News from Montgomery College

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Date: January 15, 2004 (04-05)
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Statement by
William Campbell, Executive Vice President for
Administrative and Fiscal Services, Montgomery College

Re: the Release of the County Executive’s Capital Improvements Program
January 15, 2004

There’s certainly some good news for Montgomery College in the County Executive’s six-year Capital Improvements Program released today, but there are also critical projects that were not included or were deferred, and that gives us concern. 

We are very pleased, of course, that the Executive has included in his CIP funding to complete the already underway Takoma Park Campus expansion, and we’re delighted with the Executive’s commitment to funding our very substantial needs for new and replacement technology, throughout the college. At the same time, we’re concerned about the deferral of key projects at both our Germantown and Rockville campuses, which would provide much-needed classrooms, labs and other facilities for our growing numbers of students. These include two very important educational buildings -- a new biosciences center at Germantown and a science center at Rockville.  We are also deeply concerned about the lack of adequate funding for a growing list of deferred maintenance needs on all of our campuses. 

As growing numbers of high school graduates come out of our public school system seeking to go to college, more and more of our county’s young people are choosing to begin their studies at Montgomery College, just as they are at community colleges all across the state. More than 60 percent of our county’s high school graduates who choose to go to college in Maryland start at Montgomery College. Today’s students in the public schools are, after all, tomorrow’s college students. So as an institution that will be the first stop for many of them, we need to be prepared for their arrival. Having the classrooms and adequate space to accommodate them is a critical first step.

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