Baltimore City Community College

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Baltimore City Community College
Former names
Baltimore Junior College, Community College of Baltimore, New Community College of Baltimore
Motto Changing lives... Building Communities
Established 1947
Type Public community college
President Gordon F. May
Academic staff
Students 5.024[1]
Location Baltimore, Maryland, United States
39°17′14″N 76°36′28″W / 39.28733°N 76.60782°W / 39.28733; -76.60782Coordinates: 39°17′14″N 76°36′28″W / 39.28733°N 76.60782°W / 39.28733; -76.60782
Campus Urban
Colors Red and Black
Athletics Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball
Mascot Panther
Affiliations MSA

Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is a community college in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It was founded in 1947 and has about 7,200 students enrolled in one of its three campuses. While BCCC primarily serves the residents and business community of Baltimore, it also offers educational opportunities on all levels to the citizens of Baltimore and the State of Maryland that enables students to obtain good jobs, transfer to four-year colleges, or take short-term training to upgrade their skills or acquire new ones.


Baltimore City Community College dates its origins to the Baltimore Junior College, founded as part of the Baltimore City Public School System in 1947 to provide post-high school education for returning World War II veterans and was the inspiration of Dr. Harry Bard. It was one of the earliest examples of the growing "junior college" movement which began at the beginning of the century and has resulted in the growth of present-day "community colleges" all across America, serving the intermediate needs between high schools and large colleges and universities. It was located on the third floor of the Baltimore City College, third oldest public high school in America located at 33rd Street and The Alameda in the northeast city which was a specialized academic magnet school for the arts, humanities and social sciences.

By 1959 it had relocated to a park-like campus in the northwest city along Liberty Heights Avenue. In 1967, the College was renamed the Community College of Baltimore and restructured as an independent institution of the City of Baltimore government. By the middle of the 1970s, Dr. Bard's ideal of an additional campus in the revitalized downtown Inner Harbor was realized with the construction of two buildings along East Lombard Street named the Bard and Lockwood Buildings.

In the 1980s City and State leaders recognized that shrinking City resources made it difficult for the City to operate a quality institution of higher education. On July 1, 1990, the Maryland General Assembly created a new institution, New Community College of Baltimore, funded by the State of Maryland. The College was granted permanent status in 1992 and renamed Baltimore City Community College. In 1997, BCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary.

In the 2000s, BCCC began to experience significant difficulties. Problems began to surface in 2004 when faculty held a public protest over issues related to remedial courses and governance.[2] In 2010, faculty gave BCCC president Williams a vote of no-confidence and the state legislature held back funding.[3] These troubles worsened in 2011. BCCC's regional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, placed BCCC on probation because of "concerns about the school's ability to evaluate student learning."[4] To address these problems, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley replaced the majority of BCCC's board of trustees with new members.[3] In 2012, two years after the faculty's initial vote of no confidence, the board of trustees removed Carolane Williams as president of the college.[5] The interim president was Dr Carolyn Hull Anderson,[6] followed by the current president and CEO, Gordon F. May, PhD.

In the summer of 2014 BCCC was warned by the Middle States Commission again that the college's accreditation was in jeopardy. [7]


BCCC has six major locations.[8] The main one is the Liberty campus, located in the Mondawmin section of the city. The Harbor campus holds the Business and Continuing Education division, while additional classes are held at the third location, the Reisterstown Road Plaza. There is also a National Weatherization Training Center, the Maryland Center for Construction Technologies, and the Life Sciences Institute at University of Maryland's BioPark.

Radio station[edit]

The college has operated a radio station since 1951. WBJC is a FM, non-commercial, station at 91.5 MHz. It broadcasts classical music nearly 24 hours daily all week. It is one of only two stations in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area that plays such music.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Jamilah Evelyn (September 17, 2004). "Big Trouble in Charm City". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Liz Bowie (September 27, 2011). "O'Malley replaces majority of Baltimore City Community College board". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jessica Anderson (July 11, 2011). "Baltimore City Community College on probation". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Julie Scharper and Kevin Rector (December 11, 2012). "Williams forced out as BCCC president". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Erica Green (January 4, 2013). "BCCC appoints interim president". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
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