HCC capital campaign nears its $5 million goal

August 11, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

A $5 million capital campaign for Hagerstown Community College, which was announced in September at an alumni ball celebrating the school's 60th year, now is only $1 million from its goal, HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull said.

The campaign is through the Hagerstown Community College Foundation, which is a charitable organization, according to the HCC Web site.

Money raised during the campaign will fund scholarships, the commercial vehicle transportation program and renovations at the Career Programs Building, said Lieba Cohen, director of institutional advancement.

About 70 percent of HCC students require financial aid, so raising scholarship money is a crucial part of what HCC Foundation does, campaign chairman Richard W. Phoebus Sr. said.

The campaign has been dubbed "A Real and Worthy Purpose," Cohen said.

With about $4 million already raised, HCC officials hope to wrap up the campaign by June 30, 2008, she said.

"The community college has a tremendous impact all the way across the county," said Roger Fairbourn, president of the foundation's board.


Almost everyone in Washington County is connected to HCC is some way, either as a graduate or by sending a child to the school, or through continued education, he said.

Fairbourn took real estate classes at HCC, and later taught at the college, he said.

Those who want to give to the campaign can earmark the programs that their dollars fund, he said.

"Everyone we approach speaks so highly of the community college," Fairbourn said.

The college's last capital campaign was in 2001, and another already is in the planning stages, Cohen said.

"At this phase of the campaign, we are looking to the alumni to come back and support the campus," Fairbourn said.

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