“I believe there is so much value
in community college. ACM provided
me with a great college experience.”
-Michael Kerns ’16, ’17
College wasn’t on the forefront of Michael Kerns’ mind until an injury
sidelined the former City of Cumberland Fire Lieutenant in 2014. That’s
when Kerns decided to turn his side business into a full-time career.
He enrolled in Business Management courses at ACM, taking the
majority of his coursework online.
One of the first recipients of the Allegany County Opportunity
Scholarship program, Kerns earned three associate degrees
(Business Management, Business Administration, and
Accounting) while president of both the Student Government
Association and campus chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa
International Honor Society. His degrees helped him grow
and manage Faith, Hope, & Images, a personalized printing,
embroidery, and promotional items business. Kerns, a
dedicated ACM alum, is an active community volunteer.
Allegany County Opportunity Scholarships
Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship (ACOS) funds assist eligible community residents
to receive education and job training, bettering themselves and the community.
Recipients of this
every community in
Early Start - The Jump Start Early College
ACOS is providing assistance to students
from the Allegany County Public Schools
who receive free and reduced-cost
Age - The age
range of recipients
is from 18 – 56.
Majors - Recipients
have included students
from nearly every
Grads - Students from every public and
private school in Allegany County, as well
as homeschooled and GED students, have
been awarded funding through this program.
The Merit ACOS
Tuition Savings - The ACOS
Tuition Subsidy for Credit
Students is intended to offset tuition
costs not covered by federal or state
aid or by other support.
Workforce - The Continuing Education and
Workforce Development ACOS supports
Allegany County residents who are
taking Professional and Workforce Training.