February 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $90,000 for Allegany College of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $90,000 in federal funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to support the Allegany College of Maryland’s advanced manufacturing training program. These funds will allow the college to enroll an additional 17 students in its training programs and enable the college to purchase additional equipment and supplies.

“The success of Maryland’s economy depends on a strong, expertly-trained workforce. This investment will support Allegany College of Maryland's efforts to better prepare their students for successful careers in the high-tech industry,” said Senator Van Hollen, who has continuously supported the ARC program as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I will continue fighting for federal funding for these important investments to expand opportunities for good-paying jobs in our community.” 

“Allegany College of Maryland provides valuable opportunities for area residents to acquire the hands-on skills and technical know-how that will make them valuable assets in our modern manufacturing and innovation economy. This federal grant will help to expand the strength and breadth of its course offerings to students,” said Senator Cardin, a long-time advocate for robust funding of ARC grant programs. “I will continue fighting to ensure that Western Maryland residents have access to opportunities to learn marketable skills and competitive workplace advantages that help them thrive.”  

ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by Congress in 1965, ARC is comprised of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the President. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen advocated for and secured significant funding for the program in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Development, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies funding legislation, enacted on September 21, 2018.