A Welcome from Dr. DeRionne Pollard

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Welcome to the Montgomery College Milestone Moments web chronology. Here you are invited to view a few of the many major, institutional developments since 2010. Be sure to check the links and take a closer look to see where, when, and how you have helped to contribute to the mutual success of our institution and work to create a successful and relevant learning environment for students and our community.

Dr. Pollard Reflects on the College’s Challenges and Achievements of 2010-2015

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Hear this personal account of Montgomery College’s challenges and achievements from the unique perspective of the president’s office.

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May 2010

Montgomery College’s Ninth President

 

 

 
The Montgomery College Board of Trustees names Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard as the ninth president of the College and introduces Dr. Pollard to students, faculty, and staff. The College inaugurates Dr. Pollard as its new president in October 2010….

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September 2010

One College Model

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The Middle States Commission on Higher Education approves the accreditation of the Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Montgomery College Rockville Campus, and Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus as a single institution, Montgomery College, with three campuses.

View the Middle States accreditation letter.

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October 2010

Innovation Fund

Dr. DeRionne Pollard announces the creation of the Innovation Fund, an investment in College faculty and staff to encourage the proposal of intentional, sustainable, and systemic improvements for the enhancement of student education and services. The fund is a resource that supports…

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December 2010

Governance Policy

The Board of Trustees approves the College’s first Governance Policy on December 13, 2010. In doing so, the Board authorizes the president to develop procedures to implement the policy.

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for governing Montgomery College. The Board is committed to the collegial principle of governance that serves as the means and actions by which…

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May 2011

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Highlights of 2010-2011 include Dr. Pollard’s inauguration, Macklin Business Institute students ringing the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, the Maryland Professor of the Year Award, and two Jack Kent Cooke Foundation…

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June 2011

FY 2011 Accolades

Deborah Stearns was named the 2010 Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Safety and Security Officers Jeff Wilson and Yasmel Rodriguez received the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Hero Award.

Michael Mills, director of Distance Education and Learning…

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June 2011

New Mission, Vision, and Core Values

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The Board of Trustees adopts the newly crafted statements that reflect, in an inspiring way, what Montgomery College is as an institution and why it is so dedicated to its students and their success.

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June 2011

Board Perspectives 2011

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Board Perspectives is an annual publication of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. In Perspectives, the Board reflects on the College and its work during the year. In looking back, the Board also considers important dynamics and issues in the College’s future.

Read the June 2011 Board Perspectives: Strategic Thinking and Strategic Planning.

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September 2011

Rockville Campus Science Center

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The College dedicates the new building that brings much needed lab space to the campus for an increasing number of students studying science, engineering, and mathematics. Montgomery College has the largest engineering program of any community college in the United States….

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October 2011

Office of Compliance

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The College creates the Office of Compliance, which encourages and promotes ethical conduct and commitment to compliance with the law at the county, state, and federal levels, as well as monitors the implementation of adequate internal controls and quality assurance processes. The office also hosts an annual Compliance Awareness Fair (pictured here). Montgomery College…

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December 2011

Life Sciences Park

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A major milestone occurs for the Life Sciences Park when the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Holy Cross Germantown Hospital takes place December 8 at the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College. Now known as the Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park, the park is an integrated academic, business, and research campus that is currently being developed to accommodate…

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April 2012

Participatory Governance System

In a January 20, 2011, memo to the college community, Dr. Pollard announces her intent to revisit the College’s system of governance in order to bring it into compliance with the Board Governance Policy (11004). To facilitate the creation of a governance system in which…

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May 2012

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Highlights of 2011-2012 include the announcement of new College colors of purple, black, silver, and white; adoption of a new mission, vision, and values statement; Dr. Pollard’s first State of the College Address; the Making it Better…

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June 2012

FY 2012 Accolades

Dawn Avery was named the 2011 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Joe O’Hare, job opportunity coordinator at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, received the annual John Willig Leadership Award from the Board of Directors of Dignity/Washington.

Kristina Schramm, capital budget analyst in the Office of Central…

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June 2012

MC 2020 Strategic Plan

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The Montgomery College Board of Trustees adopts the MC 2020 plan, a multiyear strategic plan that will guide the College’s actions for the remainder of the decade.

Read more about and view the plan at the Office of the President.

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June 2012

Board Perspectives 2012

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Board Perspectives is an annual publication of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. In Perspectives, the Board reflects on the College and its work during the year. In looking back, the Board also considers important dynamics and issues in the College’s future.

Read the June 2012 Board Perspectives: Pivoting to the Future.

Read more about the Board of Trustees.

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July 2012

Student Services

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To advance its mission of student success, creating a common student experience across campuses, and developing opportunities for increased student retention and completion, the College re-establishes a student services division and hires a senior vice president for student services. A primary focus of the office is to reorganize student services around three major areas:…

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July 2012

Athletics Reinvigoration

In compliance with National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) and Title IX, the College implements a new athletics structure in which the College becomes a single, multicampus NJCAA member with only one College team for each sport. The Germantown Campus becomes home to men’s baseball and women’s volleyball. The Rockville Campus becomes home to women’s…

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July 2012

Unified School Colors

Dr. Pollard announces the new school colors.

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July 2012

ACES Program

Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Universities at Shady Grove launch the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program to support students and provide a seamless path to a bachelor’s degree.

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September 2012

Office of Advancement and Community Engagement

The College creates the Office of Advancement and Community Engagement. The vision of OACE is to create effective branding and build strong relationships in the Montgomery County community to reflect the College as an outstanding learning opportunity, cultural arts resource, economic development resource, and intellectual center that is of high…

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April 2013

Catherine F. Scott Commons

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The College receives a $1 million donation to the Montgomery College Foundation from Professor Emerita Catherine F. Scott. As a result, the College, for the first time in its history, names one of its buildings in honor of a faculty member by renaming the Commons Building at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus the Catherine F. Scott Commons.

Scott became a…

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May 2013

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Highlights of 2012-2013 include the announcement of the ACES partnership, the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, and the Maryland DREAM Act passing, plus accolades such as the MC Digital Forensics Team taking first place at the Maryland…

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June 2013

FY 2013 Accolades

John Hamman was named the 2012 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancmenet of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Karla Nabors, program director of developmental education and workforce access for the College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WD&CE) division, received a leadership award…

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June 2013

Board Perspectives 2013

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Board Perspectives is an annual publication of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. In Perspectives, the Board reflects on the College and its work during the year. In looking back, the Board also considers important dynamics and issues in the College’s future.

Read the June 2013 Board Perspectives: New Beginnings.

Read more about the Board of Trustees.

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August 2013

Welcome Centers

 

 
 

The College establishes welcome centers at each campus to facilitate student services information. They are the first stop for any student planning to attend the College. The centers assist with information about admissions, registration, textbooks and pricing, placement tests,…

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August 2013

Diversity Plan

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Read the 2014-2020 Montgomery College Diversity Multi-Year Action Plan.

View previous plans at the Diversity Plan website.

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September 2013

Starfish Retention Program

The College acquires the Starfish retention system to create an online student success environment and facilitate access to counseling and advising services. Students are able to use the Starfish system to view service availability and schedule appointments…

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September 2013

College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act

The College implements the requirements of the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act (CCRCCA), which, through a series of measures and efforts, aims to increase college completion in Maryland.

Read more about the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013.

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November 2013

The Raptor

Montgomery College reveals its new mascot, the Raptor.

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December 2013

Closing the Achievement Gap Report

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The fall 2013 opening meeting features the announcement that work will begin for a plan and a committee will be formed to address the achievement gap at the College. Subsequently, the task force’s final report is published in December 2013.

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January 2014

The Office of Community Engagement

The College creates the Office of Community Engagement to take Montgomery College beyond the campus and into the community through community engagement centers, partnerships with nonprofits, community events, regular communication, and grass roots community outreach. The office’s primary job is to help under-served and under-represented communities connect…

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May 2014

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Highlights of 2013-2014 include the unveiling of the Raptor mascot, faculty recognition, college honors, and numerous activities, accolades, and athletic accomplishments. Some of the myriad student achievement and awards honored…

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June 2014

FY 2014 Accolades

Greg Wahl was named the 2013 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Corinne Smith, coordinator of the health information technology program, was elected president of the DC Health Information Management Association board of directors.

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June 2014

Board Perspectives 2014

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Board Perspectives is an annual publication of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. In Perspectives, the Board reflects on the College and its work during the year. In looking back, the Board also considers important dynamics and issues in the College’s future.

Read the June 2014 Board Perspectives: Student Success.

Read more about the Board of Trustees.

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July 2014

Academic Restructure

Dr. Pollard approves an academic restructuring plan in March 2014 that would take effect in July 2014. The plan was crafted by nearly 200 faculty and staff representatives, chosen by their governance groups and the academic deans, who collaborated to restructure Montgomery College’s academic units into a model that will enhance collegewide consistency and cooperation,…

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July 2014

Science East Renovations

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The College celebrates the re-opening of the Science East building. The renovation follows construction of the Rockville Campus Science Center building, which opened in 2012. The renovation was the second of three phases of creating one large science complex on the Rockville Campus….

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August 2014

Administrative and Fiscal Services Restructuring

The Administrative and Fiscal Services division is restructured to aid in the College’s work of fulfilling the business services visions of the MC 2020 plan.

Visit the Administrative and Fiscal Services website.

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August 2014

MC Shuttle

The College offers a shuttle service pilot program between the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses. The service later expands to provide transportation between the Rockville and Germantown campuses.

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September 2014

Bioscience Education Center

The College celebrates the opening of the Bioscience Education Center on the Germantown Campus. As the academic cornerstone of the life sciences park, the building houses classrooms, recitation rooms, wet laboratories, a detached greenhouse complex, a…

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October 2014

Cybersecurity Grant

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The Departments of Labor and Education award Montgomery College nearly $5 million to provide increased education and training for industries relating to cybersecurity. The College receives the award to lead a consortium of Maryland community colleges in the nearly $15 million award for…

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October 2014

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital

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Holy Cross Germantown Hospital opens on the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College. The hospital, which serves as the anchor for the Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus, is a valuable resource for aspiring health care workers and provides students with hands-on learning, state-of-the-art instructional space and…

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January 2015

America’s College Promise

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President Obama reveals his plan for “America’s College Promise” during his state of the union speech. Dr. Pollard comments in national media about the president’s plan to provide two years of free community college to responsible students.

Read the January 20, 2015, op-ed…

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February 2015

Gaithersburg Community Engagement Center

The College’s first community engagement center opens in the Gaithersburg Library.

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February 2015

Workforce Development Report

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The College publishes Montgomery College: The Workforce Development Anchor. The publication highlights the College’s role in matching skilled workers to in-demand jobs in the county and covers programs in the following areas: information technology and cybersecurity; biotechnology, life sciences, and health care; building, professional, and human services;…

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April 2015

Student Success Score Card

The College releases its first Student Success Score Card. The Score Card is a set of indicators that tracks student achievement. It provides actionable information to help the College assess and improve its programs focused on achievement and success for every student.

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Watch Dr. Pollard discuss the Score Card at the April 2015 State of the College address.

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May 2015

Academic Master Planning

Dr. Pollard announces the beginning of the academic master planning process at the spring 2015 closing meeting. The Academic Master Plan will be the College’s roadmap for the future and will help to align our energy and resources with programs and practices that foster success. The Academic Master Plan will chart the College’s course for the next 10 years of…

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May 2015

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Highlights of 2014-2015 include student academic awards and prominent recognition for the Nursing Club, Model United Nations Security Council Team, athletic achievement in men’s soccer, baseball, and men’s and women’s track and field, the opening of the Bioscience Education…

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June 2015

FY 2015 Accolades

Kenyatta Rogers was named the 2014 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Montgomery College and Montgomery County Corrections partnership was honored by the National Association of Counties; the honorees included Ed Palaszynski, senior program director for…

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June 2015

Silver Spring/East County Community Engagement Center

The College’s second community engagement center opens in the Briggs Chaney Community Center.

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June 2015

Board Perspectives 2015

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Board Perspectives is an annual publication of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. In Perspectives, the Board reflects on the College and its work during the year. In looking back, the Board also considers important dynamics and issues in the College’s future.

Read the June 2015 Board Perspectives: Achieving the Promise.

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