Brinkley tours new STEM building at Garrett College

David R. Brinkley, Maryland’s secretary of budget and management, center, takes a tour of Garrett College’s new STEM building that will open at the end of this summer. From left are Garrett College President Richard Midcap, Del. Wendell Beitzel, Brinkley, Sen. George Edwards and Kathy Meagher, Garrett College director of facilities. A grand opening ceremony will take place Sept. 8 .

MCHENRY — David R. Brinkley, Maryland’s secretary of budget and management, toured the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building at Garrett College that will open at the end of the summer.

The addition will provide the tools necessary for “re-educating our workforce for the new economy,” Brinkley said. 

Brinkley said the $8.526-million facility reflects “Gov. (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 Gov. Hogan, Secretary Brinkley and the entire administration has given to projects in Western Maryland,” said Del. Wendell Beitzel.

“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,” said Sen. George Edwards.

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 Sept. 8 to coincide with the First Tech Challenge 2019 robotics game release. Garrett College will host a state FTC qualifier in January.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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