April 28, 2013
Economic Development Commission The 2013 Business & Industry Directory is now available in electronic format through the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's website. Assembled each year by the EDC, the directory is provided as a free source of information about the business community in Washington County and its municipalities. Businesses and industries listed in the directory include manufacturers, distributors, major employers and companies offering products or services relating to business development.
April 14, 2013
The nursing program at Hagerstown Community College was recently awarded accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Although HCC's nursing program has been fully accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing since the associate degree program began in 1969 and the practical nursing program began in 2003, this is the first time officials at HCC voluntarily went through the review process for national accreditation by the accrediting organization. “This is one of the most rigorous evaluations of all nursing accreditations and we are just thrilled to have been successful in our attempt to earn accreditation,” said Karen Hammond, HCC's director of nursing.
September 17, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's dental-assisting program recently received accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, or CODA, and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” “This accreditation is a significant step for our dental-assisting program,” said Angela Stoops, director of health sciences at HCC. “Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to sit for...
September 6, 2012
Mountain State University is consolidating operations at the private college's Martinsburg campus and is leaving space it recently renovated at Martinsburg Mall, administrators said Thursday. There are 67 students enrolled at the school's Martinsburg campus, which is down substantially from the spring semester when more than 100 were enrolled in the school's hybrid learning program alone, according to Martinsburg campus executive director David Shahan. There are now nine students in the hybrid learning program, Shahan said.
May 15, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's pharmacy technician program recently received one-year accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing. HCC is one of only three accredited technician training programs in Maryland. The commission is responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy residencies and pharmacy technician training programs. This includes formulating and recommending changes in standards, assessing programs adherence to compliance of the standards, and recommending accreditation status of programs.
May 13, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's emergency medical services program recently received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Accreditation assures students that their education experience meets rigorous standards, with national acceptance and transferability, and serves as a roadmap to future EMS practice. This ongoing review will strengthen and improve the effectiveness and the quality of instruction of HCC's program and afford the college new opportunities for clinical sites.
November 29, 2011
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has denied Mountain State University's bid for national accreditation of its undergraduate program, which includes 35 students at the Martinsburg campus, a MSU spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Mountain State University President Charles Polk informed students of the decision in an email Monday, spokesman Andrew Wessels said Tuesday. The school's undergraduate nursing program remains unaccredited nationally, but still has the authority to operate under provisional accreditation from the state nursing board, Wessels said.
March 31, 2011
Assessors will arrive on April 9 to examine whether the Hagerstown Police Department meets more than 450 standards to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Police Chief Arthur Smith said the assessors will stay for four days to scrutinize the police department on its management, operations and other duties. “They spend their time making sure we do what we say we do,” Smith said. “The last time they were here they interviewed more than half the people in the police department.
December 7, 2010
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was one of 94 public safety agencies to be accredited last month by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., according to a commission news release. Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said the accreditation took two years to obtain. “The accreditation assures that the (sheriff’s office) is using nationally accepted standards and policies,” Mullendore said. He said the accreditation could lower his agency’s insurance rate because it shows that the sheriff’s office meets national law enforcement standards.