HJC name change will be celebrated

April 22, 1998

A celebration will be held this fall at Hagerstown Junior College, or rather Hagerstown Community College.

The HJC Board of Trustees agreed Tuesday to host a campus open house for the public, probably in September, to celebrate the school's new name and to dedicate its new child-care center and amphitheater.

HJC President Norman Shea suggested the idea. "Hopefully we can get some major entertainment here," he said.

The school's name will be changed to Hagerstown Community College, effective July 1, to better reflect its mission, which college officials said is to be affordable and accessible to all county residents.

Shea said Tuesday the school's logo will stay the same, with the exception of the name change.

The former Student Center building at the college is being converted into a child-care center for HJC students. It will have room for at least 28 children between the ages of 3 and 6.


The center would tie into HJC's academic program by offering observation and internship opportunities to students in the early childhood program, school officials said.

The center is expected to be completed by mid-summer, they said.

The amphitheater, which will have a stage large enough to accommodate the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, is being built near the athletic compl ex at the college, HJC Alumni Coordinator Lisa Stewart said.

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