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Date: June 21, 2005
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Montgomery College’s ‘Takoma Park’ Campus to Undergo Name Change
Trustees Approve New Name Reflecting Expansion: ‘Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus’

In the midst of its current expansion into Silver Spring, Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus will be officially renamed to reflect its unique location in both communities. The College’s Board of Trustees approved the change this week by voting to rename the campus as the “Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.”

“Our mission statement at Montgomery College notes that we are not just a community college, but ‘the community’s college,’ and given our recent expansion, this campus is now an integral part of both the Takoma Park and Silver Spring communities,” said Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. “The City of Takoma Park has provided a wonderful home for our campus for 55 years and will continue to do so, and now we’re also fortunate to call Silver Spring home, as well. It’s appropriate that the name of our campus reflects this reality.”

“The name: ‘Takoma Park/Silver Spring’ celebrates both the history and the growth of a campus that was the first and, yet, in some ways, is now the newest of Montgomery College’s three campuses,” said Dr. Brad Stewart, the new vice president and provost of the campus, who joined the College last month. “The expansion we are undertaking is incredibly exciting not only because of the state-of-the-art educational facilities we are adding for our students, but also because our emergence into Silver Spring is key to community revitalization efforts. We look forward to expanding our community partnerships, including our important role in helping to revitalize Silver Spring and to advance the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District.”

Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus is now in its second phase of a three-phase expansion. Phase one began with last year’s opening of a new Health Sciences Center on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring and a pedestrian bridge that spans the railroad and Metro rail tracks. The bridge connects the existing Takoma Park side of the campus with the new portion in Silver Spring. Currently under development on the campus is a new Student Services Center, along Fenton Street, right at the border of Takoma Park and Silver Spring. That building is slated for opening next year. The third phase of the $91 million expansion project will be a new Cultural Arts Center, to be built at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East-West Highway in Silver Spring.

Additionally, in recent years, the College acquired the former Giant bakery site on King Street in Silver Spring and is now preparing for a major renovation of that facility. Located adjacent to the new Health Sciences Center and to the planned Cultural Arts Center, that building will be transformed into a center that will allow for expansion of the College’s visual arts programs and provide opportunities for artists-in-residence and other community uses.
 
Montgomery College was founded in 1946, but for its first four years it existed only as an evening school within Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. In 1950, Takoma Park became the site of the first campus of Montgomery College – then called “Montgomery Junior College” – when the College acquired the property and the buildings that formerly housed the Bliss Electrical School.
           

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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