News from Montgomery College

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Date: September 28, 2004


Montgomery College, University of Maryland
 To Partner in Bioscience Education
MC, UM to Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Bring Upper Level Life Sciences Courses on Site at MC-Germantown Campus  

 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2004 – 10:30 A.M.

 Montgomery College-Germantown
High Technology and Science Center
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, Maryland

Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College, and Dr. C.D. Mote, Jr., president of the University of Maryland, will sign a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., to signify a new partnership in bioscience education.  As part of the agreement, the University of Maryland will provide the opportunity for students to take the upper two years of its life sciences baccalaureate degree program at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.  The degree will be associated with the University System of Maryland's Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and USG will provide services for students in the program.  After the agreement signing, the officials will visit a Montgomery College life sciences laboratory class.    

Together, Montgomery College and the University of Maryland (College Park) will identify and develop new curricula that are aligned with the educational and professional development needs of students and area biotechnology professionals.  Currently, Montgomery College is pursuing the development of a 40-acre life sciences and technology park, to be located just off of I-270 at the MD Route 118 interchange, which would house new and established bioscience and technology businesses.  Plans for the site also include a new Bioscience Education Center with 127,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for Montgomery College’s biotechnology, biology, chemistry programs, as well as the upper two years of the University of Maryland’s life sciences baccalaureate degree program.

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 Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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