Press Release

January 10, 2012

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Allegany College of Maryland has received a $54,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase computers and printers for its Workforce Training Lab Equipment Update.

“In Maryland’s innovation economy, technology plays an indispensable role in job-training and education,” said Senator Cardin.  “Thanks to this ARC funding, students at Allegany College will have the tools they need to find jobs and become leading entrepreneurs and professionals of tomorrow.” 

“I’m so proud of Allegany College for winning this grant,” Senator Mikulski said. “Education is the opportunity ladder of this nation and higher education is a critical rung in that ladder. To help the students of today fill the jobs of tomorrow, they need the right tools. Every student deserves a chance to excel. This updated lab will help them do so.”

Allegany College will use the funding to purchase new computer lab equipment for the following programs: Office Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy Technology, Computer Science and Technology, Home Health Aide, Turning Point Center Career Awareness and Training, Continuing Education Mobile Training Lab, Automotive Technology, and Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. 

The College estimates over 550 students will benefit from the new computers.  Local businesses will also benefit from having access to a better trained workforce. 

In addition to ARC funding, the Allegany College of Maryland will provide $54,000, bringing total project funding to $108,000.  The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.