Cambridge Center enters fifth decade

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Administrators of Chesapeake College’s Cambridge Center were joined by local dignitaries on Thursday for a celebration of the center’s 40th anniversary. The facility on Race Street provides general education and job training opportunities for area residents. See page 2 for more on the college and its mission.

CAMBRIDGE — Chesapeake College’s Cambridge Center embarked on its fifth decade on Thursday, when administrators, local politicians and business leaders gathered for a 40th anniversary celebration.

College President Cliff Coppersmith spoke to the group, noting that there have been recent improvements in the physical plant and the processes used at Chesapeake, which offers two-year degrees and a wide variety of other educational opportunities to thousands of Eastern Shore students.
“Education is one of the most powerful forces that can change lives,” he said.

Founded as Maryland’s first regional community college in 1965, Chesapeake’s main campus is at Wye Mills. The Cambridge site opened in 1979 at the present Judy Center on Glasgow Street. It moved to the former Armory, now the District Court building, and finally found its current home – the former Leggett’s building – in 1993.

“Our degree programs (with more than 70 college majors), certificate programs, career training, non-credit workforce training, and lifelong learning have transformed the lives of thousands on the Eastern Shore,” a statement on the college’s website says.

“The college is a catalyst for regional economic development and sustainability and a center for personal enrichment and the arts. The college offers a large selection of credit and continuing education offerings designed to help students prepare for transfer to upper level institutions, for immediate entry into a career, or for enhancing work-related skills,” the statement says.

Chesapeake College serves residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Total faculty and staff in fiscal year 2018 was 441.

In the same year, total unduplicated headcount was 7,756, of which 2,839 were credit, and 4,917 non-credit, or continuing education.

Of those students, about 500 are enrolled at the Cambridge Center. For more information, call the college at 410-228-5754.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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