Cape Cod Community College (CCCC), founded in 1961, delivers educational programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the residents of Cape Cod, the Canal Region, the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and the Greater Plymouth Area. CCCC is the only comprehensive college on Cape Cod and offers 25 associate in arts degrees, 17 associate in science degrees and 42 career certificates in a wide variety of program areas. The Hyannis Center of CCCC offers educational assistance for adults, Workforce courses and college credit classes. The College also offers bachelor's and master's degree programs through its partnerships with six colleges and universities: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Boston, Bridgewater State University, Boston University, Wheelock College, and Lesley University. The College offers programs of instruction during the day, evening, weekends, and intersessions in order to meet our student's needs.
The College continues to build a community that reflects and include all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 8,000 individuals each year take courses at CCCC, and in the fall of 2012, the College enrolled 4,201 students. The CCCC faculty is well credentialed with 26.5% holding doctoral degrees and 72% holding master's degrees in their fields.
In addition to providing access to high quality higher education, the College plays a critical role in community-building and cultural events for our service area. In the last year, our Tilden Arts Center hosted over 300 events for the community free of charge or at discounted prices. The Higgins Art Gallery mounts eight public fine-art exhibits each year. The Academy for Lifelong Learning has provided educational and social opportunities for over 2,000 senior citizens since 1987. In 2006, the College opened its doors to the new Lyndon P. Lorusso Applied Technology building, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility. Representing the College's commitment to environmental sustainability, it is the state's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified "green-building" ever built with state dollars.
CCCC is one of 15 public community colleges in Massachusetts operating under the jurisdiction of the Department of Higher Education (DHE). The College is governed by an eleven-member board of trustees appointed by the Governor. Appointments are for five-year terms, renewable for one additional term. Trustees are not compensated and do not have any financial or business interest in the college.
On July 1, 2012, CCCC welcomed its seventh president, Dr. John L. Cox, Ed. D, CPA. At our opening day convocation, Dr. Cox shared his six-point vision for the future of CCCC: