May 22nd, 2018
State officials tour Garrett College's STEM Building
Secretary Brinkley hails facility for role it will play in workforce development
David R. Brinkley, Maryland’s secretary of budget and management (center), is pictured with GC’s president Dr. Richard Midcap (far left), Delegate Wendell Beitzel (R-1A), Senator George Edwards (R-1), and Kathy Meagher, GC’s director of facilities, during a tour of the College’s new STEM building that will open at the end of this summer. A grand opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 8th to coincide with the First Tech Challenge (FTC) 2019 robotics game release.
David R. Brinkley, Maryland's secretary of budget and management, said Garrett College's new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Building will provide the tools necessary for "reeducating our workforce for the new economy."
Brinkley, who was at the college Wednesday morning to tour the STEM Building that will open at the end of this summer, said the $8.526 million facility also reflects "Governor [Larry] Hogan's commitment to making sure Western Maryland's needs are addressed." The state and Garrett County each provided 50 percent of the project's funding.
Local legislators said the state aid contributed to the STEM project was illustrative of the Hogan Administration's commitment to Western Maryland.
"We're really appreciative of the support Governor Hogan, Secretary Brinkley and the entire administration has given to projects in Western Maryland," said Delegate Wendell Beitzel (R-1A).
"The secretary coming here today shows the state's commitment to making sure Western Maryland is on a level playing field with the rest of the state," added Senator George Edwards (R-1).
Garrett College's STEM Building is a renovation and expansion project that includes classrooms, student spaces, faculty offices and laboratories for physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and robotics.
A grand opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 8th to coincide with the First Tech Challenge (FTC) 2019 robotics game release. Garrett College will be hosting a state FTC qualifier in January 2019.