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Date: April 7, 2003 (03-31)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Wins Prestigious Grant for International Education
Maryland Community College is One of Three in Nation to Earn Funding 

Montgomery College recently received a grant from the American Council on Education and the Ford Foundation to analyze its international curriculum and develop a plan that will make global learning central to student education.  The $5,000 two-year grant positions the College to become a model institution of internationalization.

The American Council on Education and the Ford Foundation awarded the grants to only eight institutions of higher education across the nation.  Montgomery College was one of three community colleges to have earned one of the grants.

Montgomery College has a history of opening its doors to students from all over the world and from all walks of life.  The “Global Learning for All” grant project will help Montgomery College meet the challenges of its diverse population, as well as provide solid programs and classes in the future for students seeking to learn about foreign cultures.

Currently, there are 170 different nations represented among the student body at Montgomery College.   More than half the students are minorities.  Also, the College ranks second in the nation among community colleges, for its total number of enrolled foreign students. Montgomery’s population is the most diverse, based on the percentage of foreign students among the total enrollment of the institution.

The American Council on Education and the Ford Foundation grant marks the third grant the College has received for improving its international education and foreign language curriculum.  Montgomery College previously won two U.S. Department of Education grants that enabled faculty to study and revise at least 50 courses and to create new courses that include a global perspective.  Those grants also funded Korean and Chinese language classes.

Montgomery College has made other steps towards internationalizing its curriculum and programs.  The Montgomery Scholars Honors Program offers a 12-credit course, “Perspectives on World Cultures.”  The Student Counseling Department holds a series of gatherings to raise awareness about diverse cultures.  At this time, Montgomery College is also in the midst of an initiative that will shape the future of its international education.  An advisory committee, established last year, is surveying departments college-wide, studying courses and activities to find out what student needs must be met.

Montgomery College’s Director of International Education, Dr. Gail Forman, and Professor Monica Hill will serve as co-team leaders to guide the College through the “Global Learning for All” project.  Assisting them will be an internationalization leadership team comprised of faculty and administrators from Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Howard University.  Team leaders and the American Council on Education will hold the first project meeting April 13 – 14 in Washington, D.C.  In the future, ACE will visit Montgomery College for campus visits to assess progress.

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