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For Immediate Release (00-45)
Date: August 29, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Montgomery College’s Tech Prep Program Gives High School Students a Jump on the Competition

Rockville, MD -- When Montgomery County Public School students return for a new academic year, more than 2,000 of them will earn college credits, obtain valuable work-based training and, ultimately, get a jump on the competition through Montgomery College’s College Tech Prep Program.

The program, which began at the College in 1990, offers high school-to-college programs in more than 15 academic areas including biotechnology, engineering technology, and finance. Several educational agreements are currently being established in computer science, computer programming, and computer networking.

Lisa Carvallo, coordinator of Montgomery College’s Tech Prep Program, says there are three important benefits of the program. Students earn up to as many as 20 college credits in high school (if they receive a B or better in their coursework), they make a smoother transition from high school to college, and, since tuition is free in the high school portion, parents and students can save money.

Students in the high school portion of the program receive “blended instruction,” in which teachers apply concepts used in one academic area to another area. For example, many math concepts are integrated into instruction for an engineering technology course.

“‘Blended instruction’ enables students to see the relevance of certain concepts and how they are applied in other areas—especially the ones in which the student wants to study,” says Carvallo.

In addition, high school students receive on-the-job training. In their senior year of high school, Tech Prep students intern at jobs related to their career path. For example, several Montgomery College students in medical careers did their internships at Suburban Hospital.

Because the College has articulation agreements with more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., students are able to begin their baccalaureate degree while still in high school.

Carvallo says the College provides a tremendous amount of support for students in the program, including scholarships, financial aid, a job opportunity center, resume preparation programs, and more.

For more information on Tech Prep, call Lisa Carvallo at 240-567-5026 or visit the Tech Prep Web site at


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