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About UDC-CC

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.

Equity Imperative

UDC’s Equity Imperative 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). The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267.284.5011). 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

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. Dr. Tony Summers is currently the Chief Community College Officer for 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
  • Workforce Development/Certifications – Job and professional training to help students develop the skills that local employers need today
  • 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

Over the coming years, UDC-CC plans to aggressively support the University’s Equity Imperative (see, University Equity Imperative 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 (2010) and Complete College America (2012). 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.