Cecil Community College is centrally located within 50 miles of both Baltimore and Philadelphia, just off I-95 at Exit 100. This public two-year college, founded in 1968, is county-supported and sits on 100 acres in a woodsy setting. One in four Cecil County adults has attended the college.
In 2002, half of its 1,036 degree-seeking undergraduates were enrolled in a transfer program and two-thirds of the students attended classes on a part-time basis. The college also had 257 students registered as non-degree-seeking. Forty percent of the student body, which represents four states, are 25 years of age or older. Two-thirds of all undergraduates are women.
Daytime, evening, weekend and summer classes are offered. Also available are adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Financial aid is provided on both a need basis and a non-need basis. For need-based applicants, the average scholarship or grant is $831. Thirty-six percent of the undergraduate aid is awarded as scholarships or grants, and 64 percent is in the form of loans or jobs. Non-need-based aid is awarded to 115 undergraduates, including 54 freshmen. Scholarships are awarded for academics, athletics and state residency.
Cecil Community College awarded 231 associate degrees to the class of May 2002. In recent years, the most popular majors have included health science, liberal arts, business/marketing, visual/performing arts, computer/information sciences and interdisciplinary studies. Other majors include: biology, construction trades (carpentry, masonry/tile setting), engineering technologies, mechanics/equipment repair (heating/AC/refrigeration), physical sciences and protective services (law enforcement).
Student services include career counseling, personal counseling, veterans' counseling and placement for graduates. Additional services are available for transfer students and include orientation for new students, a transfer adviser and college fairs on campus for students transferring to a four-year college. Job fairs, interview workshops, career/interest testing, a career library and job banks are offered.
The campus' Cecil County Veterans' Memorial Library has more than 30,000 books, 260 serials, 1,000 audio-visual materials and more than 60 computer work stations. The library also maintains two special collections. A collection of materials on the history of Cecil County and the state of Maryland includes magazines, books, maps and photographs. A small collection of books to help the beginning genealogy researcher is also available. Materials from both collections are for reference only and may not be checked out.
At Cecil Community College, there are plenty of cultural events, theatrical performances and recreational and athletic activities to occupy students' free time. The most popular campus organizations are the Student Government Association, the Non-Traditional Student Organization, the Student Nurses Association, and The Seahawk, the student newspaper published monthly September to May. Many students are also active in the Cheerleader's Squad, the Art Club and the VisCom Club (Visual Communications).
Each fall and spring, the college hosts a welcome-back event for new and returning students. Members of the Students Services Staff conduct tours of the campus, and students, faculty and families mingle during a free lunch. Some other events that have been hosted by the school include a Spring Fling and an Easter Egg Hunt.
Athletics are a major part of the college's extra-curricular program. The school's mascot is the Seahawk and the team colors are green and gold. Cecil Community College participates in both JUCO (Maryland Junior College Athletic Association) and NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) competitions. Intercollegiate sports include men's baseball, soccer and basketball and women's basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. Intramural sports include basketball, bowling, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
The Community Cultural Center of Cecil Community College contains administrative offices, some student services and the performing arts center. The center is home to college, community and public activities, as well as the Covered Bridge Theater (CBT) Company. The Community Cultural Center Board is an adjunct of the Cecil Community College Foundation, Inc., and presents a variety of cultural events. The annual First Nighter Concert is the primary fund-raising tool of the Cultural Center. This event is held in October and has featured the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Covered Bridge Theater Company is in residence at the Milburn Stone Memorial Theatre. Formed in 1980, the theater space is named after the late actor Milburn Stone, who starred as "Doc Adams" in the long-running TV Western "Gunsmoke." The late actor had a close friend at the college, and Stone's wife and daughter have been long-time supporters of the theater. CBT, which produces three productions each season, has performed a variety of plays -- "Our Town," "The Fantasticks," "Nunsense," "A Christmas Carol," "West Side Story," "Annie," and "Moon Over Buffalo," among others.
The college also boasts the Conference Center at Cecil Community College, which offers a large-screen ceiling video projector, Internet connections and computer and Zip drives for PowerPoint presentations. Its proximity to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Wilmington make this a popular location for meetings, conferences, receptions, banquets or small conventions. The main conference room, with more than 2,700-square-feet of meeting space, can be divided into two or three separate rooms, or arranged for a sit-down dinner or reception. The amphitheater, with more than 1,746-square-feet, seats up to 156 people. The conference center also has its own catering facilities on the premises.
More than 35,000 people have attended Cecil Community College. The school -- with its cultural and education programs responding to the changing needs of the community -- is committed to providing comprehensive programs of study to help prepare county students for productive participation in society.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times