Community college may build at Meade

Anne Arundel school `exploring options'

January 27, 1999|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel Community College officials are "exploring options," including building an off-campus facility at Fort Meade to reach the growing population in the western portion of the county.

The west has been the fastest-growing part of the county over the past decade, gaining more than 30,000 people in nine years, said Sandy Spear, the county demographer. That is expected to continue.

The college has held evening courses at Meade High School since 1979, but it has never offered daytime courses in west county.

More than 1,000 students attend evening courses at the high school, where the college offers business management and general studies degrees.

The college's Facilities Committee has been looking into what the school can do to provide daytime classes and some of the college's more popular degree courses.

"We would be looking to expand the number of instruction programs to include more programs and more sections of classes," said Andrew Meyer, vice president for continued education and work force development. "We would be offering continuing education. We're looking at developing relationships with four-year programs like the University of Maryland."

Officials would not specify their expansion options, but one is building at Fort Meade. The college has asked post officials about available land, Meyer said.

Post officials like the idea and have forwarded the request to the Department of the Army. They are awaiting a response.

Meyer said the college's Town Center facility is a model of what the school envisions it will provide for west county, including academic advising, a bookstore registration and financial aid.

Community College President Martha A. Smith said the Facilities Committee will narrow down its expansion options within a month.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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