College Hosts First Technology and Engineering Forum for Businesses

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.— Private and government leaders tackle education challenges and ways to foster business development at the Prince George’s Community College Technology and Engineering Business Forum, June 7, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A, B and C. To prepare today and tomorrow’s workforce, participants will debate the role of higher education and employment, training challenges faced in the region and the formation of a technology and engineering council in Prince George’s County.

“The forum is the first step in a new partnership between the college and businesses,” said Ashante Abubakar, program director for Information Technology Institute. “The goal is to ensure the county’s employers have access to the best educated and trained workers in the technology and engineering fields to meet current and future industry demands,” he added.

Speakers confronting these business and education issues include Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Md.); Andrea C. Harrison, chair, Prince George’s County Council; Jim Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education; Richard F. B. Williams, senior manager, Lockheed Martin; Vennard Wright, acting director/chief information officer, Prince George’s County; and Christine Barrow, dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division at Prince George’s Community College.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at

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