HCC receives NEH grant

(Hagerstown, MD) – Hagerstown Community College was recently awarded a three-year, $96,627 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. HCC’s grant is part of $14.8 million in grants to support 253 humanities projects in 44 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this grant, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and we are enthusiastic about beginning work on Bridging the Antietam,” said Alicia Drumgoole, assistant professor of English composition at HCC. “The project will help students improve their thinking, reading, and writing skills. It is our hope that our work will help strengthen the humanities curriculum at HCC, foster increased student success, and encourage community engagement.”

HCC’s grant, “Bridging the Antietam,” is a project designed to boost student performance in composition classes and produce curricula to support writing across the disciplines. It will focus on memory and its constructions as expressed through the folklore, narratives, and interpretation of history of the Antietam Creek region (western Md., south central Pa., and eastern W.Va.) that HCC serves. The project will also focus on how memory changes history and the lives of those within that history.

Included as part of the grant are professional development opportunities for HCC faculty, a summer bridge program for students in developmental and first-year English classes, a summer institute for faculty and students from various colleges and secondary schools, and a digital archive that will make literary texts and resources discovered and emphasized in the project readily available to the public.

To learn more about the project, contact Alicia Drumgoole at amdrumgoole@hagerstowncc.edu or 240-500-2306.