The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently approved new STEM credit programs at Harford Community College (HCC): a Certificate in Geospatial Technology, an Associate of Applied Science degree program in Biotechnology, and an Associate of Science degree program and Certificate in Data Science.
Harford Community College students now have affordable access to courses, hands-on training, and employment opportunities within high-demand career fields. These efforts contribute to the economic growth of the local community and help area employers match high-demand jobs with skilled, qualified talent.
According to an HCC press release, details about the new credit programs include the following:
The Certificate in Geospatial Technology (GST) program provides students with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience to pursue a career in geospatial technology.
Harford’s refreshed certificate and new AAS degree in Biotechnology will allow graduates to join the growing biotechnology workforce of Maryland, Virginia and DC, which has been predicted to double from its current level of 300,000 by 2023. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for highly-skilled employees in the biotechnology workforce.
Data science is an emerging field at the intersection of statistics, computer science, and mathematics, and involves the ability to generate insights from data to help guide strategy at organizations in fields as diverse as agriculture, banking, business, cloud computing, health care, marketing, military operations, professional sports, and education. It includes skills in data visualization and ethical use of data.