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Applied Technologies and Gudelsky Institute

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Dr. Chantal Vilmar, Interim Dean of Applied Technologies and the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education

Applied Technologies offers associate in applied science degree programs in architecture, construction management, environmental horticulture and sustainable agribusiness, geography,  and interior design. Each program offers a certificate option and letters of recognition. The programs are comprehensive, focusing on theory and experience through practical application activities.

The Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education is a public-private, joint venture providing state-of-the-art technical education and training opportunities for the community. The programs are a direct result of ongoing partnerships with local business and industry to identify and respond to the technical training needs of our community. The Gudelsky Institute offers instructional programs in three primary program areas: automotive technology, building and construction technology, and workforce technologies.

Each area offers seven instructional delivery options; customized contract training, apprenticeship-related instruction, on-site and off-site training, long or short term training, certificate programs, associate of applied science degrees, and credit and noncredit courses.

Since 2004, Dr. Chantal Vilmar has been a member of the Montgomery College community, as full-time interior design professor, then interior design program coordinator and professor, and most recently, department chair of Applied Technologies and the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education on the Rockville Campus. She has worked closely with the dean to implement several vital initiatives to address workforce needs in Montgomery County, including her work on the Johnson Controls Grant which was awarded to the College in 2021 for academic year 2022. The grant is intended to partially fund the new Building Automation Systems Lab, establish a partnership with the Achieving the Promise Academy (ATPA) to provide academic support and coaching for HVAC program students, develop a pipeline for the HVAC industry workforce, and provide industry access for underrepresented minorities. The Johnson Controls Grant was re-awarded in AY2023, and recently awarded for AY2024.

Dr. Vilmar also works in conjunction with department faculty on an interdisciplinary Tiny House student design competition. The project provides an opportunity for students in Applied Tech and GITE programs to collaborate on an experiential learning project. The Tiny House Project allows students to experience the multiple phases of design development and the process of building a tiny house. In addition, Dr. Vilmar worked closely with the Construction Management program to host a construction industry forum. The forum was a gathering of industry partners, employers, thought leaders, faculty, and professional organization representatives for a discussion on the construction industry’s future workforce. Dr. Vilmar serves on the Collegewide ACE-UP Advancing Community and Upward Mobility Committee, and she is a co-investigator for the 5G Broadband Training Grant. Before coming to Montgomery College, Dr. Vilmar served as department chair at Bauder College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Vilmar earned a bachelor of arts in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, a master of science in education from Bankstreet College of Education in New York, and a doctor of education in Community College Leadership from Morgan State University in Maryland.

Please welcome Dr. Vilmar to her new interim role as dean of Applied Technologies and the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education.

Dean Vilmar's office is located in the Technical Center (TC) Building, Room 208 on the Rockville campus. Her office phone is 240-567-1718 and email address is

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Workforce Technologies provides training in a variety of specialized technical programs and courses aimed at introducing or improving workplace skills which could lead to upward mobility. Courses are offered through Montgomery College's noncredit Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) Division.