The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) is a regional center that offers more than 20 programs of study from six University System of Maryland institutions. USMH has grown steadily since opening in 2005 and continues to initiate new undergraduate and graduate programs in response to area workforce demand and student interest.
USMH is partnering with local developers to create space for a Hospitality and Tourism Management program offered by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). A nearby vacant building will be renovated to house a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and dining and classroom space to support the program. The second floor of this new facility will be designed to accommodate STEM labs and classrooms.
Responding to the exceptional need for healthcare professionals in the region, USMH is working with Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to develop programs for advanced practice professionals that would be offered at USMH. A hybrid nurse practitioner program is planned to launch in fall 2018, with a physician assistant program to follow in fall 2019. Another underused building will be renovated to accommodate these academic offerings in the downtown core.
With more than 1,900 graduates to date, USMH is helping to raise the college degree attainment rate in western Maryland and supply a skilled workforce for employers in the region.