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Date: October 24, 2002 (02-63)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College, Towson University Ink Articulation Agreements
Pacts Provide New Opportunities For Four-Year Degrees

             Montgomery College President Dr. Charlene R. Nunley and Interim Towson University Provost Dr. Deborah Leathers today signed four articulation (transfer) agreements guaranteeing that graduates of the community College in several science programs will be able to transfer their full credits to Towson.

            Of particular interest is the agreement that provides for the transfer of MC’s biotechnology A.A.S. degree into Towson’s new “MB3” program---which includes three disciplines: molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics. 

“This gives our biotech students the option of going directly into the workforce or continuing toward a bachelor’s degree,” says Katherine Michaelian, instructional dean at Montgomery College-Germantown. 

            The College’s A.A.S. in biotechnology is widely recognized by executives of Montgomery County’s thriving biotech industry as a program that provides a much-needed skillset for workers joining their firms.  Hundreds of workers with the degree are now employed by the industry along Montgomery’s Interstate 270 Technology Corridor.

            "Now industry can have the skills plus the knowledge that promising workers can proceed smoothly to four-year degrees without delay and duplication of courses,” adds Dean Michaelian.  There is heavy demand in the industry for bachelor’s level employees.

            “We at Qiagen, who have hired several Montgomery College biotechnology students and are always looking for qualified well-trained employees, welcome this additional educational opportunity for the industry,” said Dr. Michael Burgett, vice president and general manager of Qiagen Sciences, Inc., which operates a major facility in Germantown.

            Dr. Collins Jones, head of the College’s biotech program, praised the articulation agreements as “a win-win-win for the student, the College, and the industry.”

           The agreements also provide for Montgomery College’s new science A.S. degree, with concentrations in biology, physics, and mathematics, to transfer directly to Towson’s bachelor of science programs in the same specialties. 

Today’s signing took place on Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, which promises to become a world-class center for biotech education, following the recent announcement that Montgomery County and the State of Maryland will provide $6 million to buy adjacent land for a proposed science and technology business park there.

As part of the joint College, county, and state project, Montgomery College also is planning to develop a new state of the art biotechnology education center on the Campus. 

For more information about the biotechnology program at Montgomery College, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/biotech/index.htm or call the College Response Center at 240-567-5000.

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