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  • Date: April 25, 2005
    Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952 or Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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    Montgomery College Earns ‘Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval’
    Community College Recognized by Maryland Work-Life Alliance with 2004-05 Award

    EDITORS: High-resolution image to accompany this release: Seal of Approval

    Montgomery College has earned the 2004-05 Maryland ‘Workplace Excellence’ Seal of Approval from the Maryland Work-Life Alliance, a public, private, non-profit coalition founded by Montgomery County and Discovery Communications, Inc. The mission of the alliance is to build and recognize “Excellent Places to Work” and to support Maryland in becoming a nationally recognized state for quality of work-life.

    “Maintaining a positive, healthy and family-friendly work environment for our employees is an absolute priority for us,” said Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. “To be recognized with the Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval is both gratifying and reaffirming to all of us in the Montgomery College community.”

    An “Excellent Place to Work” designation is a seal of quality that recognizes employers that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to their workforce by supporting employees’ integration of professional, personal, and community roles. Employers receiving the award must meet stringent standards that are reviewed by an independent review panel of professors from local universities and Doctoral students in business organization and human resources. Employers must demonstrate commitment in areas such as employee benefits, workplace culture and environment, health and wellness initiatives, comprehensive growth and learning opportunities, work/life effectiveness, management practices, diversity, internal communication, emergency responsiveness, social responsibility, and community involvement.

    Montgomery College’s Chief Human Resources Officer Vivian M. Lawyer, whose team assembled this year’s award-winning entry, said of the work-life initiative: “I think the next ‘big thing’ for the work-life movement is to reach more employers. The movement could expand exponentially by reaching them. We’re very proud to receive this recognition and hope this effort continues to expand in the future.”

    As a 2004-05 Workplace Excellence Seal recipient, Montgomery College was among more than 50 honored businesses and employers around the state of Maryland.

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    Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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