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Career Programs Building Dedicated

Feb 27 2009 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Hagerstown Community College held its dedication ceremony for the recently renovated Career Programs Building on Fri, Feb. 27, at 9 a.m. The event included a brief program, ribbon cutting ceremony, and guided tours through various labs and technical facilities, including the nursing labs, the radiography area, the paramedic emergency services area (home to the infamous “ambulance room”), the industrial technology area, as well as various classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms, and science labs. Building tours also showcased the new dental assisting area, which will begin offering classes in fall 2010, as well as The Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center. Tour groups were also invited toview internal facilities such as the Reprographic Services and Information Technology areas.

Prior to the building tour, a panel of speakers offered remarks on the Career Programs Building renovation project. The panel included College President Guy Altieri; John Barr, president, Washington County Commissioners; Jim Cannon, director, Center for Continuing Education and Extension Services; Merle Elliott, trustee, HCC Board of Trustess; Brent Feight, Bushey Feight Morin Architects; Paul Marinelli, president, Associated Radiologists, P.A.; and Richard Phoebus, vice-chair, HCC Board of Trustees.  

The renovation of the Career Programs Building was a two-fold project that originally began in January 2007. The first phase of the building was completed in January 2008 and included the majority of the career program areas in the lower level of the building.

The second phase of construction began in January 2008 and included the remaining portions of the lower level, as well as the construction of upper level areas such as The Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center, as well as the Valley Eatery. The renovation of the Career Programs Building has increased the building’s size from its initial 76,003 square feet to 88,732 square feet. Total cost to renovate and equip the building was $21.8 million. Of that, $10.8 million came from the state, $8.7 million came from the county and $2.3 million came from the College and the HCC College Foundation. 

Originally constructed in 1967, the Career Programs Building was initially known as the Vocational-Technical Center and was operated by the Washington County Board of Education. Hagerstown Junior College began offering classes in the building in 1975.