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Garrett Community College among those receiving state grant funding

December 19th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

The Hogan administration today announced the Board of Public Works approval of seven capital grants agreements, totaling over $18.1 million, dedicated to essential capital projects at five higher educational organizations. The grants are administered through the Maryland Department of General Services Capital Grants Division. The Board of Public Works is comprised of Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

“Our administration recognizes the critical role of higher education in Maryland’s economy and our citizens’ quality of life,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will help complete vital capital projects in every region of the state, leading to increased visibility and furthering their institutional goals.”

Five Maryland higher education institutions whose missions inspire and encourage conservation, learning, and performance through community engagement were approved by the Board: the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus and Catonsville Campus; the College of Southern Maryland, Indian Head, Md.; Howard Community College, Columbia, Md.; Frederick Community College, Frederick, Md.; and Garrett College, McHenry, Md.

The overall objective for the organizations is for the capital grant funds to help their organizations renovate, expand, and/or update their existing facilities to in order to amplify their organization’s services.

“Investing in these institutions will allow for the completion of vital projects that are critical to their operation and success,” said General Services Secretary Ellington E. Churchill Jr. “Our department is proud to support the goals of Maryland’s higher education institutions.”

The Community College of Baltimore County’s two grants totaling over $7 million will help to replace existing switchgear equipment that is critical for maintaining their normal operation. In addition, the college will renovate and expand the Essex Carol Eustis Center for Health Professions, which houses the School of Health Professions, the School of Applied and Information Technology, and the Continuing Education & Economic Development-Allied Health Program.

Through two grants totaling $275,000, the College of Southern Maryland will renovate the Velocity Center, Indian Head location, which will help meet the needs of the students and community by providing quality learning opportunities for intellectual development, career enhancement, and personal growth. The college will also renovate the Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute.

Howard Community College’s grant of $9.8 million will be used for the renovation of the two existing buildings, the Nursing Building and Science & Technology Building, to provide additional instructional and support space for the Social Sciences and Teacher Education Division, as well as other departments within the college.

Frederick Community College will use their $224,000 grant to consolidate all of the college’s main campus Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs into one central location.

Garrett County Community College’s $685,000 grant will assist in the renovation and expansion of their old gymnasium to create a new Community Education and Performing Arts Center.

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