HCC middle college students graduate

Ten students from the third class of the STEMM Technical Middle College (STMC) were recognized at a special ceremony on Tuesday for their significant accomplishments in earning associate degrees from HCC at the same time they are each completing high school.

(Hagerstown, MD) – The third class of students in the STEMM Technical Middle College (STMC) at Hagerstown Community College graduated from HCC on May 13, 2017. Ten students were recognized at a special ceremony on May 9, 2017 for their significant accomplishments in earning associate degrees from HCC at the same time they are each completing high school. The program includes educational pathways in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medical) fields.

Since the start of the middle college in 2013, enrollment has grown, with approximately 50 students expected to be enrolled for the fall of 2017. The middle college is a partnership between HCC and Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) to allow college-ready high school students the opportunity to earn college degrees or certificates while completing their high school diplomas.

The 10 graduates in the 2017 class include Aric Baker who will graduate from North Hagerstown High School and receive an associate degree in cybersecurity from HCC. He plans to attend West Virginia University to purse a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Cody Childers will graduate from Hancock Middle Senior High School and receive an associate degree in mathematics from HCC. He plans to attend Frostburg State University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting.

Brigidanna Crews will graduate from Boonsboro High School and receive an associate degree in mathematics from HCC. She plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park to major in mathematics and minor in computer science.

Claire Galvin was home schooled prior to attending HCC. She will receive an associate degree in engineering from HCC. She plans to attend Saint Vincent College to double major in engineering and Spanish.

Catherine Kinman will graduate from North Hagerstown High School and receive an associate degree in engineering from HCC. She plans to attend the University of Dayton to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering.

Edison Ly will graduate from Williamsport High School and receive associate degrees in engineering, mathematics, and physics from HCC. This fall, he will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point to obtain a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Sarah Napoleon will graduate from South Hagerstown High School and earn an associate degree in chemistry from HCC. She will attend Juniata College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in environmental science or pharmacy.

Laura Palmer will graduate from Boonsboro High School and receive associate degrees in physics and mathematics from HCC. She will attend Virginia Tech to pursue a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and ocean engineering.

Skylar Rice will graduate from North Hagerstown High School and receive an associate degree in paramedic emergency services from HCC. Next year, she will pursue as associate degree in nursing at HCC, with plans to later earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

Molly Sachs will graduate from Smithsburg High School and receive an associate degree in biology from HCC. She plans to attend St. Mary’s College of Maryland to obtain bachelor’s degrees in biology and physics and, ultimately, a master’s degree in teaching.

For more information on the STEMM Technical Middle College at HCC, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/middlecollege.

Photo caption: Pictured, top row, left to right: Edison Ly, Skylar Rice, Molly Sachs, Cody Childers, Aric Baker; middle row, left to right: Brigidanna Crews, Laura Palmer, Sarah Napoleon; front row, left to right: Claire Galvin and Catherine Kinman.

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