News from Montgomery College

900 Hungerford Drive, Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850


Date: December 16, 1999
Contacts: Millree Williams, Montgomery College, 240.567.7952, and
Capt. Drew Sullins, Maryland National Guard, 410.576.6179

Montgomery College, Maryland National Guard Sign
Agreement to Offer Classes at Guard Facilities

Agreement Will Benefit MC Students and MDNG Citizen-Soldiers

Montgomery College and the Maryland National Guard have signed a formal agreement making the Guard facilities at White Oak and Olney available to MC to offer classes for Guard members and the larger community. As a result, Montgomery College, in partnership with the Maryland National Guard, will use the Guard armories in the county as satellite sites. Montgomery College currently has three primary campuses – Takoma Park, Rockville, and Germantown – and a satellite facility at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

In addition, Guard soldiers and airmen attending Montgomery College will benefit from a 50-percent tuition reduction each semester. The tuition reduction was approved by the MC Board of Trustees and, combined with the 50-percent tuition reduction authorized by Maryland law, the Guard’s citizen-soldiers and airmen who attend the college will now do so tuition-free.

"This agreement will make a college education even more accessible and affordable to a greater number of students," said Dr. Floyd Cumberbatch, acting Vice President for Academic and Student Services. "The new alternative location for our students who live in the northeastern part of the county – plus tuition reduction for soldiers -- will ultimately be a great benefit for us all."

The agreement also will make available to MC students and Guard soldiers the White Armory’s new distance learning computer center. This new center, packed with state-of-the-art technology, provides both the College and the student with greater flexibility in course scheduling and distance learning capability.

MC is a comprehensive two-year college that offers a wide array of nationally recognized degree and certificate, credit and noncredit programs, as well as highly-specialized, state-of-the-market training and certification courses in information technology and biotechnology. It is Maryland’s oldest, second-largest, and most ethnically diverse community college, serving more than 40,000 credit and noncredit students representing over 170 nations.

Major General James F. Fretterd, Maryland’s adjutant general, praised Montgomery College for its willingness to help citizen-soldiers who have embraced the idea of public service achieve a more affordable higher education. "In return for the faith they’ve placed in us, Montgomery College will receive students from the Maryland National Guard who are not only more disciplined, but also will be campus role models and leaders," Fretterd added.

The White Oak Armory is located at 12200 Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring. Further questions about the facility can be answered by contacting Captain Drew Sullins at 410-576-6179.