something so their life can be better, and with this particular piece of the College of Southern Maryland, they will have that opportunity,” Hejl said.
The new, 30,000-squarefeet facility replaces the 18,000-square-feet Waldorf facility leased by the college to originally house the CTET program.
The new building provides individual space for training in the plumbing, electrical, welding and carpentry trades, as well as housing the Maryland Center for Environmental Training.
“Now we have a classroom environment in the labs, as well as mobile carts and mini-projectors,” said CTET Director Bruce Posey. “We flat out just have more space here, and we can do so much more.”
Barbara Scotland made a career change from being a professor of English at CSM to entering the home improvement business full time, and has studied plumbing through the CTET program at the Waldorf facility. She said the new facility is a great improvement.
“This is fabulous,” Scotland said. “One of the biggest issues with the classrooms in the old site was the acoustics. There were none. When you were in the classroom, it echoed, and you could hear every other class. It was an incredibly noisy building.”
For the first time, CSM will recognize those students in the trades programs who have earned their journeyman license through CTET during its next graduation ceremony, being held May 18 on the La Plata campus.
“For many years, we were considered a white collar community college. If you wanted to be an engineer, a teacher, an architect, you could come to the college. If you wanted to be an electrician, a welder, not so much. But we understood that there are so many important careers in the trades,” Gottfried said. “It’s not just college, it’s post secondary education.”
The new CTET building includes labs, classrooms and administrative space. The new building features a number of environmental enhancements, and expects to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status, Posey said.
Gottfried said the idea of a new campus began six years ago, under CSM Board of Trustees Chairwoman Mary Krug.
The college purchased 74 acres of land in Hughesville, but with that came a number of unexpected challenges, Gottfried said.
“Since I’ve been president, we’ve put up six buildings,” Gottfried said. “But we’ve never had the challenges that we’ve had for this building. We’ve never had to worry about water and sewage, we never had to worry about dealing with so many agencies for permits … and the politics. But we continued to move for ward.”
The new building is only the first phase of development at the Hughesville Regional Campus. Gottfried said the college has received state funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for the design of a new Health Sciences building on the campus. The design phase will take approximately 16 months, Gottfried said.
“The planning will begin as of this July,” Gottfried said. “That will be a larger facility … over 40,000 [square feet]. We’ll be able to centralize many of our training opportunities for nurses, for massage therapy, for med lab, and we’re going to add additional specialties – respiratory therapy, X-ray technician, areas that we couldn’t get into in the past.”
In time, Gottfried said, a fine arts center, a field house, and relocation of the college’s athletic fields are also planned for the Hughesville campus.
“What this campus is all about is to regionalize and centralize those facilities that cannot be replicated on every campus,” Gottfried said.
The College of Southern Maryland held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for its new Center for Trades and Energy Training building, the first building on the new Hughesville Regional Campus.