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Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) was born from a 1994 Desegregation Settlement Agreement between Louisiana and the U.S. Department of Justice in an effort to eliminate remnants of a dual-race system in the state’s post-secondary educational structure. The college officially opened its doors on August 20, 1998, expecting an estimated enrollment of 700 students. Instead, faculty and staff were shocked to find almost triple that number – 1,866 enrollees – waiting.

The first year was only the beginning. By 1999, BRCC, described by the Baton Rouge Advocate as “bursting at the seams,” found itself on a razor’s edge, racing to meet the needs of an ever-growing, widely varying student population: traditional, non-traditional, special-needs, first-generation, and continuing-education students – all reflecting the diverse residents within the eight-parish area it served. The college’s wild success enabled it to secure alternative financing to accomplish the quick construction of additional facilities as demand skyrocketed.

BRCC established a strong academic foundation by instituting several degree programs: Liberal Arts, General Studies, and Science (including two Applied Sciences programs). The college also enhanced its available programs with concentrations that would better serve specific career educational needs of students. The college’s establishment of robust and diverse academic curricula enabled it to pursue and obtain full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2004. An associate-degree nursing program was established in 2007, and additional programs have been added in diverse fields such as Allied Health, construction management, and even biotechnology.

As an adaptable institution largely unburdened by tradition, BRCC has been able to explore unique opportunities in fields such as film and animation, video-game design, studio arts, and entertainment technology. The college has also been able to establish a convention of using and adapting cutting-edge equipment and processes to increase teacher effectiveness, enhance teaching practices, and strengthen learning and knowledge retention.

BRCC’s 2012 fall enrollment exceeded 8,200 students. The college is already looking to the future, with a plan that will result in the construction of new buildings and the capacity to service a still-growing student population. Originally designated to serve its local eight-parish area, BRCC has evolved into a major center of education, with a diverse student body that reflects increasing statewide, national, and international representation. Despite the College’s incredible growth and its continual development, its mission is unchanged: To provide world-class education, allow access for all, and be a sustaining resource in the economic development of the state of Louisiana. These principles guide Baton Rouge Community College as it continues to expand, develop, and evolve in assuming its rightful place as an academic capital of learning for the 21st century.

Educational opportunities are offered by BRCC without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, gender, or disability.

The Director of Counseling & Disability Services, Ms. Wendy Devall, has been designated as the college’s 504/ADA Compliance Officer. Any person with a disability who needs assistance should contact the Director at (225)216-8503 or report to the main office which is located in the Magnolia Building Office 126.

BRCC does not discriminate on the basis of gender in admission to or employment in its educational programs or activities. The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Dr. Teresa Jones and she can be reached at 225-216-8071.  The mailing address for Title IX matters Baton Rouge Community College, C/O Dr. Teresa Jones,   201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA, also referred to as the Buckley Amendment) is a federal law regarding the privacy of student records and the obligations of the institution related to the release of and access to such records. Any educational institution that receives funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education is bound by FERPA requirements. Institutions that fail to comply with FERPA may have funds which are administered by the Secretary of Education withheld.

BRCC is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).

BRCC is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer.

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