It's not so new anymore, so the New Community College of Baltimore is changing its name.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer was to sign a bill today in Annapolis that would give the school the utterly timeless name, "Baltimore City Community College." It's the third name the school has had in four years.
The school, known for years as the Community College of Baltimore, took its new name only two years ago when the state of Maryland assumed control of the institution.
The new state administration has since revamped the school's operations, and officials decided it was time to find a permanent name.
"It was felt that 10 or 15 years from now to be still calling it the New CCB would seem odd," said James D. Tschechtelin, the school's interim president.
Perhaps the most noticeable effect of the name change will be new signs needed at the school's downtown and Liberty Heights Avenue campuses. Mr. Tschechtelin estimated the signs would cost less than $10,000.
"I thought they should have stayed with 'New CCB,' " said Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, a Baltimore Democrat. "[Mr. Tschechtelin] had really capitalized on that name.
"But the most important part is that with the right leadership the school turned around in a couple of years," Senator Hoffman said.
The bill that the governor is signing today would boost the city of Baltimore's share of the school's budget from $300,000 to $600,000. The state pays the rest.
Under state control, the school has seen its enrollment increase from about 4,500 to 6,000. The new administration also has fired 32 employees -- about 9 percent of the work force -- and dropped seven underenrolled academic programs, including automotive technology and mass communications, Mr. Tschechtelin said.
Mr. Schaefer also was to sign a bill today that would give limited autonomy to St. Mary's College, the public liberal arts school in St. Mary's County, officially called a "Public Honors College."