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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.

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