Distinguished College Alumnus Selected for Appointment to White House Council

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Prince George’s Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Reginald Dwayne Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. An independent body within the executive branch of the federal government, the council coordinates federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs and federal initiatives relating to missing and exploited children. Betts, a former member of the Prince George’s Community College Honors Academy and past president of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society, graduated from the college in 2007.

“Reginald Dwayne Betts is a model of what can happen when one is motivated to succeed and is supported by those who believe in him. He excelled academically, served as a leader among his peers and did not let the past deter him from his future,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “Reginald’s continuing efforts to give back to less fortunate youth makes him a stellar example of what it means to serve, and I am confident he will make outstanding contributions to the council.” she added.

Betts, a Suitland, Md. native, earned a full tuition scholarship to Prince George’s Community College from the institution’s Honors Academy. He served as editor of Reflections, a literary and arts magazine at the college and was awarded the prestigious Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduating from UMCP, Betts received the Holden Fellowship to matriculate at Warren Wilson College Masters in Fine Arts Program for Writers and is a Radcliffe Initiate Fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Betts’ memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. In addition to his writing, Betts is involved in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Campaign for Youth Justice for which he serves as a national spokesperson.
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.  

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