The Maryland Higher Education Commission has endorsed the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center (HEAT) planned for Aberdeen.
Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and members of the county task force working on the project presented the proposal for a public-private partnership arrangement on the project to the commission Dec. 19.
All higher education programs in the state must be reviewed and approved by the commission.
Without the commission's approval, HEAT task force members could not conduct any formal negotiations with any colleges or universities about setting up courses at the center, said George Harrison, Rehrmann's press secretary. He said the commission's endorsement of the project means HEAT task force members can proceed with plans to create a weekend college program at Harford Community College. Negotiations to decide which colleges and universities across the state will offer four-year degrees can begin, Harrison said.