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College Expands Outreach

East County Education Center To Open Fall 2023
Dr. Williams and County Executive Marc Elrich
NNeka  Ndubsi, a second-generation Nigerian-American nursing student, Dr. Williams, and County Executive Marc Elrich at ECEC press conference

“Discovering what a community needs and wants is fundamental to designing opportunity. The architects of such plans have to listen intently. They must also plan meticulously. Many of you gathered here today have been working behind the scenes for two years ... measuring, evaluating, testing, and organizing. That level of commitment is what it takes to empower people to change their lives.”
Dr. Jermaine F. Williams (press conference, November 2, 2022)

Montgomery College has long held a commitment to reaching students where they are and helping them get where they want to go. This commitment was further strengthened when Dr. Williams announced the creation of the College’s future East County Education Center.

The new center, scheduled to open for the fall 2023 semester, is projected to serve over 1,000 students in the first year. It will offer both credit and noncredit courses, targeting skill gaps in key industry sectors such as healthcare and IT. The ultimate goal of the East County Education Center is to reduce barriers, making access to educational and job training opportunities easier for community members, while also supporting the needs of area businesses.

During the press conference, Dr. Williams described the East County Education Center’s impact on the local community, referring to it as “a portal for access and an anchor that enriches the life of the community.” He closed his remarks by reminding those in attendance that the College is here to “open doors to opportunity, increase achievement, and enhance the economic mobility of everyone. That means progress for our students. That’s progress for our businesses, our public school system, and our neighborhoods. This is the type of progress that leads to transformation.”