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GC to celebrate STEM Grand Opening on September 8th

September 4th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

Garrett College will host a STEM Building Grand Opening on September 8th starting at 9 a.m.  Local and regional media may contact Stacy Holler (301-387-3045 or for assistance with any media-related inquiries.


STEM Grand Opening Events Schedule

9:00 a.m.                     Grand Opening Ceremony – Guest Speakers/Special Recognition

10:00 a.m.                  Ribbon Cutting: STEM Building

                                    Ribbon Cutting: Specific Named Rooms/Study Areas


10:30 a.m.-12 noon   STEM Building Self-Guided Tours (Maps Available)

                                    Open Reception

                                    Classroom/Lab Q & A and related activities with GC Faculty


U.S. Senator Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD) has committed to attend and speak at the event.  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R), U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), and U.S. Representative John Delaney (D-6th) have also been invited to speak.


State Senator George Edwards (R-1st) and State Delegate Wendell Beitzel (R-1A) – who played pivotal roles in the securing of the 50 percent share of state funding – are also among the speakers.  Garrett County Commissioners Paul Edwards (R), Jim Hinebaugh (R) and Larry Tichnell (R) – who approved the 50 percent share of local funding – will all attend, with Commission President Edwards speaking on behalf of the commissioners.


After the official Grand Opening, the STEM Building will play host to the First Tech Challenge 2019 Worldwide Game Reveal at noon.  Local teams of 7th-to-12th-graders will view the video feed to learn the topic of the 2019 competition, which will include a qualifying tournament next January at Garrett College.  FTC participants will spend the afternoon brainstorming, attending workshops and taking advantage of free recreational opportunities in the Community Aquatic and Recreation Center.


The September 8th Grand Opening Ceremonies take place in Room 201 of the STEM Building, but the event will also be streamed live in other STEM classrooms in case of an overflow audience.  Anyone who has an interest in the event, but cannot attend, may view it streaming live on the college website at



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