30 classes to agency clients/students.  Classes include:

  • basic academic skills (e.g., math and reading),
  • job skills and vocational readiness, self-discovery and expression (e.g., art therapy, music  therapy, sewing, pottery), and
  • life skills (e.g. basic living skills, community living skills, computer skills, decision making, anger  management, stress management, analytic skills and decision making).

To arrange classes for your organization and for more information,
Email:  Michael Tan at or call him at 443-840-4355

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