Hagerstown Community College this fall will launch a new program with the help of a $73,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The money will be used to purchase equipment to prepare students who wish to major in Digital Instrumentation and Process Controls and earn associate degrees in applied sciences, college officials said.
The college will match the the ARC grant, bringing to $146,000 the funding for the program designed to prepare students for careers in public facilities management and biotechnology.
It is projected the program will admit 12 students in its first year, 20 in the second and 28 by the third.
"Students can already be enrolled at HCC and decide to change majors, or they can be incoming freshman," HCC Grants Director Anne Rich said.
"The grant will help provide equipment for students to actually practice for their future careers," Rich said.
Students enrolled in the Digital Instrumentation and Process Controls program are required to pass 24 credit hours of classes, ranging from Analog and Digital Electronics to Instrumentation and Process Control II.
The grant will go into effect Oct. 1 of this year and end Dec. 31, 2012. Rich did not rule out the possibility of the college pursuing other grant opportunities.