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Purchase of 74 acres to include specialized offerings, programs

The College of Southern Maryland has completed the purchase of 74 acres of land in Hughesville as the site for its new regional campus, which will include specialized offerings and programs to serve the region in a more cost-effective and convenient way, according to a college news release.

“We serve Southern Maryland with a full-service campus in each of our counties, and we try to deliver a full range of academic programs and services. However, there are some programs that are too expensive to replicate on more than one campus, such as our trades programs and nursing and allied health. It makes much more sense to centralize these programs so residents of all three counties can take full advantage of them. This will allow us to operate in a very cost-effective manner, while being more conveniently located,” CSM President Brad Gottfried said in the release.

In addition to campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick, CSM also runs the Center for Trades and Energy Training in Waldorf, the Center for Transportation Training in La Plata, and works with the University of Maryland, University College in operating the UMUC-CSM Waldorf Center for Higher Education.

The first building to be constructed on the new campus will be the CTET, which has outgrown its currently leased 18,000-square-foot facility in Waldorf. To meet the growing needs of students and these programs, the college is planning a 40,000-square-foot facility. A master plan for the new campus will be reviewed for approval by the college’s board of trustees next month, according to the release.

A regional community college serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, CSM serves more than 27,600 credit and continuing education students.