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For Immediate Release (00-54)
Date: September 29, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon (Montgomery College), 240-567-7952
              Donna Bigler (Montgomery County), 240-777-6537

 Montgomery College, County, Hispanic Chamber
Team Up to Create Hispanic Business Institute

Montgomery College has entered into an agreement with Montgomery County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County to create the Hispanic Business Institute. The new Institute will provide Hispanic individuals and small businesses with training and opportunities to create, expand and develop their businesses in the American marketplace.

“The Hispanic Business Institute will be a welcome resource for individuals interested in advancing their careers, as well as for those seeking training and networking opportunities,” said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

“Montgomery College, with its diverse student population, is in an ideal situation to provide these educational programs to the Hispanic business community,” said Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. “We’re pleased to partner with the County and the Chamber of Commerce on this important initiative.”

Although the Institute’s training courses will be taught in English, the majority of trainers will be bilingual. All written materials will be offered in English and Spanish,

and efforts will be made to maintain a “user-friendly” environment for those attending classes at the Institute.

A comprehensive and practical approach has been used in structuring the curriculum. The first tier of classes will offer an overview – or foundation for students. The second and third tiers in the series will offer practical experience, targeted workshops

and opportunities to enhance skills in diverse fields. One-on-one coaching will also be available to students. Montgomery College will issue a certificate to all students who successfully complete each training tier.

The Institute plans to offer free childcare services to parents attending classes through a new program that will help train women interested in obtaining a license to operate a childcare center.

Classes at the Hispanic Business Institute will be held evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., starting October 2, at Montgomery College’s educational center in the Wheaton Plaza South Building, 11160 Viers Mill Road. Free parking is available, and the building is accessible by Metro. For more information about the Hispanic Business Institute, call 240-567-7960 (Spanish) or 240-567-7867 (English).

A scholarship program fundraiser to benefit Hispanic students will be held on November 17 at 7 p.m. The black-tie gala will be held at Avenel Country Club. For more information about the gala, contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 301-933-7600.

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