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derionne_pollard_india_conference_300x400Earlier this month, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, led a delegation of the College’s faculty and administrators to Channai, India for a conference to help community college leaders in India develop outcome-based curriculum in the fields of nursing, health sciences, applied technology, and cybersecurity and information technology.

This project was funded by the US State Department. Montgomery College was chosen by a competitive process to represent US Community College model for India. The conference was sponsored by the US Consulate General, Chennai.

“The conference allowed us to share our model and best practices and to learn what works best in India,” said Dr. Michael Mills, vice president, e-learning, innovation and teaching excellence at Montgomery College. “It was a great collaborative opportunity.”

 The College delegation worked with the Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education (ICRDCE) to present the conference. The ICRCDE is a facilitating and coordinating agency for the 336 community colleges in India. Approximately 100 experts from Indian community colleges attended the program to learn about effective occupational training design.

“India has made tremendous progress in a short amount of time in providing accessible, affordable and meaningful education to their young population by developing community colleges,” said Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College. “We are honored to have been a part of community college development in India for a decade, ultimately helping young people attain an education and improve their lives.”