Newsmakers & Award Winners



  • Garrett College president, Dr. Richard Midcap, announced gift of $2 million from the late Daniel E. Offutt III, an Oakland, Maryland native who was an artist, metal sculptor, and philanthropist.
  • The gift is dedicated entirely to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives.
  • Income generated from the endowed gift will be split between STEM scholarships and technology renewal for the college’s recently opened STEM Building.
  • In honor of Mr. Offutt’s generous donation, the recently opened STEM facility will be named the Daniel E. Offutt III STEM Center in a spring 2019 ceremony.




  • The $5.6 million grant will support tuition-free jobs training programs in IT and cybersecurity.
  • Frederick Community College and Prince George’s Community College will partner with Montgomery College to offer intensive short-term training (boot camps) aimed at providing a pipeline of skilled IT and cybersecurity workers for local companies.
  • The demand for workers in cybersecurity is critical, with almost 20,000 jobs in Maryland going unfilled for lack of qualified workers.



  • Frederick Community College (FCC) graphic design students took home the top prize at the annual “MockUp: Student Design Challenge” for the second year in a row.
  • The competition was sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a professional design association.
  • Students worked collaboratively to create design solutions for a non-profit client, The Frederick County Humane Society.



  • AACC’s HCAT culinary students & faculty invited to join Scotland’s City of Glasgow College culinary students for an international cook-off.
  • Challenged to prepare a three-course meal from a basket of mystery ingredients, the competition pit the best young chefs from each side of the Atlantic against one another.
  • The cook-off cast a spotlight on the partnership City of Glasgow College has recently established with Anne Arundel Community College, and the launch of a formal international student exchange program.




  • Chesapeake College received the Green Genome 2016 award, one of only nine colleges in the country recognized with the prestigious honor.
  • The award carries a $10,000 prize for Chesapeake, which will be used for new sustainability initiatives at the college.
  • Chesapeake has been leading sustainability efforts on the Eastern Shore.
  • Chesapeake has programs addressing: renewable energy generation and storage, sustainable agriculture, watershed restoration, landscape architecture, electric car charging, and energy efficiency.



  • The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) at Anne Arundel Community College was named one of the 50 Best Culinary Schools in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools.
  • At number 14 on the 2016 list, HCAT met and exceeded high standards and performance metrics on the nationwide list.
  • Criteria for selection included that the school provide hands-on experience, internships/externships, student-operated restaurants, modern facilities and a solid reputation in the industry.





  • D.C.-based magazine, Washington Monthly, recently ranked four- and two-year colleges by their service to adult students.
  • Howard Community College came in at number four on the list, with high scores for ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, and services to students.
  • With a majority of students enrolled part time, Howard Community College offers a variety of course delivery options to students—online, hybrid, and in-person, as well as daytime, evening, and weekend.