- The Enterprise
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The College of Southern Maryland put out a request for proposals this spring for a new centrally located campus to offer programs that cost too much to run at all three campuses.
The board of trustees of the College of Southern Maryland is looking to lease or buy 20 to 25 acres in the Hughesville/Charlotte Hall area.
The college has $3,375,000 in state funds budgeted after July 1 for land acquisition. The total project is set at $4.5 million.
The campus at La Plata has been built out and room will run out at the 75-acre Prince Frederick campus and 62-acre Leonardtown campus.
Since College of Southern Maryland became a regional college — it was formerly Charles County Community Colleges with satellite campuses in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties — there hasn’t been a main campus. “Each campus is just as important as the other one,” said Karen Smith Hupp, executive director of community relations. “You can take courses at any of the campuses.”
President Bradley Gottfried was in meetings Thursday and could not be reached for further details about plans for the new campus in a location that would be geographically convenient to all Southern Maryland residents.
As of last fall, the college had 9,166 students taking credit classes.
According to procurement documents, the college is looking for a self-contained college campus with up to three classroom/office buildings.
The new campus would be home to the Center for Trades and Energy Training. It is currently housed in a leased space in Waldorf and student accessibility is limited.
That center offers workforce development in the electrical field, welding, heating and air conditioning and carpentry.
The new location would allow expansion of health care training. Field-based recreation at the La Plata campus would be moved to the new location to allow additional space at the La Plata site.
The new location would also be home to a fine arts center. That would eliminate the need to renovate the theater at the La Plata campus, according to the college’s master plan, and fine arts centers wouldn’t have to be built at Prince Frederick or Leonardtown.
“Preference will be given to sites that require minimum site work and have easy access to water, sewer, telecommunication, and/or electric utilities,” procurement documents state.
Neither Hughesville nor Charlotte Hall have public sewer systems.
Six entities responded to requests for proposals for the new campus location — four in Charles County and two in St. Mary’s: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative of Hughesville, The St. Charles Companies of Waldorf, Hughesville Station of Waldorf, Jane G. Henderson of La Plata, Charlotte Hall Commerce Center of Charlotte Hall and Charlotte Hall Lumber Co., owned by St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R).