Regional higher education centers provide access to affordable higher education in areas of the State which have few institutions of higher learning. They also provide courses and programs needed by business and industry in the area served. Since the 1990s, universities and community colleges have collaborated to form most of these centers.
In 1994, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center was initiated with State funds to serve Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties (Chapter 282, Acts of 1994; Code Education Article, secs. 24-301 through 24-309). Regional higher education centers were established by law in 2000 to provide another option for high school graduates seeking further education (Chapter 542, Acts of 2005; Code Education Article, sec. 10-212).
July 1, 2009
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