PGCC Joins National Entrepreneurship Forum

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Article by: Mona M. Rock,

LARGO, Md.—To increase the focus on entrepreneurship and the impact the college will have on the economic well being of Prince George’s County residents, Prince George’s Community College president Charlene M. Dukes has joined five other Maryland community college presidents as part of The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship’s (NACCE) new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. NACCE is the country’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges and works to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs. 

“Promoting entrepreneurship through programs like the Hillman Entrepreneurs and the Center for Minority Business Development is one of many ways Prince George’s Community College is dedicated to transforming the lives of our students,” said President Dukes. “Our partnership with NACCE strengthens the commitment to student success and is consistent with President Obama’s desire to see community colleges’ play a key role in our nation’s economic recovery,” she added. 

President Dukes joins Marty Smith, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold; Barbara Viniar, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills; Richard MacLennan, Garrett College, McHenry; and Kathleen Hetherington, Howard Community College, Columbia. 

The forum was launched at the White House in January 2011. Community college presidents make five commitments to develop transparency of community college and community assets, create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship, engage in industry cluster development and create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.  

For more information about the Presidents forEntrepreneurship Forum, visit  

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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