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Harford Community College was not chosen for a state BRAC-related higher education grant last month, while Cecil College did get some of the special funding.

The state was giving away $867,000 for its BRAC higher education grant for 2011, down from about $3 million several years ago, state BRAC coordinator John Stephenson said in a December interview.

Cecil College was one of nine colleges to get the funding, which was announced Dec. 17.

Stephenson said there were 26 proposals.

“The grants are given out on a competitive basis,” he said, explaining the decision is made by a five-member board and is based on the merit of the proposal, not the college applying.

“Of course, we would have liked to fund them all,” he said.

Harford Community College’s proposal for the application was to pilot a human resources certificate for federal workers and create a pipeline for BRAC-related occupations by offering an accelerated college entrance program in business for eligible high school seniors, college grants manager Katherine McGuire said.

The college got two grants for a total of $197,598 in 2009, for developing an electronic engineering track and to renovate unused space at the HEAT center into two classrooms to accommodate five additional BRAC-related degree programs.

HCC’s prospects for getting BRAC funding in 2012 are still uncertain.

“I don’t know what the budget’s going to look like next year at this point,” Stephenson said.

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