CSM opens first building on Hughesville campus
New career training site provides education in trades
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
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.