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HCC receives grant for facutly development center

September 20, 2010

Hagerstown Community College was recently awarded a $385,000 grant from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation for the creation of a faculty development center.

The goal of the center is to provide resources that will strengthen the teaching skills of new and part-time faculty, and ultimately, increase the academic success of students in HCC's credit programs.

"We frequently have new and adjunct faculty who come to campus with strong knowledge in their fields of expertise but limited formal teaching experience," said HCC President Guy Altieri. "We have had the dream of creating a faculty development center for years, but never had the resources to make it happen. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Fletcher Foundation, we will be able to actively enhance the quality of instruction on our campus by exposing new faculty to various teaching resources and connecting them with many of our experienced faculty, in a structured setting provided through the creation of this center."

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Programs offered through the Fletcher Faculty Development Center will focus on some of the basic elements of good teaching, which include effective course development, effective teaching practices and class/course management. Seasoned full-time faculty, division chairs and directors will be involved in the center by providing teacher-centered guidance and training to help new faculty become more effective in the classrooms, labs and clinical settings where they are assigned to teach.

"Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher believed that good teachers opened doors of opportunity that allowed students to achieve their goals and realize their dreams," said William P. Young Jr., executive director of the foundation.

"The Fletcher Foundation is pleased to partner with HCC to provide this resource so new and adjunct faculty can create innovative and exciting learning opportunities to help HCC's students respond creatively to the demands of a global economy."

The mission of the Fletcher Foundation is to provide aid and encouragement to charitable organizations that carry on their activities and work principally in Washington County, and help worthy individuals continue their education; establish themselves in business; overcome adversities; maintain or support themselves or their families; and enhance the quality of life in Washington County.

The Fletcher Faculty Development Center will initially be in HCC's Learning Resource Center, but will be moved into expanded space in the Classroom Building, adjacent to the new Adjunct Faculty Commons, after the facility has been renovated.

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