Academic Operations and Services
Academic Affairs Division
Main Building, Room 251
The Office of Academic Operations and Services oversees academic strategic design and planning to strengthen the academic enterprise, provides assessment and analytic support services to sustain a culture of evidence. The office also supports accreditation and manages accreditation related activities.
The Office offers guidance, training, and support for faculty and institutional leaders in the collaborative curriculum and assessment processes.
The Office is also dedicated to creating partnerships with other schools by forming alignments and articulations. These articulation agreements are designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to Baltimore City Community College and from Baltimore City Community College to four-year institutions.
Types of Assistance
- Guidance on the Middle States’ accreditation standards and processes.
- Direction and support in the development of student learning outcomes at the institutional, program, and course levels.
- Guidance, training, and support for Deans, Associate Deans, Program Coordinators, and faculty.
- Training and support on processes of assessment for course instructors.
- On-going monitoring of curriculum and programs.
- Support in the development and revision of programs.
- Serves as the College liaison between BCCC and Maryland Higher Education Commission.
- Grade Grievances
Articulation and Transfer Center
Main Building, Room 233
|Coordinator of Articulation Services: Karen Mobley
|Transfer Specialist: Teara Oliver-Moore
Articulation and Transfer Center provides services to assist students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Our programs and services focus on supporting a successful transition, helping transfer students build connections and community, and guiding students as they explore and pursue their academic and career goals. Additionally, the office focuses on assisting students to acquire and process knowledge of self and future goals for careful planning. The Articulation & Transfer Center is a service available to all current and former BCCC students, and can assist students through the transfer exploration and application process. The center also works to partner with multiple four-year college and universities to ensure that BCCC has formalized articulation agreements to ensure seamless transitions for BCCC students.
We provide assistance with things like:
- Planning the necessary steps to transfer successfully
- Searching for colleges that meet your needs
- Understanding the admissions process and college applications
- Reverse transfer options
- Articulation services
- Internet and computer access for transfer research and opportunities
We also present transfer planning workshops and coordinate transfer fairs and events. In our office you can access the Internet, college catalogs, transfer guides, and materials to research four-year universities. Staff is available to answer questions and provide support during the transfer process.
Bellevue University at BCCC
Main Building, Room 121
email@example.com or transfer.bellevue.edu/bccc
Bellevue University is excited to collaborate with Baltimore City Community College and its administrators, board of trustees, faculty, staff, and students to assist in their pursuit of higher education. As Baltimore City Community College continues to “Change Lives and Build Communities” and celebrate its 70th Year Anniversary, Debra Vines, Community College Relationship Manager for Bellevue University is looking forward to the opportunity to offer BCCC constituents and students the option to transfer to one of the premier open access institutions in the country where students: “Get Real Learning for Real Life”!!
Main Building, Room 013
Monday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(first Saturday of each semester)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change with prior notice.
Bookstore Returns Policy
- All returns must be in resalable condition and accompanied by a receipt. Materials with highlighting, writing, marks, stamps, or labels will not be accepted
- With a valid BCCC receipt, textbook returns are allowed:
16 week courses (Spring and Fall): First two weeks of class
Accelerated courses: First week of class
Winter and Summer sessions: First week of class
Textbooks bought after the first two weeks of the semester will receive a 48 HOUR return privilege. Books purchased during final exams week are non-returnable.
- Custom packaged and shrink wrapped books MUST be returned in their original (unopened) packing
- Study guides, software, lab manual, supplies, electronics, food items, and custom materials cannot be returned.
- General merchandise in perfect condition may be returned within 10 BUSINESS DAYS of purchase
- Cash and check transactions will be refunded in cash. Credit card and financial aid 3rd party transactions will be refunded back to the account.
- All sales are FINAL on clearance merchandise.
- Students whose course has been cancelled may return their books within 2 BUSINESS DAYS after the course has been cancelled with documentation.
- The BCCC bookstore reserves the right to determine the saleability of all merchandise.
- BOOK BUYBACKS are held at the end of every semester during FINALS. Inquire within for upcoming dates
In addition to new and used text books, the Bookstore offer a selection of school supplies, convenience supplies, BCCC leisure wear, and sundry items. The Bookstore accepts cash and credit cards. Personal checks are accepted only with two forms of identification.
Career Development and Employment Services
Main Building, Room 110
Workforce Development & Continuing Education
The Career Development Center has Career Services Staff who assist students in securing off-campus employment, provides access to State, national, and website employment information, and maintains a computerized resume/cover letter system. The Career Development Staff is committed to supporting the constantly evolving needs of the workforce, and provide a wide range of strategies for connecting students and alumni with training and employers in search for viable candidates to fulfill vacant positions in their companies.
The Career Development and Employment Services Office provides workshops on preparing resumes, developing job searching strategies; coordinate career fairs; employee seminars; on-campus recruitment sessions and maintains of a computerized employer information library.
This office is a proponent of the Career Pathways, a workforce development strategy used to support workers transitions from education into and through the workforce. This strategy has been adopted at the federal, state and local levels to increase education, training and learning opportunities for America’s current and emerging workforce.
Career Pathways are an integrated collection of programs and services intended to develop students’ core academic, technical and employable skills; provide them with continuous education, training; and place them in high-demand, high opportunity jobs. For more information students can contact the Career Development and Employment Services Office at 410-462-8470.
Center for Academic Achievement (Tutoring)
Main Office: Main Building, Room 117
The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) is a multi-center academic service providing BCCC students with a diversity of tutoring and academic support services to assist them in attaining the course-specific knowledge and developing the learning skills necessary to become independent, engaged learners and achieve their academic goals.
Tutoring services are provided free of charge to help students master skills and course content. CAA staff is available to discuss appropriate study and time management strategies for college students to incorporate into their various content areas. Students can connect with a tutor by coming to any of our tutoring centers.
Tutoring Center Locations:
- Writing: MNB 102
- Math: MNB 104
- Science: LSB 302
- Business, Accounting and Technology: MNB 320
The CAA also provides a range of learning environments and resources to promote learning success and engagement:
- Individual and small group tutoring
- Online tutoring
- Assistance with forming study groups
- Academic coaching
- Study skills workshops
- Learning spaces equipped with computer and study stations, textbooks, manipulatives, scientific models, and hands-on laboratories
Chi Alpha Epsilon
Main Building, Room 251
Chi Alpha Epsilon is a national honor society founded in 1990 to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria or who utilize developmental and educational support services. BCCC’s Epsilon Beta Chapter is the first of its kind in Baltimore. Students invited to membership must:
- hold a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.
- be enrolled for two consecutive full-time semesters or three to four consecutive part-time semesters with the required G.P.A.
- be admitted to the college via a developmental program
Child Care Center
The Clarence W. Blount Child Development Center
Harper Hall, 1st Floor
The Clarence W. Blount Child Development Center provides quality childcare services for the children of students who attend Baltimore City Community College. Staff and Faculty employed by the college may also utilize the services offered through the center. There are a limited number of spaces available for children from the community.
The Clarence W. Blount Child Development Center strives to promote quality and affordable childcare for children 6 months –12 years of age. We employ professional staff members who are certified and trained to provide quality care to children in an educational environment. Our staff also participates in the Credentialing Program of MSDE. Our center is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education under the Office of Child Care and complies with all requirements for a licensed childcare facility. In addition, our center shares membership in both the Baltimore City Childcare Association and the Maryland State Childcare Association. We are now able to offer Infant and toddler care, as well as Evening Care! We also offer scholarships under the CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents In School) grant obtained through the U.S. Department of Education. We are located in Harper Hall, room 115.
Complete College Baltimore
Academic Affairs Division
Main Building, Room 323-B
Complete College Baltimore at Baltimore City Community College supports and empowers learners to succeed as community college graduates, university transfer students, and career professionals.
Complete College Baltimore prepares students through:
- individualized, dedicated advisors and faculty members;
- career and employment support;
- free use of textbooks;
- guaranteed 2-year course schedule;
- smaller class sizes;
- monthly bus passes;
- support transferring to a 4-year university; and,
- tuition waivers for eligible students.
Computer and Information Technology Services and Labs
The College offers many free computer-related services to students and faculty. Registered students receive their own e-mail account which can be accessed from computers in the library and at the open computer labs. Knowledgeable staff members at these labs offer students technical assistance.
BCCC has instituted state-of-the-art multi-user and microcomputer-based applications utilizing various systems. Nearly all of the College’s existing computer labs have Internet access and connectivity to the College’s data center through high-speed fiber optics cabling.
The Business, Accounting and Technology Lab, located in MNB 320, has state-of-the-art computers to support the courses taught in the business disciplines, including: business, accounting, business computer applications, computer literacy, and computer information systems. Call 410-462-7417 for hours of operation.
The Computer Technology Club, 410-462-8542, gives advice and guidance to students considering the purchase of their own PC, software installation, systems configuration and troubleshooting, programming techniques, and Web page design.
The Open Computer Lab located in LSB 260 has 62 Pentium IV computers available Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Business, Accounting and Technology Lab, located in MNB 320, has state-of-the-art computers to support the courses taught in the business disciplines, including: business, accounting, business computer applications, computer literacy, and computer information systems. Call 410-462-7417 for hours of operation.
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences operates the Applied Social Science Research Laboratory. This state-of-the-art 30-station lab supports computer-based social science research and provides self-paced lessons in social science disciplines. Students have the opportunity to conduct social science research on a variety of professional level software and data sets. The lab supports the disciplines of economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
(Counseling) Student Support and Wellness Services
Main Building, Room 260
Student Support and Wellness Services strives to promote positive mental health to help students with their academic and personal goals at Baltimore City Community College. Any BCCC student is able to receive free and confidential individual counseling services. Common mental health issues students struggle with include stress, anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues, grief and loss, attention and focus difficulties, traumas, self-esteem issues, and substance abuse. Counseling sessions are a collaborative process to safely gain insight and take action to create positive change. Typically, the first visit is one hour with subsequent visits lasting approximately 45 minutes. Students can choose to come on a weekly, biweekly, or as needed basis. A student may be referred out to community agencies based upon factors such as expertise of the staff, medication management, and the availability of staff. Wellness workshops and events are given to the entire BCCC community on topics such as stress management, communication, and test anxiety. Please call for an appointment or inquire about our wellness events at 410-462-8384.
Disability Support Services
Main Building, Room 023
Voice: 410-462-8585; Fax: 410-462-8556;
The Disability Support Services Center (DSSC) provides students and faculty with assistance and information for meeting the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and integrating students with disabilities into Baltimore City Community College. The DSSC facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations and services for students who self-identify as having a documented disability. Documentation of a disability is required to determine the need for and what type of special aids or adaptations may be helpful on campus. Accommodations and services are rendered based on the students documented needs and are determined through an interactive process. Prospective students with disabilities are advised to contact the DSSC as early as possible to ensure timely provision of reasonable accommodations, which might include alternative testing arrangements, tape recording lectures, adaptive equipment, note-takers, interpreters, or specialized computer hardware and software. Services offered by the DSSC are academic advising, registration assistance, diagnostic testing, and instructor consultation.
English Language Instruction
English Language Instruction (ELI) offers a comprehensive series of English courses for immigrants, international students and others who want to get a college academic certificate or degree, or improve their language skills for professional development or personal enrichment. New students take a placement test at BCCC’s Business and Continuing Education Division (710 E. Lombard Street). The resulting placement recommendation indicates the student’s English proficiency level.
Academic Track courses are in the core areas of grammar, reading and writing. Available from intermediate through advanced levels, they satisfy the requirements for entry into credit courses for students seeking a college degree. Successful completion of both required 82-level courses qualifies a student for ENG 101 . International students who want language instruction to pursue a college degree must enroll in Academic Track courses. Other applicants studying English for career objectives or personal enrichment may enroll in Academic Track courses also.
Students whose ELI placement test scores indicate they are beginners enroll in ELI Continuing Education beginning-level classes. After successful completion of Level 2, students may choose to enroll in ELI Academic Track courses or continue with ELI Continuing Education courses. ELI Academic Track has three proficiency levels, intermediate through advanced (ELI 80, 81, and 82). Part-time or full-time study is possible in both areas.
Main Building, Room 107
At the BCCC Liberty Campus, the BCCC Café features a salad and soup bar, take-out dinners, and daily specials. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. during Fall and Spring semesters.
In addition to the Liberty Campus Café, vending machines are located at the Liberty Campus on the ground floor of the Main Building, the first floor of the Nursing Building, and the first floor of the PEC.
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 116
BCCC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and is a member of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO) and competes as a Division I member in all sports. BCCC fields competitive intercollegiate athletic teams in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s cross country and women’s volleyball.
Judicial Affairs and Title IX
Main Building, Room 260D
The Office for Judicial Affairs (OJA) is responsible for administrating a campus-wide student disciplinary system, which is student-centered and is based on educational and developmental principles. We strive to uphold community standards while respecting the rights of each student in the community. Our Student Code of Conduct embraces the principles of fair play, compassion, empathy, understanding, objectivity, respect for human dignity and the search for truth. The mission of the OJA is to encourage fairness, civility, and due process throughout the College community through the holistic development of students. The OJA supports the academic and behavioral standards of BCCC by adjudicating violations of the Student Conduct Code in a fair and consistent manner, treating each student with dignity and respect. Services provided by the OJA include but are not limited to:
- Prevention workshops
- Conflict resolution
- Title IX investigations
- Restorative justice
- Mediation services
- Academic Integrity investigations
- Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) coordination
- Incident Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) administrative hearings .
Kappa Beta Delta
Kappa Beta Delta is the international business honor society for two-year institutions established by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the accreditation body for BCCC Business and Technology programs. ACBSP extended its prestigious 10-year renewal of accreditation to BCCC in fall 2014.
The Alpha Omicron Chapter of Kappa Beta Delta at BCCC invites members who:
- are enrolled in an accredited business associate degree program
- have a minimum GPA of 3.0• have accumulated 15 credits at BCCC
- have accumulated a minimum of six credits in their particular business major
Membership in Kappa Beta Delta is lifetime. Members must stay active in chapter events.
The Bard Library, located on the Liberty Campus, is open day, evening and weekend hours. Specific opening hours are posted on the BCCC website, Library pages. Online access to e-books and e-journals is available to BCCC students, faculty and staff on a 24/7 basis once they have logged on to Canvas, the college’s Learning Management System.
Students are encouraged to obtain their BCCC picture ID card from Public Safety as soon as possible. Many library services require students to present their BCCC ID card.
The BCCC collection contains information in a variety of physical formats, including books, DVD’s, CD’s and printed copies of magazines and newspapers. The digital collection includes e-books, streaming videos, and full-text journals, magazines and newspapers. Some current textbooks are available for limited use. The Bard Library is a member of the Maryland Interlibrary Loan program and can request resources not available in the Library’s collection if needed to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff.
The Bard Library provides access to technology resources including computers, scanners, laptops, copiers and headphones for use in the library. The Microsoft Office Suite is available on all library computers and laptops.
The Library provides a variety of learning spaces for individual and group studying. There are seven group study rooms, all equipped with white boards. Two of these are equipped with large monitors for use with laptop computers. Group study rooms may be reserved by students, faculty and staff up to one week in advance by phone or at the Library.
The knowledgeable and friendly staff of the Bard Library can provide assistance with research assignments and projects. When the library is closed, students may obtain the assistance of a librarian though AskUsNow, a state-wide online reference service. A link to this service is available on the Library website.
Main Building, Room 116
Media Services provides a variety of instructional and production services to the College and the community. Media Services staff members maintain audio-visual equipment and schedule its use. Services include setting up public address systems for large classrooms and auditoriums.
Off Campus Centers
Life Sciences Institute (LSI)
University of Maryland, Baltimore BioPark
801 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
This is where BCCC meets workforce needs of Maryland’s growing bioscience industry, by preparing students for careers in the high-demand bio/ medical field. This new, top-notch facility enables BCCC Biotechnology and Science Transfer students to pursue their Associate degrees or Certificates on the UMB campus. Short-term training courses include: Multi-Skilled Medical Technician, Nursing Assistant, Venipuncture and Specimen Collection Techniques, Medical Terminology, Medicine Aide and Anatomy and Physiology. The LSI also prepares students for jobs they may acquire with various biotechnology companies whose operations are located at the BioPark.
National Weatherization Training Center and Supply Chain Management Institute
1819 East Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21213
Baltimore City Community College offers noncredit weatherization and distribution courses in East Baltimore using state-of-the-art equipment in the classroom, laboratories and through hands-on instruction. At the National Weatherization Training Center, basic construction trade skills become valuable tools for construction workers and weatherization employers that develop building energy efficiencies and structural repairs competencies. The Supply Chain Management Institute develops the skill sets necessary to fulfill regional business needs in the areas of warehousing, logistics, and supply chain management. BCED’s programs in these industries help meet the challenge of producing a pipeline of highly skilled candidates for current and future job growth in the Baltimore area
Reisterstown Plaza Center
Baltimore City Community College at Reisterstown Plaza Mall located in Northwest Baltimore, provides technology-based customized workforce training that prepares the Baltimore region’s workforce for the changing demands of Maryland’s economy. The Reisterstown Plaza Center offers a wide portfolio of noncredit courses that meet the needs of employers in the private and public sectors and prepare students to compete successfully for employment or advancement opportunities. In an atmosphere suitable for corporate and community-based clients, the center also accommodates community needs by providing conference and classroom spaces for meetings, trainings, testing, and seminars.
A parking permit is required to park on the Liberty Campus. Faculty, students, and staff who park on campus must obtain a parking hangtag by registering with the Public Safety Office. A current college ID and valid vehicle registration are required to purchase a hangtag.
The parking fee per semester is $25 for full-time students; $15 for part-time students; $45 for full-time faculty and staff; $30 for Skilled Service Staff; $25 for adjunct faculty and staff.
For more information, pick up the Parking Rules and Information booklet from Public Safety, Liberty Main 058, 410-462-7700, or Harbor Bard 103, 410-986-5500.
Parking at UM BioPark (BCCC Life Sciences Institute)
Students enrolled in the BCCC Life Sciences Institute Biotechnology degree programs have two options for parking:
- Parking is available on the street for $1.00 per hour (4 hour maximum)
- Parking is available on the sixth floor or above for student for $2/day with BCCC ID in Garage One located at 1 North Poppleton Street (at the corner of West Baltimore and Poppleton Streets). The garage closes at 10pm.
Phi Theta Kappa (Theta Alpha Chapter)
Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society founded in 1918, promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. The society is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official international honor society for two-year colleges. BCCC’s Theta Alpha Chapter is the oldest established chapter in Maryland. Students invited to membership must:
- be enrolled in an associate degree or certificate program
- have accumulated 24 credits (international students must have 12 credits at BCCC)
- have a minimum GPA of 3.4
- have earned no grade lower than a D (excluding developmental coursework)
Members must be active in chapter events and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to continue membership eligibility.
Main Building, Room 155
The Promise Academy at Baltimore City Community College serves as a comprehensive learning community which provides students with the necessary tools for success in their first level of developmental courses. Promise Academy offers various support services central to student achievement paving a pathway for continuous matriculation and College completion.
The mission of the Promise Academy is to prepare students for success in College through intensive first level developmental courses, tutoring, advising, and the creation of learning communities comprised of faculty, staff, tutors, and advisors who are committed to the full development and support of students during their experience at BCCC.
To ensure wrap-around services and academic support that are coordinated with the students’ needs. Additionally, Promise Academy seeks to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff with a continuous training model, which will available to faculty and staff beyond the training sessions that are now offered.
It is a one-time scholarship that pays for course and course materials.
Support Services that include:
- Comprehensive Learning Communities
- Embedded Tutoring
- One-on-one meetings
- Academic Advising
- Academic Accountability
- ACCUPLACER scores recommend placement into course MAT 80 (MAT 86 ) or ENG 80 (RENG 91 ).
- Mandatory attendance at the Promise Academy Student Information Session
Main Building, Room 058
The Public Safety Office is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for the College community. The Public Safety Offices at both campuses are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ID Booth Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Public Safety Office also issues college IDs and parking hangtags for the College community. Every BCCC student must have a valid College ID and present the ID to any College official upon request. ID services are available during Arena Registration at the Public Safety Office at the Liberty Campus, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Registration Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. At all other times, ID services are available from Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. A copy of the student’s paid bill and personal identification is required for a new ID or the validation of a returning student’s ID.
Emergency telephones are placed in strategic locations around the Liberty and Harbor Campuses. All emergency phones direct-dial to the Department of Public Safety Office. Grey emergency phones are located in the lobbies of buildings at the Liberty and Harbor campuses. Emergency phones are located near parking and the outside of several building on the Liberty Campus.
In addition, the Public Safety Office maintains an escort service upon request.
Personal property found on campus is turned over to the Public Safety Office, where it can be claimed with proper identification.
Preventive Dentistry Clinic
Life Sciences Building, Room 110
The Preventive Dentistry Clinic is available to all BCCC students, their families, and faculty as well as members of the community. It is staffed by students and professional faculty who provide dental cleanings, x-rays, and other preventive services for nominal fees. Head Start children and seniors from the community are routinely seen in the Clinic.
6776 Reisterstown Road
WBJC-FM 91.5-the “Classical Voice of Baltimore City Community College” and a primary affiliate of Public Radio International is on the air 24 hours each day year-round, offering a program of classical music, news, and information. WBJC is the largest public radio station in Maryland, with a 50,000-watt capacity reaching listeners in six states and the District of Columbia.
Scholars and Honors Programs
Student Affairs Division
Main Building, Room 020
Scholars and Honors Programs offer many benefits to high achieving students who maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative average. Programs include the Granville T. Woods and Reginald F. Lewis scholarships for graduating high school seniors from public, private or parochial schools.
Scholars and Honors Programs promote high academic performance in challenging courses designed by a creative team of instructors. Program participants are engaged in culturally enriching experiences, including visits to museums, symphony halls and live theater. Students gain experiential learning through prestigious internships and a global perspective through study abroad.
The College operates a free shuttle service between the Liberty, Harbor, and BioPark Campuses on a regular hour and half hour schedule during the fall and spring semesters from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Modified hours are in effect when classes are not in session (for example, spring and winter recess). The shuttle schedule also changes for summer sessions.
Student Life and Engagement
Main Building, Room 09E
The Student Activities office provides a comprehensive cultural, social, recreational, health and wellness, and intellectual environment for the entire College community.
The focus of the Student Activities Office is on:
- assisting students to integrate formal classroom learning with informal learning in out-of-classroom learning experiences;
- providing opportunities for student involvement as planners, organizers, or leaders in a variety of programs, clubs and organizations, student publications, musical and theatrical events;
- providing a wide array of programs and services that satisfy the needs of a diverse multicultural student population; and,
- offering an activities program that contributes to the College’s growth by attracting prospective students, providing services to members of the community, and retaining presently enrolled students.
In addition, Student Activities provides an opportunity for students’ growth and development through leadership groups and a variety of clubs and organizations.
Student Government Association (SGA)
Main Building, Room 09B
The student body is known as the Associated Students of Baltimore City Community College. All registered students are members of the Associated Students and should exercise their rights as members. The member board of the Associated Students is known as the Student Government Association (SGA). Its purposes are to promote the academic, cultural, and social growth of the student body; provide experience in the principles and practices of democratic government; and appropriate monies supplied by the Student Activity Fee. Anyone interested in applying for a Board position should contact the SGA.
Main Building, Room 001B
The official student publication is Panther Paws. Advised by faculty and staff and funded by the Student Activity Fee, Panther Paws is published each semester on the BCCC Website at www.bccc.edu. Panther Paws is staffed solely by BCCC students.
Student Success Center
Main Building, Room 020
Student Success Specialists help students:
- design a personalized educational plan;
- understand the General Education and College requirements;
- select first-semester courses that contribute to long-range educational goals;
- access College administrative, academic, and student services; and,
- meet transfer requirements.
First-time, full-time students are assigned to Student Success Advisor until they have attempted 12 college credits. The First Year Experience Advisor meets with them throughout their initial semesters to insure that they have a smooth transition to college life and to introduce them to college resources that will help them to succeed at BCCC and in their future endeavors. The overall goal is to help students become self-directed learners as the result of an ongoing relationship between Student Success Advisors and students. The College expects students to take the initiative in seeking out their advisor to set up regular meetings. The registration process requires the advisor’s signature each semester.
After first-time, full-time students acquire 12 college credits, they are included with other students who are assigned a Faculty Advisor in their area. The student keeps the same Faculty Advisor throughout his/her enrollment at the College unless the student changes programs or re-enters the College after a significant break in enrollment. The re-entering student is initially advised in the Student Success Center and is assigned a Faculty Advisor the following semester.
Throughout the academic year, Student Success Advisors are available to help students with academic, career, and personal concerns; interpret ACCUPLACER and other test scores; advise students on Academic Warning or Academic Dismissal status; assist students in making personal adjustments to college life; and guide them in the enhancement of their academic survival skills.
Workshops are offered in such areas as stress management, time management, test-taking skills, choosing a major, study skills, and motivation. Student Success Advisors help students develop a full awareness of career opportunities, and utilize computerized information systems in the career-planning process.
Student Support and Wellness Services
Main Building, Room 260
Student Support and Wellness Services (SSWS) provides free and confidential counseling to currently enrolled BCCC students who may want extra support with personal concerns affecting their academic success and general happiness. Students decide what they wish to focus on in counseling and collaborate with the counselor to develop goals to enhance their experience at BCCC and within other areas of the student’s life. Common mental health concerns addressed in counseling include stress, life planning and decision making, anxiety, depression, anger, relationships, grief and loss, self-esteem, and any other issue in which a student would like to improve for personal growth.
Workshops and classroom presentations are also conducted to help students and staff be mindful of how taking care of their mental health can improve their success and well-being. Topics such as test anxiety, time management, stress reduction, communication, and kinesthetic learning are offered on a monthly basis. SSWS is available to take requests from students and staff for topics and times workshops are offered. Private groups/workshops are conducted upon request.
TRIO: SSS/STAIRS Program
Main Building, Room 023
The TRIO/SSS-STAIRS Program is a federally funded Student Support Services program that is designed to increase the retention, graduation, and transfer rates of program eligible students through services that address their academic, personal/social, financial, career, and other needs. Specific services include academic tutoring, academic advising, financial aid information and assistance in completing financial aid applications, financial/economic literacy, book awards, transfer services, career information/exploration, and academic/cultural enrichment activities. Other activities of the program include the Clothing Swap and Give-Away, Single Parents’ Connection, and a variety of workshops that address the academic and non-academic needs of program participants. In addition to being citizens or permanent residents of the United States, two-thirds of the students enrolled in the program are low-income individuals who are also first-generation college students. The remaining students are either low-income individuals, first-generation college students, or individuals with disabilities. At least one third of the students with disabilities are also low-income individuals. All students accepted into the program must have a need for academic support. The TRIO/SSSSTAIRS program is funded for $1,677,240 through 2020.
TRIO: Upward Bound Math and Science Program
Main Building, Room 260
The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating Baltimore City high school students. The goal of the program is to help program participants recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science and ultimately in careers in the math and science profession. BCCC Upward Bound Math and Science program consists of Saturday sessions, high school visits, an intensive six-week academic and residential program, and a college bridge program. At the heart of the program is academic study in science, math, engineering and biotechnology. Additional course work in English composition, computer literacy, study skills and leadership training supplement the academic services. Individual and group counseling on personal and academic matters and financial aid information is readily available.
Vocational Support Services
Main Building, Room 121J
Vocational Support Services (VSS) provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) students with tools for academic success through workshops and individualized sessions. The Retention Specialist helps students identify learning strengths, target areas for improvement, and build the skills for successful learning and attainment of educational goals. The student and Retention Specialist work with faculty and other campus support services to identify barriers to success and develop strategies to help the student effectively manage the demands of college studies.
VSS offers a variety of services and student success workshops for CTE students. Services and workshops provided are
- Connections to Tutoring Support
- Vocational/Career Support
- Better Student Workshops
- Learning Strategies
- Goal Setting/Time Management
- Effective Study Skills
- Assessments of Learning Styles and Test Taking Skills
- Math Anxiety/Test Anxiety
Year Up is a one year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults ages 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and an internship with a corporation or the federal government. Our success is our graduates - enabling them to move on to a full-time career and higher education. Year Up is about providing opportunities for our young adults and maximizing their true potential. In partnership with the Baltimore Community College, students experience the following:
- Preparing for entry-level careers in information technology
- Learn business etiquette and personal finance
- Dressing for success
- Earn up to 22 college credits
- Earn a weekly stipend
- Earn a six-month paid internship
- Learn the soft skills required to succeed in a professional career
Year Up was founded on the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to realize his or her potential. Year Up recognizes that a national “Opportunity Divide” exists, a disconnection or gap from the economic mainstream that many of our youth experience. Our innovative approach takes four elements - education, experience, support, and guidance - and combines them into a system that emphasizes high expectations for quality work and professional behavior.
Our national success as of 2013 during a time of historic youth unemployment and the graduation of our largest class to date, Year Up saw 86% of its alumni go on to pursue full-time employment or education within four months of graduating. Those employed are earning an average starting wage of $15.86 per hour.