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Date: March 3, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College, UB Create ‘2+2’ Path to Bachelor’s Degree in Gaming
New Articulation Agreement Helps MC Computer Gaming Students Reach Next Level

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Montgomery College and the University of Baltimore (UB) have created a new partnership that will improve the transfer process for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer gaming.
 
Montgomery College President Charlene Nunley and UB President Robert Bogomolny signed an articulation agreement today that will ensure qualified Montgomery College graduates with an associate’s degree in Computer Gaming and Simulation have their course credits transfer seamlessly to UB’s baccalaureate program in Simulation and Digital Entertainment.
 
“Computer gaming is an exciting new field and this agreement is a win-win for our students,” said Dr. Nunley, president of Montgomery College.  “It gives them a clear path towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree, and ultimately, the goal of employment.”

Montgomery College was one of four community colleges, including Anne Arundel, Carroll, and The Community College of Baltimore County, to sign articulation agreements with UB concerning gaming programs.

Montgomery College launched an associate of arts degree program last fall in Computer Gaming and Simulation to meet growing industry demand in the state and to keep pace with the interests of students. Already, the program boasts 35 students who have declared it as their major, but many more are enrolled in the College’s gaming courses. 

The College’s computer applications, computer graphics, and computer publishing and printing departments collaborated to create the new program, which provides students with a strong foundation in gaming, team playing, and critical thinking skills. The program offers three tracks of study in game programming, production, or graphic design. 

“Montgomery College gives gaming students a great start, but they often need a four-year degree to be more marketable in the increasingly competitive gaming industry,” said Deborah Solomon, Montgomery College professor of computer applications. 

Maryland boasts the nation’s second largest number of videogame and simulation companies, many located in Baltimore and Montgomery counties. Employment in the field is expected to increase about 10 percent annually. 

For more information about Montgomery College’s Computer Gaming and Simulation program, contact Professor Deborah Solomon at 301-279-5136 or visit www.studygaming.com.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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