Tucked away amid farm country in Somerset County, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus is making significant headway.
UMES now has one of 30 accredited construction management technology programs in the nation. That could help UMES students win summer internships on projects around the country and help them land permanent jobs.
UMES' Department of Natural Sciences has won grants totaling more than $800,000 for specialized environmental research and to enhance preparation of minority students in marine science and biomedical research careers.
Other initiatives, in physical therapy and airway science, will help UMES provide personnel for rural medical centers and for pilot training, computer science and electronic systems management. These steps could put UMES on the academic map.