Monday, April 15, 2013
Franchot brought his signature outspokenness to the Economic Club.
Although Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was a little late Friday when he visited the Montgomery Community College campus in Takoma Park to talk to the campus’ economic club, he quipped, “I’m going to make you guys a lot of money today.” Franchot expressed frustration with the federal government debate on the economy. The government, he said, is too focused on austerity vs. taxing, yet neither is the absolute answer. He also expressed his frustration with the state government and was critical of how his Democratic colleagues tout the jobs they’ve created, saying the state is lacking in private sector jobs. “Where are the jobs?” Franchot asked. Franchot spoke about the gifted people he has met—such as a high school student who came up …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Nationwide, more than 800 higher-learning institutions restrict tobacco use, including many nearby.
Add George Washington University to the list of metro-area campuses--including Montgomery College and the University of Maryland--to snuff out smoking on campus as part of a nationwide movement, despite an outcry by some students. The GW campus was the scene of a smoke-in protest earlier this month after school officials decided to bar smoking from the DC campus, The Washington Post reported. Some GW students and faculty are blasting the decision, but school officials are unfazed. "No matter how much science we have to back up what we're saying, there will always be individuals who see this as a restriction on their freedom," GW anti-smoking advocate Julien Guttman told The Post. The school's efforts are the latest in a growing national …
Monday, October 8, 2012
With two local colleges looking at the National Labor College campus, can the county preserve the space for educational purposes?
Reports surfaced earlier this year about the National Labor College selling its Silver Spring campus. Now, a few months later, the bids for potential buyers are in, with Georgetown University and Montgomery College both setting their sights on the property. According to Washington Post, Georgetown wants to use the campus space for varsity sports, while Montgomery is looking for a simple expansion of their campus. According to Just Up The Pike, the Montgomery County planning board submitted recommendations to use the space as a research and development center that can create as many as 40,000 new jobs. However, in order for this plan to work they need an affiliated research institution and Georgetown University could be their solution--if …
Monday, September 17, 2012
A new program will work with black, Hispanic, low-income and first-generation college students at eight high schools in Montgomery County, including Montgomery Blair.
Hundreds of Montgomery County students from groups that are underrepresented in higher education—including African-American, Hispanic, low-income and students whose parents didn’t go to college—will receive extra attention next year to encourage college readiness. Montgomery County Public Schools partnered with Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove to create Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a program that will launch at Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, Gaithersburg, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, Rockville, Watkins Mill and Wheaton High Schools the 2013-2014 school year. Participating students will be identified by the school district in ninth grade and will receive “comprehensive interventions and …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Montgomery County would do well to encourage and educate students about mid-level positions if it wants to continue economic success, a panel of experts told the County Council Tuesday.
Montgomery County’s focus on sending students to four-year colleges and universities may be a misguided attempt to keep jobs and workers in the county, according to a panel of economic and workforce development experts. The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday met with the panel for a discussion about the future of Montgomery County's workforce and job opportunities. Responding to the points of Economist Stephen Fuller's presentation last fall, the panel told the council that the dynamic of the nation’s economy is changing. Pushing students to four-year college and beyond may not meet the needs of the county’s future employers, while encouraging mid-level opportunities and job training would be more successful. “Forty percent of the …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The victim was seen leaving with the three suspects.
Police are searching for two men who allegedly sexually assaulted a student at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College, MC Director of Emergency Planning Steve Maloney said in statement. The assault occurred Thursday around 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Services Center and was reported by a third party witness to the Office of Safety and Security at the college, the statement said. No weapons were reported to have been involved, but the victim left the campus with the three suspects, according to the statement. The descriptions of the accused suspects are as follows: Anyone with any information regarding the crime should contact Montgomery College Safety and Security (240-567-1600) or Takoma Park Police (…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Montgomery College is one of the first schools to partner up.
In the upcoming school year, Montgomery College students will take part in an initiative to build their skills for the workplace. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Governor Martin O’Malley, Discovery Communications’ President and CEO David Zaslav, Montgomery College’s President DeRionne P. Pollard, and local officials unveiled “Discover Your Skills” Tuesday at the Montgomery College Health and Sciences building in Silver Spring. The new partnership between Discovery Communications and Montgomery College is the first stop in a nationwide effort to forge a relationship between employers and community colleges. The college campus of about 60,000 students will have access to internships, guest lecturers, resume development from human …
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Nathaniel Hart was charged with raping a girl on the college's Takoma Park campus.
A Washington, D.C., man was sentenced to Friday morning to 90 years in jail for raping a 19-year-old Montgomery College student in January of 2010, the Gazette reported. The earliest Nathaniel L. Hart could receive probation is 2055, but that depends on good behavior and time served. The rape happened around 3:30 p.m. in a women's restroom at the campus performing arts center, the Gazette reported. Hart said he had a gun and crawled under a locked stall. He then raped the victim twice and fled into Silver Spring. He was arrested five hours later at a Days Inn on 16th Street.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Peter, Paul and Mary singer headlines event celebrating Black History Month.
On Sunday, February 13, folk music legend Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary will perform in a charity concert at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center benefitting the Menare Foundation, a national nonprofit that works with individuals and organizations to use the legacy of the Underground Railroad as a spark for human potential. Stookey, who performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, believes as strongly now in the power of people as he did at that event almost 50 years ago “The idea behind this event was to celebrate how far we have come together, and just how far we can all go if we help each other get there,” Stookey said. “That’s what folk music has always …
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The college's enrollment has grown in the last five years.
As the first day of classes at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College began Monday, there were many reasons Provost Dr. Brad Stewart was upbeat. "The day has been very busy, and everything has gone very smoothly," Stewart said while standing outside the admissions office, offering to help wayward students with directions as they rushed toward their evening classes. "This is the first time in five years we've had enough parking." First opening in 1950, Montgomery College has been an anchor in the east county city of Takoma Park for both young people and adults. According to Stewart about two thirds of the college's students are of the traditional student age of 17 to 25, while a third of its students are older. That is a…