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Date: October 24, 2003 (03-83)
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

Montgomery College Celebrates Dedication of Marriott Hospitality Center
  $1 M Grant from Marriott Foundation Supports Program for Hospitality Management Students

Montgomery College officials paid tribute to the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation today with the dedication of the College’s new Marriott Hospitality Center on the Rockville Campus. The center serves as the hub of operations for Montgomery College’s hospitality management department and its various outreach programs. 

The Marriott Hospitality Center is funded, in part, by a $1 million grant from the Marriott Foundation.  The gift, one of the largest ever received by Montgomery College, enabled the hospitality program to significantly enhance educational, internship and scholarship opportunities; and develop learning opportunities for the community.

Marriott’s support was also key to Montgomery College forging a partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, which helped to bring the county’s first-ever baccalaureate program in hotel and restaurant management to the Universities at Shady Grove. As a result of that partnership, Montgomery College students in hospitality management can earn their associate’s degree at MC and then transfer to the UMES program at Shady Grove for their third- and fourth-year course work towards a bachelor’s degree.

            “The Marriott Foundation’s support of Montgomery College and our collaboration with Marriott International, a renowned leader in the hospitality industry, are helping us establish one of the premier hospitality management programs in our region,” said Montgomery College President Dr. Charlene Nunley. “We’re extremely grateful to the Marriott Foundation and to everyone at Marriott for their continuing support of our students, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate the successful creation of the Marriott Hospitality Center at Montgomery College.”

Stephen Marriott, senior vice president for culture and special events for Marriott International, was on hand for today’s dedication and the unveiling of a plaque outside the entrance of the center.  In addition to Mr. Marriott, Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College; Dr. Judy Ackerman, vice president and provost of Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus; Thomas Ladd, senior vice president of Marriott International and the vice chair of the Montgomery College Foundation Board of Directors; and Stewart Edelstein, executive director of The Universities at Shady Grove, attended the afternoon’s events.

            “My family is very proud to support Montgomery College in providing outstanding educational opportunities for students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry,” said Mr. Marriott. “We’re excited that the Marriott Hospitality Center will help shape the future workforce of our wonderful Montgomery County community.”

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

To meet growing demands, the college’s hospitality management program recently expanded and upgraded its facilities, including the food service laboratory, which tripled in size with new state-of-the-art equipment. This growth will allow enrollment in credit and noncredit courses to double over the next several years.

Prospective students and others, who would like to learn more about the hospitality management program at Montgomery College and the partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Universities at Shady Grove, should contact Professor Janet Saros at 240-567-7182. To learn more about the Marriott Hospitality Center at Montgomery College and its various community outreach programs, contact Julie Zagars, Marriott Hospitality Center coordinator, at 240-567-7914.

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