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University System of Maryland at Hagerstown 'a better fit' for some

Center holds open house to help prospective students learn more about it

March 07, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Representatives from University of Maryland University College and Coppin State University talk with potential students Wednesday at a University System of Maryland at Hagerstown open house.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Katie Coffman started her college studies at West Liberty University near Wheeling, W.Va., after graduating from Washington County Technical High School.

But for Coffman, it was too far from home.

So Coffman enrolled at Hagerstown Community College last fall and started concentrating on psychology.

Now, Coffman has been accepted into the psychology program at Frostburg State University and she will study at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Coffman milled around in the lobby of the center with her parents Wednesday night during an open house at the school, and said she now feels “excited” and “thrilled” about her educational future.

“It’s a better fit,” Coffman said.

Coffman was one of about 30 students who had come to the school by 5:30 p.m. after the two-hour open house started at 5 p.m.

The center at 32 W. Washington St. holds an open house every fall and spring to help prospective students learn more about the center, where students can obtain degrees from Frostburg State University, Towson University, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland University College and Salisbury University.

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Representatives from different schools were at the open house to answer questions from prospective students.

Also at the open house were representatives from Coppin State University in Baltimore, which is planning to begin offering a health information management program at USMH, said Erin Harman, director of advancement and outreach at the center.

Approval to add the program at USMH by as early as next fall is pending before the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Harman said.

Students in the health information management program study various aspects related to the management of health care-related data such as patient privacy and Medicare, said Mona Calhoun, chairwoman of the health information management program at Coppin State University.

“Students are able to do a lot with it,” Calhoun said.

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