Hagerstown Community College briefs

September 15, 2009

Trucking course offered this fall

Hagerstown Community College is offering a course in Commercial Vehicle Transportation management this fall.

Taught by HCC instructor Mike Stevenson, a transportation manager at DOT Foods Inc., "Fundamentals of Commercial Vehicle Transportation" will provide students with an overview of the structure and importance of the commercial transportation industry in the business world.

Course topics include regulations, economics, warehousing, distribution and system operations. The course is Web-based and students must have Internet access in order to complete class assignments and projects and to participate in online class discussions.

The program began in 1995 and has graduated more than 1,100 students who go on to work in the truck driving and distribution industry as drivers, distribution managers and freight supervisors.


For more information, contact Commercial Vehicle Transportation Specialist Janie Spielman at 301-790-2800, ext. 449, or by e-mail at

Day trip planned to explore Washington

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a special, one-day trip Wednesday, Sept. 30, to explore locations in and around Washington D.C., that have been associated with intelligence and counter-intelligence activities for the past 200 years.

Taught by HCC instructor and retired Air Force Intelligence Officer Carol Bessette, the tour will include a visit to a Georgetown restaurant associated with the former Soviet Union, a visit to at least one drop site associated with former FBI Counter-Intelligence Officer Robert Hanssen and a trip to the International Spy Museum.

Key personalities such as Aldrich Ames, Rose Greenhow and Alger Hiss will also be discussed. Cost is $70. Fee includes fully equipped motor coach/gratuity, all entrance fees and a private tour with Bessette. Students will need to purchase their own lunches while on the tour.

For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or go to

Workshops geared toward pet owners

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering two workshops geared toward pet owners.

The first course, "Introduction to Dog Training for Dog Owners," will introduce students to the principles of dog behavior and learning. Taught by national lecturer Pat Miller, author of "The Power of Positive Dog Training," the course will also involve hands-on training demonstrations. Students are encouraged to bring their own dogs on the last night of class. The three-night course will be offered Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 6, and the first two classes will be held on HCC's main campus. The final class will be held at Peaceable Paws in Fairplay. Cost is $129.

The second course, "Introduction to Pet Message for the Pet Owner," will provide pet owners with a step-by-step approach to massaging their dog or cat. Students will learn about the holistic philosophy of animal well-being, as well as basic pet anatomy, and animal psychology. The one-day workshop will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Washington County Humane Society. Cost is $64.

For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or go to

U.S. Army Band to play Sunday

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host its last summer concert of the season when the 229th U.S. Army Band takes the stage Sunday at 4 p.m. at the HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.

A traditional 48-piece military band, the band has been part of the Maryland National Guard for most of the 20th century and is one of the few military bands to have received battle honors. The 48 citizen-soldiers who make up the band come from diverse backgrounds, including government workers, police officers, teachers, professional musicians and college students.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Stewart, HCC coordinator, alumni relations and annual giving, at 301-790-2800, ext. 346, or by e-mail at

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