Long awaited project gets underway, addresses educational needs of growing Northeast Maryland
To help address the growing population in Northeast Maryland and the need for additional higher education opportunities for its residents, Towson University (TU), Harford Community College (HCC) and Cecil College have teamed up to provide a seamless transfer for students interested in pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree upon completion of their associate degree. A new Towson building broke ground on May 30 in Harford County. TU and HCC have collaborated since 2006 on the innovative 2+2 program that will allow students to study two years at the community college level then finish their coursework toward a bachelor’s degree at Towson University while staying in Northeast Maryland.
University of Maryland Chancellor, William “Britt” Kirwan, remarked that the motivation to build Towson University in Northeastern Maryland was fueled by an obligation and a desire to serve the needs of residents in the area who seek higher degrees. More than 70 percent of HCC students who choose to continue their education transfer to Towson University said TU president Maravene Loeschke.
The $28 million facility, which is expected to be completed in July of 2014, will make Towson’s programs easier to access for Harford County residents and will provide opportunities for study and workforce development in the region. The university expects 140 to 200 students in the fall 2014 class, with hopes to double that number the following year.
Undergraduate degree programs offered by TU in Northeastern Maryland include: Business Administration (management concentration), Information Technology, Integrated Early Childhood Education/Special Education, Psychology, and Sociology (criminal justice concentration).
In addition to classrooms, the 60,000-square-foot building will house wet labs, an auditorium, a library, a bookstore and a lactation room for nursing mothers. I95