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CCBC re­ceives more than $1.4 mil­lion in state grant fund­ing

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BAL­TI­MORE COUNTY— The state of Mary­land is grant­ing $10 mil­lion in awards for Mary­land’s 16 com­mu­nity col­leges to ex­pand ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and work­force de­vel­op­ment pro­grams dur­ing the COVID-19 pandemic—and the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County is re­ceiv­ing the high­est grant al­lowance out all all state com­mu­nity col­leges.

A to­tal of $1,480,602 will be given to The Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County (CCBC) ex­pand work­force de­vel­op­ment cour­ses and con­tinue pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion that leads to govern­ment or in­dus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or li­cen­sure, par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on in­di­vid­u­als im­pacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through loss of em­ploy­ment.

The Gov­er­nor’s Emer­gency Ed­u­ca­tion Re­lief (GEER) Fund is a fed­eral grant for gover­nors to sup­port and as­sist lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion agen­cies, higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, and other ed­u­ca­tional en­ti­ties with emer­gency as­sis­tance due to COVID-19, and is part of the Coro­n­avirus Aid, Re­lief, and Eco­nomic Se­cu­rity (CARES) Act.

Gov­er­nor Ho­gan has com­mit­ted $45.7 mil­lion in GEER fund­ing to wide-rang­ing ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives, as well as an ad­di­tional $300 mil­lion for K-12 and higher ed­u­ca­tion through the CARES Act.

“Thanks to our state’s world-class aca­demic com­mu­nity, Mary­land con­tin­ues to be home to one of the most highly ed­u­cated work­forces in Amer­ica,” said Gov­er­nor Ho­gan.

“Now more than ever, it is crit­i­cal that we of­fer all Mary­lan­ders every op­por­tu­nity to get the tools they need to stay com­pet­i­tive in the job mar­ket, both dur­ing and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Count­less Mary­lan­ders will have the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from th­ese cour­ses and pro­fes­sional train­ing, which would not have been avail­able to them with­out this crit­i­cal fund­ing,” said Sec­re­tary of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr. James D. Fielder.

“This is an­other ex­am­ple of how the Ho­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion has taken the chal­lenges of this pandemic and turned them into op­por­tu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit Mary­land res­i­dents.

Each col­lege may use the funds to sup­port any of the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties/ser­vices:

Di­rect aid to stu­dents

Ma­te­ri­als, sup­plies, and equip­ment Cur­ricu­lum

Salaries and wages

Pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and tech­ni­cal train­ing Student re­cruit­ment, mar­ket­ing, and ad­ver­tis­ing Tech­nol­ogy train­ing, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, ex­am­i­na­tion and li­cen­sure fees/vouch­ers for pro­grams

The Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion’s Of­fice of Grants Man­age­ment is cur­rently ad­min­is­ter­ing th­ese awards.

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