ERIC Number: ED467199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Hagerstown Community College: Building a High Tech Base.
Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.
This document describes the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) (Maryland), created in 1990 as a response to the region's economic decline. The ATC is a partnership between the College, industry, and government to help promote industrial modernization and regional competitiveness through training, demonstration, and technical assistance. The ATC has several types of facilities: high-technology learning classrooms and labs, a shared-production center, and several telecommunications rooms that are connected via a fiber optic distance learning network. The Center also houses an office of the University of Maryland Technology Extension Service, a Small Business Development Center, the state's regional technology council, and the four-county economic development partnership. Consequently, the College has become a primary hub of the region's economic development activities. The ATC at Hagerstown has been so successful that the state, in 1996, adopted the concept and created ATCs at other community colleges across Maryland. In their first 2 years, ATCs statewide developed and delivered industry-specific, customized training to more than 650 companies and 29,000 workers. In addition, in 1994, the College added to the effort by creating the Technical Innovation Center, a small business incubator. Due in part to the College's assistance, the local unemployment rate stands at 2.7%--much lower than in 1990, and much lower than current rates in neighboring counties. (NB)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Innovation, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Technical Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.