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USMH showcases course offerings during spring open house

March 07, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Holly Matheis, left, an academic advisor with the University of Maryland University College, talks with prospective students Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu and his wife, Susan Nwachukwu, during an open house Thursday at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Mark Minter, who retired from the military on Friday, was at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown on Thursday looking for one of the certifications offered by University of Maryland University College.

“I want to get a job in the health care industry,” he said.

Minter, 46, of Myersville, Md., was in the U.S. Army for more than 28 years and has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Health Care Management and a master’s degree from Trident International University in Science and Public Health.

“I’m just looking for a little more diversity in education,” he said. “I don’t want a degree because I don’t want to go to school forever.”

USMH held its annual spring open house Wednesday at its 32 W. Washington St. location. Faculty and staff representing Frostburg State University, Salisbury University, Towson University, and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) set up vendors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students can obtain degrees in certain programs through any of those colleges at USMH.

The center holds an open house every fall and spring to inform prospective students about what it offers.

Rob Paugh of Frederick, Md., who retired from the military last summer, said he was looking to get a degree in homeland security through UMUC.

“I’m just kind of looking for a second career,” said Paugh, 50, who was in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 until 2012. “UMUC pointed me in the right direction.”

Paugh and Minter were two of the three people who showed up in the first hour of the open house that traditionally had been only in the evening, USMH Advancement and Outreach Director Erin Harman said.

“We’ve had good success with the evening time but have had some requests to be available during the daytime for students who are not able to get here in the evening,” she said.

Coppin State was scheduled to join the vendors in the evening and introduce two new programs it will offer at the college, Health Information Management and Sport Management, Harman said.

“HCC has students who would be able to transfer into those programs as well as Kaplan,” she said. “It’s very important for Coppin’s program coordinators to be able to talk to students who are interested in their program.”

Other vendors were also offering new programs. Frostburg will be offering a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership this fall, which includes PK-12 leadership, special education, curriculum and instruction reading, and higher education leadership.

“It’s an education doctorate across all disciplines,” Frostburg Program Manager Kathy Griemsmann said. “We hope this keeps growing. We’re looking to serve the needs of the greater Hagerstown community.”

Towson University Clinical Assistant Professor Tyree Morrison said that the goal of being at the open house is to generate local interest in its nursing program offered at the school.

“This is a great opportunity to get your bachelor’s degree close to home,” Morrison said.

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