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Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education Breaks Ground

Release Date: 7/15/2011

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Federal Officials, Community Colleges Gather for Official Groundbreaking of New Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education

Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1 p.m.

Westminster, Md., U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) will join leaders from Carroll, Frederick, and Howard Community Colleges to preside over the official ground breaking for the new Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1 p.m. The ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at the site located at 1712 Back Acre Circle in Mt. Airy, Md., 21771.

The three community colleges are building on an existing academic agreement to enhance student access to workforce education programs. As the colleges are currently limited in their ability to offer certain health care education programs because of campus space deficiencies, the enhanced partnership will allow the institutions to offer much-needed programs by jointly leveraging multiple resources. The center, which is expected to open in the fall of 2012, will provide high-demand, health-care related programs in a cost-effective manner. The facility will house space to offer training for workforce shortage areas in a convenient location accessible to potential students from the three colleges. The center will offer both credit degree programs and certificates. It will also provide non-credit and continuing education allied health certifications.

The colleges will lease 15,750 square feet of the 24,000 square-foot facility developed by Back Acre Holdings, LLC. The interior space for the colleges is being designed by Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore. The space includes three classrooms; one respiratory/emergency medical services laboratory; one micro laboratory; one computer laboratory; one multi-purpose allied health laboratory; one biology laboratory; and faculty/staff offices and storage.

The cost of the project is approximately $4 million. Funding includes federal grants and community college appropriations. In May, 2010, Senators Mikulski and Cardin presented the colleges with $1 million towards the cost of the project, which was made possible through an omnibus appropriations measure that passed Congress. The colleges are seeking additional funds to supplement the Congressional federal funds.

“This is about jobs, jobs, jobs. It’s about giving people the tools they need to keep the jobs they have and it’s about preparing people for jobs that are available in Maryland today,” Mikulski said. “With these funds, Frederick, Howard, and Carroll Community Colleges will train a new pipeline of workers to fill jobs in health care fields that are needed now and will be needed even more in the future. This is a win-win opportunity to help save lives, and transform lives and communities.”

“Mt. Airy is an ideal location because of its growing population and its proximity to all three colleges, making the center convenient for students,” said Carroll Community College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “We hope to serve as many students as we can from the three counties, with affordable and flexible programs.”

“Offering programs in one facility will allow our three community colleges to better leverage funds, create more coordination between schools, and provide a superior education for students,” said Howard Community College President Kate Hetherington. “The facility will not only contribute to economic development in Mt. Airy, but will serve as a national model to show how colleges and healthcare providers can work together to increase educational opportunities.”

Educational Offerings

Educational offerings include courses for residents of Carroll, Frederick, and Howard, at in-county tuition rates, respectively. The specific offerings will be coordinated by each sponsoring college at the Mt. Airy location.

Credit Programs:

Health Information Technology, A.A.S. and Certificate: Carroll Community College

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S; Respiratory Care, AAS: Frederick Community College

Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic, A.A.S. and Certificate: Howard Community College

Non-Credit Programs:

RN Refresher, Dental Assisting, Medical Billing, Medical Coding, Phlebotomy: Carroll Community College

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Medicine Aid, Pharmacy Technician: Frederick Community College

Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.), Patient Care Technologist, EKG Technician: Howard Community College

Assisted Living Management: Carroll, Frederick, and Howard Community Colleges

Media Contacts:

Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411,

Linda Morton, Frederick Community College, 301-846-2626,

Nancy Santos Gainer, Howard Community College, 443-518-4073,

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