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HCC request money for arts, sciences building

September 18, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

HAGERSTOWN

The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday asked the Washington County Commissioners for $11.5 million to upgrade and expand the school's arts and sciences complex.

The project is needed to accommodate the college's rising enrollment, HCC President Guy Altieri said Tuesday during a joint meeting with the county commisisoners.

The arts and sciences complex would include a new science building and would incorporate an existing classroom building and science building.

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As part of the project, the two existing buildings would be renovated.

The request would come from the county's capital improvements budget and would be spread out over four years starting in fiscal year 2009, which begins in July.

It would pay for approximately 40 percent of the project, which is estimated to cost $30 million.

Most of the remaining funds for the project would come from the state, though state contributions for capital projects are contingent on local funding.

Altieri also said he hopes the HCC Foundation will be able to raise $1 million to $2 million for the project.

Altieri said the college's enrollment has increased by 36 percent since 2002.

The college offers 115 credit programs, up from 37 in 2002. Most of that growth has come in occupational programs such as health and biotechnology, Altieri said.

"These are programs that result in local jobs, and they are the key to high-skill, high-wage jobs in the county," Altieri said.

HCC plans to double its nursing program, expand its medical imaging programs, and start dental and pharmacy tech programs by the end of next year.

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