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November 2009 Press Release



For immediate release: November 5, 2009                                Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4511


Board of Public Works Approves Millions of Dollars for Two Community Colleges

(Annapolis, MD) November 5, 2009 – The Board of Public Works yesterday approved more than $8 million in funding for Hagerstown and Howard Community Colleges, money that will provide construction and design costs for facilities that will address science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs as well as workforce shortage needs.

The three-member board made up of Governor O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp approved $2,004,000 to assist in design costs for the Howard Community College’s New Allied Health Building. Hagerstown Community College will eventually receive $6,892,000 for construction and design funds for an Arts and Sciences Complex Project.

Every year, the governor supports the Community College Construction Grant Program administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

“I am pleased that this money was appropriated to go to these great community colleges,” Governor O’Malley, said. “The new Hagerstown Community College complex will provide much-needed STEM training as well as a place to promote the arts and the allied health building at Howard Community College will eventually train members of the workforce where we have a vital shortage in allied health fields.”

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.

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