We are deeply saddened by the impact the
COVID-19 pandemic has had on our community. All of us are doing our best
to cope with the uncertainty in our lives. The disruption brought on by the
virus comes at a time when we should be celebrating the accomplishments of our
Seniors and guiding our Juniors to determine what their future may hold beyond graduation.
Parents and their young adults face a difficult choice
between continuing their educational journey and entering the workforce as
quickly as possible. The health and economic uncertainty makes these choices even
more challenging and overwhelming. At Carroll Community College, we are hearing
from families who are now thinking about attending campuses that are close to
home, smaller, less expensive, and safe. Some students are considering a gap
year, but they don’t know what they would do given the job market and travel
restrictions. I hear firsthand from College employees whose families face these
same choices. My heart goes out to everyone in this predicament.
Because of the Stay at Home directive, Carroll Community College closed its campus, but we have
worked tirelessly to ensure Student Success remains our top
strategic priority as we transitioned to a fully
online instructional format, and we are providing all student support and
operational services remotely. While the change presented challenges for
students, faculty and staff, the College community has made that adjustment relatively
quickly and successfully.
As an open enrollment institution, Carroll Community College
stands ready to help and serve you should your decision be to stay close to
home for a period of time. Carroll has a wide array of credit offerings that
transfer anywhere. We have excellent programs with majors in Business,
Education, Nursing and Health Care, Cybersecurity, Digital Design and
Fabrication, Arts and the full spectrum of STEM majors.
Our Continuing Education and Training team also offers a
variety of non-credit certification and training programs if anyone in your
family wants or needs to join or renter the workforce quickly even if that
means a change in career. On average, these programs can be completed in 3-6 months.
The College has been fortunate to receive additional funding towards workforce
development programs, so we will continue to work closely with BERC to retrain
individuals when we come out of the Stay at Home directive. Financial Aid Office will work closely with you to determine
your financial need and will support you through the process in order to
minimize the financial impact on you and your family.
Our Financial Aid Office will work closely with you to
minimize the financial impact on you and your family. To further reduce the
tuition cost for students in need, the College has access to a variety of financial
aid funds and grants provided by State and Federal agencies, including the new
Federal “CARES Act.” To explore financial aid opportunities, reach out to the
Financial Aid Office at 410-386-8437 or email FinancialAid@carrollcc.edu.
There are also significant scholarship opportunities available
annually to our students through our Foundation Office. We are poised to offer
additional emergency funds to help current and new students who are negatively
impacted by the pandemic. For example, this Spring we provided necessary
technology resources to over 120 students and employees who lacked access
during our initial move to learning and working from a distance. To explore
these support opportunities, visit www.carrollcc.edu/Scholarships.
I invite you to rediscover Carroll Community College. We
are affordable, highly accessible and committed to the success of our students.
Carroll boasts the highest student graduation, retention and transfer rate of
any Maryland Community College. Dually enrolled students, who take Carroll
courses while still in high school, receive up to a 33% discount on up to four
classes. We encourage residents of all ages to consider enrolling in classes at
Carroll. Students who wish to explore credit program and course offerings
should visit our Credit
Registration for Summer and Fall semesters begins Tuesday,
April 14 for returning students and all military veterans. Registration for new
students begins Tuesday, April 21.
Unfortunately, it may take a while to recover from this
tragic health crisis. Our community should know that Carroll Community College
is, and will continue to be, ready and able to serve those who decide to stay
close to home to begin their degree, or to access short-term, in-demand
certifications to weather the uncertain job market ahead. As the community’s
College, we are all in this together, and we are here to help those who can
benefit from our many valuable programs, services and resources.
Dr. James D. Ball
President, Carroll Community College