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Date: April 2, 2004 (04-39)

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Montgomery College Honors High-Achieving Hispanic Students
Fifth Annual Hispanic Academic Awards Recognize More Than 200 Students 

            Montgomery College honored its high-achieving Hispanic students at the fifth annual Hispanic Academic Awards program on Friday, March 26, at the Takoma Park Campus.  The afternoon ceremony, held in Falcon Hall, recognized more than 200 Hispanic students who had earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, in the fall semester, on a 4.0 scale and completed twelve or more credit hours.

            The awards ceremony included music from Mariachi “Los Amigos” and a band led by student vocalist and guitarist, Kika Pulido.  Rudy Arrendondo, the volunteers office manager of the United Farm Workers Union, provided the keynote address. 

The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of awards to students.  Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College, congratulated each of the students present at the ceremony.  Certificates were handed out by the Deans of Student Development from the College’s three campuses – Rockville, Takoma Park, and Germantown.

In the fall of 2003, more than 3,200 Hispanic students enrolled at Montgomery College, making up 15 percent of the College’s student body.  The number of Hispanic students enrolled at Montgomery College has grown during the past five years.  At the present time, approximately 58 percent of the College’s students are non-white.

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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.