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Date: August 25, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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Montgomery College to Open New Student Services Center at Oldest Campus on Aug. 29
Building Marks Completion of Second Phase of $143 Million Campus Expansion at Community College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 – 11 a.m.

Montgomery College’s Student Services Center

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, Maryland

Montgomery College will celebrate the grand opening of its new Student Services Center – the newest building on the expanding Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus – with a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. Montgomery College President Charlene Nunley and the College’s Board of Trustees will be joined by a host of elected officials – including Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan – along with community and business leaders, and members of the College community.

The new Student Services Center provides a state-of-the-art, “one-stop shop” for students looking to apply for college, register for classes, receive academic advising, and learn about financial aid. Previously, these offices were spread out among several buildings on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The 110,500 square feet building also houses a cafeteria, student bookstore, career and transfer center, student life offices and five high-tech classrooms. Two computer labs are available for student use or students can bring their own laptop to the building for wireless access to the Internet.

The opening of the Student Services Center marks the completion of the second part of a three-phase, $143 million expansion of the campus. In 2004, the College opened a new Health Sciences Center, which houses its nursing and other allied health programs. Later that year, the College celebrated the opening of a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the CSX railroad and Metrorail tracks to connect the original Takoma Park portion of the campus with the new section in south Silver Spring. Currently, the College is in the midst of transforming the former Giant Food bakery building on King Street, just off Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, into a new, state-of-the-art visual arts center. The final phase of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus expansion will also feature the construction of a new Cultural Arts Center, complete with a 500-seat performance hall, at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East-West Highway in Silver Spring.

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*To reach the Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, take I-495 East or West to Exit 31B – Georgia Avenue South (Route 97). Continue past the Colesville Road (Route 29) intersection. Following the signs for Montgomery College, turn left on Sligo Avenue. Turn right on Fenton Street. Proceed to the college’s parking garage, which will be on the right. The campus is located one block south of the parking garage. For maps or directions, log on to www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps.

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