“MSSI is important because it strongly supports CCBC’s vision of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Sunni Solomon, MSSI Program Director.
April 28, 2022
MSSI was launched in 2013 as a grant-funded initiative. After the grant ended and funding ran out, the program dwindled. Following the passing of George Floyd, CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis renewed the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and shone a spotlight on MSSI. She declared the program a priority, gave it new leadership, and committed $250,000 in funding to give the program a fresh start.
“CCBC is proud to breathe new life and leadership into a much-needed program,” said President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Investing in scholarships, staffing, mentorship and wrap-around supports for this important group of students dramatically increases their confidence and self-image, as well as their chances of retention and completion. »
Over 130 students are currently enrolled at MSSI and a campaign is underway to enroll at least 100 more. The goal is to create a fellowship of young men who are committed to unleashing the power of education, who are serious about professional development, and who are focused on earning their associate’s degree and/or successful transfer to a four-year institution.
Each student is matched with a mentor and a dedicated success group that coincides with their academic major, with the expectation that they meet regularly throughout the semester. Success Mentors facilitate services including tutoring and academic support, additional education, financial aid, career workshops, and four-year college transfer assistance. MSSI also partners with companies such as Stanley Black and Decker to provide internships for students.
In addition to academic support, the group organizes fellowship and social engagement activities that allow students to bond. Weekly gatherings are held to communicate important information and dates, as well as provide a space for students to share their personal and academic achievements. The addition of a dedicated space allows them to engage with their peers and program staff between classes and study sessions.
“MSSI is important because it strongly supports CCBC’s vision of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Sunni Solomon, MSSI Program Director. “Identifying and addressing the challenges that can often derail our male students of color will play an important role in this process. If we can create a better support system and connect the college to our MSSI students on a more personal level, I believe that will lead to better academic outcomes.
About Baltimore County Community College (http://www.ccbcmd.edu)
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education that has empowered generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to debut, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most extensive selection of degree, certificate, and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, entry into the workforce, and career advancement in industries such as business, education, healthcare, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. Named the “Best Community College” in the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Readers’ Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the top associate degree producers in the world. country.
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