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For Immediate Release (02-03)
Date: February 4, 2002 
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Business Training Center To Offer 
Free Courses During Grand Opening, February 25-27  

New Gaithersburg Facility Ready to Serve the 
Training, Education Needs of Business

Montgomery College will celebrate the grand opening of its Business Training Center in Gaithersburg February 25-27, with three days of free short courses and information sessions.  

Throughout the celebration, visitors will be able to take two-hour courses, including: Marketing 101 for Small Business; Get Control of Your Papers, Personal Space, and Discretionary Time; and Leveraging Diversity for Business Success.

The Business Training Center is the latest innovation for Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit, which provides up-to-date, real-world training that students can take directly to the job market. More than 26,000 people have participated in the unit’s non-credit programs during the past year, taking courses offered at locations around Montgomery County.  

The Business Training Center also partners with employers to provide specialized training tailored especially to fit the needs of their employees. The center itself is equipped with eight new classrooms, including four computer labs capable of running the latest educational software and customized programs.

“Central to economic development, workforce development, human resource development, and community development is one ever present critical element—continuous learning,” said George Payne, the College’s Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education. That’s what the new Business Training Center brings to Olde Towne Gaithersburg in a cost-effective, highly customized package.

The center is located at 12 South Summit Avenue. “It expands not only the geographic reach of Montgomery College, but also the breadth of services tailored directly for the business community,” according to Jerry Gimmel, President of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. 

Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit also operates an educational center in Wheaton. The College’s three primary campuses are located in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park. 

The new Business Training Center is a key element in Olde Towne redevelopment efforts by the City of Gaithersburg. Mayor Sidney Katz says, “we’re pleased and proud that Montgomery College is located here. I attended Montgomery College and know what a fine institution it is, a great community enhancer that truly changes lives.”

For more information, call 240-567-2594 or visit and click on “Continuing Education.”

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Editors’ Note: Grand opening week festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, February 25 at 11 a.m.

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