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HCC marks its 60th year of local education

September 24, 2006

Hagerstown Community College



11400 Robinwood Drive

Hagerstown

Main phone number: 301-790-2800

Web site: www.hagerstowncc.edu

Hagerstown Community College marks its 60th anniversary this academic year.

Hagerstown Junior College was founded September 10, 1946, becoming the first rural community college in Maryland.

The college's first graduates received their degrees on June 1, 1948. Twenty-five students graduated that day, and now HCC boasts about 5,000 for-credit students and 9,000 noncredit students.

HCC found a home on Robinwood Drive in 1967, and now has a 316-acre campus, which is home to 11 buildings, including a full-service business incubator and outdoor amphitheater.

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Special programs, such as the Job Training Institute for adults in need of immediate job skills and the ESSENCE Program for high school students, have expanded the college's services to the community.

HCC is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 1998, the college was renamed Hagerstown Community College, "to better reflect the mission of the college in response to the needs of the community," said Elizabeth Stull, director of public information for HCC.

Now, as it celebrates its 60th year, HCC plans a capital campaign and hopes to raise $5 million.

HCC awards three types of degrees: associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science.

In 2005, HCC was the fastest-growing community college in Maryland.

The school has had a 30 percent increase in the number of for-credit students over the last four years, Stull said.

Nursing is the most popular career-oriented program of study, said Stull.

Today, HCC serves the Tri-State area by offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs for university transfer or job entry, as well as continuing education and adult basic education.

Classes are offered throughout the year in traditional 15-week semesters, and there are several shorter sessions.

Enrollment is more than 5,000 credit students and 9,000 continuing-education students each year.

Tuition per credit hour for the fall 2006 semester is: Washington County residents, $93; out-of-county residents, $148; out-of-state residents, $195.

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