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Date: October 13, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970 (Montgomery College) or GEICO Corporate Communications, 301-986-3271

Montgomery College Secures Grant from GEICO to Provide Driver Education Training to Special Needs Students
GEICO Philanthropic Foundation Gift Will Provide Scholarships to Students

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Montgomery College recently secured a $10,000 grant from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation to fund scholarships for special needs students who enroll in driver improvement lessons through the College. The lessons are offered by the Transportation Safety Institute, which is part of the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education program. 

Driver improvement lessons are behind-the-wheel driving lessons offered outside the College’s standard driver’s education course. The lessons, which are open to adults and teenagers and require a learner’s permit, help students prepare to pass the driver’s license exam or to become safer drivers.   

Marcy Jackson, program director of the College’s Transportation Safety Institute, developed the scholarship initiative. She saw students with special needs and limited financial resources struggle to pay for the driver improvement lessons. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) requires successful completion of a driver education course and 60 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience in order to test for a driver’s license.

“We are so grateful to GEICO and the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation for recognizing the needs of our students,” said George Payne, vice president of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Montgomery College. “This new partnership between GEICO and Montgomery College will better position students with special needs to obtain a driver’s license, which would open up opportunities to attend College or find employment.”  

"Driving inexperience is to blame for many accidents because new drivers lack the preparation or training necessary to be safe on the road,” said John Izzo, regional vice president for GEICO. “GEICO is proud to support the Montgomery College program to provide instruction for adult and teen drivers on how to react to various driving situations.” 

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States based on the latest 12 months written premium. It provides auto insurance coverage for nearly 8.5 million policyholders and insures more than 14.4 million vehicles.  

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For more information about the Transportation Safety Institute at Montgomery College, contact Marcy Jackson, program director, at 240-567-2589 or 

To apply for one of the new scholarships available for special needs students taking driver improvement lessons, please visit: and download the application. 

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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 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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