Maryland Attorney General Gansler to Address Graduates of First "Year Up" Cohort at BCCC

Press Release


For Immediate Release                                                       

January 29, 2013                                                                    


Contact: Bill Fleming



Maryland Attorney General Gansler to Address

Graduates of First “Year Up” Cohort at BCCC


BALTIMORE – Students in the Year Up program’s first Baltimore City cohort will have lots to celebrate at their graduation ceremony Feb. 8 as they continue building their real-world experience at some of the most recognized business firms in the country. The class of January 2013 “group of 13” completed their internships with such companies as Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Morgan Stanley, T. Rowe Price, and Domino Brands.


Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler will address the group at 12:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Rd. He was an early advocate of the Year Up-BCCC partnership.


Year Up, started by former technology entrepreneur and Wall Street banker Gerald Chertavian, is a nonprofit group devoted to closing what it sees as an “Opportunity Divide” for urban young adults, who possess immense talent but all too often are stranded outside the economic mainstream.


      Year Up students range in age from 18 to 24 and must have a high school diploma or GED.They are recruited from a pipeline of area social service and neighborhood organizations, churches, high schools and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. As part of their work, they earn college credits, professional and technical skills training, personal development coaching and access to Fortune 500 Company internships, many of which turn into full-time jobs. Participants are based at Baltimore City Community College and have access to the same resources as any other student of the college.


      “We’re very proud of our students and the way they have been able to succeed in such ashort period of time,” said Lameteria Hall, site director. “Quite often theproblem with young adults, as they attempt to succeed both in education and at work, is self-sabotage – either the belief they can’t do it or a lack of focus on what they’re trying to achieve. At Year Up we tell them that’s not an option.”


      Students enter the program under a contract agreement to ensure every student knows the rules and is working positively toward a common set of goals, which puts them in a position to practice the expected minimum standards of professional behavior.


      The program runs one year and includes a stipend of $200 per month for the first six months and $600 per month thereafter. The first half is a classroom-based learning and development phase; the second half is an intensive hands-on internship covering information technology. A few of the students are placed at financial-based operations.


      A second YearUp Baltimore cohort of 37 students successfully completed the fall 2012 semester with a 100 percent retention rate. Internships for this group begin Jan. 28.  In addition to its stellar retention, the Baltimore program can boast several other accomplishments: The partnership with BCCC has been so successful, Year Up increased the number of students it services at the college from 48 per year to 80. Last summer, a Year Up Baltimore student was selected to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America meeting in Chicago, where the former president introduced him.


      Nationally, 87 percent of Year Up students who complete the program go on to continue their education or are employed within 60 days of graduation.


      “We applaud and support our Year Up students, who recognize success is a combination of personal discipline, preparation and relationships,” said Carolyn Anderson, Ed.D., BCCC interim president. “It’s exciting to see what people can accomplish in the community college setting as education and work experience become increasingly intertwined.”


      For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement office or Anthony Larkins, Year Up admissions and outreach manager, at 410-462-8531.