Washington County providing $250K to help University System of Maryland at Hagerstown expand programming

The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is getting $250,000 from Washington County to help narrow a funding gap for hospitality and physician assistant programs to start this year.

“We are certainly excited about the prospect of additional students walking down the street, shopping in downtown Hagerstown and just contributing toward the vitality of a growing city,” USMH Executive Director Mark Halsey said.

With the county contribution, which will be spread over five years, the university is left with approximately $150,000 to raise toward a $2 million goal for costs associated with the two new programs, Halsey said.

 The two-year master’s degree program for physician assistants is expected to start this summer, once final accreditation is granted, Howard “Blackie” Bowen said. Bowen led a fundraising effort for the physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs.

 

Herald Mail: Washington County providing $250K to help USMH expand programming