Governor’s proposed budget to fund HCC’s Arts & Sciences Complex

(January 18, 2008) - Gov. Martin O’Malley’s announcement Tuesday to include $81 million in his proposed FY 09 budget for community college capital improvements includes the state’s share of funding to allow Hagerstown Community College to move forward with the planning and design phase of its proposed Arts & Sciences Complex.
“It’s such good news that state officials understand and support HCC’s need for more and better instructional space,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “New classrooms are needed for our humanities and social sciences courses, and new science labs are critical for the math and science offerings necessary to support our growing allied health and technology programs.”
The proposed $30 million Arts & Sciences Complex would be funded with $18 million from the state and $12 million from the county over the next four years. The state’s share of the planning and design phase represents $1.156 million of the $81 million proposed for FY 09.
The entire complex will be approximately 100,000 square-feet, which will include 65,000 square-feet of new construction. In addition to classrooms and offices, the new space will house state-of-the-art science labs, which are needed to replace aging facilities that are currently used seven days a week, in support of HCC’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. HCC historically has been the only institution of higher education in the county to have science labs.