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The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs created Intersections to provide a regular and informal opportunity to communicate and share stories and ideas across the Academic Affairs division. If you are interested in submitting a feature, please email Laurie.Savona@montgomerycollege.edu.
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August 2023: Academic Affairs Division Fall 2023 Meeting
The June 14, 2022, launch of the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative, part of a much bigger plan, is the fruition of a cause close to the heart of late Congressman John Lewis. The plan announced by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will bring together 20 emerging young civic leaders from India and the United States to advance civil rights, social justice, and inclusion on the local, national and international levels by exploring the histories and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more...
May 2022: Inside Higher Ed: Students Seek Stronger Connections With Professors but Rarely Take the Lead
Dr. Sanjay Rai was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed about how students can build stronger connections with professors. Read now...
Dr. Sanjay Rai, a noted Indian American educationist, has been honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service.” The award honors those who complete more than 4,000 hours of service over the course of their lifetime through AmeriCorps, an independent US government agency that engages more than five million Americans in service. “I am very fortunate to have opportunities as a first generation immigrant to contribute to the success of this nation,” said Dr Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College, Maryland, who came to the US as an international student 32 years ago. Read more...
Leveraging the future IgnITe technology hub will help grow Montgomery County's tech talent pipeline & increase job opportunities. Join a conversation on igniting Montgomery County’s tech workforce with Montgomery County MD Council's Craig Rice & Montgomery College’s Dr. Sanjay Rai.
August 2021: MCTV | 5G Bootcamp @ Montgomery College!new window
Congressman David Trone is pursuing federal funding for Montgomery County to hold a 5G job training bootcamp to serve communities of color. Wireless employers will provide input on designing the curriculum and will develop 100 entry level jobs and apprenticeships that could be filled by bootcamp graduates.
A discussion about quantum technology with higher education and industry leaders. What does it mean for the Maryland economy and the talent pipeline? Maryland Tech Council Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (Md.) Montgomery County MD Council.
June 2021: MC News | Montgomery County, University System of Maryland, and Montgomery College Create Landmark Partnership to Expand Region’s Leadership Role in Life and Regulatory Sciences Education and Innovation
Montgomery County, the University System of Maryland and Montgomery College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create the “Montgomery/Maryland Life Sciences Education and Innovation Partnership” to facilitate collaboration among industry and the academic partners on cutting-edge research, and allow students from across Maryland opportunities to gain work experience and conduct translational research with Montgomery County’s industry leaders. It is envisioned that the Montgomery/Maryland Life Sciences Education and Innovation Partnership will guide the future of post-pandemic education leveraging existing assets to create an economic development powerhouse for Maryland in life and regulatory sciences. Read more...
Dr. Sanjay Rai is a senior vice president at Montgomery College in Maryland. He said that during the 2008 recession, the college saw a large growth in enrollment. But during the pandemic, the college has seen a 4 percent drop. In Montgomery County, unemployment went from 2.4 percent in December 2019 to almost 9 percent in May 2020. Rai said that more than half of Montgomery College students lost some or all of their income. “I don’t think this is a recession,” Rai said of the economic struggles of the pandemic. “I think this is an entirely different phenomenon.” Read more...
March 2021: Foundation Focus | A Textbook Formula for Giving (PDF, )
Growing up in India, life was difficult for Sanjay Rai. Scarcity defined life in the small efficiency apartment with no air conditioning he lived in with his parents and sister. “My parents did not finish high school—and they had a hard life because of it,” he says. “Had I not gotten into college, it would have been the end of the road for me,” says Rai, senior vice president of academic affairs at Montgomery College. When he left India to earn his master’s degree at Dalhousie University in Canada, he had $50 in his pocket. Read more... (PDF, )
In the Fall semester of 2020, Montgomery College announced its decision to offer more classes in a 7-week period starting this spring semester as opposed to the regular 15-week semester. Some students’ concerns were brought up, such as the worry over not being able to learn comprehensively in a 7-week period and whether or not the regular 15-week format would still be offered upon registration. Read more...
December 2020: NPR/WAMU | All Things Considered: How Montgomery College Navigates The Pandemic’s Effect On Student Enrollment
Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College, explains how school leaders are addressing the needs of students looking to enroll in short-term courses at a time when so many are unable to afford full-time tuition.
October 2020: Maryland to Bridge Cybersecurity Workforce Gap with Groundbreaking Bachelor's Degree Program
BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved a groundbreaking professional cybersecurity bachelor's degree – the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Applied Cybersecurity (BACS) to be granted by the SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu), a regionally accredited college in Maryland. Read more...
I have just boarded a flight to St. Petersburg, Russia. I am honored and excited to be participating in the 2019 Fulbright Russia Community College Administrator Seminar (CCAS), but for me, this trip is a very special journey.
My father worked in a steel plant in Bhilai, India, from 1962-1993. He did not have an opportunity to finish high school. After passing grade 10 in a village in India, he moved to the eastern part of the country and worked in a coal mine for a few years before coming to Bhilai, which is in the central part of India. India became independent in 1947 after a long freedom struggle – led by Mahatma Gandhi. This was the first successful non-violent freedom movement against a major world power. The power of similar non-violent civil movements played a crucial role in the ending of apartheid in South Africa and in the civil rights movement in the United States. Read more...
The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) has selected Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs their Chief Academic Officer of the year for 2018! In selecting their Chief Academic Officer of the Year, the NCIA used the American Association of Community Colleges core leadership competencies: organizational strategy; institutional finance/research/fundraising/resource management; communication; collaboration; and community college advocacy as their foundation.
March 2019: MCPSTV - Dr. Sanjay Rai spotlights various options for gaining college credits while still in high school
Montgomery College offers several programs for high school students, including the opportunity to take college-level classes and even earn an associate's degree while still in high school.
Montgomery College, in suburban Washington, D.C., offers employer-guided training in technical skills. In particular, it provides training for lower-level lab jobs at biotech companies and retrains tech workers with skills in that and other in-demand fields. One cybersecurity retraining program is designed to fill strong regional demand in that field, according to Sanjay Rai, the college's senior vice president for academic affairs.
"Community colleges were created to be very responsive to the needs of their regions, and that's even more critical today in our fast-moving digital economy," he said, noting that Montgomery College restructured itself several years ago to be more flexible to students' needs, allowing it to create pathways and programs without the approval process four-year colleges may require. Read more...
In 2008, Dr. Sanjay Rai and Terrance Quinn co-authored and published the article “Discovering the Laplace Transform in Undergraduate Differential Equations”. As of February 2019, the article has over 200 reads on Research Gate.
Students looking to avoid the debt associated with a college degree are turning to alternatives like skills-based training. University Ventures Co-Founder Ryan Craig, Kettering University President Dr. Robert McMahan and Dr. Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs talk about the collegiate alternatives students are seeking to prepare them for the workforce.
January 2019: Q&A with Dr. Sanjay Rai and David Petr, President and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)
Dr. Sanjay Rai, spoke with Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation of Maryland (MCEDC) on an innovative, yet easy-to-learn Apple coding program. This program has the potential to provide more jobs, more engaging educational opportunities, and stronger economic development for Montgomery County. Read more...
November 2018: Cyber Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM)
Working to close the skills gap and connect more Maryland residents to high-quality employment in the cybersecurity industry. Visit the Montgomery College Cybersecurity Program for more information.
Montgomery College is a future-focused higher education institution with multiple campuses delivering content and innovative programming that is both affordable and accessible, on campus and online. Spearheading a statewide consortium of community colleges, and using grant dollars to continuously update and expand offerings, Montgomery College is always looking to innovate, and cybersecurity is one of their top priorities. Read more...
September 2018: 7th Annual DC South Asian Film Festival
January 2018: The Translational Life Sciences Technology Program
Montgomery College has partnered with the Universities at Shady Grove and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to offer a new degree program called the Translational Life Sciences Technology program. Students in the program would spend two years at Montgomery College's Germantown campus, and then two years at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.
September 2017: 6th Annual DC South Asian Film Festival
November 2016: American Association of Community Colleges/Community College Daily
Bringing universities to the students. Published November 11, 2016.
Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs, was appointed to a newly formed Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board by Governor Hogan. The new board will support activities to grow the biotechnology and health technology industry sectors in the state. Learn more about the new Maryland Life Sciences Advisor Board appointeesnew window.
October 2015: Dr. Sanjay Rai Appointed to Newly Formed Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Board
Washington Business Journal new window- Leggett Appoints 11 Biz Leaders to run MoCo Economic Development
Montgomery County, Maryland - Conversation with County Executive's Appointees to Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
November 2015: Yolanda Vazquez talks with Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for Montgomery College.
They discuss the World of Montgomery Festival. Follow Montgomery College on Facebook and Twitter. Taped 10/14/2015
November 2014: Montgomery College Presentation - Delegation Trip to India
July 2014: Dr. Sanjay Rai Interviewed on The Frank Islam Show
June 2016: Dean & Provost Article