Construction to start on HCC building
Construction of a Towson University building on Harford Community College’s campus is set to begin this spring.
Plans were approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works and members of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees in a recent meeting, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Officials say the building will be completed by fall 2014.
The initial programs offered at the building will include psychology, information technology, sociology, criminal justice, business administration, early childhood education and elementary education.
Nancy Dysard, the director of marketing and public relations at Harford Community College, said the building will be beneficial to both institutes.
“About 1,500 students attending Towson University come from Harford and Cecil Counties,” Dysard said. “The majority go on to attend Towson University, so it made sense to construct a building that could meet the needs of the residents of the county.”
Students from Harford and Cecil County will no longer need to travel long distances to Towson, she said.
Towson University commuter and former HCC student, Sarah Gibbons, learned about the building plans in spring 2011.
“I think the building will be amazing for students who, due to financial or otherwise restricting situations, cannot commute or live on campus,” Gibbons said.
The partnership will “make it easier than ever for local residents to complete a four-year degree,” according to an HCC release.
“[This] could be an increase in enrollment as students don’t have to leave Harford County to obtain a Bachelor’s degree” Dysard said. “Students will be able to transfer seamlessly into the Towson program if they meet all the requirements.”
Collaboration between the two schools have been ongoing.
The HCC website said that former Towson University President Robert Caret had originally signed an agreement with HCC President James LaCalle to create the new program.