Anne Arundel Community College at Arundel Mills opened in the fall of 2003 adjacent to the Arundel Mills shopping complex as a convenient location for people who work or live in the western portion of Anne Arundel County. This higher education resource is a full-service facility with complete administrative and student services, such as admissions, registration, testing, academic advising, career counseling and financial aid, as well as a library and bookstore access. The 77,000-square-foot facility features classrooms, computer labs, high-tech science labs, a Technology Learning Center, a 134-seat lecture hall wired with Internet access at each seat and conference and seminar rooms for collaborative study or training. This facility is the home base for the AACC University Consortium, a selected group of four-year colleges and universities that partner with AACC to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees at AACC locations so that students do not need to leave the county to continue their education. Degrees offered by the partner schools link with AACC's associate degree programs. The five consortium partners are Frostburg State University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, McDaniel College, Stevenson University and University of Maryland University College. In addition, AACC at Arundel Mills houses the Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center and is the base for the Teacher Education and Child Care (TEACH) Institute and the Physician Assistant programs. The state has designated the facility as one of Maryland’s seven regional higher education centers, calling it Anne Arundel Community College at Arundel Mills: A Regional Higher Education Center.