Harford Community College launches new STEM-based programs and radio show – Baltimore Sun
Harford County Community College (HCC) is implementing four new science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) credit programs and launched “HCC 360,” a new talk show on its radio station, highlighting the diverse college educational options for students to contribute to the economic growth of the local community.
With the new talk show and college credit programs, HCC seeks to help students find the high-demand skills they need while helping local employers match their job openings with qualified talent and competent.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently approved four HCC credit programs: a certificate in geospatial technology; an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in biotechnology; and an associate of science degree program and a certificate in data science. The commission also approved a significantly revised certificate program in biotechnology.
“Harford’s updated certificate and new AAS degree in biotechnology will allow graduates to join the growing biotechnology workforce in Maryland, Virginia and DC, which is expected to double from its current level of 300,000 by 2023,” according to a press release from the college. . “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for highly skilled employees in the biotech workforce.”
Biotechnology certificate and diploma programs allow for shorter timelines for graduation and direct entry into the workforce, or transitioning to a four-year program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County at Shady Grove or the University of Maryland Global Campus, depending on the college.
The Geospatial Technology Certificate program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience needed to pursue a career in geospatial technology. The program offers a full range of geographic information systems, remote sensing and global positioning systems.
The Data Science Certificate is suitable for people with existing credentials who want to further their skills in this field, and the Data Science Associate Degree is designed for students who want to transition to a four-year program at the Loyola University of Maryland or University of Maryland Global Campus.
The college recently launched a radio show, “HCC 360,” on its campus station, WHFC 91.1 FM. The show will showcase workforce training, forensics courses, new biotechnology programs and other offerings.
“‘HCC 360’ reflects that there is something for everyone at Harford,” the university school said in a press release.
“HCC 360” airs monthly on first Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on WHFC 91.1 FM and is available as a podcast.