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HCC to offer Sunday classes beginning in fall

March 26, 2004|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - In response to growing enrollment and a trend among community colleges, Hagerstown Community College this fall will offer classes on Sundays, an HCC spokeswoman said Thursday.

Some other community colleges have begun offering classes seven days a week and HCC is following suit, spokeswoman Beth Stull said.

The number of classes to be offered on Sundays has not been determined but is expected to be three or four, she said.

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One class that will be offered on Sundays is a music appreciation class by instructor Joe Marschner.

Marschner said he is excited his class will be offered on Sunday afternoon because that will make it easier for people who don't have time during the week to take classes.

The class will be an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon as well as a way to get some college credits, he said.

In the class, he plays music from the Renaissance through 1950, said Marschner, who has worked at the college full time since Jan. 1 and part time since 1989.

For the spring semester, the college has its highest spring enrollment ever, with 3,272 students, Stull said.

That is more than a 10 percent increase over last spring's enrollment of 2,808, college officials have said.

The college projects that enrollment will continue to climb, with an additional 1,700 students expected to be taking classes by 2010. Of those, 500 will be "traditional age" college students and 1,200 will be older students, HCC President Guy Altieri has said.

All this is happening while enrollment has dropped at community colleges in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, Altieri has said. But it is happening at a campus built for 1,500 students, he said.

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