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Date: October 30, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Montgomery College Receives $100,000 Grant to Address Unplanned Pregnancy Among Community College Students

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has awarded Montgomery College a $100,000 grant for a two-year pilot project to develop a model that addresses student attitudes and decisions about pregnancy and its impact on college education.

The project, which will take place at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, will use a variety of strategies for promoting the reduction of unplanned pregnancies, including holding student discussion forums and integrating these discussions into student orientation, first-year experience courses or curricula. Among the other strategies will be the creation of a resource Web site and the identification of community partners to address the issue of unplanned pregnancy among community college students.

According to the National Campaign, seven in 10 pregnancies among single women in their twenties and eight in 10 teen pregnancies are unplanned, which increases the risk of dropping out of college. More than 60 percent of community college students who have children after enrolling in classes do not finish their education, which is 65 percent higher than those who did not have children.

“Montgomery College is committed to being a national model for academic, workforce and social responsibility issues,” said Dr. Brian Johnson, president of Montgomery College. “We are honored to have been selected as a partner in the National Campaign’s efforts to address unplanned pregnancies among community college students.”

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. The organization’s strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.

“More than one million unplanned pregnancies occur to single women in their 20s—a group that includes many community college students,” said Sarah Brown, chief executive office of the National Campaign. “The consequences of unplanned pregnancies often distract, delay or derail students from reaching their true educational potential.”

Montgomery College was one of three community college selected by the National Campaign’s Community College Initiative. The other two institutions that received grants were Delaware Technical and Community College and the University of Wisconsin (UW) Colleges.

For more information about the National Campaign’s Community College Initiative, visit www.thenationalcampaign.org/resources/cc.aspx. For more information about Montgomery College, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

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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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