Hagerstown Community College received word today from Lt. Governor Anthony Brown that it is one of 16 Maryland colleges and universities that will receive Base Realignment and Closure Higher Education Fund grants. HCC’s portion of the funding is $113,052, which will be administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. HCC is the only higher education institution in Western Maryland and one of only six community colleges in Maryland to receive these grant funds.
“We’re extremely pleased to receive BRAC funding in support of our biotechnology curriculum,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “This money will allow us to increase the number of students enrolled in the biotech program and enhance the professional development experiences available to them.”
HCC has identified four objectives that it expects to fulfill within the next year, using the grant funds. The first is to increase the number of students committed to the high school to community college pathway from 15 to 65 students, through a broad outreach strategy linked to a variety of awareness activities. The second objective is to enroll 24 high school students in a summer 2009 biotechnology institute. The third objective is to provide professional development for 15 high school science teachers, also through the summer institute. The final objective is to enroll 11 HCC biotech students in Fort Detrick internship experiences.
Today’s announcement comes approximately one year after Lt. Gov. Brown and the BRAC subcabinet submitted the BRAC Action Plan to Governor Martin O’Malley.