For Immediate Release (00-01)
Date: January 10, 2000
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-5385 (Montgomery College)
Chris Hart, 301-445-2739 (University System of Maryland)
Fall 2000 Program Offerings Announced for First, Full-scale Daytime
University System of Maryland-Shady Grove Educational Center
Center to Provide Third, Fourth Year Courses for Transferring MC Students
(Rockville, Maryland) The University System of Maryland-Shady Grove Education Center will open its doors in fall 2000 for its first, full-scale daytime classes -- beginning with the introduction of seven upper-level, undergraduate programs from various USM institutions, with eight more to follow in fall 2001. First-year offerings will be in the fields of information technology, business administration, biotechnology, education and psychology.
The use of the Shady Grove Center for daytime classes will primarily serve transferring Montgomery College students. It will allow, for the first time, completion of a full-time, four-year public college education fully within the borders of Montgomery County.
A steering committee made up of Montgomery College and University System of Maryland representatives, elected officials, and a broad-range of business and community leaders announced last week the USM programs that would be offered in the first two years.
"From the beginning, our intent at Shady Grove has been to provide a full range of courses during times that are convenient for the residents of Montgomery County," said USM Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg. "The center has proved more popular than anyone anticipated, and now after careful consideration we are prepared to expand on this great idea. This announcement also offers the opportunity to publicly thank the highly capable administration of Montgomery College, as well as the local business community and political leadership, for their guidance and counsel in helping us make the Shady Grove Center an education destination for thousands of talented students. Montgomery County can now consider itself a home to the University System of Maryland."
Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College, said, "It's truly exciting to see that students will soon be enjoying the benefits of this unique and exciting partnership that has been forged between Montgomery College and the University System of Maryland. Many transfer students who may have otherwise been without a feasible option for completing their four-year education will now be able to do so without ever leaving Montgomery County, through some of the top programs offered by our outstanding University System of Maryland institutions."
Gene Counihan, a Montgomery College Board member and co-chair of the Shady Grove steering committee, noted that, "Student and business support has been incredibly positive. The idea of bringing quality, high-demand, full-time programs to the County has long been a pipe dream – this fall, it becomes a reality."
USM Board of Regent member, steering committee co-chair and Montgomery County business executive Clifford M. Kendall said, "Our State and County officials have also embraced the concept, and with their help, we hope to complete a third building in the next few years to help house the new programs."
According to USM officials, Montgomery County's early support for the expanding program has been a key factor in its success.
County Council President Michael L. Subin, a steering committee member and early supporter of the Shady Grove expansion, said, "At this time last year, we had an idea. Today, we have a total of 15 degree-granting programs that respond to needs of the business community and our young people.
And every one of these is a highly respected program offered by a University System of Maryland institution at both its home campus and now, at Shady Grove, as well."
This fall, the following University System of Maryland institutions will begin offering daytime programs at Shady Grove, with full-time faculty and support services available for students:
Bowie State University -- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education.
University of Maryland University College -- Bachelor of Liberal Studies with specializations in: Business Management; Computer and Information Science; Computer Science.
University of Maryland, Baltimore -- Bachelor of Science in: Nursing; Medical and Research Technology (Biotechnology).
University of Baltimore -- Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
In fall 2001, eight more programs will be added:
University of Maryland College Park -- Bachelor of Science in: Accounting; International Business; Marketing; General Business.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Bachelor of Science in: Information Systems; Social Work.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore -- Bachelor of Science in: Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Towson University and Coppin State College -- Special Education/Elementary and Secondary Education.
More programs will be added in the years to follow, according to USM officials. Each of the new programs will be offered in the daytime at the existing two-building USM-Shady Grove Center. To accommodate projected growth, the center is slated for expansion, with the addition of a third building to provide additional classroom space and accommodate a variety of student service needs.
For more information on the University System of Maryland-Shady Grove Education Center and its new daytime programs, contact Betty Taylor at 301-738-6056.
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