Maryland's Sweet 16

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  • Maryland's Sweet 16 Fact Sheet

    1. 70% of Maryland freshmen and sophomore college students are enrolled in one of Maryland’s 16 community colleges. Carroll County residents overwhelmingly choose to start their post-secondary education at Carroll because of its high quality instruction and modest cost of tuition.

    2. Each year, Maryland’s community colleges enroll a diverse population of nearly 500,000 students – 150,000 in credit programs and 350,000 in continuing education and workforce development courses. Carroll proudly helps students from all walks of life reach their next educational goal, whether it be a degree, a license, certification, workforce training or lifelong learning experience.

    3. At the very core of the missions of community colleges is their accessibility to a diverse population by offering innovative day, evening, weekend, and 24/7 online opportunities. Because of this, community colleges like Carroll can effectively cater to those working full-time jobs, caring for an aging or ill family member, those serving in the military, and many other life circumstances.

    4. More than 50% of Maryland’s community college students transfer to in-state colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Carroll can boast one of the highest rates of transfers of our graduates of any community college in the state, with our students having transferred to more than 984 colleges and universities nationwide.

    5. Maryland’s community colleges have dozens of transfer agreements with colleges and universities, both in-state and out-of-state, that guarantee the maximum number of credits will transfer and save students thousands of dollars in achieving their bachelor’s degrees. This guarantees the maximum number of Carroll credits will transfer, saving our students thousands of dollars toward achieving their bachelor’s degrees.

    6. There are 156 non-credit program options at Maryland’s community colleges that meet professional licensing and certification requirements for in-demand jobs within our local communities – to over 100,000 students annually. In FY 2017/2018, 4,886 students enrolled in Carroll’s continuing education non-degree workforce development courses to improve their job skills. 2,522 students completed licensure or certification programs in healthcare, information technology, social work, real estate and other fields of study.
    7. The average student-to-faculty ratio at Maryland’s community colleges is 16:1, which encourages a collegiate environment of increased student/faculty engagement. Carroll’s small class size—with an average 14:1 ratio—means that students receive more personalized attention from their professors. 

    8. Maryland’s community colleges engage diverse student populations through enriching co- curricular activities, service opportunities, and clubs. Students participate in successful, competitive men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs as part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Carroll is attracting new students for Fall 2019 and beyond as by introducing inter-collegiate sports for the first time in our 25 year history. The College already boasts 35 special interest clubs and organizations.

    9. 88% of alumni from Maryland’s 16 community colleges remain within the state and they contribute to their local and state economies by purchasing goods and services and as engaged tax-paying citizens. Nearly 90% of Carroll students call Carroll County their home and give back to the local economy after graduating, making Carroll an even greater place to live, work and play!

    10. Since 2009, there has been a 40% increase in community college completions. During this time, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed becoming the 2nd highest consumer debt behind mortgages. Students who start at a Maryland community college can save 60% compared to public four year colleges, 76 % compared to for-profit colleges, and 91% compared to Maryland private colleges’ tuition costs. The amount of money students save by attending Carroll for 2 years can pay for their junior year at their 4-year transfer college or university.

    11. Community College students learn from an accomplished faculty that is student-focused. Additionally, student support is one of the ways community colleges stand out among other higher education institutions. Typical services include academic and career advising, counseling, tutorials, health care, financial aid, and library and computer lab services. 90% of Carroll’s current full-time faculty holds a Master’s degree or higher.
    12. Nearly $10 billion is pumped into Maryland’s economy every year by our 16 community colleges. (equivalent to employment of 150,000 people) Carroll’s financial impact on the local economy is $107.5M annually, contributing to the overall well-being of our wonderful county. 

    13. By 2020, 69% of Maryland’s jobs will require a postsecondary education. Community colleges are the largest single workforce trainer in Maryland. Carroll’s job-focused education prepares our residents and students for more rewarding careers and an improved quality of life. 

    14. Due to Maryland’s community college students and their completion, Maryland will see avoided social costs amounting to $494 million annually, equal to the sum of avoided costs related to health, crime, and unemployment. In addition to the $11.4 million in social savings that Carroll provides, the quality of lives are significantly improved thanks to a Carroll education.

    15. Maryland community colleges offer degree, certificate and skills training programs to support workforce development for the region’s fastest growing industries such as nursing, allied health, cybersecurity, and hospitality. 93% of graduates of Carroll’s career programs now work in jobs related to their program of study.

    16. Graduating from one of Maryland’s community colleges has proven to have a profound impact on earnings. The median income for graduates more than doubles three years after completion when compared to student earnings one-year prior to graduation. More than 135,000 students have had their life and career paths forever changed thanks to the great opportunities provided by Carroll!

  • Contact Us

    Phone: 410-386-8150 
    Email: Dayna Aldridge

    1601 Washington Road
    Room M261 
    Westminster, MD  21157

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