U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski visits the Community College of Baltimore County
to celebrate its receipt of $4.9 million DOL health care grant
Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith join Mikulski in honoring CCBC for its impact on the health care work force
Baltimore County, Md. – On Wednesday, April 7, CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis will welcome U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith for a tour of the new health care education and training laboratories at CCBC benefiting from a $4.9 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant that the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) received in March.
The grant gives the college the opportunity to increase the number of graduates in some of health care’s highest demand professions, including certified nursing assistants, nurse support technicians, licensed practical nurses, associate degree nurses and respiratory therapists.
This visit will also allow Senator Mikulski to meet with School of Health Professions students, faculty and staff and to make a formal address to the college community and the media at 10:30 a.m. in the college’s Respiratory Care Therapy Lab (J-332) This newly renovated facility, funded by a previous DOL grant, will get greater usage due to the increased enrollment this new grant mandates.
County Executive Smith will present CCBC with a citation recognizing the college’s impact on Baltimore County work force development initiatives, including preparing students for in-demand health care jobs.
“This grant will enable us to train 2,031 students and workers, with 1,012 receiving certificates or degrees within three years,” notes CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “We are delighted that Senator Mikulski, Lt. Governor Brown and County Executive Smith are joining us during national Community College Month to recognize our impact on training the region’s health care work force.”
CCBC was the only institution in the State of Maryland to receive this prestigious DOL grant. The grant will help increase the number of graduates in these high-demand programs, by enabling CCBC to expand classroom and lab space, create new classes, hire new faculty and engage new partners.
"The Community College of Baltimore County is an important educational and economic development resource in the Baltimore region," says Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith. "Like many other areas in the nation, Baltimore County has a significant need for nurses and health care professionals, and this grant will go a long way toward filling that void. In securing this funding, Senator Mikulski once again demonstrates her commitment to the people of Baltimore County. We are very fortunate to have Senator Mikulski on our team."
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About CCBC (www.ccbcmd.edu)
CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs. Providing accessible, affordable and high quality education since 1957, CCBC educates nearly 65,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative.
CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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