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1946–1947 A Year of Firsts… and Simpler Times Celebrating Montgomery 70th Anniversary Series Part 2 of 2*

1946–1947 A Year of Firsts… and Simpler Times Celebrating Montgomery 70th Anniversary Series Part 2 of 2*

Enthusiasm among the first class of 186 students was high during the College’s first semester in 1946, as evidenced by the remarkable list of firsts in the College archives. Students established the first student council and the first yearbook committee—which produced the first edition of the yearbook, Accolade. The same committee coordinated with art students […]

Past Presidents Reunited for Special 70th Anniversary State of the College

Past Presidents Reunited for Special 70th Anniversary State of the College

At the sixth annual State of the College in March, Dr. Pollard was joined by three former College presidents: Dr. Hercules Pinkney, Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, and Dr. Robert E. Parilla. During her introduction, Pollard drew comparisons among their tenures—which among them spans 37 years of the College’s 70-year history—as well as differences (e.g., budgets, […]

Embracing Change in Demographics

Embracing Change in Demographics

“We are browner, older, and less wealthy than ever in the history of this county. How do we … ensure that those three facts are not seen as negatives, as they are in other places in this world? How do we have student support services so students understand we are here to meet them where […]

Science Center Complex: ‘Money Well Spent’

Science Center Complex: ‘Money Well Spent’

Rockville Campus celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Science Center West building early in February. Soaring windows and spacious and adaptable instructional rooms enhance teaching and learning in popular science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The $29 million project, which included adding a third floor, completes a 12-year plan to upgrade science and […]

Parking Improvements

Parking Improvements

On the first day of spring semester MC officially opened the long-awaited parking facility at Rockville, a 918-space, seven-level garage. Located adjacent to the Physical Education Center, the North Campus Garage (NC on collegewide maps), includes 59 security cameras, 20 electric charging stations, two elevators, and nearly 700 parking spaces designated for students. The facility […]

Governor Hogan Delivers State Economic Update from Germantown Campus

Governor Hogan Delivers State Economic Update from Germantown Campus

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan traveled to the Germantown Campus on February 28 to deliver the 2017 Economic Development Update for the state of Maryland. MC President DeRionne Pollard and Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President Marilyn Balcombe also attended. In his 15-minute speech, the governor announced that Maryland had just been recognized as one of the […]

Kudos

Kudos

Professor Jean Freedman recently published the first full-length biography of music legend Peggy Seeger, entitled Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love, and Politics. The book covers Seeger’s career in music as well as her lifelong advocacy for environmental and feminist causes. Professor Freedman earned a PhD in folklore from Indiana University and is author […]

Community Engagement: Public Forums on Campus Modernization and County Education Budgets

Community Engagement: Public Forums on Campus Modernization and County Education Budgets

On March 21, Dr. Pollard and Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart led the first in a series of three Community Conversations with Takoma Park and Silver Spring residents, students, and alumni about the College’s construction projects to replace or modernize existing buildings on the East Campus within Takoma Park. The next project slated for construction […]

MC in the News

MC in the News

Fox News’s “New Yorkers Working with Doctors Without Borders” featured Michelle Mays, MA, RN, BSN, and Montgomery Scholar ’02. Hechinger Report article, “Placement rates, other data colleges provide consumers are often alternative facts,” (March 22, 2017) included comments from Kevin Long, director of policy and planning, on collecting student data. WTOP featured student Constance Roberts […]

New Active-Shooter Training Video

New Active-Shooter Training Video

MCTV completed a 15-minute video for the MC community on how to prepare for an active shooter incident. The video features tips on the recommended A.L.I.C.E. response plan (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate). Hosted by Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Shawn Harrison and featuring MCTV voice talent Michael Brown, the video was […]

India Lessons

India Lessons

Eighteen members of the Montgomery College community traveled to India during spring break as part of the Global Humanities Institute’s (GHI) “Seminars Abroad” initiative, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. They learned about India’s complex history and cultures, and forged academic partnerships with colleagues at OP Jindal Global University and Osmania University. “In […]

Fact or Fiction

Fact or Fiction

The MC Libraries launched a guide to educate students on spotting fake news articles: libguides.montgomerycollege.edu/fakenews. The guide introduces students to the concepts of fake news and information literacy. It provides guidance on identifying a fake story, links to watchdog websites, links to sources of valid news, a list of known sites that produce misleading or […]

Keeping MC in the Loop

Keeping MC in the Loop

In 2013, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk proposed a revolutionary mode of transportation—hyperloop: a vacuum tube with pods that carry people and cargo between cities at speeds more than 700 miles per hour. Five alumni want to make hyperloop possible. Now students or recent graduates at the University of Maryland, Erich Robinson-Tillenburg ’13, Catherine […]

College Powers Solar Jobs with Renewable Energy Park

College Powers Solar Jobs with Renewable Energy Park

The College is building a first-of-its-kind Renewable Energy Park at the Rockville Campus that will provide both theoretical and practical training in wind and solar technology, not only to Montgomery College students, but also to the greater community. The outdoor classroom enables students to learn valuable skills that are currently in demand in Maryland—and beyond. […]

College and Infosys Public Services Form Partnership

College and Infosys Public Services Form Partnership

Montgomery College is collaborating with Infosys Public Services on a partnership that creates new training and job opportunities in the information technology (IT) sector. Infosys Public Services, a global leader in the public sector IT industry based in Rockville, worked closely with Montgomery College faculty to develop an eight-week intensive “boot camp” for recent Infosys […]

College Budget Gets Boost from Montgomery County

College Budget Gets Boost from Montgomery County

Montgomery College’s FY17 budget got a $6.5 million boost from Montgomery County—a 5.1 percent increase over last year’s contribution—allowing the College to advance programs that enhance student achievement, including the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program and the Achieving the Promise Academy. The funds will also enable the College to open the Early Learning […]

Montgomery College Awarded $1.1 Million TRIO Grant to Improve Adult College Readiness

Montgomery College Awarded $1.1 Million TRIO Grant to Improve Adult College Readiness

Montgomery College is one of only three organizations in Maryland awarded a TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (TRIO EOC) grant to improve adult college readiness. The College will receive $1,184,500 over a five-year period. Working closely with several community partners, TRIO EOC will assist at least 1,000 first-generation, low-income, non-postsecondary education degree holders as well as […]

Coordinator of Architecture Program Earns Paul H. Kea Medal

Coordinator of Architecture Program Earns Paul H. Kea Medal

Randy Steiner, AIA, coordinator of the architecture program at Montgomery College, recently earned the Paul H. Kea Medal, the highest honor given by the AIA Potomac Valley, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Professor Steiner has been the coordinator of the architecture program at MC for more than 25 years. Her passion for […]

Opening Pathways to MC Via Multilingual Outreach

Opening Pathways to MC Via Multilingual Outreach

Community engagement at MC means informing, consulting, participating, working in partnership, and reaching out to people who may not have thought of themselves as college students. The Office of Community Engagement recently published a report on how it is meeting that mission. “There is almost no area of Montgomery College untouched by the work of […]

Architecture Students Receive Industry Awards

Architecture Students Receive Industry Awards

Amalie ElFallah ’16 and Kaira Farrell ’16 recently earned honors for excellence in student architectural design by the Maryland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA selected 10 winners from among 74 projects submitted; entrants included community college, undergraduate, and graduate students. ElFallah’s “East Brunswick Islamic Center” (East Brunswick, NJ) received the […]

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