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More Than $8 Million Raised to Support College Priorities

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—The Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc. and Prince George’s Community College have raised more than $8 million as part of a $15 million, three-year strategic fundraising campaign. Purpose, People, Possibilities, launched in fall 2011, supports three institutional priorities including academic and workforce development programs, state-of-the art teaching facilities and scholarships for diverse student populations. Individual and corporate donors have pledged significant support to transform the lives of students, and a host of campaign activities are planned to engage the community over a three-year period. 

“As a public institution, we anticipate the evolving needs of the community and adapt to meet them,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “The foundation’s support increases student access to high quality education and training environments that mirror what they will see in the workplace,” she added. 

The largest percentage of funds raised, $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 tofund learning and scholarship initiatives.   

“The purpose of the campaign is to fully realize the vision of a vibrant state-of-the-art college that is working for and with the community to transform lives,” said Brenda Mitchell, executive director of institutional advancement. “Our goals will be accomplished by presenting a compelling need, engaging the public and explaining the role their contribution will play in supporting student success,” she added.  

Individual donors and major corporate sponsors have pledged significant backing for the campaign. The top individual contribution of $100,000, donated by foundation board member Haden Land, was given to establish the Cathy Jo Land Nursing Education Scholarship. Kaiser Permanente contributed $400,000 in support of the Nursing and Allied Health Departments, and Bank of America gifted $100,000 to support the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, the first middle college high school in the state of Maryland. 

To celebrate the success of the campaign, the foundation will recognize dedicated partners at its biennial signature event, Partners for Success Awards Dinner, October 9, 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at the National Harbor.  For more information on the awards dinner or to contribute to 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.    

  

 

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