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Date: October 20, 2008
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

Montgomery College Celebrates Opening of Shared Classroom, Business Incubator Facility
Building is College’s First Step in Developing an Academic, Business and Research Environment on the Germantown Campus

Montgomery College today marked the grand opening of the Goldenrod Building—a shared classroom and business incubator facility—on the College’s Germantown Campus. College leaders and elected officials celebrated the event at the facility, which houses Montgomery College classrooms and faculty offices on the first floor and the Montgomery County-operated Germantown Innovation Center on the second floor.

Montgomery College President Brian Johnson was joined by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Montgomery Councilmember Mike Knapp for a unique “ribbon cutting” that involved building blocks to signify the partnership between Montgomery College and Montgomery County. U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary David Edgerley, State Senators Nancy King and Robert Garagiola, and Delegates Brian Feldman and Charles Barkley were also part of the festivities, along with Montgomery College students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Board of Trustees and Montgomery College Foundation

“The Goldenrod Building is an essential first step for Montgomery College to develop a first-class academic, research and business environment on our Germantown Campus,” said Dr. Brian Johnson, president of Montgomery College. “By partnering with Montgomery County, we will provide valuable educational opportunities for our students to learn in the new classrooms and from the businesses within the new Germantown Innovation Center.”

“We are so pleased to celebrate the grand opening of the Goldenrod Building on the 30-year anniversary of the founding of the College’s Germantown Campus,” said Dr. Hercules Pinkney, vice president and provost of the Germantown Campus. “This campus has made great strides in 30 years, and now we look forward to realizing our vision of educating and training the workforce of the future.”

The 67,000-square-foot Goldenrod Building, located at 20271 Goldenrod Lane, features a Montgomery College academic center on the first floor with seven classrooms and two computer labs. Currently, it serves 1,400 students, which amounts to nearly one-quarter of the campus’s total enrollment. The lobby provides seating for students to study and socialize. In addition, wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.

The building also provides first floor offices for approximately 40 faculty and staff in the Department of English, Distance Learning, and the Center for Teaching and Leadership. To create for additional space for student life at the Germantown Campus, the campus vice president and provost, facilities and information technology offices are now located in the Goldenrod Building.

The second level of the building houses the Germantown Innovation Center, a business incubator operated by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

The Germantown Campus’s location along the Interstate 270 corridor positions the College to uniquely serve the science and technology industry by providing education and training from the middle school to the post-doctorate levels. In addition to the Germantown Innovation Center, the College’s plans call for the development of a Bioscience Education Center and Science and Technology Park.

The future education center would serve the rapidly growing science programs on the campus. It would also house the third and fourth years of the University of Maryland’s life sciences baccalaureate program, currently offered at the Universities at Shady Grove. It would enable Montgomery College students to earn their bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, without ever leaving the Germantown Campus.

The planned science and technology park, with one million square feet of business space, would encompass 40 acres on the Germantown Campus. It would also provide valuable educational and employment opportunities for students with the businesses at the park. 

For more information about the future plans for Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/biotechnology or contact the Office of the Vice President and Provost at 240-567-7711.

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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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