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Date: April 20, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Hold Public Forums on May 2, May 3 to Discuss Rockville Campus Expansion Task Force’s Recommendations

    Montgomery College will hold two upcoming public meetings to seek community input on the recommendations of its Rockville Campus Expansion Task Force. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, May 3, at 2 p.m., in the College’s Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville, Md.

    The Rockville Campus first opened in 1965 and has the largest enrollment of the College’s three campuses. For some time, the Rockville Campus has struggled with overcrowding, serving a population of nearly 15,000 students on a campus designed originally to serve approximately 8,000. Continued enrollment growth has led to a shortage of space for student studying, classrooms, parking, office space, and lab space for science programs. The College projects that continued enrollment growth and student needs will lead to a deficit, under space guidelines of the State of Maryland, of more than 325,000 net square feet by 2012.

    Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus Expansion Task Force is a 35-member community advisory group, with a seven-member executive committee, that was convened by Dr. Judy Ackerman, vice president/provost of the Rockville Campus for the purpose of exploring long-term expansion options.

    The task force’s three preliminary recommendations are for the College to:

· Acquire off-campus space for use by non-academic areas of the College’s Rockville Campus.

· Build additional floors or add lower levels to future campus building construction or renovations.

· Acquire the nearby Montgomery County Public Schools’ Carver Administration Building.

    The task force is comprised of representatives of several area neighborhood associations; local business and community leaders; Montgomery College faculty, staff and student members; and representatives of Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove. It is being co-chaired by Robert Anastasi, a Rockville resident and a retired Montgomery County school principal, and Carolyn Terry, Dean of Humanities on the College’s Rockville Campus.

    Background on the task force’s work, including its complete draft recommendations, minutes of all past meetings, and other background can be found on the Montgomery College web site at: www.montgomerycollege.edu/rvexpansion.

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