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East County Education Center

2221 Broadbirch Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Program Offerings | Classes | Events | Facilities | Maps & Directions

Rendering of the outdoor entrance to the East County Education Center showing the building and students outdoors.

The East County Education Center (ECEC) will bring the College’s unique services and academic programs to the residents of the East County to expand access in this region and to serve as an anchor institution in the community.

ECEC Program Offerings

KEY: C= Credit, NC= Noncredit, ICP=Industry Certification Preparation

  • Allied Health/Health Sciences (NC, ICP)
  • Career Starter Series (NC, some ICP)
  • Criminal Justice (C)
  • Customized Contract Training for Local Business/Government/Nonprofits (NC, ICP)
  • Cybersecurity/IT (C, NC, ICP)
  • Early Childhood Education (C, NC, ICP)
  • ESOL/ESL (C, NC)
  • General Education Distribution Courses (top 20 courses except lab sciences) (C)
  • Hospitality Management (C, NC, ICP)
  • Industry Certification Preparation Courses (C, NC, ICP)
  • Lifelong Learning (NC)
  • Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) (NC, ICP)
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurship (C, NC, ICP)
  • Workforce Development and Continuing Education Offerings (NC, ICP)

Classes

The East County Education Center will offer a few classes during the spring 2024 semester, with a more robust schedule launching in summer and fall 2024.

Spring 2024

These noncredit classes will be offered during the spring 2024 semester:

  • April 8: Citizenship Preparation Program classes begin at ECEC. More information.
  • April 1–2 or April 8–9: Tech Foundations classes run. This is a class for those with no tech background, and students will learn IT fundamentals and about IT career pathways. This is a free class and you can register with the ITI online application.
  • April 15 or April 22: Tech Pathways classes run. Tech Pathways is intended for participants who have some experience in the field of IT and are interested in upskilling or obtaining IT industry certifications. This is a free class and you can register with the ITI online application.
  • April 26: Electricidad Práctica II (HBI 135-2) class begins. This is part of the Hispanic Business Institute and the class is in Spanish. You can register online.
    26 de abril: La clase Electricidad Práctica II (HBI 135-2) comienza. Esta clase es parte del Instituto Hispano de Negocios y es en español. Se puede registrar en línea.

Summer 2024

MC will offer credit and noncredit classes at the East County Education Center during the summer session.

You can search for classes onlinenew window and filter to East County Education Center classes by selecting “East County Education Center” from the “Campus” dropdown.

Fall 2024

MC will offer a robust schedule of credit and noncredit classes in the fall 2024 semester at the East County Education Center.

You can search for classes onlinenew window and filter to East County Education Center classes by selecting “East County Education Center” from the “Campus” dropdown.

  • April 8: Class schedule available for viewing for fall 2024
  • April 29: Registration begins for fall 2024
  • September 3: Fall semester classes begin

Events

Community Engagement Pop-Up Event 

Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 
Join us for food, games, giveaways, and learn about the new East County Education Center (ECEC).
Questions, please contact us at community.engagement@montgomerycollege.edu.


East County Education Center Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. (rain or shine)
Montgomery College invites you to celebrate the opening of the East County Education Center.
Free parking in the lot surrounding the building.

RSVP

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Facilities

The East County Education Center is a 55,000 square foot, single-story building that consists of:

  • 11 classrooms for numerous programs
  • 10 labs (6 allied health labs, 3 computer labs, and 1 career training education lab)
  • Raptor Central (a one-stop shop for admissions, enrollment, and visitor services)
  • Community Engagement Center
  • Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center
  • Learning Center
  • Library
  • Event spaces
  • WorkSource Montgomery
  • Lounges
  • Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Center
  • Study rooms

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Maps & Directions

The ECEC is located at 2221 Broadbirch Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904. (mapnew window)

The center is easily accessible by driving or taking public transportation.

By Car

The building is located south of MD-29 and east of Tech Road. 

  • Directions from the north – from US-29 south bound turn left onto Tech Road, then turn left on Broadbirch Drive.
  • Directions from the south – from US-29 north bound turn right onto Tech Road, then turn left on Broadbirch Drive.

The center offers convenient onsite parking. A valid Montgomery College parking permit is required. Visitor permits can be obtained from Raptor Central or from the Office of Safety and Security.

By Bus

  • The Ride On bus (Route 27new window) stops directly in front of the building.
  • The Metro Bus (Route Z6new window) stops directly in front of the building.
  • The Ride On bus (Route 10new window) stops 0.2 miles west of the  building.
  • The Flash bus (Orange or Blue linenew window) stops 0.4 miles from the building at Tech Road and MD-29.

As a Montgomery College student, you can take Ride On and Flash buses free of charge seven days a week by showing your Montgomery College ID with the current semester sticker. 

By Metro

The Glenmont and Silver Spring Metro Stations are closest to the center. Transfer to a bus after you arrive at the station.


Dr. Williams standing at a podium giving remarks at the opening ceremony with a crowd around both standing and sitting.
Opening Doors of Opportunity
"The East County Education Center will be a portal for access and an anchor that enriches the life of the community." Read Dr. Williams full remarks (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) from the November 2, 2022 ECEC launch event.