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Date: March 29, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (Montgomery College); Joe Bucci, 301-738-6356 (Universities at Shady Grove)

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Montgomery College Computer Gaming Students Can Now Earn Bachelor’s Degrees in Montgomery County by Transferring to Univ. of Baltimore at Shady Grove

Montgomery College computer gaming students will soon be able to pursue bachelor’s degrees without leaving Montgomery County. Starting this fall, the University of Baltimore (UB) will bring the third and fourth year of its bachelor’s degree program in simulation and digital entertainment to the Universities at Shady Grove, the University System of Maryland regional center located in Rockville.

Montgomery College began offering an associate of arts in computer gaming and simulation in the fall of 2005. The program provides students with a firm foundation in computer applications, graphics, and design. Montgomery College and UB have partnered to ensure qualified Montgomery College graduates with associate’s degrees can transfer seamlessly to UB’s baccalaureate program in simulation and digital entertainment. With the UB program now at the Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College students will be able to continue their upper-level coursework in Rockville.

The University of Baltimore's simulation and digital entertainment program is believed to be among the first of its kind in the nation. The simulation and digital entertainment major is a full-time weekday program. Students participate in an internship and capstone seminar, which allows students to work alongside gaming professionals to test and build games and simulations. By graduation, students will have created their own game and simulation portfolios to use as they begin their careers or go to graduate school.

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, call 301-279-5185 or visit www.studygaming.com. For more information about UB’s simulation and digital entertainment program at the Universities at Shady Grove, call 301-738-6352 or visit www.ubalt.edu/shadygrove.

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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 nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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