Community College of the District of Columbia

Community College of the District of Columbia
University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC)
Established 1851 (1851)
Type Public, land grant, HBCU
Chairman Joseph L. Askew, Jr., Esq.
Academic staff 37 (100 part time adjuncts)[1]
Location Washington, DC,
United States
Campus Urban

The University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-DC) is an open-enrollment, public junior college located in Washington, D.C. It operates the Associate Degree, Certificate, Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs that are offered by the University of the District of Columbia.



The Normal School for Colored Girls was established in 1851 and by 1879, the name was changed to "Miner Normal School". Washington Normal School was established in 1873 for girls, and renamed the "Wilson Normal School" in 1913. In 1929, the United States Congress made both schools four-year teachers' colleges and renamed as "Miner Teachers College" for African Americans and "Wilson Teachers College" for whites. In 1955, the two schools merged and were enamed the "District of Columbia Teachers College".

In 1967, Congress awarded the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) land-grant status and a $7.24 million endowment (USD), in lieu of a land grant.

Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, UDC's programs were split and the UDC Community College (UDC-CC) assumed UDC's Associate Degree, Certificate, Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, with UDC's other colleges and schools going forward with the bachelor and graduate degree programs. While UDC-CC maintains an open enrollment policy, UDC has instituted higher admission standards for the bachelor and graduate programs.[2] These changes were in response to UDC's low graduation rate, where only 7.9% of students complete their degrees within 6 years.[3]


UDC-CC offers the following acadamic programs[4]:

Certificate Programs

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Office Technology
  • Practical Nursing

Associate Degrees

  • Administrative Office Management
  • Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Business Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Accounting Technology
  • Computer Science Technology
  • Corrections Administration
  • Education
    • Infant / Toddler Education
    • Early Childhood/School Age (Pre-K – Grade 3)
    • General Education (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Fashion Merchandising New!
  • Graphic Communication Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality Management & Tourism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Assistant
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mortuary Science
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy

The 2009-10 year was a transition period where UDC-CC operated from the UDC campus while a new location for its programs was being developed. UDC-CC now provides classes at ten locations throughout Washington DC. [5]

UDC-CC retained 70 percent of its 688 first-time freshman students who enrolled in the Fall 2009 to the spring 2010 semester. Of these first-time freshmen, 82 percent required at least some remediation.[1]


The main (Van Ness) campus of UDC is located at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness St. in Northwest Washington, DC. UDC is primarily a commuter school and opened its first residential accommodations or dormitories in August 2010 by leasing an apartment building across the street from its campus.[3] Some UDC-CC students live in this dorm.[3] The main UDC campus will continue to house UDC-CC's mortuary science program.

UDC-CC has established a number of other locations to conduct its programs beginning with the Fall 2010 semester:

  • UDC-CC Center: 801 North Capitol Street NE - main academic and administrative center
  • Bertie Backus: 5171 S. Dakota Ave. NE - The first location provided by the DC Council in 2009 is the renovated Backus school - home to UDC-CC’s practical nursing, nursing assistant, and home health aide programs and the architectural engineering, fashion merchandising and construction management degree programs.
  • Excel Institute: 2851 V Street NE - full-time A.A.S. automotive technology degree program.
  • Ronald Reagan National Airport, Hangar #2 - aviation maintenance technology certification and degree programs.[6]

Workforce development programs will be offered at a number of DC High School campuses.

A location in the Bellevue neighborhood of Southeast D.C. may also open.[7]

See also

Portal icon District of Columbia portal
Portal icon University portal
Portal icon African American portal


  1. ^ a b Moltz, David (July 13, 2010). "Getting It Right the First Time". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ "About CCDC". CCDC. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Jenna (August 30, 2010). "The right spot for a UDC student to live". Washington Post: p. B1. 
  4. ^ "Academic Programs". CCDC. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  5. ^ "CCDC Locations". CCDC. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Locations". CCDC. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  7. ^ DeBonis, Mike (May 31, 2010). "Late-night maneuvering gives Harris building to UDC for community college". The Washington Post. 

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Coordinates: 38°56′38.2″N 77°3′55.2″W / 38.943944°N 77.065333°W / 38.943944; -77.065333

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