(October 25, 2005) - “This is exciting news for HCC,” said Dr. Guy Altieri, president of Hagerstown Community College. “The Commercial Vehicle Transportation program has produced more than 700 graduates since 1995, and businesses depend on the college to provide well-trained employees. Transportation is the second fastest growing industry in the country, and the growth of the transportation industry in this region has been remarkable. HCC must expand its program to meet the increased demand for commercial vehicle operators.”
Throughout the program’s existence, the college has received assistance from a number of industry leaders, including Volvo Powertrain of North America, D.M. Bowman, Inc., Hoffman Transport, U.S.A. Cartage and Expedited Services, Inc. These companies have pledged to continue their support of the program.
“HCC’s ability to expand the commercial vehicle transportation program has been limited by a lack of facilities, equipment, and staff,” Altieri said. “This grant will allow HCC to increase its capacity and therefore its graduates.”
As part of the grant, the college will also develop a new associate of applied science degree in Commercial Transportation Administration and will work with Washington County Public Schools to design a new high school program in transportation. The Western Maryland Consortium, which has provided financial assistance to many Commercial Vehicle Transportation students, is also a partner in the project.
Hagerstown Community College was one of 400 community colleges vying for funding under the Community-Based Job Training grant program. The college is one of just 70 grant recipients and the only community college in Maryland to receive the award.