9 colleges to get $865,000 in Md. base realignment grants

Hopkins, Towson, Morgan State among local recipients

December 17, 2010|By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

Nine Maryland colleges and universities will receive more than $865,000 in state grants through the Base Realignment Higher Education Fund.

Johns Hopkins, Morgan State and Towson universities along with the Community College of Baltimore County and Anne Arundel Community College are among the grant recipients, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Friday. This is the third and final year of the program, which targets academic training for workers from the federal military Base Realignment and Closure effort, known as BRAC.

BRAC is expected to bring about 60,000 jobs to Maryland, largely at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County and Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

"Our renowned colleges, universities and community colleges have provided a national model for building a competitive and innovative economy work force," Brown said. "Through the investments we've made together on campuses and in students across our state, I'm confident that Base Realignment will help us pull through the final days of this recession more quickly than our neighbors in other states."

Towson University will receive two grants — $73,844 to expand its information technology programs and $85,728 to pay for a master of science and associated post-baccalaureate certificate program in supply chain management.

The information technology grant will allow Towson to help non-majors find jobs in the field, said Michael O'Leary, director of the university's Center for Applied Information Technology.

The school, which is experiencing growth in its online education programs, also plans to establish an online laboratory to teach computer courses and create classes in Web applications development, he said.

"We have the size and capability to directly address the needs of computer science and information technology professionals in the state," O'Leary said.

Grant recipients include:

•Johns Hopkins University, which will get $89,949 for online graduate courses in information assurance.

•Morgan State University, which will get $85,913 for plus two electrical engineering programs.

•Anne Arundel Community College, which will receive $90,000 for computer information systems and cybersecurity training.

•Community College of Baltimore County, which is due $87,218 for a cybersecurity training institute virtual laboratory.

raven.hill@baltsun.com

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