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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 […]

Montgomery College Earns Top-20 Ranking as Best for Vets

Montgomery College Earns Top-20 Ranking as Best for Vets

Montgomery College earned a top-20 ranking as Best for Vets at two-year schools by Military Times. Rankings are based on a comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. Moreover, the three veterans featured in the cover photo are Montgomery College students and alumni. Air Force veteran Ronnie Chang […]

Women’s Soccer Team Wins Region Championship

Women’s Soccer Team Wins Region Championship

The women’s soccer team defeated Howard Community College 2–1 in the Region XX tournament to claim the 2016 Region XX/District H Championship on October 30, 2016. The Raptors capped a 14-game winning streak with their championship victory. MC has outscored their opponents 91–10, scoring an average of 5.35 goals per game, and taking 21 shots […]

Building for the Future

Building for the Future

Rockville’s Science West Building renovation is on track to be ready for classes by the spring 2017 semester. Work also continues on the new North Parking Garage, which is expected to be ready for use this fall. At Takoma Park/Silver Spring, the newly renovated Pavilion Three Building opened to faculty and students last January for […]

New Course In Demand

New Course In Demand

The Clinical Trial Project Management course continues to grow. Last September, 35 students (up from an average enrollment of 20) enrolled for the 13-week course. The class included many participants with advanced degrees, including two foreign-trained physicians. Even better news: Employers continue to pursue course graduates.

Technology Enhances Teaching

Technology Enhances Teaching

Students can now interact with faculty or peer tutors using Skype, the free video chat application. Tutorials are available in economics, political science, psychology, history, and sociology. They are being offered by the Department of Humanities and the MC Learning Centers.

“PIC-MC”

“PIC-MC”

“PIC-MC”. That’s the new acronym for the Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park at Montgomery College, now called the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at MC. The name change reflects the development project’s mission of fostering a more innovative workforce by partnering with the business community. Dr. Hercules Pinkney, for whom the complex is […]

MC in the News

MC in the News

“There is a notion of academic elitism where community colleges are considered inferior to other institutions but we reject that. At the end of the day, the outcomes of the colleges show there is little to prove they are inferior.” —Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Times of India, “Community Colleges Not Inferior: US Academic” (March 4, 2016) […]

Ethiopia Findings

Ethiopia Findings

A group of 27 students and faculty traveled to Gondar, Ethiopia, in January as part of the Study Abroad Program. The 10-day study tour featured nine Montgomery College students conducting research on Ethiopia and presenting their findings before faculty and students at the University of Gondar. Other highlights of the tour included visiting the National […]

Before You Travel

Before You Travel

Dr. Gregory Malveaux’s new book, Look Before Leaping: Risks, Liabilities, and Repair of Study Abroad in Higher Education, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) merges first-hand accounts, best practices, court trends and cases, and essential texts for a comprehensive study abroad in higher education. “In light of recent events in Brussels,” says Malveaux, “and with the odd […]

Guyana Prize for Literature Award

Guyana Prize for Literature Award

Dr. Stanley Niamatali, professor of English, won the Guyana Prize for Literature in the category of Best First Book of Poetry. His book, The Hinterlands, centers around his memories of life on a sawmill along the Berbice River in eastern Guyana.

Student Architects: Designing for the Real World

Student Architects: Designing for the Real World

Students presented architectural designs for an “Outdoor Office Modules” project, to be built in downtown Silver Spring by Peterson Companies. Professor Shorieh Talaat ’76 tasked his Principles of Design (ARCH 201) students with developing a “kit of parts” that could be fabricated and assembled on site to create a portable, moveable outdoor work environment. During […]

Top Honors

Top Honors

Montgomery College was named a Top School in Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities. The College was among private, public, for-profit, and not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. Institutions were evaluated on military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support, and online support services.

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