Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties to launch health education center in Mount Airy

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July 21, 2011

WESTMINSTER — State and local officials from Carroll, Frederick and Howard community colleges are scheduled to attend a ground breaking ceremony on Monday, July 25, for the new Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education.

The center is located at 1712 Back Acre Circle in Mount Airy.

The three colleges are building on an existing academic agreement to provide additional student access to workforce education programs.

The center, which is expected to open in the fall 2012, will provide health-care related programs.

The center will offer both credit degree programs and certificates. It will also provide non-credit and continuing education allied health certifications.

The colleges will lease 15,750 square feet of the 24,000 square-foot facility developed by Back Acre Holdings LLC.

The space includes three classrooms, one respiratory/emergency medical services laboratory, a micro lab, a computer lab, a biology lab; faculty/staff offices other features.

The cost of the project is about $4 million. Funding includes federal grants and community college appropriations.

"Mount Airy is an ideal location because of its growing population and its proximity to all three colleges," said Dr. Faye Pappalardo, president of Carroll Community College. "We hope to serve as many students as we can from the three counties, with affordable and flexible programs."

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