University of the District of Columbia Community College

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University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC)
UDC-CC Logo.jpg
Established 1851 (1851)
Type Public, land grant, HBCU
Chairman Joseph L. Askew, Jr., Esq.
Academic staff
37 (100 part time adjuncts)[1]
Location Washington, DC, United States
Campus Urban

The University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) is an open-enrollment, public junior college located in Washington, D.C. It operates the Associate Degree, Certificate, Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs that are offered by the University of the District of Columbia.


The Normal School for Colored Girls was established in 1851 and by 1879, the name was changed to "Miner Normal School". Washington Normal School was established in 1873 for girls, and renamed the "Wilson Normal School" in 1913. In 1929, the United States Congress made both schools four-year teachers' colleges and renamed as "Miner Teachers College" for African Americans and "Wilson Teachers College" for whites. In 1955, the two schools merged and were enamed the "District of Columbia Teachers College".

In 1967, Congress awarded the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) land-grant status and a $7.24 million endowment (USD), in lieu of a land grant.

Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, UDC's programs were split and the UDC Community College (UDC-CC) assumed UDC's Associate Degree, Certificate, Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, with UDC's other colleges and schools going forward with the bachelor and graduate degree programs. While UDC-CC maintains an open enrollment policy, UDC has instituted higher admission standards for the bachelor and graduate programs.[2] These changes were in response to UDC's low graduation rate, where only 7.9% of students complete their degrees within 6 years.[3]

In early 2012, University of the District of Columbia Community College tried achieve independent accreditation but discovered that it couldn't get accredited because UDC's, its host university, finances were so unstable.[4]


UDC-CC offers the following academic programs:[5]

Certificate Programs[edit]

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Office Technology
  • Practical Nursing

Associate Degrees[edit]

  • Administrative Office Management
  • Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Business Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Accounting Technology
  • Computer Science Technology
  • Corrections Administration
  • Education
    • Infant / Toddler Education
    • Early Childhood/School Age (Pre-K – Grade 3)
    • General Education (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Fashion Merchandising New!
  • Graphic Communication Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality Management & Tourism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Assistant
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mortuary Science
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy

The 2009-10 year was a transition period where UDC-CC operated from the UDC campus while a new location for its programs was being developed. UDC-CC now provides classes at ten locations throughout Washington DC.[6]


The main (Van Ness) campus of UDC is located at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness St. in Northwest Washington, DC. UDC is primarily a commuter school and opened its first residential accommodations or dormitories in August 2010 by leasing an apartment building across the street from its campus.[3] Some UDC-CC students live in this dorm.[3] The main UDC campus will continue to house UDC-CC's mortuary science program.

UDC-CC has established a number of other locations to conduct its programs beginning with the Fall 2010 semester:

  • UDC-CC Center: 801 North Capitol Street NE - main academic and administrative center
  • Bertie Backus: 5171 S. Dakota Ave. NE - Health related and other programs
  • Excel Institute: 2851 V Street NE - automotive technology degree program
  • Ronald Reagan National Airport, Hangar #2 - aviation maintenance technology programs[7] Workforce development programs are offered at a number of DC High School campuses.

A location in the Bellevue neighborhood of Southeast D.C. may also open.[8]

UDC has announced plans to move the community college, headquartered near Union Station, back to Tenleytown as a facility cost cutting measure.[4] Other UDC officials said because of a strong union presence was to blame for the costs.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moltz, David (July 13, 2010). "Getting It Right the First Time". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ "About UDC-CC". UDC-CC. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Jenna (August 30, 2010). "The right spot for a UDC student to live". Washington Post. p. B1. 
  4. ^ a b c Gartner, Lisa (November 22, 2012). "UDC requests $4 million to lay off employees". The Examiner Newspaper. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Academic Programs". UDC-CC. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  6. ^ "UDC_CC Locations". UDC-CCaccessdate=2012-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Locations". UDC-CC. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  8. ^ DeBonis, Mike (May 31, 2010). "Late-night maneuvering gives Harris building to UDC for community college". The Washington Post. 

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