The Lincoln College of Technology presented its quarterly award for excellence to Howard Chamber Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv. Ronny was recognized as being instrumental to the institute in connection with its Ribbon Cutting, and his skills at connecting the institute to other chamber members. Chamber President, Leonardo McClarty, Board Members Milton Matthews (CA) and Linda Ostovitz (Offit Kurman), and Amanda Hof (Tourism) were present for the celebration. Congratulations to Ronny for an award well deserved!!
Lincoln Tech, as it is known, provides education in the fields of auto repair, HVAC, and culinary skills, but, it is facing a serious challenge. It has as its students, many veterans who are taught a trade, then absorbed into the many businesses that support Howard County. HB 464 threatens the institution, as stated below by Lincoln Tech.
HB464 would impact Lincoln College of Technology. The bill includes some language we have concerns with that would restrict Maryland residents ability to use federal student aid and Veterans ability to use Post 9/11 funds. Please note, our college provided official testimony to the House Appropriations committee during their hearing on February 21 st. We also provided every member of the House Appropriations committee with suggest amendments. Our preference is to remove the 85/15 language from the bill entirely and convene a summit of legislators, the Secretary of Higher Education at MHEC, and for profit colleges to determine what type of accountability measures should be put into law. For example, Lincoln Tech suggest that every for profit school have at least a 70% graduate placement rate for each program. These type of accountability measures make sense and can be evaluated by MHEC. If passed, this bill would ultimately require our college to close after 60 years in Maryland. This would also impact employers who we have been providing talent to the Maryland workforce for 60 years.
To learn how you can help with this issue, please contact:
Tafia L. Allah Pringle
Director of Career Services
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln Culinary Institute
9325 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Phone: 410-290-7100 X 41534