Ryker Hughes, Assistant Professor, Integrated Business and Applied Technologies at Harford Community College, was recently recognized for his outstanding service as an instructor in the Academy of Finance at Edgewood High School. Ryker has participated in the joint HCPS/HCC Dual Enrollment program there for the past 10 years. “Ryker has always taken the time and care needed to make sure students have a sound foundation. We wanted to take a moment to honor him and thank him for all he’s done prior to retiring,” stated Academy Coordinator Dr. Austin Hill.

Hughes teaches the online Introduction to Business course for the Academy of Finance. He says the class is very similar to taking the course on Harford’s campus: “The academic rigor and the online structure are the same as my other online courses.” He added, “The Edgewood students are my favorite dual enrollment students. They’ve been personable; they have a great coordinating teacher in Dr. Austin Hill, and I see them outside the classroom in their after-school jobs.”

Hughes will retire on June 14, 2019 after 42 years of service at Harford Community College. At the beginning of his career, he worked in the Continuing Education division, developing and implementing training for nursing, the U.S. Army, the federal government, and business and industry in Harford County. In 1995, he moved to the credit side of the College, assuming the position of Chair of Business, Computing and Applied Technology. In this position, Hughes managed 10 different discipline areas and supervised over 45 individuals.

During his tenure as chair, Hughes became involved with international education, helping create the College’s partnership with Moscow Medical College in Moscow, Russia in 1996. The partnership was designed to help develop and implement a nursing continuing education system that integrated the nurse as a key member of the healthcare team.

Hughes has made many presentations across the United States and internationally. Through the Harford/Moscow project, he also lectured at Moscow Medical College several times: Fourth International Scientific and Practical Conference, The Harford/Moscow Project and its Role in Russian Nursing Reform, Test Construction, The Course Syllabus, and Nurses as Managers.

Hughes stepped down as chair in 1998 to become a full-time Assistant Professor of Business. His most recent focus at Harford was on teaching the Introduction to Business and the division’s Management and Supervision courses.

Hughes was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award for Teaching Excellence and the Achievement Award on International Faculty Development from the American Council on International Intercultural Education. He was also awarded the Moscow-Harford Project – Contributions to Nursing Reform in 2003.

According to Dr. Hill, the Academy of Finance at Edgewood High School began helping students earn college credits while still in high school through the Dual Enrollment program long before most other high schools. Only Edgewood and North Harford high schools were involved in dual enrollment in the early years. As of spring 2019, five additional high schools were participating: Aberdeen, Bel Air, Fallston, Havre de Grace, and Patterson Mill.

Early College Admission can help students get a head start in achieving their academic goals by offering high school and college credits concurrently in an exciting and challenging environment. 
Dual Enrollment students enroll in college credit courses and use these courses for high school graduation credit as well as college credit. In order to participate in dual enrollment, students must first contact their high school counselor to complete an application. The number of students participating in early college access has dramatically increased over previous years.