HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II joined other local officials in hailing the growing prestige of the former Hagerstown Business College at a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate its new name, Kaplan College-Hagerstown.
The postsecondary institution, which had been owned by Kaplan Higher Education since 2000, changed its name July 31 to better reflect its expanded educational offerings and take advantage of the name-recognition associated with the global test preparation and higher education company, said Chris Motz, the institution's president.
"Calling it a business college really only captures one of about 14 programs offered," Motz said.
The name change coincided with the introduction of the school's first two four-year bachelor's degree programs, which made it the only school in Washington County where a student can start and finish a four-year bachelor's degree at the same institution, school spokeswoman Caitlin Tridle said.
Bruchey said the change will help with the city's goal of educating residents locally and retaining them to start careers and raise families in the city.