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Chesapeake College

Chesapeake College

Your Time. Your Place. Wherever you are and wherever you want to go in life, Chesapeake College can help you get there.  Founded as Maryland’s first regional community college in 1965, Chesapeake offers a range of educational opportunities that combine excellence, convenience, and affordability. 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.

Mission: Chesapeake College's core commitment is to prepare students from diverse communities to excel in further education and employment in a global society. We put students first, offering transformative educational experiences. Our programs and services are comprehensive, responsive and affordable. 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. Beyond the curricula, the college offers many opportunities for further academic, social, personal, cultural, and athletic development through a rich variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

To enhance student learning and to promote teaching excellence, the college commits to providing a supportive learning environment characterized by a dedicated, caring and highly qualified faculty and staff. The college offers all employees professional development opportunities that are aligned with goals outlined in its Strategic Plan. Through these commitments, the college nurtures a community of lifelong learners among faculty, staff and students.

In addition, the college embraces its commitment to regional economic and community development that will improve the quality of life by acting on the following:

  • Support workforce development by providing the courses and training needed to build a skilled labor force.
  • Enhance enjoyment and appreciation of the arts by incorporating cultural activities into the curriculum and bringing fine and performing arts events to the region.
  • Sponsor a broad range of community and civic activities that reflect the college’s role as a community-learning center.
  • Extend access to baccalaureate and graduate degree programs for Upper Shore residents through inter-institutional partnerships.

Founded in 1965, Chesapeake College is Maryland’s first regional community college.  Chesapeake continues to grow and change with the times, while staying true to its original mission – serving the educational, economic development and cultural needs of the region.

The two-year regional community college, which has its main campus in Wye Mills at the intersection of Routes 50 and 213, serves the residents of five diverse counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Students can pursue associate degrees, certificates, career training, high school Dual Enrollment and personal enrichment in more than 70 programs. The college offers a variety of credit and noncredit classes throughout the five-county service area or online.

The main campus includes state-of-the-art classrooms, the Learning Resource Center, the Health Professions and Athletics Center, simulation labs, two theatres and a variety of meeting spaces. Also located on the Chesapeake main campus, is the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center where area residents may pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through several four-year institutions. Chesapeake also has a satellite center in downtown Cambridge offering a variety of credit and workforce training classes.

Chesapeake is dedicated to equality of opportunity, treatment, and benefits for all students and employees regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. The percentage of credit students from a racial or ethnic minority has exceeded comparable service area population percent in each of the last eight years.  Student enrollment currently is 65 percent female and 28 percent minority. The regional population is approximately 170,000 and 20 percent minority.

Chesapeake is also committed to diversity in hiring employees. The college’s Diversity Plan includes the goal to recruit, train and support a diverse workforce.  Human Resources monitors all employment policies to ensure no barriers exist for employees from diverse backgrounds.

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