Hood College and Frederick County now have a partnership that reduces tuition to the college for county employees, their families and other dependents.
County Executive Jan Gardner (D) and Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine announced the tuition decrease Thursday.
The Neighborhood Partners Program will provide a $15,000 reduction to annual undergraduate tuition for full-time students and a $1,000 reduction in annual graduate tuition for part-time students.
“It really helps to have more people invested and educated in Frederick County,” Gardner said. “And of course, for our employees, it’s a great benefit because sending your children to college can be a very expensive and daunting task.”
Chapdelaine said the agreement between the college and the county was a first step toward providing tuition discounts to the community. In the coming weeks, the college will introduce similar partnerships to include city of Frederick employees and Frederick County Public Schools staff, she added.
“We have a mission. We’re supposed to be a benefit to the community, and the county supports us in multiple ways,” Chapdelaine said. “And we really wanted to give back to the community in the way we do best, which is educating students.”
County leases two greenhouses to Hood College
Gardner also said Thursday the county will lease two greenhouses to Hood College, as long as the college recruits students and volunteers to grow produce for needy families countywide through the Frederick Food Security Network.
According to a presentation Thursday, roughly 17,000 families suffer from food insecurity. The greenhouses are near the Scott Key Center at 1050 Rocky Springs Road in Frederick.
Gardner said the lease will be of little to no cost to the college. Previously, the Scott Key Center had allowed its clients — people with mental disabilities — to work in the center. Due to federal law changes, however, those clients must work in the community instead of at the center and greenhouses, she said.