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HCC gets $50,000 grant for new dental lab

August 26, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Community College recently received a $50,000 grant to help equip a new dental lab on campus.

The grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was announced Monday by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, both D-Md.

HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull said college officials learned last week their application for the money had been approved.

The college will add another $117,000 to the grant to fund a fully equipped dental lab that will be used in the spring 2009 semester for noncredit classes now being offered at HCC. Stull said there are plans to offer dental assistant classes for credit, perhaps by the fall of 2009.

The new lab being partially funded by the grant would be used for those classes.

The ARC is a federal/state partnership that works with people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life, according to a press release.

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"This ARC grant is a federal investment in educational opportunities and workforce training for the people of Western Maryland," Mikulski said in a release. "I'm proud these funds will give more Marylanders an opportunity to become certified dental assistants or get their associate's degree in dental hygiene."

Cardin said in the release that the ARC grant will improve access to oral health care for Hagerstown residents.

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