Board Upholds New Dental Training In Western Md.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Higher Education Commission is upholding the creation of a new dental hygiene training program in Hagerstown over the objection of another western Maryland school.

The Commission ruled last week on an appeal filed by Allegany College of Maryland. The Cumberland college objected to a September decision by the secretary of higher education favoring an associate’s degree program at Hagerstown Community College.

Allegany College has run its program since 1971. It claims there isn’t enough demand to support another such program just 70 miles away.

The commission found that Allegany wouldn’t be harmed. It says Allegany had 97 qualified applicants for 40 slots last year and will likely be able to fill its program despite the competition.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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