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National Nurses Week: Honoring Our Heroes of the Heart

Community colleges across the country have joined the American Nurses Association in honoring America’s 5 million registered nurses during National Nurses Week. Given the nature of the community college, I have a favorite phrase that I like to use for moments like these: “Everything we do is workforce development.” I think this is true whether we are educating accountants, cyber…

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Nurturing Entrepreneurs Beyond the Classroom

Small businesses are the lifeblood of any economy. In fact, according to the U.S Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, 99.5% of Maryland businesses are small businesses, meaning entrepreneurial spirit is critical to thriving communities. In short, because we serve largely local populations, community colleges are tailor-made to develop local talent to foster an ecosystem of entrepreneurship. This is yet…

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Celebrating Black History Month

The theme of this year’s Black History Month, “African Americans and the Arts,” beckons us to explore the intersections of creativity and heritage, echoing these timeless words by James Baldwin with renewed significance: “The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.” From antiquity to present, Black sculptors,…

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Empowering Futures: The Transformative Power of Philanthropy in Community Colleges

Years ago, when times were a bit hard, I used to say to my children “It’s OK, we’re tough, we’ll get through this!” This outlook now permeates my role as a community college President who firmly believes that our sector of higher education is a miracle of resilience. We are so used to dealing with the challenge of hard times,…

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The Inaugural Introduction of the New White House National Cyber Director

As the always proud President of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), I stood even prouder last week as our college hosted a special event for the inaugural speech of the new White House National Cyber Director, Mr. Harry Coker. As this was the first time in CCBC’s 65 years that our college has been asked to host a…

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Paying Tribute to Veterans

Several weeks ago, my family and I journeyed to France to follow the trails of the great French battlefields of World Wars I and II: Verdon, Dunkirk, The Normandy Beaches. It was cold; it was rainy, reminiscent of the conditions in which those battles were likely fought. Millions died on these fields, memorialized now in neat rows of white crosses…

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