Garrett College leads state in enrollment growth

The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Garrett College led all Maryland community colleges in enrollment growth during the spring 2020 semester, according to recently released statewide enrollment data.

The college led the state in credit hour enrollment growth, increasing the number of credit hours taken by its students by 5.85 percent in spring 2020 compared to spring 2019. Garrett finished the spring enrollment period with 6,190.75 credit hours, 342 more credit hours than in spring 2019.

Garrett was third in headcount enrollment growth, behind neighboring Allegany College of Maryland (7.6 percent) and Baltimore City Community College (6 percent.) It grew from 569 to 605 students, an increase of 6.33 percent.

“This is a very impressive enrollment performance for the college,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president. “It’s a testament to our faculty and staff. We consistently emphasize that enrollment is everyone’s business — and everyone deserves credit for this accomplishment.”

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Garrett College honors STEM benefactor

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The Daniel E. Offutt III STEM Center was formally dedicated Saturday morning at Garrett College, with college, county and state officials praising the late Oakland native and philanthropist for his enduring commitment to STEM education.

“The Offutt Trust endowment is just the latest gift Mr. Offutt has provided Garrett College,” said Don Morin, chairman of the Garrett College Board of Trustees, in reference to the $2 million STEM endowment provided late last year by the trust. “Speaking on behalf of the Garrett College Board of Trustees, I want to express our appreciation for the continued commitment to Garrett College and STEM education that Mr. Offutt’s estate gift represents.”

The college is authorized to use the income generated by the endowment equally for STEM scholarships and STEM equipment upgrades and faculty development.

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Education measures win key votes

Matthew Bieniek

Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — Two bills that will impact education policy and finances in Western Maryland have won important votes, with time running out for passage of legislation in the General Assembly.

One bill would help school districts facing a drop in state funding and the other would remove an ex officio position from the Allegany and Garrett County boards of education.

The ex officio bill passed the House of Delegates 137-0 Friday. The Senate version of the bill, which passed 47-0, is already in the House.

On Thursday, the Ways and Means Committee gave the House version of the school funding bill a favorable recommendation. It’s not unusual to have bills filed in both houses of the legislature.

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Unique Outreach By Local Educators

Dr. Robin Bissell of Grantsville and teacher Carla Swearman and her husband Gary have taken part in a unique outreach and mission project for the past several summers, and are hoping to recruit more local volunteers to help. The educators travel to the Ihanktownwan (Yankton) Learning Camp in Marty, S.D., to teach youngsters on a Native American reservation. Pictured is Yankton Sioux teen Paula Honemichel modeling her powwow apparel.

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