HCC briefs

February 22, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Enrollment of older students declines

Though enrollments grew for high school students and recent high school graduates, enrollments for students older than 21 have declined, Hagerstown Community College officials announced during the school's monthly Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

While exact figures were unavailable Tuesday, HCC President Guy Altieri said the declining enrollment among older students this past spring mirrors a common economic trend.

"Whenever the economy picks up, community college enrollment goes down," Altieri said.

The school experienced a decline in older-student enrollments in the fall, according to published reports.

Donna Rudy, dean of student affairs, said future recruiting efforts will target high school students and out-of-state residents.

Access road planned

Plans are under way to build an access road from Scholar Drive to a pump station operated by the City of Hagerstown, Hagerstown Community College officials announced.

A timeline has not been set, since both sides are reviewing the plan. The city has agreed to pay for the cost of building and maintaining the road, HCC President Guy Altieri said.


The pump station is on school grounds, near Robinwood Drive, but it is owned by the city. Because there is no road, city workers must drive through the grass to access the station, said George Soterin, HCC's director of plant operations and maintenance.

The college asked the city to alter its original plans to build a road that cut directly across the field and have instead requested that it build one that bends, then runs alongside a grove of nearby trees, making the road more discrete, Soterin said.

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