College and Foundation Raise $18 Million in First Quarter of Fundraising Campaign

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. — Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc. and Prince George’s Community College have raised $18 million in the first quarter of the three-year strategic fundraising campaign. Purpose, People, Possibilities, which originally had a $15 million goal, supports three institutional priorities including academic and workforce development programs, state-of-the art teaching facilities and scholarships for diverse student populations.  The college and foundation announced a new target of $25 million at the Partners for Success Awards Dinner on October 9. 

“Reaching the fundraising goal so early in our effort speaks to the community’s commitment to supporting high quality education in Prince George’s County,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “Without the generosity of our donors, Prince George’s Community College would not be able to support our students as they work to achieve their educational goals,” she said. 

The largest percentage of funds, $7 million, will support state-of-the-art teaching and learning through upgrades of technology, equipment and furnishings. Another $6.5 million will support academic and workforce development programs that enable degree completion and prepare students for the region’s high-demand, high-growth careers. To assist with degree completion among diverse student populations, $1.5 million will be reserved to fund learning and scholarship initiatives.    

“There are very few community colleges that have raised funds of this magnitude in a formal campaign,” said Brenda Mitchell, executive director of institutional advancement. “Prince George’s Community College and the foundation have extended its goal to further support technology advancements for our students,” she added. 

The campaign announcement was made at the Partners for Success Awards Dinner, October 9, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at the National Harbor.  Gov. Martin O’Malley, NBC4 and the Hillman Family Foundation were recognized for their individual support of student achievement and community engagement by the Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc.   

The Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc. is operated exclusively as a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization for the charitable purposes of furthering educational programs, facilities and opportunities at Prince George’s Community College by providing financial resources to meet its goals and objectives. Funds are used for scholarships, academic program and activities, faculty research and development, student services and events, college facilities and equipment and other needs.   

For more information or to contribute to the Purpose, People, Possibilities, contact foundation@pgcc.edu. 

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 www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   

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