Since opening its doors in 2009, the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) continuously affirms its mission to provide opportunities for students to obtain the requisite skills of today's workforce and to prepare them for the demands of tomorrow. We offer accessible, affordable, and high-quality programs to the residents of the District of Columbia and the region. Our associate degrees, certificates, workforce development and lifelong learning programs are market-driven and learner focused. UDC-CC serves as a vital link to the intellectual, economic, civic and cultural vitality of the region.
The students at UDC-CC represent the diverse and multi-cultural population of the nation's capital. The demographic of our Washington, DC area population includes adult learners, recent high school graduates, returning students, veterans, single parents, and English Language Learners (ELLs), and international students representing almost every country on the globe.
The academic opportunities at the Community College are constantly evolving. For descriptions of the many program offerings, degrees, and certificates, please visit the links below under History and Future Plans.
The Strategic Plan is being used to guide the development of the University over the next several years. The plan outlines the vision, mission, goals, and strategic objectives for the institution.
The Strategic Plan is available here:
The University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) is a branch campus of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). UDC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For additional updates on accreditation, please refer to the UDC website at http://www.udc.edu/academic_affairs/accreditation.
History and Future Plans
In January 2009, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) announced its intention to create a community college under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Gueverra (2009-2012). The college would provide the opportunity of open-enrollment to the population of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area. It would assume responsibility for associate degree, certificate, workforce development, and continuing education programs that had been offered, up to that time, through UDC. Academic year 2009-2010 was the first year of operation for the Community College of the District of Columbia, briefly dubbed “CCDC”. It was a dynamic year of transition and adjustment for the newly created college. Shortly after the inaugural year of operation, the Community College would assume its formal name, “The University of the District of Columbia Community College” (UDC-CC). In 2013, the College became a branch campus remaining within the scope of the University’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. During the period from 2010-2014, UDC-CC continued to expand its programmatic offerings to become a leading, cutting-edge institution that would meet the needs of 21st century students. A change of leadership occurred in April 2012, with the departure of Dr. Gueverra, at which time Dr. Calvin E. Woodland assumed the leadership role as Acting CEO of the Community College.
Beginning in fall 2009, the Community College assumed responsibility for:
- Associate Degrees - Two-year academic degree programs leading to careers in demand
- Certificate Programs - Short-term educational and training programs that enhance professional options
- Continuing Education - Enhance your current job skills, meet Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements, and expand your knowledge with over 1000 online courses of all types
- Workforce Development - Job and professional training to help students develop the skills that local employers need today
Over the coming years, UDC-CC plans to aggressively support the University’s “Vision 2020: A Roadmap for Renewal, Innovation, Success, and Sustainability” (see, University Strategic Plans above), by reimagining its current offerings, as well as by creating new programs that respond to the needs of our students and the competitive demands of the modern workplace.
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count
Signifying its commitment to continuous institutional improvement and student success, UDC-CC has joined Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. As part of this nationwide initiative, UDC-CC will identify new strategies to increase student success, close achievement gaps, and improve retention, persistence, and completion rates.
Read the Information Package for Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.