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Higher Education

Our productive, dedicated, and well-rounded regional workforce of 400,000 has made the county a choice location for manufacturers, financial services, and distribution companies. This existing workforce provides an incredible opportunity to new businesses and those looking to expand, as a highly-educated and skilled workforce lives right here in our own backyard.

Over 12% of our workforce is involved in manufacturing activities— more than twice the average for the State of Maryland. Government, business, and community organizations partner together to continue to diversify the local economy. As a result, transportation and logistics, science and technology, hospitality and tourism, and financial services have a growing presence in our key industry sectors.

Hagerstown Community College (HCC) was founded in 1946 as Maryland’s first community college. More than 100 programs of study are available for university transfer, career preparation, or personal development, as well as non-credit continuing education courses, customized training programs and Washington County’s adult education program. Associate degrees, certificates and letters of recognition are awarded. The 319-acre picturesque campus encompasses 18 buildings and includes a full-service business incubator, numerous gardens, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Explore the educational opportunities offered by the participating universities of USMH:

  • Frostburg State University (FSU)
  • Towson State University (TU)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
  • Salisbury University (SU)

Combine online learning with career-focused programs, flexible schedules, and faculty members with career experience in the subjects they teach. The state of Maryland has set a goal for 51% of the state’s workforce to have a higher education credential by 2025. Purdue Global is helping the state meet that goal with graduates who are prepared for careers in major growth industries. Purdue Global provides innovative programs in IT, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is a magnet high school that opened its doors for gifted art students in August 2009. Currently there are eight different majors: Theatre, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Dance, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts.

PIA – Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, ranked by Forbes as the No. 1 Top Two-Year Trade School in 2018, PIA has produced top notch aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians to enter the workforce in aviation maintenance, electronics, and other related fields since 1929. Our graduates are in demand throughout the US, and PIA offers employment assistance to help both students and alumni in their pursuit of employment in the field of aviation and related industries.

PIA’s specialized Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) programs provide hands on skill-sets based on aviation industry practices, but transferable into a diverse set of related occupations.  Our aviation maintenance program will prepare you for an exciting career as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified aircraft mechanic, and our aviation electronics (or avionics) program leads to opportunities as a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed avionics technician.

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The Associated Builders & Contractors, (ABC) Inc., a National Trade Association founded in 1950 in Baltimore, MD, represents over 21,000 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and associates from more than 19,000 firms.

The National Association has 69 Chapters throughout the Nation. The Cumberland Valley Chapter is one of these chapters and serves over 125-member companies in the tri-state area. The Cumberland Valley Chapter is dedicated to assisting its members to grow and prosper. Architects, developers, owners, and contractors frequently contact ABC to find qualified member contractors, suppliers, and associates. The Cumberland Valley Chapter is proud to refer our member firms each year. Such service is worth millions in potential business to those firms.

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The Career Technology Education Program (CTE) provides direction and instruction in areas leading to careers, work preparation and life skills. The program includes:

  • School-based courses at the middle schools
  • Completer (for pre-approved sequential courses) courses at the high schools
  • School-based academies
  • Washington County Technical High School programs
  • Business Mentors / Student Internships
  • Business partnerships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Day-on-the-Job experiences
  • Career development curriculum provided by school counselors
  • Tech Prep Programs
  • Articulated Career Technology Education courses for college credit
  • FIRST Robotics Teams – NASA

WCPS Video Link: WCPS – Tech High (Be What You Want To Be)

Additional Resources

Business Development

Department of Business Development

Washington County Administration Complex

100 West Washington Street, Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 240-313-2280
Fax: 240-313-2281

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, DIRECTV and Antietam Cable Television have Points of Presence within the county. Washington County is well served and several options are available for broadband services. Resources to help your household find the right internet service plan include Cellular telephone services are available through private local and regional vendors.