PGCC Recognized as White House Champion of Change

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Article by: Mona M. Rock,


Largo, Md. ­––Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is the only college in Maryland to be selected as a White House Champion of Change. The college and President Charlene M. Dukes are being recognized by the White House for their commitment to improving completion rates, especially among disadvantaged students, and for their sector-based partnerships. Dukes was invited to the White House, Wednesday, September 21 to participate in a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation.

“It is an honor to represent the work of dedicated faculty and staff at Prince George's Community College and be recognized as a White House Champion of Change.  I salute the other 15 community colleges around the country, all of whom work to transform the lives of tomorrow’s leaders who choose to begin at one of the nation's more than 1200 community colleges. Our goal at Prince George’s Community College is to ensure that every student succeeds,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president. “Each program of study and each partnership, including the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, is designed to give our students the learning experiences they need to reach their goals and the goals of the nation," she added.

Honorees were selected for their impact in the community and innovative approaches to solving long standing challenges in helping individuals achieve their educational and career goals. PGCC joins 15 other institutions around the country as Champions of Change, including Lake Area Technical College, Lawson State Community College, Miami Dade College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mott Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Santa Barbara City College, Southwest Texas Junior College, Tennessee Technology Center-Murfreesboro, United Tribes Technical College, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Valencia Community College, Walla Walla Community College, West Kentucky Community and Technical 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, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro and the Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs. For more information, visit the college website at  




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