ECMC Foundation Grant

With the support of the ECMC Foundation Grant, the CCBA set the standard for community college baccalaureate (CCB) degree development and implementation by partnering with a nationally-renowned team of researchers, including Dr. Debra Bragg of Bragg and Associates to:

1.) Identify all CCB degree programs in the United States to create a national CCB program inventory.

2.) Collect promising practices that are linked to high-quality CCB degree programs, and

3.) Disseminate and promote current information on CCB degrees to help scale-up high-quality programs and practices.

Projects with a Purpose

These projects will help facilitate the development and expansion of high-quality and high-value community college baccalaureate degrees across the nation by sharing broadly established programs and best practices.

“We are excited about the opportunity CCB degrees hold for individuals pursuing career advancement after earning sub-baccalaureate career and technical education credentials and employers seeking a prepared and diverse workforce,” shared Jennifer Zeisler, senior program director of Career Readiness at ECMC Foundation. “The CCBA team is well-positioned to build awareness of CCB degrees and provide guidance to state leaders and college administrations during this time of fast growth.”

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis.

ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

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ECMC Advisory Panel

Name Division College
Ann Hubbard Dean Health Science Indian River State College
Carmen Dones Dean, Business & Health Sciences, Academic Affairs West Los Angeles College
Cheryl Cicotti AVP Business, Health and Public Safety Seminole State College
Kendrick Hang Instructor, Software Development Green River College
Kevin Peek Faculty South Texas College
Landon Pirius Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs Colorado Community College System
Marcus Prevot Community Paramedic Seminole State College
Marguerite Cotto Vice President (retiring spring 2021) Northwestern Michigan College
Nancy M. Zarazúa Project Manager, OIRE&SP South Texas College
Rebecca Woulfe Vice President Academic Affairs Front Range Community College
Richard N. Woodfield, Jr. Chief Academic Officer Ohio Association of Community Colleges
Steve Pruitt Director, Graduate and Online Admission Lynn University
Sunaina Virendra Faculty & BAS -AM Program Chair Skagit Valley College
Shanon Reedy, M.S. Principal Program Manager Bellevue College

ECMC Foundation Grant Updates

WEBINAR SERIES: CCBA Partners with ECMC Foundation to Promote Baccalaureate Pathways to Create a More Equitable Future - July 2021

Join CCBA Chair Mike Hansen, President Dr. Angela Kersenbrock; Dr. Debra Bragg, President, Bragg & Associates, Inc.; and Rosario Torres, Program Officer for Career Readiness at ECMC Foundation, Wednesday, July 14 at 2 pm to learn how these projects will facilitate the development and expansion of high-value CCB degrees across the nation.

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FREE WEBINAR EVENT: Community College Baccalaureate Expansion: A Panel Discussion
What, Why and How

On Monday, September 27 at 2 pm (EST), we hosted an interactive conversation to discuss what strategies each state employed to achieve legislative approval, why program expansion was considered important, how additional CCBs will address critical workforce needs and the outcomes they anticipate.
With higher education innovators:
  • Jamilyn Hinton Penn, Ed.D., Director of Transfer Education Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Landon Pirius, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs Colorado Community College System
  • Richard Woodfield, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer Ohio Association of Community Colleges

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Mapping the Community College Baccalaureate: Policy, Programs and Institutions

As more states begin to open the door for community college baccalaureates, New America and a national team of CCB researchers have been exploring:

  • What types of community colleges have CCB programs available?
  • What areas of study are most common?
  • How many CCB programs are there?

After nearly a year of data collection and analysis, new data on CCB-conferring institutions and programs will help researchers, policymakers, and college leaders begin answering key questions about the role CCBs are playing in baccalaureate degree access across the country.

Join CCB scholars as they review a new inventory of community college baccalaureate programs and the implications for the field.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 2 pm EST