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For Immediate Release (00-65)
Date: November 13, 2000
Contacts:    Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Montgomery College)
                   Gordon Lambourne, 301-380-1368 (Marriott)

Marriott Foundation Presents $1 Million Gift to Montgomery College
Donation to Boost Growth of Community College’s Hospitality Management Program

(Rockville, Maryland) -- The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has made a $1 million donation to Montgomery College, in support of the community college’s newly expanded hospitality management program. The gift, one of the largest ever received by Montgomery College, will enable the school to significantly enhance educational, internship and scholarship opportunities, and to forge a partnership with a state university that will effectively create the county’s first-ever baccalaureate program in hotel and restaurant management.

Announced today by Marriott Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley, during a special ceremony at Marriott headquarters, the gift represents the fourth-largest single private donation ever received by the 54-year-old community college and the first major donation to a community college by the Marriott Foundation.

“With the help of the generosity of the Marriott Foundation, we intend to create the premier hospitality management program in the region,” said Dr. Nunley. “Mr. Marriott has built a world-class company and we know that by working with them in partnership, we will succeed. We are extremely grateful to the Marriott Foundation for its support of our students, and for its belief in the value of an investment in our college and our community.”

“This is a wonderful partnership that will provide outstanding opportunities for deserving students, and help to grow careers in the fast-growing hospitality industry,” said Mr. Marriott. “Montgomery College has been successfully meeting our community’s needs for more than half a century and we are delighted to support its expansion of the hospitality management program.”

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who was also on hand for the announcement of the Marriott Foundation’s donation, said, “This gift to Montgomery College demonstrates once again what an outstanding citizen that we in Montgomery County have here, in Bill Marriott. This is truly a win-win situation for both the Marriott Foundation and for Montgomery College, because this gift will benefit students for years to come and, in the process, the Marriott Foundation will be helping to develop a high quality workforce for the hospitality industry.”

With the formation of the new Marriott Hospitality Center at Montgomery College, for which the hospitality program’s food laboratory and classroom facilities will be renamed, the college will be able to:

Montgomery College’s hospitality management program, which provides a theoretical and practical approach to management, currently enrolls about 100 students. Emphasis is placed on entry-level and mid-level hotel, food and institutional administration, with practical experience and training acquired through internships in the hospitality industry.

To meet growing demand, the college’s hospitality management program is currently expanding and upgrading its facilities – including its food service laboratory, which is being tripled in size and adding state-of-the-art equipment. This growth will allow enrollment in credit and non-credit courses to double over the next several years. Key to the expansion will be the baccalaureate degree partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove, supporting faculty development, and launching a marketing and outreach program to increase awareness of the educational opportunities and professional rewards of careers in the hospitality industry.

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