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HCC gets grant for pharmacy tech program

May 17, 2009

WASHINGTON. -- U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, both D-Md., have announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded a $10,054 grant to Hagerstown Community College to expand its pharmacy technician program.

HCC's pharmacy technician program is 6 months old and has a growing enrollment, according to a release from Mikulski's office.

ARC funds will be used to purchase laboratory equipment and materials needed to provide students in the program with advanced skills training, the release says. The program's advisory committee has played a key role in recommending the equipment used in that field.

In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide $23,485, bringing the total project funding to $33,539, the release says.

"To help make sure all Americans are ready for the jobs of the 21st century, we must have state-of-the-art education resources available. This federal investment will help students at Hagerstown Community College receive the important training they need to enter the work force," Mikulski said in the release.

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

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