Baltimore County, MD (Nov. 10, 2020) — Community College of Baltimore County will host a 20th anniversary virtual celebration for the college’s Massage Therapy program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. The event will include the dedication of the Theodora “Teddie” Welsh Reception Area. The public can view the event live at Facebook.com/ccbcalumni.

CCBC’s Massage Therapy program was started in November 2000 at CCBC Essex (then Essex Community College). Today, the program is housed in the brand new, state-of-the-art Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions at CCBC Essex, which opened in Fall 2020. Welsh was the program’s director from 2002 – 2009, and she passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.

During her tenure as director, Welsh established the on-campus massage therapy clinic and helped obtain the program’s initial accreditation in 2007 with the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the highest level of accreditation a program or institution can achieve in massage therapy education. In 2019, the Massage Therapy program received a $128,500 donation from Welsh’s husband, William Welsh, and the Kahlert Foundation.

“Teddie helped create the foundation of excellence that we have been able to maintain throughout the Massage Therapy program’s 20 years of existence,” said current program director, Robin Anderson, who is also a 2006 graduate of the program. “The new building enables us to continue to grow and do so many more things. Instead of simply learning techniques, our students are learning how to operate in a clinical environment. We’ve also added a research component and expanded our programs with off-site partners.”

CCBC Massage Therapy students work with patients and clients at MedStar Franklin Square’s Weinberg Cancer Center, Gilchrist Hospice, CCBC Athletics and Dance programs, Morgan State University Athletics and MD Pain Specialists. The brand new facility includes 10 massage therapy treatment rooms that emulate a clinical setting, complete with ergonomic flooring and spa equipment.

CCBC is also the only Massage Therapy program in the country with B-Line video simulation software, which can record students while performing massage and allows instructors to critique students on their body mechanics and movement, helping them learn best practices to ensure a long career without taking a toll on their bodies.

The on-campus clinic is very popular with faculty, staff, students, and visitors within the surrounding community. All donations received in the clinic help to cover its operations and supplies, fund student scholarships and other educational needs, pay for student experiences such as bringing in guest speakers and the annual cadaver lab dissection field trip, and provide resources to help graduating students prepare for their required national licensure and Maryland jurisprudence exams.

The virtual anniversary celebration will include remarks from CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, Dean of Instruction, CCBC School of Health Professions Shawn McNamara, alumni, current students and community supporters.

For more information about the Massage Therapy program at CCBC, please visit https://www.ccbcmd.edu/shp/massage.

About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)

Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 60,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, and launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and named the Best Community College in Maryland 2020 by The Maryland Daily Record

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Lisa Harlow | Media Relations Coordinator | Community College of Baltimore County

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