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The Risk that Paid Off with Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis, president, Community College of Baltimore County

In this episode, your host David Pluviose sits down with Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Tune in as they discuss CCBC’s unique approach to operating and succeeding in spite of COVID-19. From employing measures to stay open and support students throughout the entire pandemic to connecting with community partners to aid at-risk students, Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis outlines the many initiatives she and her colleagues are employing as part of their extensive equity agenda.

Listen in to the risk that paid off and how Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis's work in the community college sector went from job to passion to career to life’s mission.


  • COVID-19’s effect on community colleges and CCBC in particular
  • What is the “tuition-free” initiative?
  • Keys to staying open during a pandemic
  • The heart, spirit, and dedication of community college staff
  • How to combat COVID-19 malaise and incentivize enrollment 
  • Community partners and student outreach 
  • Considering the future of the workforce and online learning


“We live our mission, and we love our mission.”

“If you walked on our campuses, you would see low-income and minority students. And to me, that is probably the greatest commitment that we made to our equity agenda because we were here for the people who would have been shut out of any opportunity of studying during that year.”


From the desk of CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis:


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