Coordinates: Chesapeake College is a two-year college on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that provides Associate degrees, certificates, and other programs. It was the first regional community college in the state of Maryland. The main campus is located in Wye Mills, Maryland, at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Maryland Route 213. There is a satellite campus in Cambridge, Maryland. It serves the five Mid-Shore counties: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot.
|President||Dr. Barbara A. Viniar|
|Dean||Dr. Eleanor Welsh|
|Location||1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, Maryland, United States of America|
|Campus||Rural 170-acre Main Campus|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Kelly Green|
|Sports||Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball|
Nestled between corn fields and Route 50 in the Eastern Shore's tiny town of Wye Mills on December 22, 1965 the State Board of Education in Maryland adopted the Resolution 1965-66 and created Maryland's first regional community college, Chesapeake College. This college served four mid-shore counties of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot county. The college's mission was to help those who might not otherwise have the opportunity earn a college degree.
On January 13, 1966 Chesapeake College had its first meeting of the Board of Trustees to elect different officers and to discuss the name of the college. The Board voted William Sylvester for chairman, Robert F Irwin for vice chair of the board and chair of the college site committee, John T. Harrison for secretary, and A. Orrell Saulsbury Jr. for the treasurer. After electing, the Board of Trustees voted to name the college "Chesapeake College" after considering "Eastern Shore Community College," "Mid-Shore Community College," and "Chesapeake Community College." On March 30, 1966 the Board of Trustees offered Dr. George Silver the presidency of Chesapeake College. Dr. Silver took the offer and told the Wilmington (DE) Morning News, "It'll be my job to take the dream of the four counties and put it into brick and mortar."
Finally, in January 1966 Chesapeake College's first four students, each from a different county were officially admitted to the college. The students were- Jane Thoma (Chestertown High School/Kent County), Sharon Geib (Colonel Richardson High School/Caroline County), W. Joseph Mason (Queen Anne's County High School/Queen Anne's County), and Benjamin L. Willey (Easton High School/Talbot County)- all were graduating high school seniors. On September 1, 1967 Chesapeake College opened its doors to a class of 258 evening students. These classes were operated out of Queen Anne's County High School after the high school students had finished their school day. Then, in September 10, 1967 there were ground breaking ceremonies for the new campus to be built. By May 11, 1969 Chesapeake College had their first graduating class.
Chesapeake College's main campus sits on 170-acres. The main campus has 14 Buildings. The Cambridge Campus is housed in one building in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. The main buildings on the main campus are named after the five upper Eastern Shore counties.
Dorchester Administration Building 
This Dorchester Administration Building houses Academic Advising, Admissions, Alumni Association, Business Office, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Research and Planning, Public Information, Registration, and Student Retention Services. The building houses the offices of the President and Vice Presidents of the College. Original construction of the Dorchester Building began in 1966, and the building was completely renovated in 2003.
Caroline College Center 
The Caroline College Center houses the Bookstore, Cafe, Student Government office, Student Life offices, Career Services offices and faculty offices. The Center was completely renovated in 2006, to better serve the growing needs of the college.
Kent Humanities Building 
The Kent Building houses The Cadby Theatre and Lobby, lecture classrooms and faculty offices. The building is named after Kent County, which was established on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1642. The Kent Humanities building was originally built in 1969, and was renovated in 2010. Per renovation, the building now houses the Cadby Theatre that can seat 100 occupants and is equipped with lighting, sound, and audio/visual equipment. The smaller theatre was named after Louise Cadby who served as the College's first drama instructor from 1968-1985.
Talbot Science Building 
The Talbot Building houses the office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Science, faculty offices, science lab classrooms, and large instruction classrooms. This building was one of the original buildings on campus and was recently renovated in 2009. The Talbot Science Building is named after Talbot County, which was established in 1661 in honor of Lady Grace Talbot.
Queen Anne's Technical Building 
The QA Technical Building features computer lab classrooms, a large instruction class room and faculty and staff offices. The building was originally constructed in 1969. Although the building has not been officially renovated, it does house up-to-date computers, software, and the distance learning. The Queen Anne's County Technical Building was named after Queen Anne's County which was founded in 1706 in honor of Queen Anne who ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1702-1714. Queen Anne's was the first English settlement in Maryland under a 1631 patent from the king of England.
Manufacturing Training Center 
The MTC houses the office of Director of Facilities, faculty offices, print shop and classrooms.
Maintenance Building 
The Maintenance Building is at the back of campus and houses the Security Office, Maintenance Staff and Equipment.
Early Childhood Development Center 
The Chesapeake College Early Childhood Development Center is a licsend childcare center with the purpose of serving those parents of children 3 through 7 years of age who are students, staff, faculty at the college as well as parents throughout the community. The Director and staff work closely together to provide an implementation of a program which provides a stimulating curriculum in a warm, nurturing, and secure learning enviorment for the children. In addition to the center functioning as a licsend childcare facility the center also serves as a learning site for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program.
Also located in the ECDC building is the Chesapeake Child Care Resource Center which is one of the 12 child care resource centers in Maryland that make up the Maryland Child Care Resource Network and began start-up operations on June 1, 1999. Funding for the center is through a grant from the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
The sole focus of the Chesapeake Child Care Resource Center is to foster and provide an array of supports to the local community which includes five counties Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot.
Services provided to the Upper Shore Community from Chesapeake Child Care Resource Center include
- Helping parents to find and evaluate child care
- Training for parents and child care professionals
- Technical assistance to improve and expand child care resources
- Working with employers on work/family issues
Physical Education Building 
The Physical Education Building houses the gym, fitness center, pool, locker rooms, and faculty and staff offices.
Todd Performing Arts Center 
The TPAC building houses Todd Performing Arts Center Theatre and Lobby, box offices, Office of the Executive Director, faculty offices and training/catering kitchen.
Learning Resource Center 
Academic Support Services 
Chesapeake College's Learning Resource Center provides various resources for faculty, students, and members of the community.
- The Library helps to meet the information needs of Chesapeake's students and faculty as well as members of the local community by providing over 60,000 photos, books, films, and recordings. Chesapeake’s library provides students with a broad online collection of peer reviewed e-books, journals, periodicals, and subject-specific databases. The library is equipped with numerous computers and study spaces for both individuals and groups. Assistance for students is available through the library in person, online, or by phone.
Academic Computing Center
- The Academic Computing Center, located on the second floor of the Learning Resource Center, is an open access computer area that provides various applications and software packages to assist the students in their academic pursuits. Technology specialists are available to help students with software or technological related projects. The center also provides printing, scanning, and multimedia services for students as needed.
Academic Support Center
- Located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center, the Academic Support Center provides students and faculty with course work assistance in subjects such as, Mathematics, science, and writing assignments.
- The Academic Support Center provides tutoring, both individually and in groups, for students on campus by faculty, professional staff, and peer consultants. Tutoring is available for most academic disciplines with special services provided for every step of the writing process. Services include sample papers and handouts. Special hours are dedicated each semester for tutoring services.
- The center also provides supplemental instruction for students in courses that are considered to be difficult. Supplemental instruction is available to students currently enrolled in the targeted course. SI course are subject to change each semester.
- The Academic Support Center contains Project Mainstay, a federally funded program designed to help eligible students stay in school, graduate, and transfer to a four year institution. In order for students to be eligible for this program they must meet one of the following criteria: a first year college student, suffer from a disability, or come from a low income family. Project Mainstay provides students with individualized tutoring one hour a week for each enrolled course, financial aid, time management, and test anxiety assistance, transfer and career opportunities and much more.
- The Testing Center, located in the Learning Resource Center, has day, evening, and weekend hours in which the center administers the Academic Skills Assessment test for those registering for courses. The center also administers proctored exams, make up exams, and online course exams. Photo identification is needed in order to take tests and individuals must arrive one hour prior to the center closing.
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center 
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center(HEC) Building was added to the campus in 2003. The facilities of the building are utilized not only by Chesapeake College, it also is utilized by other local universities and Colleges for undergraduate and graduate programs. The Center provides space for business functions, continuing education courses and programs. The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center is currently the home to Wye River Upper School, a private school who "serves bright students challenged by ADHD, dyslexia, and other unique learning styles, as well as students who may benefit from structure, low student/teacher ratios and creative teaching strategies."  The participating higher education institutions offering courses at the center are:Salisbury University,Gratz College, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland University College and Stevenson University. In the Spring of 2013 it was announced that Notre Dame of Maryland University would be offering programs at the center.
Cambridge Center 
The Cambridge campus of Chesapeake College provides educational opportunities to those who live or work in the mid or lower Eastern Shore area. The Cambridge Center provides most of the services a student would need on a daily basis from a higher learning institution. The location of the Cambridge Center gives students an alternative to having to travel to Wye Mills to attend a Chesapeake College course.
At the Cambridge Center, students and visitors can expect to find a main office with full service staff. In the main office, students can apply for admission, register for or drop classes, make payments, and learn about financial aid. During certain hours, students can meet with advisors just down the hall from the main office. The Cambridge Center also boasts a full service computer lab and testing center. Multiple classrooms are located throughout the two floors of the Cambridge Center, each equipped with whiteboards, computers, and projectors. At the beginning of each semester, the bookstore at the Cambridge Center is opened and offers the required texts for the courses being taught at that location. The Cambridge Center offers a wide array of required courses and electives for students in many different majors.
Wind Turbine 
On November 2, 2011 students and administrators of Chesapeake College welcomed Governor O'Malley and other state politicians for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 50-kilowatt turbine.
The turbine is visible to driver along Route 50.
Brennen McLean, a senior sales director at Endurance Wind Power, the company that manufactured the machine, said that the turbine is designed to produce between 80,000 and 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year depending on wind levels.
The wind turbine will not turn unless there is a sustained wind of approximately 8 mph for a period of 4 minutes so gusty winds will not cause the turbine to turn. The wind makes the turbine blades turn under low wind conditions (8 mph) due to the pitch/angle of the blades. It turns the same speed all the time. It has an internal brake that will shut the unit off when the wind speed exceeds 50 mph.
The energy generated by the wind turbine does not affect the Wye Mills campus electric bill directly. The energy is fed directly to the Higher Education Building which is not on the campus electrical grid. The College invoices the Higher Education Center for the energy produced at a rate equivalent to the rate they would pay if the power was being generated by Delmarva Power and Light.
Chinese Pavilion 
Representatives from Suzhou, China joined Queen Anne’s County officials for the dedication of a pavilion on the campus of Chesapeake College on Monday, May 16, 2011.
Members of the public were invited to attend the dedication ceremony around the pavilion at 4 pm.
A gift from the people of Suzhou to the people of Queen Anne’s County, the Canglang Pavilion was constructed by Chinese artisans. It is located between the college’s main buildings and athletic fields.
The President and other Administrators 
President - Dr. Barbara A. Viniar 
In July 2008 Barbara Viniar became the first woman president of Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Prior to her presidency she served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University for five years. Under her leadership the Institute achieved national recognition for its leadership programs and its unique online community college leadership assessment instrument. Prior to joining Cornell University, Viniar was president of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for nine years. She is the founder of the Berkshire Leadership Program. From 1978 to 1994, Viniar held a variety of administrative positions at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Viniar has studied leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned her doctorate in 1984 from the Institute for Leadership Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where her dissertation was “Women’s Moral Development in Contemporary Fiction,” and her M.A. and B.A. from Lehman College, City University of New York. Viniar was a Kellogg National Fellow from 1986-1989 and serves on the planning committee for the biannual forums of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Maryland. Viniar has always been an advocate for women’s equity. She served as the legislative liaison on the national board of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges from 1991-1995, and on the Foundation Board of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges/National Institute for Leadership Development from 1998-2004.
- Kathryn A. Barbour
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Economic Development
- Douglass P. Gray
Vice President for Technology and Academic Support
- Richard D. Midcap
Vice President for Administrative Services And Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services
- Chandra Gigliotti-Guridi
Dean of Learning Resources/Academic Support Services
- Susan Cianchetta
Director Human Resources
- Anthony Patterson
Director of Facilities
- Maureen Gilmartin
Dean for Career and Professional Studies
- Kimberly Miller
Director of Institutional Planning, Research & Assessment
- Kathleen J. Petrichenko
Dean for Recruitment Services
- Michael Dugan
Executive Director for Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Training
- Joan M. Seitzer
Dean for Retention Services
- Dr. Eleanor Welsh
Dean for Liberal Arts and Sciences
Board of Trustees 
- Margaret Myers (2000-2017)
Ms. Myers served for two terms as a Caroline County Commissioner, from 1990 -1998. She served as President of the Commission her entire time in office. During that time, she also represented the county on the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), serving for several years on the Executive Committee.
- L. Nash McMahan (2010-2015)
Mr. McMahan currently is Past President of the Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association, newly elected to the Mid Atlantic Petroleum Dealers Association Board of Directors, serves M&T Bank-Mid Atlantic on their Directors Advisory Council and is a Committee Chair for the Chesapeake College Foundation Board. He served on the Board of Directors for Caroline Chamber of Commerce, the Mid Shore Council on Family Violence and represented Caroline County on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board.
- Vaughn D. Evans, Sr. (2009-2014)
- Don W. Bradley (2002-2018), Vice-Chair
Mr. Bradley has served as an elected local government official since 1977 and is the former mayor of Hurlock. He also serves as Chairman of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries, is a member of the Board of Directors of the FORVM for Rural Maryland, is Past President of the Maryland Municipal League, and is a member of the Class of 2000 of Leadership Maryland.
- Matthew D. Hogans (2011-2016)
Mr. Hogans is a past president of the Chestertown Rotary, past member of the Chester River Health System Foundation Board, current president of the Eastern Shore Leadership Council, and a member of the Maryland Business Council. Mr. Hogans has held positions with Hapag-Lloyd AG, Atlantic Container Line, Port of Baltimore and Hale Intermodal.
- Thomas M. Groce, Jr. (2003-2015)
Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Rural Development Corporation, Board of Trustees of Thomas H. Kiah Masonic Lodge #101, and is past Executive Board member of the Kent County Retired Teachers Association and a volunteer for American Red Cross of Delmarva Peninsula.
Queen Anne’s County
- Jennifer C. Doege (2009-2014)
Mrs. Doege has served as parent coordinator for the Partners for Success Resource Center for the Queen Anne's County Board of Education since 2004. She also chairs the Queen Anne's County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee, is co-chair of the Queen Anne's County Autism Support Group and a member of the Queen Anne's County Council for Children and Youth.
- Dr. Michael E. Pelczar (2002-2017)
Dr. Pelczar is Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Infection Control. Dr. Pelczar is a member of several societies and associations related to his profession, including the Queen Anne's County Medical Society.
- M. Catherine Poe (2008-2018), Chair
Ms. Poe has been an editor of a weekly newspaper, a freelance writer, and a published poet.
- Blenda Armistead (2011-2016)
Mrs. Armistead served as County Manager and Finance Officer for Talbot County for 17 years. Prior to her appointment as County Manager, she was the Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs in the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also served the Virginia higher education system in several capacities at both the State Council of Higher Education and the Virginia Community College System.
Student population 
Below are the characteristics of the student population from the fall 2012 semester:
|Funded FTE (Full-Time Equivalent)||1,548||Example|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||8||<1%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||5||<1%|
|Two or More Races||36||1%|
|Queen Anne's County||698||26%|
|Student Intent||Total||% Total|
|Plan to Transfer to 4 yr. college||1,075||40%|
|Career Training and/or Development||1,266||48%|
Programs of study 
Careers and Professional Studies 
Chesapeake College currently offers 13 Certificate programs. The Certificates that are available are specifically designed to assist students in upgrading their skills or providing the knowledge base for entry level employment. The Certificate programs are 12 credits and generally take a minimum of a year to complete. Most of all the Certificate programs that Chesapeake College offers can lead into Degree Programs to further education in a specific field of study. According to Anne Bishop, who is the Registration & Records Specialist at Chesapeake College 40 Certificates will be awarded to graduating students in May 2013.The Surgical Tech and Food Service Certificate programs are two of the most popular chosen by students.
- Accounting Basic Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Letter of Recognition-Tax
- Business Administration, A.A
- Business Management Technology, A.A.S Certificate, Letter of Recogniti
- Includes certifications for areas in Corrections, Crime Scene Technician, Law Enforcement, and Natural Resources
- 'Drafting and Welding certifications, degree options, and Letters of Recognition
- Emergency Medical Services
- Nationally Registered Paramedic
- Cardiac Rescue Technician
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Radiologic Sciences
- Surgical Technology Certificate
Technical/Professional Studies 
Chesapeake College offers over 27 different degree programs or certificates in career related areas. These areas are health related fields, computer related fields, criminal justice, paralegal studies, business, and early childhood education. Some programs offered in the health related fields are nursing, radiological tech, surgical tech, and options in the emergency medical fields. The computer related fields options include cyber security, web design and multimedia, and applications software specialist. About half of all credit students enrolled at Chesapeake College are career students and over the past 5 years over 40% of the graduates were from career programs.
The Dean of the Division of Career & Professional Studies is Ms. Maureen Gilmartin, who also attended Chesapeake College.
Liberal Arts and Sciences 
The Associate of the Arts degree program in Liberal Arts and Sciences is designed to help students meet the transfer requirements of four year colleges and universities. To aid students in this process Chesapeake College offers both on campus advising and flexible programs that are designed to meet the general education needs of most colleges and universities. Students also have access to ARTSYS, an online system which allows students to check if their credits will transfer to other Maryland Universities or Colleges.
Chesapeake College has recently begun to offer education and environmental science transfer programs. The education transfer program allows students to transfer the credits from their first two years to any University of Maryland teacher preparation program which are available in early childhood education, elementary education, special education, English, Math, and Science. In addition to the new programs Chesapeake College offers transfer programs in African American Studies (Letter of Recognition Program), Business Administration Transfer, and General College Studies (Emphasis in Allied Health).
Many cite the current economy for the rising popularity of transfer programs, which is shown by the 5% jump in transfer students from community colleges between the 2010 and 2012 fiscal years. In 2012 Salisbury University accepted 88 new transfer students from Chesapeake College, out of a total of 673 transfer students.
Continuing Education and Workforce Training 
Chesapeake College works with partners in the surrounding counties to connect students who receive training for jobs. With the Open Door Policy, the College requires students to be 16 years of age  however, check course description. If interested in Continuing Education and Workforce Training, individuals are encouraged to visit and/or fill out an application  as well as speak with a College advisor for any assistance  however, it is not a requirement. The mission of Chesapeake College is to educate individuals from the surrounding counties  including individuals who are permanent, international as well undocumented  in order to reach their training goal. Once registered, tuition can be paid through a variety of methods such as deferred or credit card payment. In addition, Chesapeake College has services for students such as bus transportation, career and employment counseling. Furthermore, the campus does have policies that students need to adhere to for example, no drugs, alcohol or tobacco products. Students who enroll into the non credit continuing education program courses and receive ten hours of training may receive one continuing education unit (CEU) when appropriate.
In 2012, the number of students enrolled in Continuing Education Programs at Chesapeake College was 9,287. In the Fall of that year, they made up 64% of the total student body. While for the fiscal year of 2011, the full-time enrolled students in Continuing Education courses made up 33% of enrollment.
Continuing Education/Workforce Training Programs include: Bank Teller Training Boating, Professional Captain’s School, Child Care, Food Service Management, Assisted-Living Manager Training, Case Manager/Delegate Nurse, Dental Assisting, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Coding Specialist Certificate, Medical Transcription, Medicine Aid for Long-Term Care Facilities, Nursing Assistant, Personal Fitness Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Home Inspection Licensure Prep and Exam, Real Estate and Real Estate Appraisal, Truck and Bus Driver, Veterinary Assistant Training, Wedding Planner
Honors Program 
The Honors Program seeks to provide and develop unique teaching and learning experiences, through intellectually intriguing projects and off campus retreats, in order to equip students for success at Chesapeake College and beyond. The Honors Program provides students and instructors with opportunities to learn and interact with one another through Honors courses, contracts, and events. The purpose of this program is to help students take control of their educational experiences by allowing more interaction with course materials, faculty, classmates, and the community.
- Requirements for Enrollment
Although students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievements are encouraged to enroll, prior academic performance is not the only criteria for entering the program. In order to be considered for the Honors Program a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or special permission from an instructor. Incoming students will be evaluated using their high school GPA, if they wish to enroll in the program. If the course is not a designated Honors course and the student wishes to make it an Honors course he or she must receive special permission from the instructor and provide the Honors Director with clear objectives that would differentiate the course work from that of non-Honors students. Honors courses seek to fulfill the following criteria:
- The course will be seminar or practicum based, either through small groups or individual research, where students participate in guided instruction allowing for greater student responsibility and creativity in the learning process.
- An Honors course may include such methodologies as peer collaboration, field research, self-guided projects, reports, presentations to peers and faculty, engagement with more challenging texts, and other similar assignments.
The Chesapeake College Honors Program provides students with many benefits including, smaller class sizes, a seminar setting, individualized attention from the instructor, opportunities to attend local conferences and retreats, scholarship opportunities to both Chesapeake and other institutions, and special recognition on transcripts and at graduation.
- In order to be considered for special recognition at graduation or on transcripts students must
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their time at Chesapeake. Students must achieve a final grade of a “B” or higher in order to receive credit for an Honors course
- Complete a minimum of five Honors courses in three or more of the following academic disciplines (English, Mathematics, Fine Arts/Culture, Natural Science, Social/Behavioral Science, and Career/Professional Studies).
Relationship with counties 
The five Counties Caroline, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Dorchester share a $9 million contribution to the new Allied Health and Athletics at Chesapeake. There was a 3-2 vote with Caroline County and Dorchester County being the two that voted against the contribution. The state has decided to give the college $27 million which is 75% towards construction and leaves the other counties to pay 25%. Each College has pays a debt of about $120,000 a year for the next 20 years.
Caroline County will no longer be funding money to Chesapeake College, which causes the other Mid-Shore counties that also make contributions to have to make a permanent increase in their budget. Jeff Ghrist is the Vice President and the spokesperson for Caroline County at the last budget meeting. Ghrist argues that they wouldn’t be able to contribute to the $1 million – or $200,000 to pay for an emergency roof replacement that none of the counties knew about this problem until the meeting. Caroline County is not as wealthy as some of the other counties that fund the college. They need time to build financially before being ready to fund the college again.
Alliances with other Institutions 
Macc - Maryland Association of Community Colleges 
Maryland's 16 community colleges provide an abundance of outstanding early college access programs for high school students, giving them the opportunity to accelerate their pursuit of a college degree or certificate. According to the MACC 2013 Databook, for the Fall semester of 2012 Chesapeake College had a total of 1,075 credited transfer students, 552 were enrolled full-time and 523 were enrolled part-time. For the fiscal year of 2012 Chesapeake College awarded a total of 272 degrees, where139 were Transfer Degrees, and133 were Career Degrees. For the fiscal year of 2012 Chesapeake College made up 23% of career degrees awarded in Maryland community colleges.
ARTSYS – The Articulation System for Transferring Courses from one Maryland University or College to Another 
Chesapeake College help students meet their educational requirements for graduation, transfer to a four year college or university, or obtaining training for a career. Chesapeake College participates in ARTSYS, a computerized data information system that helps ease the transfer of students from Maryland community colleges to all institutions within the University of Maryland system. ARTSYS allows students and advisors at the institutions to ascertain the transferability status of any community college course. It indicates whether the course is transferable and, if so, indicates the receiving institution’s equivalent course number or applicability towards elective credits. It also indicates the general education area(s), at both the sending and receiving institutions, applicable to the course.
Student Organizations 
Phi Theta Kappa
The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honors society of two year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa seeks to recognize the academic achievements of two year college students and provide leadership training, a sharing of knowledge by members, and membership earned through qualification, honor, and service. Membership through Phi Theta Kappa provides students with the opportunity to participate in community outreach and promote academic achievement in the community. Also, members receive special recognition and information about scholarships available to them as they continue their education. Those wishing to become part of the Chesapeake College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa must be offered membership and will only be accepted after filling out an application and the student’s eligibility is reviewed. Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, accumulated 12 or more college credits, and declared a major.
Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
Campus Crusade for Christ seeks to connect Jesus and the community. As a club, CRU looks to challenge, share, and help friends and grow as a community, sharing and pursuing a relationship with Christ and have fun while doing it.
Chesapeake College Student Educators Association
The Chesapeake College Student Educators Association seeks to promote both an interest in and preparation for a future career in education. This organization, found on local, state, and national levels provides its members with an opportunity to make both personal and professional connections in the field of education.
The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
The Gay Straight Alliance seeks to nurture an active and diverse culture at Chesapeake College. The GSA strives to provide opportunities for students to form friendships and encourages open-mindedness toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual community.
The Green Team wishes to bring awareness to eco-friendly practices along the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As a club, the Green Team works with public and private schools to encourage green practices among the residents especially the younger generations.
CLEEN: Center for Leadership in Environmental Education
CLEEN is an organization, promoted by Chesapeake College, that strives to use beneficial and renewable energy sources. This community plans to help provide education, and training in new energy, and also plans to be a resource for business building. One of the more notable actions of this organization was the erection of the Wind Turbine at the College on November 1, 2011.
Happy Hands was created to teach students and help them understand the basics of American Sign Language. The club looks to create a comfortable environment in which to learn the basics of sign language, with no prior experience needed to join.
The Outdoors Club seeks to provide an opportunity for students of Chesapeake College to participate in outdoor activities some of which include, skiing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and much more.
Peake Communications Club
The Communications Club seeks to provide students who are interested in communications with opportunities to learn and receive hands on experience in order to communicate successfully in the world. The club will explore all aspects of communication and will tailor club activities to the specific interests of club members.
Peake Disc Golf Club
The Disc Golf Club of Chesapeake College looks to provide students and disc golf aficionados with the opportunity to promote the healthy aspects of the sport around the campus.
The Peake Players
The Peake Players are a group of drama students. The Peake Players present a large production during the course of each semester and present a murder mystery dinner during the summer months.
Student Production Club
The student production club looks to provide students with an opportunity to experience all that a production entails by producing one play each semester and taking part in other presentations and activities to bring awareness to the club as well as the theatre.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association at Chesapeake College offers students the chance to plan events around campus and voice their opinions regarding college policy. Most of the activities that occur on campus; dances, lectures, bus trips, socials, etc. are sponsored by SGA. The activities offered on campus are little to no cost for students.
Student Nursing Organization
The student nursing organization was founded in 1998, providing students with a way to influence non-circular activities that will have an impact on them and open communication between students and faculty. Membership is open to current nursing students only.
Surgical Technology Club
The Surgical Technology Club of Chesapeake promotes the importance and quality of health education and services for students. The club will provide guidance on the educational standards needed to continue on in surgical technology and will work in conjunction with other institutions in order to promote school health.
UHURU, meaning freedom in Swahili and whose motto is “knowledge is freedom,” was founded in 1982. UHURU seeks to promote and preserve the culture and history of African Americans as well as encourage integrity, pride, and unity among the college campus.
The Chesapeake College Veterans Club works to assist all veterans and active members from every branch of the military transition from the battle field to the classroom.
The Skipjack softball team was first introduced in 1992 when the college expanded the athletic program to include intercollegiate sports.
The 2012-2013 team is currently composed of 10 freshman and 2 sophomores which have been credited with 31 wins and 5 losses. The team is scheduled to make their way to the NJCAA Division II Region XX championship in May.
Durie Hayes is the head coach of Skipjacks softball team. Mr. Hayes is a former Chesapeake College student and a championship-winning coach. Prior to coaching at Chesapeake College, Mr. Hayes was the softball coach at Easton High School and created “a softball powerhouse.” Since assuming the coaching role at Chesapeake College, Mr. Hayes has lead his team to many victories and championship competitions. Under the leadership of Mr. Hayes, the Skipjacks have accomplished the following:
2009- NJCAA Division II Region XX championship and Division II World Series
2010- Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference title and NJCAA Division II Region XX championship. 
- Men's Soccer
- Women's Volleyball
The Chesapeake College Men’s Basketball team won their first Region XX championship on March 2, 2008. Head Coach John Mappas led the Skipjacks to a 27-4 season. The 2007-2008 Skipjacks basketball team had four major contributors to their team. Sophomore center Andrew Lee was MVP of the NJCAA Division I Region XX tournament and all-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference first team. Sophomore shooting guard Preston Faulk was named to the all-Region XX Division I second team and all-Maryland JuCo second team. Freshman point guard Aubin Reeves and Ty Newman made all-Tournament team in the Skipjacks success.
The men’s basketball team has been coached by Joel Derring since the 2009-2010 season and is currently still the head coach. Each season Coach Derring has been coach the team record has improved. Chesapeake was the 2nd highest scoring team among Maryland junior colleges in the 2012-13 season, averaging 88.7 points per game.
The 2012-13 men’s basketball team faced a few non-conference opponents to kick off the season. The team gets a couple games to see what they are made of against a couple Division 2 level teams like UDC & Bowie State University.
Akanni Salako scored a school-record 47 points and set another Chesapeake College record for most 3’s in a single game with 11 3-pointers Monday night as the Skipjacks routed the U.S. Naval Academy's junior varsity, 113-49. Salako made 15-of-26 field-goal attempts, including 11-for-19 from the 3-point line, and sank all six of his free throws during his record-breaking performance.
Chesapeake Men’s basketball players who made NCJAA All- Americans
- Jamaine Young 1997-98 1st team (first person from the College to make first team)
- Rayfield Wallace 1981-82 2nd team
- Errick Roberts 1994-95 2nd team
- Andrew Lee 2003-04 3rd team
- Cyril Djoukeng 2003-04 Honorable Mention
Chesapeake College 2008 Hall Of Fame Inductees:
Carrire Dilling 1993-1995 two time MVP for the women’s basketball team in the years 1993 and 1994. She also was named Chesapeake College’s female athlete of the year in 1994.
Mandy Supers played for the women’s basketball team from 1997-1999. She set the record for not only single season, but career scoring and rebounding. Before leaving Chesapeake she set another record of most free throws in a season and a career. Mandy was also women’s MVP and named Chesapeake female athlete of the year for 1997- 1998. Other milestones that Mandy achieved at Chesapeake College were All-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference team as a freshman and the following season finishing seventh in scoring and fourth in rebounding in the final NJCAA Division ll statistics.
Reba Reese All Maryland Junior College athletic Conference selection in women’s basketball Set the school record in the most points ( 508) during her Chesapeake career. She also holds the record for assists and career records for both field goals made and two point field goals made.
Damon Nichols, hired in 2009 after Chesapeake failed to field a team the previous season, led the Skipjacks to a first-round state tournament win in his third season. That resurgence set the stage for this year’s record-breaking campaign, which included a 14-game winning streak. Nichols led the Women's basketball team to their first state title, region title and trip to nationals in 2012(28-4). Nichols had a repeat the following year with a record of (22-3).
Record set by 2011-2012 Women's Team
- First State Championship
- First Regional Championship
- First Women's team to go to Nationals
- Ranked #19 twice in a season
- Most Wins
- Best Record
- Most winning streak
- 7th in the Nation
- Lowest Loss Percentage
Stuart M. Bounds Fitness Center 
Chesapeake College opened the Stuart M. Bounds Fitness Center in August 2008 after a major expansion and renovation of the College's fitness facilities. State-of-the-art cardio and weight-training options are available for current credit students, college faculty and staff, and Continuing Education students. The Fitness Center is open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm and is closed periodically for weight training classes.
Additional athletics 
- Open Gym (Basketball Courts)
- Running/Walking Trails
- Olympic Size Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Disk Golf Field
School mascot 
In August 2009, Cap’n Jack was introduced as the official Chesapeake College Skipjacks mascot. Cap’n Jack is a loveable, green parrot pirate who proudly wears the white and blue school colors on his pirate attire and sports a grand pirate hat and an eye patch. Cap’n Jack is known for his appearances at community and college events and also has his own fan following on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter where he keeps students, faculty, and the community aware of upcoming events at the Peake.
Notable alumni 
- Richard F. Colburn - Maryland State Senator, R-37 Mid-Shore, 5th term, Chairman of the Eastern Shore Delegation Committee, Town Manager of Federalsburg
- Wheeler R. Baker - former Maryland State Delegate
Hospital services 
Together with Memorial Hospital at Easton in Easton, MD, Chesapeake College offers various Allied Health programs. The Allied Health facilities, located at Memorial Hospital, include a computer lab, four classrooms, one of which is for distant learning, and a lab for hands on learning, along with many offices which serve as a "full service center with registration and business office functions", and a medical library. In the near future the hospital plans to move its location. In preparation for this move the Chesapeake College's physical education building will be renovated to accommodate the new home of the Allied Health program and facilities.
Allied Health programs 
- MacQueen Gibbs Wills School of Nursing is a 2 year program where students can earn an Associate of Science degree.
- Emergency Medical Services includes various program options:
- EMS degree program is an 18 month program where students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. General education classes are required for this course.
- EMS certificate program is an 18 month program where students can earn a certificate. General education classes are not required for this course.
- Nationally Registered Paramedic is a 2 semester program where students can earn a certificate.
- Cardiac Rescue Technician is an 11 month program where students can earn a letter of recognition.
- Phlebotomy is a 3 course, 9 credit program where students can earn a letter of recognition.
- Physical Therapist Assistant is a 2 year program where students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
- Radiology is a program where students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, this course requires no less than 6 semesters.
- Surgical Technology is an 11 month certificate program.
Charitable contributions 
Many of Chesapeake College's faculty and students frequently join together to donate their time and talent back to the community. Their contributions have benefited various organizations and charities that extend beyond Maryland. Additionally, the college houses the Volunteer Center, providing the space as well as staff. The central purpose of this center is to "serve as a clearinghouse for nonprofits and volunteers serving Chesapeake College’s five counties".
- Katrina- When a category 5 hurricane, named Katrina, swept through the Gulf coast August 2005 causing mass destruction and casualties, Chesapeake College came together as a community and organized a variety of relief efforts.
- Alternative Spring Break- for the last few years students have dedicated their spring break to join with the Habitat for Humanity organization in their venture to help rebuild New Orleans.
- The Gulf Coast commitment employed several different relief efforts. For instance, the Chesapeake College Cares: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief was a 2 week operation to raise money for the communities affected by the hurricane, where they raised nearly $4000. During this time the athletic department donated money received from concessions and cookout sales, to the relief. Furthermore, the college offered student victims the opportunity to enroll in Chesapeake, free of charge, for the fall semester. The school also explored the idea of donating used computers, as well as books to colleges and libraries damaged during the storm.
- Phi Theta Kappa- held a blanket drive for Midshore Council on Family Violence in order to donate new or gently used blankets to clients of a local shelter. The honor society received 66 blankets from students and faculty of the college. Members also collected "used cell phones as part of the national Cell Phones for Soldiers project.", planted grasses at Pickering Creek and organized a trash pick up along the highway.
- Battle against Cancer- The women's volleyball team and men's soccer team raised money towards the Dig Pink Foundation and "Kick It To Cancer" campaign.
- Samaritan House- Chesapeake College students collected non parishable food items and the baseball team donated the money raised from a pancake breakfast that was held at at local restaurant to a local Samaritan House.
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