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Mosher strikes balance in teaching, managing at HCC

May 24, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

To the casual observer, Susan Mosher's office at Hagerstown Community College might look like an explosion in a backpack store. But the manager of HCC's Business and Industry program insists she has a system and it works for her.

"I call myself the 'bag lady,' but each bag is a self-contained program on which I'm working," Mosher said. "I can just grab the one I need and go."

Since November, Mosher has been on campus in her managerial position. And she also teaches - a new twist on that position, she said. The beauty of that for Mosher is the constant trading of information back and forth from the practical to the academic.

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And it also is a great connection to the business world via the classroom for Mosher, who brings a master's degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

"I've been involved in this field for more than 16 years and have taught on occasion," Mosher said, enjoying the increase in faculty work the new position is affording her. "I have the opportunity to learn on the job."

Moser, 49, lives in Gaithersburg, Md., with her husband and two children and commutes to Hagerstown each day.

This summer, she will teach a five-week course titled "Principles of Management." The class meets Monday through Thursday for 21/2 hours each day. She will teach the course again in the fall, Mosher said.

"It's really neat when I have a mix of people from local industries, high school students and someone who hasn't been in school for about 25 years," she said, relating a true story. "That was such a together class."

On the training side, Mosher and the continuing education staff and adjunct faculty work with businesses of all sizes on team building.

Mosher's responsibilities include going to companies, getting the data she needs and coming up with a training and organizational development plan just for them. This is done via a contract with the company that pays for the service.

Mosher said she will do anything that will get the message across. Describing her work as very interactive, she said she stresses training exercises that are fun.

"No one wants to go to mandatory training. But I try to make it useful, practical and fun," Mosher said.

Those completing the programs receive letters of recognition or certificates in management. Though most of the courses are non-credit, a series of courses can be applied toward the associate degree program.

Mosher teaches three to five 5 classes a week. Two are for credit, while the rest are non-credit.

For more information about what is available through the HCC Business and Industry program, call 301-790-2800, ext. 490.

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