Highlights of September 2020

Adapting to meet the evolving needs of the college community, CCBC continues to provide instructional, training and enrichment opportunities on campus and in virtual environments.


Grant supports expanding behavioral health services

student ambassador helping another student on their laptopThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resource and Services Administration awarded CCBC a $559,251 grant to expand access to behavioral health services for families affected by opioids and other substance use disorders.

CCBC will create the Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program, which will offer participants significant resources to become successfully employed behavioral health trainees.

As the only National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission training program in Maryland, CCBC’s Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program will train and place more than 100 newly-credentialed counselors to work within the medically underserved areas of Baltimore City, the surrounding counties, and rural parts of the state. The participants will receive specialized training in counseling children and families who experience and/or have family members experiencing opioid or other substance use disorders.

Sephora partnership benefits adults with learning differences

students sitting at a conference table having a meetingThe Single Step Program (part of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education at CCBC) has teamed with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitative Services and Sephora (an international manufacturer of personal care and beauty products) to train adults with disabilities for full-time employment at Sephora’s east coast online distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Sephora has a strong commitment to employing adults with developmental and other disabilities. Their goal is to hire 100 of its 300 full-time warehouse employees from the CCBC program.

Sephora’s nine-week training program includes one week of classroom instruction on Sephora policies, procedures, and essential work skills. The trainees then spend an additional eight weeks on the warehouse floor, learning specific warehouse functions.

‘Crab bags’ are new twist on annual event

person holding four paper bags filled with steamed crabsMounds of hot steamed Maryland crabs have been the hallmark of the annual CCBC Alumni Association’s crab feast for nearly a decade. This year, instead of being piled high on banquet hall tables, the spicy treats were delivered curbside in ‘Crab Bags’ to guests at this year’s event.

More than 300 guests participated in the organization’s first Virtual Crab Feast. With food pickup at a familiar venue – the U.A.W. Hall Local 239 in southeast Baltimore – the event also included an online auction and a live show featuring remarks from Alumni Association President Kabish Shah, music by DJ Grooves, and a crab-cracking demonstration.

The event raised more than $18,000 in support of student scholarships and program equipment for the CCBC School of Health Professions.