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HJC to change to 'community college'

March 17, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

HJC to change to 'community college'

Hagerstown Junior College will become Hagerstown Community College if the Maryland Higher Education Commission, as expected, approves the name change, HJC President Norman Shea said Tuesday.

"We think the name Hagerstown Community College is a truer reflection of the college," Shea said.

A commission subcommittee has recommended the name change be approved, Shea said. The commission will vote on the change April 15.

Shea said he didn't know when the name change would take effect. It could be July 1 or April 15, he said.

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Shea said the new name would better reflect HJC's expanded mission more than 50 years after it opened.

Junior colleges were historically two-year colleges attended by students who later would transfer to four-year colleges, Shea said.

HJC has developed into a full-service community college with continuing education, technology centers and noncredit skills courses, he said.

Shea said the college also has become more of a community center over the years.

The cost of the name change would be minimal, Shea said. Paper with HJC letterhead would continue to be used until it runs out, he said.

Shea said the college is continuing to grow, with construction of the new Learning Resource Center and an alumni amphitheater set for this year.

"We're getting ready for the next millennium," Shea said.

"More and more people in this neck of the woods are realizing that you have to have more education to be gainfully employed," he said.

The Washington County Commissioners gave support for a name change in January at a meeting with HJC's board of directors.

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