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Montgomery County Community College Secures Portion of $20 Million Federal Training Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program recently awarded a three-year $20 million training grant to Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges to help educate and train displaced workers in high-demand occupations.

The College will use its portion of the grant funds, $1,198,165, to develop and provide six new programs in the advanced manufacturing, energy and health care technology industries. The programs will roll out in spring and fall 2012.

College President Dr. Karen A. Stout calls the grant "transformative" in its support because it enables community colleges to collectively respond to the Commonwealth's workforce needs by training and educating for workers rapidly for employment in growing industry sectors.

Medical Assisting students Kim Weber (left) and Kelly Speith practice taking blood pressure readings using a specialized examination table that tilts the patient into different positions.
Photo by Sandi Yanisko  
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College Earns Equity Award for Commitment to Diversity

In October, the Association for Community College Trustees presented the College with the Equity Award for the Northeast Region. The award recognizes the comprehensive reach of the College's diversity and equity work during the past decade to fulfill its strategic goal of creating a diverse learning and working environment.

The College has a variety of programs and initiatives that foster diversity and inclusiveness, including the Faculty Diversity Fellowship program; the annual Presidential Symposium that examines issues around race; the Minority Male Mentoring Program, which partners minority male students with mentors to increase their success rate; and a Lively Arts Series that presents dancers, musicians and artists from across the world.

From left, Kentucky Community and Technical College System Vice President Dr. Gwendolyn G. Joseph accepts the Association for Community College Trustees' (ACCT's) Central Region Equity Award; Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees Treasurer Regina M. Lowrie and President Dr. Karen A. Stout accept ACCT's Northeast Region Equity Award and Tarrant County College Board of Trustees President Bill Greenhilll and Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley accept ACCT's Western Region Equity Award.

Photo courtesy of the Association for Community College Trustees

Citrix IT Academy Pilot is One of Seven in U.S.

To help IT professionals gain skills in virtualization, networking, collaboration and cloud technologies, the College recently became a Citrix authorized academic partner and opened one of only seven Citrix IT Academy pilots in the country and the first in Pennsylvania.

Located at the Central Campus in Blue Bell, the College's Citrix IT Academy is designed to connect students who earn their certifications with Citrix customers and partners for potential job and career opportunities. Knowledge of virtualization technology and computer architectures or certification/experience with installing and administering Windows Server and Linux are prerequisites to the Academy's courses. To learn more, contact Anil Datta, or 215-641-6489.

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The new Citrix IT Academy opened its doors at Central Campus in Blue Bell.
Photo by Alana J.┬áMauger