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SMART PLANNING
   Right: Howard County Community College, which serves 30,000 students annually, graduated its largest class ever
in 2018.
HIGHER EDUCATION
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) in Arnold is a fully accredited, public two-year college that serves about 50,000 students in 3,500 credit, noncredit and certification courses.
AACC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation when it invited the college to apply for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Prize honors those institutions that achieve exceptional outcomes for student success — while in college and after they graduate.
AACC puts a strong focus on meeting area employers’ needs. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated AACC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-Year Education.
The college’s agreements with four-year institutions provide pathways for students to continue on to a four- year degree. County residents can access four-year institutions through the AACC at Arundel Mills Regional Higher Education Center. For more information, call 410-777-AACC (2222) or visit the website at aacc.edu.
Howard Community College
Howard Community College (HCC), located in Columbia, is another regional option for higher learning.
Offering a variety of credit, noncredit and certification programs, this college serves 30,000 students annually. More than 40 percent of all Howard County undergraduates attend HCC at some time in their careers.
In May 2018, HCC graduated its largest class ever, with more than 1,365 candidates for graduation.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Chronicle of Higher Education recognized HCC as a Great College to Work For in 2018.
For more information about HCC, visit their website, howardcc.edu.
Laurel College Center
Established in 2001 as a partnership between HCC and Prince George’s Community College with ties to four-year colleges, the center offers associate, baccalaureate and post- baccalaureate study and continuing education/workforce development programs. Conveniently located at 312 Marshall Avenue in Laurel, the institution is now a Maryland Regional
Higher Education Center.
For more information, visit the
website at laurelcollegecenter.org.
Prince George’s Community College
Prince George’s Community College serves 40,000 students annually with 200 career and transfer, workforce development and continuing education courses both on campus and online. This is the college’s 60th year.
Among the college’s many successful offerings, nursing maintains its popularity. The program graduates about 130 new nurses annually.
The college has strong ties to the community, with many programs and services. The Children’s Development Clinic, for instance, is a community service project addressing the needs of students with learning disabilities. The clinic also runs a five-week summer seminar. For more information, visit pgcc.edu.
University of Maryland,
College Park
Also located in Prince George’s County is the University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system and a top-ranked public research institution. The university is home to 40,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff. Its 352,000 alumni are spread throughout the world.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University has a satellite campus in Columbia geared toward students in Howard County and the Greater Baltimore/Washington area. 
    Fast Fact
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have certified Anne Arundel Community College, Howard Community College and Prince George’s Community College as three of only 32 community colleges for the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Certification.
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