The Challenge Program
Special Notice: Due to COVID19 many of our classes are now online instead of face to face.
The Challenge Program provides unique open enrollment enrichment courses for adults with developmental disabilities to help them function more independently in their homes, at work, and in the community. The courses are designed to enhance skills, develop new skills, and/or hone skills students may have already acquired. Of equal importance, students will have the opportunity to increase their social and community awareness by learning at Montgomery College.
Students work very closely with a Disability Support Services (DSS) counselor to confidentially disclose their disability so that they received the appropriate accommodations to be successful in the classroom. This program is offered on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.
Student Expectations: Students are expected to be able to navigate the campus independently and must abide by the student code of conduct. Any violation may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal from the program.
Learn more check out the most recent Challenge Brochure (PDF, ) .
Featured Challenge Program Student, Calvin Massenburg
From an early age, Calvin Massenburg’s athleticism was apparent as he excelled in track and field as an elementary school student. What Massenburg’s classmates might not have known was the young athlete had autism and an intellectual disability. Today, the current MC student can also stake his claim as an Olympic gold medalist.
Massenburg has been training and competing with Special Olympics Maryland for 19 years. This past March, he flew to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Special Olympics World Games. At the games, Massenburg competed in the 200-Meter run, 100-Meter run, and 4 x 100-Meter relay, sprinting to a gold in the 100-Meter run.
During his regular season, he competes in the high-performance division, with the best and the fastest in the nation.
“I had the pleasure of watching both athletic and personal growth while he trained to compete among the fastest athletes in the world,” said Kira Northrop, director of media at Special Olympics Maryland. “In Abu Dhabi, he broke his personal best time in the 100M run and came in first place earning a gold medal with a time of 11.82 seconds and becoming the fifth fastest Special Olympics athlete in the world. I am so incredibly proud of Calvin and all of his success.”
Massenburg grew up in Capitol Heights, Maryland, and attended The Ivymount School in Rockville. Between events, Massenburg attends the Challenge Program at the Montgomery College. The Challenge Program provides unique open enrollment enrichment courses for adults with developmental disabilities to help them function more independently in their homes, at work, and in the community.
Massenburg says that the Challenge Program gives him the chance to attend classes with other people with various disabilities. Students learn, and reinforce, daily life skills, and explore various areas of interests in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. Through the program, Massenburg has increased his social and community awareness. In addition to track and field, he competes in basketball and flag football. He also loves karate, hanging out with friends, and playing with his dog, Alex.