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Date: September 15, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Montgomery College Wins Teacher Preparation Grant
MC One of 10 Community Colleges Selected for $10,000 Award

Montgomery College is one of 10 community colleges from across the country chosen to receive a Teaching by Choice Community College Teacher Preparation Program grant for $10,000.  The College was judged as having outstanding curriculum development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for the preparation of elementary teachers.  The grant will go towards the expansion of the College’s current Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program to include high school teacher preparation in these critical need areas.

The Teaching by Choice Community College Teacher Preparation Program award competition was sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and its partners, the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

“Teacher shortages and the need for better preparation in mathematics and science are critical needs in our region, which are being addressed, in part, by the teacher preparation program at Montgomery College,” said Dr. Ginny Buckner, director of MC’s School of Education.  “This grant will help our students as they prepare to teach the next generation in Montgomery County.”

Across Maryland, there is a shortage of middle and high school teachers for math and sciences.  Recently released statistics from The Maryland State Department of Education projected that the 2005-2007 school years will have a 30% shortage of math teachers for grades 7-12.  One of the greatest shortages is in high school physical sciences where the state estimates there will be only 8% of teachers available to meet the demand.

Currently, Montgomery College students enrolled in the teacher education program observe, interact, and work with children at local elementary schools.  This grant will allow the College to begin placing its students in middle and high schools to learn from model teachers with Montgomery County Public Schools. 

In 2002, Montgomery College began offering an Associate of Arts in Teaching for Elementary Education with a first class of 16 students.  The program has since expanded to five more tracks, which include early childhood education, math, physics, chemistry, and Spanish.  Currently, there are more than 250 students enrolled in the education program.  Montgomery College students who graduate with an Associate of Arts in Teaching can transfer their credits to all Maryland public and private four-year colleges and universities with teacher education programs. 

For more information about the teacher preparation program at Montgomery College, please contact the School of Education at Montgomery College at 301-738-1757.

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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 more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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