History of Early College

The Early College Program began in 1992 with one class at the Chestnut Ridge School District in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  The program has since grown to serving twenty-five school districts and technology centers in a six county region: Allegany, Bedford, Blair, Franklin, Fulton, and Somerset.  We are able to offer on-site college classes in partnership with the participating school districts. Students may also attend one of our campuses or take classes online.  The credits earned by students may also apply to high school graduation requirements.  We are pleased to offer this high quality educational opportunity to the students in an affordable and geographically accessible manner.  We look forward to working with you to offer this program to your students.
Allegany College of Maryland was founded in August of 1961 by a resolution passed by the Allegany County Board of Education and approved by the Allegany County Commissioners.  The College, which now has a separate governance under a Board of Trustees, is an example of the rapid growth in the development of Maryland’s community college system.  Allegany College of Maryland was established to provide low-cost, high quality higher education for the residents of the area.  The main campus is located in Cumberland, MD with a branch campus conveniently located in Everett, Bedford County, PA, and an educational site in Somerset County, PA.  
Mission of Early College

The ACM EC program is dedicated to providing a quality, affordable, and accessible college experience for eligible high school students.  Our focus is to provide a seamless transition for our early college students while preparing them for their educational goals and lifelong learning.  We value the ongoing partnerships established with each school district and are committed to serving the students with credentialed faculty and rigorous coursework in a supportive environment. 

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