HCC briefs

October 22, 2007

HCC accepts year-end gifts

As Hagerstown Community College works to secure the final $1 million in its $5 million scholarship and capital campaign, its foundation board members want to remind the public that the HCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

As such, donations to the HCC Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Year-end donors might want to consider transferring gifts of appreciated stock to the HCC Foundation. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts to go to qualifying charities without being taxed. The opportunity to take advantage of this particular type of distribution ends Dec. 31.

The HCC Foundation provides financial assistance for scholarships and capital needs that are not met through traditional sources of funding. For more information about the campaign and opportunities to make a charitable gift to the HCC Foundation, call Lieba Cohen at 301-790-2800, ext. 213.

Computer CPR clinic set for Nov. 10

If you've ever felt helpless because of computer problems, come visit Hagers-town Community College's Computer CPR Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HCC Valley Mall Center.


Students from HCC's Information Technology Association club will provide consulting and repair services for home computer headaches.

For a donation, student technicians will help diagnose problems on your PC related to hardware, provide advice on upgrading your current computer with new hardware, or scan your computer for problematic issues such as viruses, adware or spyware.

No preregistration is required but the number of cases accepted will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, e-mail the ITA club at ita@hagers or call 301-790-2800, ext. 599.

Personal finance courses offered

Two classes about paying down debt and spending more wisely are being offered through Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education.

Whether you have taken these classes in the past and need a refresher, or realize it's time to gain control of your finances, these workshops offer tips on becoming financially independent.

The first course, "Invest in Your Debt," is designed for anyone who would like to live a debt-free lifestyle. The workshop will show students how to pay off all credit cards, car payments, etc., in one to three years, and then pay off a mortgage in another three to four years. The class will meet Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $46.

The second course, "Spend Smart," focuses on using a "reverse budget" technique that involves planning for saving rather than tracking spending. Students will learn how to use their current income in better ways and get away from the "more month than money" dilemma. This class meets Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $46.

For more information and to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or visit www.hagerstowncc.educoned.

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