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HCC receives $4.5 million in gifts

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HCC receives $4.5 million in gifts

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation has announced the commitment of four major gifts, totaling $4.5 million, to be used to provide endowed scholarships for HCC students and to assist in the development of a new centralized location for workforce training programs on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.

“These wonderful gifts represent two things,” said HCC President Jim Klauber. “First, the generosity of this community to help those in greatest need is most impressive. Second, it shows that HCC is addressing the critical education and workforce needs of this community and that is being recognized by donors who want to partner in that effort.”

Three individual gifts of $1 million were given for endowed student scholarships by the AC&T Co., Inc., the Jone L. Bowman Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Each of these named endowed scholarships will be held in trust, in perpetuity, by the HCC Foundation, to benefit generations of future HCC students. The interest will be awarded annually to HCC students to help cover tuition expenses.

The additional gift of $1.5 million dollars came from the Washington County Commissioners as a contribution to assist in the development of a workforce training center that will be built on the Northern Avenue property recently purchased by HCC. It will provide a central location for all of HCC’s off-campus training programs, including commercial truck driver training, diesel tech program, forklift instruction, and GED and English as a Second Language programs.

These significant gifts come as HCC prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a tribute event on April 9. During that event, an announcement will be made about additional plans for new and innovative ways to provide affordable, high-quality educational and workforce development programs, well into the future. To learn more about ways to be involved, contact the HCC Foundation at 240-500-2348 or foundationscholarships@hagerstowncc.edu.

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HCC announces the naming of the AC&T Student Center

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation has announced the naming of the AC&T Student Center, following a $1 million gift from the AC&T Co., Inc.

“The generosity of AC&T and the Fulton family is going to make a tremendous difference in our students’ lives,” said HCC President Jim Klauber. “Their scholarship assistance will enable students to go further, achieve more, and do more than they ever could alone. The Student Center is the student hub of campus. It is a great location to name for a company that largely feeds and fuels the people of Washington County. We are very grateful for their support.”

The $1 million donation will be used to enhance an existing AC&T Scholarship, which will be held in trust, in perpetuity, by the HCC Foundation, to benefit generations of future HCC students. The interest will be awarded annually to HCC students to help cover tuition expenses.

Adna Fulton, president of AC&T, considers himself to be blessed by the success he’s experienced. “I enjoy being charitable,” he said. “Customers have been good to us and we try to give back to those who need the support.”

The Student Center opened in 2015, following major renovations to the facility that had previously been the College Center. It is the focal point of student life on campus and is home to the offices of Student Affairs, Retention and Registration, Veterans Connection Center, Hilltop Grill, Hawk Café, a gaming room, the campus store, and indoor and outdoor dining and seating areas for students.

To learn more about the AC&T Student Center, contact the HCC Foundation at 240-500-2348 or foundationscholarships@hagerstowncc.edu.

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HCC announces creation of the D. M. Bowman Family Workforce Training Center

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation has announced the naming of the new D. M. Bowman Family Workforce Training Center, following a $1 million gift from the Jone L. Bowman Foundation. Construction on the new center, located at 562 Northern Avenue, is set to begin this summer, with portions to be completed within a year.

“This Center is going to be pivotal in the growth of skilled trades training in our region,” said HCC President Jim Klauber. “It is one of the most exciting projects that I have ever undertaken. Not only do we have critical workforce needs in our community, but this project and these programs will help people gain the skills to have rewarding careers and earn sustainable wages for themselves and their families.”

The Bowman Center will provide a central location for all of HCC’s off-campus training programs, including commercial truck driver training, diesel tech program, forklift instruction, GED program, and English as a Second Language classes.

The donation will be used to enhance the existing Jone L. Bowman Scholarship, which will be awarded annually, in perpetuity, to HCC students to help cover tuition expenses.

“Providing post-high school job training is integral to building our county workforce,” said Don Bowman, owner of D.M. Bowman, Inc. “Our Foundation is pleased to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to this effort.”

The new facility will also become home to the Barr Construction Institute, operated by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. This will allow HCC to work with ABC to enhance skilled trades programs and increase enrollment in these programs, giving students the opportunity to cross train or complete an associate degree.

The Board of Washington County Commissioners has approved $1.5 million to assist in the renovation and construction of the facility.

To learn more about the D. M. Bowman Workforce Training Center, contact HCC’s President’s Office at 240-500-2233 or president@hagerstowncc.edu.

(April 4, 2022)