CSM opens first build­ing on Hugh­esville cam­pus

New ca­reer train­ing site pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion in trades

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

It’s been a goal of Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Pres­i­dent Bradley Got­tfried for most of his ten­ure, and now, as he pre­pares to re­tire, Phase One of the new re­gional cam­pus is com­plete, with

the open­ing of the new Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing Build­ing.

“This was a dream that many peo­ple were en­gaged in, and this is a dream that will change the lives of many thou­sands of peo­ple,” Got­tfried said dur­ing a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The CTET build­ing was completed by Hunt­ing­ton-based Schiebel Con­struc­tion, its $8.9 mil­lion cost paid 75 per­cent by the state and 25 per­cent by Charles County.

Got­tfried said the build­ing, with its place­ment in Hugh­esville, is de­signed to meet the needs of stu­dents through­out South­ern Mary­land.

“We’re get­ting away from a La Plata-cen­tric col­lege to one that truly serves all the peo­ple of South­ern Mary­land,” Got­tfried said.

Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers’ Pres­i­dent Pe­ter Mur­phy (D) said the lo­ca­tion of the new cam­pus will help im­prove the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Hugh­esville and change many lives.

“There could have been any num­ber of places this cam­pus could have been lo­cated,” Mur­phy said, “but by lo­cat­ing it here, it re­ally does demon­strate very clearly that we work to­gether as a re­gion, that we work with each other, and that Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s came to­gether to rec­og­nize how im­por­tant this lo­ca­tion was to make it so much more ac­ces­si­ble to so many more in­di­vid­u­als.”

Randy Guy (R), com­mis­sion pres­i­dent of the St. Mary’s County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, said the open­ing of the new build­ing was a beau­ti­ful thing.

“This is a great vi­sion that has hap­pened to us here. It’s a glo­ri­ous day, that we have such a thing,” Guy said. “I look for­ward to the growth of it.”

Tom Hejl (R), pres­i­dent of the Calvert County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, said the new facility was “ab­so­lutely needed”.

“Ev­ery­one talks about higher ed­u­ca­tion, higher ed­u­ca­tion, higher ed­u­ca­tion, but there are in­di­vid­u­als who don’t want to go that route, they want a trade, they want to learn

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Lo­cal of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing from left, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Board of Trus­tees Chair­woman Dorothea Smith, state Del. Susie Proc­tor, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Pres­i­dent Bradley Got­tfried and state Del. Edith Pat­ter­son took part in a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony at the new Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing build­ing on the Hugh­esville cam­pus Tues­day.

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