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Student Spotlight

The One Heart Project

From InsideMC


Students Audrey Awasom, Fiorella Rayme and Herwina Allyssa wanted to give back to the community. So the three Enactus students founded the One Heart Project to teach homeless women job readiness skills. On Wednesday, the project culminated with the awarding of certificates to 11 women who had completed the workshop series. 

The Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen awarded the project a congressional citation.

The One Heart Project student project is sponsored by Walmart. Awasom, Rayme and Allyssa wrote a grant proposal and secured the $1500 Women's Economic Empowerment grant themselves. Then, over a period of two months, the One Heart team conducted workshops at the Montgomery Avenue Women's Center on resumes, interviewing skills, managing a budget and more.

Launch Workplaces donated space for the workshops and the English Department on the Germantown Campus helped to collect professional clothes for a dress for success workshop.

Student Organization Drives

During the fall semester, several student organizations sponsored various drives to help collect items for those in need.  The Black Student Union donated $529.68 and 8 large storage bins filled with food donations to the Salvation Army and Manna Food.  The Volunteer Club raised $311 which will be used to purchase toys for the Toys for Tots drive.  The Muslim Student Association collected 65 large trash bags of clothing and blankets for the Syrian refugees.  Thank you students, for making a difference in this community and around the world!

Senior Capstone Project Presented at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Alumnus Alex Petito, the first Montgomery College student to graduate from the Frostburg B.S. engineering program at Arundel Mills, and his classmates built a high altitude balloon from the ground up to develop a recoverable flight system that can serve as a platform for atmospheric measurements and experiments.   In May the team successfully flew and recovered the instrument package after a 3+ hour flight and presented their data and images from the flight to NASA at its Goddard Space Flight Center.  Clearly, Alex’s student capstone project was a huge success.

Two MC Students Spent Their Summer Working in Germany on Nuclear Physics Experiments
Two Engineering students, Daniel Albuquerque and Irina Koltsova, were selected through a competitive application process to travel to Mainz, Germany for the summer to work on nuclear physics experiments at the Mainz Microtron (MAMI) facility.  They were part of a six-student cohort from Montgomery College, George Washington University, NOVA and University of VA funded by the George Washington International Research Experiences (IRES) grant.

MC Students Volunteering at STEM after School Programs Excell Beyond the Bell Logo
Engineering students at Montgomery College participated in the Montgomery Engineering Ambassadors and Teachers Program by serving as teachers and volunteer teaching assistants at STEM after school programs offered at MCPS middle schools.  Funding for this program is provided through EXCEL Beyond the Bell, an initiative to optimize after school experiences for Montgomery County youth. 

Engineers Without Borders Partnering Internationally
The Montgomery College chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) worked with the DC professional chapter of EWB on projects in Hato Rincon, Panama and Santa Clara, El Salvador. They also participated in the International Conference in Panama City, Panama, and co-hosted the National Conference of EWB-USA in Reston, VA.

To hear more from our students, visit The Globe, the Montgomery College Germantown student newspaper.

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