Profile & History
Founded in 1968 to meet the postsecondary and
continuing education needs of Cecil County residents, Cecil College has been
serving the community and shaping its future for more than 40 years. The
College is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the governor. The
College’s fourth president, Dr. W. Stephen Pannill, reports directly to the
Board of Trustees.
Cecil College is centrally located in
Maryland’s most northeastern county, just one half mile from Interstate 95. It
is easily accessible from Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as from
With a diverse student population, Cecil
College enrolls approximately 2,800 credit students and 6,500 non-credit
students. Cecil offers associate degrees, certificate programs and non-credit
Classes at the College are taught by qualified
faculty and can be taken in a traditional classroom setting or online. Many
students choose programs that can transfer to four-year institutions. Accelerated
Studies for the Adult Professional is designed for the working adult who wants
to earn an undergraduate degree while continuing to work full or part time.
The College offers more than 100 associate
degree and certificate programs. In nursing, students can earn a certificate in
practical nursing or an associate degree in nursing and transfer to a four-year
institution for a bachelor’s degree. Business students can enroll in degree
programs for accounting, government contracting or other subjects. Through the
Mid-Atlantic Transportation and Logistics Institute, students can receive an
associate degree in several areas, including government logistics and
transportation management. Computer information systems students can attain
degrees and certifications in applications and programming, while one degree
and two certificates can be earned in equine studies. Visual communications
degrees and certificates prepare students to pursue careers in fields such as
photography, digital imaging, video production, graphic design, Web design and
Web development. In the arts and sciences, the options include engineering,
biology, chemistry, physics and several performing arts discipline tracks such
as music, music/voice or theatre. Along with performing arts, the College’s
education degree programs are headquartered at Elkton Station, which opened in
Cecil College has formalized articulation
agreements with public and private four-year institutions throughout Maryland
and the United States to expedite the transfer process for Cecil students and
graduates. Articulation agreements provide course equivalency agreements and/or
program to program transfer agreements, which minimize the risk of losing
college credits when transferring to another institution. Numerous partnerships
have been established in which students engage in a “3 +1” or “2 + 2”
curriculum by taking their first three or two years of classes at Cecil and the
next year or two at a four-year college.
Students can also opt to take non-credit
courses to upgrade their job skills or expand their personal horizons.
Certifications are available for various health care careers such as certified
medical assistant, certified medicine aide, certified nursing assistant, certified
physician coder/biller, dental assistant, EMT-paramedic, medical receptionist, pharmacy
technician, and phlebotomist. In addition, students can earn computer
certifications in a variety of areas, including Comp TIA and Microsoft; or
business and management training certificates in customer service excellence
and certified bookkeeper.
Through its open admissions policy, Cecil
College provides learning opportunities for all who have the desire and ability
to benefit from its courses and programs, regardless of age, gender, ethnic
origin, sexual orientation, handicap, or socioeconomic status.
Cecil College is a member of the Maryland
Junior College Athletic Conference in all sports and competes in the National
Junior College Athletic Association. The College fields men’s teams in
baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer, women’s teams in basketball,
softball, soccer and volleyball, and a coed team in golf. Numerous titles have
been won by Cecil, highlighted by the men’s basketball national championship in
Cecil College’s locations
include the North East campus, Elkton Station, the Family
Education Center, College Crossing, and the Bainbridge Center. Classes are also
offered at locations throughout the community.
The North East campus is
the site of the Milburn Stone Theatre, the Cecil County Veterans Memorial
Library, the Physical Education Complex, the Arts and Sciences Building, and
the Technology Center. Construction on the Engineering and Math Building began
in spring 2013 and the project is expected to be completed in fall 2014.
Elkton Station opened in
2005 and credit courses were offered at the site for the first time in the
College’s history. The facility also serves as the home for continuing
education, community education and youth programs, as well as the Mid-Atlantic
Transportation and Logistics Institute and customized workforce training
The Family Education
Center in Elkton offers programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start, and
houses the Judy Center.
Across from the North
East campus, College Crossing opened in 2010. The building serves as the
headquarters for the College Bookstore, operated by Barnes and Noble, and
Career and Job Placement Services.
The Bainbridge Center is
the location for the College’s truck driver training programs.
Cecil College is a two-year public community college offering transfer, career-credit and non-credit continuing education courses. Cecil College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, meets the standards established by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and is authorized to grant the associate's degree. Cecil College is also accredited by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA, 30326).