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HBC gives degrees to nearly 300 grads

November 03, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Getting a medical secretarial/assistant diploma Saturday from Hagerstown Business College had special meaning for Rebecca Faith, a 44-year-old Clear Spring wife and mother.

"You know, I gave Kmart the first half of my adult life; now, I'll do this for the second half," she said.

Faith said it was a long journey getting her associate degree. She said it helped having the support of her husband, Stephen, and their daughters, Stephanie, 19, and Sarah, 14, all of whom attended the ceremony.

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The nearly 300 graduates lined up in the North Hagers-town High School cafeteria at 10 a.m. when they began their traditional march into the auditorium for commencement.

Some were like Lee Brooks' daughter, Briean Brooks Moore, who began her studies at Hagerstown Business College immediately upon graduation from Clear Spring High School in 2001.

"It's a dream come true," Brooks said as she watched her 20-year-old daughter graduate from the medical secretarial/assistant program. "I work for the Washington County Public Schools and I know how important education is."

Moore got married in August and is working in a doctor's office in Frederick, Md., her mother said.

Matt Stotler came to see his girlfriend, Tara Younker, of Hancock get her diploma Saturday.

"She works and has been going to school, too," Stotler said. "It's been hard, but she wanted to do it."

The business division awarded 12 associate degrees in accounting, four in administrative professional and 36 in business administration. Two certificates were awarded in computer office specialist and one in computerized accounting.

There were 40 associate degree graduates in the graphic design department, five in computer applications, 16 in network systems programming and 14 in network systems technology.

Three certificates in computer network technology were presented. In the legal division, 18 students received legal assistant associate degrees.

The medical division awarded 21 associate degrees in health information technology, four in medical reception-ist/transcriptionist and 36 as medical secretary/assistants.

Certificates went to seven medical assistants, 10 in medical billing/coding, two medical receptionists, one medical transcriptionist and 60 in phlebotomy.

In addition to speeches from new graduates Stacey Stouffer and Charmissa Washington, there was a musical performance by Diane Goans, the sister of an employee at the college.

"We always try to mix music in with our commencement ceremonies," said Teresa Adams, director of career services.

Adams said the college, which dates to 1938, has become diversified over the years.

"Our curriculum has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of the work force," she said.

The campus is at 18618 Crestwood Drive in Hagerstown.

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