Carroll Community College is setting goals as a money-raising force and arranging for its students to receive nearly full credit when they transfer to such four-year schools as Western Maryland College and Hood College.
At a meeting of the Carroll Community College board of trustees last night, the board approved an agreement formally recognizing its fledgling foundation.
John Salony of Eldersburg, president of the foundation and a former member of the college's advisory board, said he and fellow members hope to raise $200,000 in the coming year.
In other news, college President Joseph F. Shields said he has arranged for students who receive an associate of arts degree at Carroll, which is not yet accredited, to be able to transfer 60 credits to enter at least two four-year colleges as full juniors. The transfer agreement also exists with Catonsville Community College, and Dr. Shields is hoping to work out one with the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.
That means students at any of the schools would be able to take courses from Carroll for the inexpensive $48 per credit hour. In addition, Carroll students who take courses elsewhere, even at the private and more expensive Hood College, would pay only $48 per credit.
"It's a good deal," Dr. Shields said.
As board members praised Dr. Shields for working out the agreements, he said they also benefit the four-year schools.
"It's a matter of survival for them," he said. "So it's not so much my skills as much as they really need it."
While the academic courses at Carroll are getting more credit from neighboring four-year schools, the college also is taking its place among them to compete for donations.
"We just started," said Mr. Salony, who is a senior vice president at Reisterstown Federal Savings Bank.
As of February, the college had about $122,662 held in the Catonsville Community College Foundation. That money will be moved to the new Carroll foundation.
Mr. Salony said the foundation has pledges from other donors who have arranged for bequests or life insurance to be paid to the college.