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College breaks new ground

October 26, 2000

College breaks new ground



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Hagerstown Business College broke ground Thursday afternoon for a new $1.3 million career technology center, which will be built on the college's northern Hagerstown campus.

Bill Dietch, president of Rapid Funding Corporation, Herb Sandifer, executive vice president of Waynesboro Construction, Judy Acord, vice chair of the college's advisory board, student Tim Ellis and 1972 graduate Doris Nipps dug into the ground with gold shovels and then tossed the dirt into a pile to mark the celebration.

Business College President Christopher Motz called the groundbreaking a "hallmark moment in the life of our college."

The 13,200-square-foot building will house five state-of-the-art computer labs, a graphic design studio, six classrooms, faculty offices and a student lounge.

Waynesboro Construction Co. of Waynesboro, Pa., is building the facility.

Motz said the new building and its offerings will allow graduates to make a larger contribution to the community.

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"Everything that we do is done to support the workforce in this area," Motz said. "That's how we're different This will have an impact on the economy of not only Washington County but the entire region."

Hagerstown Business College plans to dedicate the new building by May 2001. Students could start taking classes in the facility no later than September 2001.

A new campus entrance and 66 parking spaces on the 7-acre campus on Crestwood Drive will also be built.

Teresa Adams, public relations coordinator at the college, said the expansion is necessary to keep in step with a growing student body.

"We're beginning to outgrow our buildings," Adams said. "We need a place to accommodate students and to provide equipment for their instruction."

The college's enrollment of 768 students is about a 15 percent increase since last fall. To accommodate the growth the college converted several apartments at Fawley Hall into three classrooms last month. Fawley Hall is the on-campus student housing facility.

The college offers associate's degrees and certificates in medical assisting, phlebotomy, health information technology, business administration, accounting, computer applications, information technology, legal assisting and graphic design.

"We're no longer just a business college," Motz said. "We've really become a private junior college."

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