State grant creates training partnership

August 26, 1997


Staff Writer

Workers in Washington and Frederick counties will benefit from a $176,000 state grant to train them in cutting-edge technologies, officials said Tuesday.

The grant establishes a partnership between Hagerstown Junior College and Frederick Community College in Frederick County, Md.

Custom training will take place on the college campuses, at employers' offices or elsewhere in the community.

"We want to deliver this training where, when and how the employers want it," said Robin Spaid, HJC associate dean of continuing education.

Some training will be offered through two-way video and audio communications across county lines.

The grant is an extension of HJC's touted Advanced Technology Center, she said.

The partnership, named Potomac Manufacturing Advanced Technology Center, was one of nine to receive grants statewide for high-tech training.

Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening approved a total of $2.8 million.


"These centers will help local businesses become more productive and teach working men and women the skills they need to succeed in a changing and highly competitive economy," Glendening said at a press conference Tuesday in Germantown, Md.

Spaid said without the grants, some businesses would be left behind.

"The competition is tough and your workforce needs to be updated. And yet without help from the state, you really can't keep up," Spaid said.

One Hagerstown business that stands to gain is Manufacturing Associates Inc., which makes parts for larger manufacturers like Grove Worldwide in Shady Grove, Pa., and Mack Trucks.

President Devin Donovan said he hopes the grant will help train his five employees in the latest equipment for precision machining.

The training will be geared toward a wide range of manufacturing businesses, including printing, food products, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, and electrical and electronic equipment.

In addition to the partnership with HJC, FCC also is collaborating with Mongomery and Prince George's community colleges on a $576,000 grant. FCC will provide training to financial services businesses.

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