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Date: October 14, 2003 (03-79)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Build New Future
UMES Will Offer Bachelor’s in Construction Management, with Classes Taught at MC 

            Montgomery College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore recently forged an agreement that will provide MC students, who have completed an associate’s degree program in construction management, with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in the same field from UMES, without ever leaving Montgomery College.  Beginning in the 2004 spring semester, UMES will offer its third and fourth-year construction management technology courses at Montgomery College.

            Montgomery College offers students the ability to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in construction management.  Most students who complete the program go directly into the workforce and are employed full-time or part-time in the construction industry.  Prior to the beginning of this agreement, students who wanted to continue their education, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, would have had to go to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to take classes, forcing them to temporarily halt promising careers in construction management and disrupt their family lives. 

Officials from both MC and UMES believe this partnership will benefit existing Montgomery College students who are pursuing an A.A.S. degree, as well as previous graduates with an A.A.S. in construction management or other MC students who want to take selective courses.

“This is a tremendous initiative for our industry,” said MC Professor Mario Parcan, chair of the applied technologies department and coordinator of the construction management program.  “We now have a local alternative within the Washington metropolitan area for our students and graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree in construction management.  There are also many construction professionals who have stayed in the local area and will now have an opportunity to continue their education.  It’s a win-win proposition.”

“This partnership has involved three years of planning,” said Dr. Leon Copeland, UMES technology department chair.  “I am excited that this initiative is finally coming to fruition.”

The construction management technology program at UMES is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in construction management technology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at Montgomery College must apply and be admitted to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Montgomery College will provide students with access to facilities, such as classrooms, the library, cafeteria, and student lounges.  The Universities at Shady Grove, located in Rockville, will provide student services.

            The agreement, a memorandum of understanding signed by officials from both institutions, was announced recently at a special event to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education at Montgomery College. 

Plans are underway to build an addition to the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education. This expanded facility would allow for increase offerings in construction management, as well as other technical trade areas.

Currently, the Gudelsky Institute offers technical training in three primary trades – automotive, building and construction, and computer publishing and printing management.  In its first decade, the Gudelsky Institute has seen a 55 percent increase in enrollment, going from less than 4,900 students to more than 7,500 students.  According to the Maryland Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, Montgomery College trains almost 10 percent of all registered apprentices in the state of Maryland. 

For more information on Montgomery College’s construction management program partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, contact Professor Mario Parcan at Montgomery College at 240-567-7616.  To learn more about the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education at Montgomery College, contact Ed Roberts, instructional dean of applied technologies and the Gudelsky Institute, at 240-567-7688.

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