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Students study options at college fair

October 21, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- While keeping their eye on a "miserable" economy, students turned out Wednesday at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown to see about enhancing their education and hopefully increasing their chances of landing a good job.

The students were taking advantage of a college fair at the West Washington Street center, where they could learn about five schools that offer degrees through the center.

The degrees offered at the university system are for juniors who already have completed their freshman and sophomore years or people who have obtained two-year associate of arts degrees.

Colleen Rollins attended the fair, which was held from 5 to 8 p.m., because she was interested in obtaining a master of arts in teaching.

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Rollins said she has been a substitute teacher at Middletown (Md.) High School and wants a master of arts in teaching in hopes of landing a full-time teaching job.

Rollins was looking at more education even though she said the school system has been making cuts in the tough economy.

"It's worth a shot," Rollins said.

Cory McKee acknowledged the economy is "miserable," so he is buckling down in the meantime and planning to work toward a business degree.

McKee, who lives in the Boonsboro area, obtained an associate degree in business administration from Hagerstown Community College and was at the college fair to explore continuing his education at Frostburg State University.

McKee said he wants to go into the pharmaceutical industry and first had thought going into the research and development part of the field. But McKee has decided to go into the marketing end of the business because it fits his personality better.

"I'm more of a people person," said McKee, who is interesting in a bachelor's degree in marketing.

The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown opened in January 2005 and has grown from 12 programs to 21, Executive Director C. David Warner III said.

"And (there's) more in the pipeline," Warner said.

The center will offer a new doctorate in education through the University of Maryland at College Park in January and will start a bachelor's psychology program through Frostburg State University in January, school officials said. That program is expected to start as a distance learning program in January, then ramp up to a full program in the fall of 2010, school officials said.

The center also is looking at starting a master's in library sciences program, Warner said.

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