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Date: May 20, 2004 (04-53)

Montgomery College President Reacts to County Council Budget Agreement

In response to today’s budget agreement announced by the Montgomery County Council, Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College, issued the following statement:

"Once again, through its budget actions, the County Council has shown how much it recognizes the vital role that Montgomery College plays in serving the educational needs of our community, especially as demand for our services continues to grow. 

The Council’s full funding of our operating budget request for next year will allow us to hire much-needed new faculty members, boost the amount of grant money for students in financial need, and staff a new initiative that will ensure better coordination, quality and accessibility of Adult ESL programs in our county. It will also ensure that we will be able to add more building service workers, deal with severe maintenance needs for aging and overcrowded facilities, and provide salary enhancements that are in line with other county employees. 

On the capital budget side, we’re extremely grateful to the Council for restoring a level of funding that will enable us not only to complete our current Takoma Park Campus expansion, but also to develop state-of-the-art science and bio-science educational facilities on both our Rockville and Germantown campuses. And perhaps most important of all, the Council has boosted funding to help us respond to a backlog of deferred maintenance needs on each of our campuses. 

This is already a week of celebration at Montgomery College, since graduation day is Friday, but today’s action by the Council gives us even more to smile about." 

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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.