PGCC Student Wins National Video Competition

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Article by: Joe Clark,

 LARGO, Md. — Jessica Curtis of Capitol Heights, MD, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship for her entry in the DREAM Big for College three-minute video competition sponsored by Achieving the Dream. The top prize-winning video was revealed today at Achieving the Dream’s 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success in Dallas, TX.  

Curtis, an early childhood education major at Prince George’s Community College, was one of 44 students from more than 150 Achieving the Dream institutions who answered the question "What keeps your dream of graduating college alive." She discussed obstacles overcome, the benefits of a community college education and her future education plans in the winning video, which can be viewed on the Achieving the Dream Facebook page at  

Achieving the Dream represents the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education. Four other PGCC students were selected to attend the conference and meet with influential policy-makers, thought-leaders, and practitioners from across the country. Jonathan Brewer, Amber Ferguson, Carlos Fuentes, and Erika Ramalingam served as student tweeters, reporting daily updates live from the national meeting. 

The conference was held February 28 – March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. For more information about the Achieving the Dream's 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success, 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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