Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Dec. 15 Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) received one of 12 BRAC Higher Education Fund grants. The grant, made available through legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly (the Higher Education Investment Fund) in 2008, will help BCCC develop a program to expand and grow its capacity for the Maryland Center for Construction Technologies. This will provide training for Cisco Certified Network Associates and training for Security Specialists as Information Systems Security Managers/Information Assurance Managers.
“This MHEC grant will allow Baltimore City Community College to expand its role in meeting BRAC-related workforce demands, while providing a wonderful opportunity for more students to train or re-tool themselves for great jobs in high-demand Information Technology career fields,” said BCCC president Dr. Carolane Williams. “We thank the O’Malley-Brown administration for its commitment to ensuring BCCC remains an integral part of Maryland’s BRAC initiative.”
“I applaud Baltimore City Community College and the 10 other institutions of higher education on their successful grant application. It is only through our partnerships that Maryland will reap every benefit of BRAC,” Lt. Gov. Brown said. “Governor O’Malley and I have set clear priorities that put an emphasis on job creation and we wholly understand that our strong network of public, independent and community colleges play an important role in reaching our ambitious goals.”
BCCC has the capacity to serve 100 students seeking construction-related workforce training at both its Maryland Center for Construction Technologies, at 901 N. Milton St. in Baltimore, and Weatherization Hub at 1212 N. Wolf St., devoted to the rehabilitation and retrofitting of old structures to make them more energy efficient.
The 2005 decisions by the Commission on Base Realignment and Closure will create as many as 60,000 new jobs across Maryland, including jobs in communications, intelligence and other high-skilled fields. To fully grasp the potential of this expanding economy, Gov. O’Malley and the General Assembly created the BRAC Subcabinet, which Lt. Gov. Brown chairs. In 2008, the General Assembly passed an administration bill that funds the BRAC Higher Education Grant program. This is the second year grants have been awarded to colleges and universities across the state.
Every Maryland institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for the BRAC Higher Education Fund grant, including two- and four-year public or independent colleges or universities, Maryland research institutions, Maryland Regional Higher Education centers, and Maryland private career schools.