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Ceremonial Groundbreaking For New Bioscience Education Center

President DeRionne Pollard and the Board of Trustees joined federal, state, and county elected officials and business partners at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the future Bioscience Education Center, which will feature science classrooms and laboratories on the Germantown Campus.

The facility, which is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold certification for its eco-friendly design and construction, is scheduled to open by the end of 2013.  It will be the critical link between the county-operated Germantown Innovation Center and the future Science and Technology Park on the Germantown Campus, which will provide educational and employment opportunities for students and the community.

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Business Students Ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell

Macklin Business Institute students traveled to New York to ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell on January 5. The closing ceremony honored the memory of Gordon Macklin, founder of NASDAQ, whose vision led to the creation of the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute (MBI) in 1999. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the College’s partnership with the NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation, which donated $200,000 to support an endowed scholarship fund for MBI student scholarships.

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Education Leaders Gather for Virtual Symposium at MC

The U.S. Department of Education hosted the national Community College Virtual Symposium at the College in April. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Dr. Jill Biden, Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and College President DeRionne Pollard spoke about the critical role of community colleges in today’s global economy. Faculty, staff, students, education and business leaders, and organization and government representatives from across the country watched and posed questions online.

The event marked the culmination of a series of regional summits following the White House Summit on Community Colleges, held by President Obama and Dr. Biden last October.

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Ethics Team Wins Second Straight State Competition

The Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus ethics debate team won first place in the eighth annual Maryland Community College Ethics Bowl. This is the first time in the history of the competition that a team has successfully defended its championship.

The competition brought together 10 community college teams to debate issues in applied ethics. Coached by Professor Daniel Jenkins, the winning team consisted of Maraki Shimelis Kebede, Martin Seitz, Miguel Resendiz, Harold Levy, and Daniel Sekou Williams.

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Math Team Captures First At Annual Competition

The Germantown Campus Math Team took first place honors at the third annual Prince George’s Community College Mathematics Competition. Ten teams, representing community colleges in the Washington metropolitan area, competed for cash prizes and the title of the best mathematics team in the area. Professor Stephen Wheatley coached team members Mayuri Khatri, Julian Mesick, John Gallagher, and Stephanie Meshel.

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Two Students Win Competitive National Scholarship

Students Rahel Kebede and Susan Wu have been awarded prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships, which will provide up to $30,000 each year toward future study at the four-year institution of their choice. The foundation selected only 60 scholarship winners out of nearly 800 nominations from community colleges.


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