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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.