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PGCC Students Gain Real-World Experience Through Museum Internship

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Article by: Jennifer Colter

Prince George’s County African-American Museum & Cultural Center Offers Students Career Experience in a Field Driven by History and Heritage  

Three Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) students, Amber Terry, Kendra Blackwell, and Risa Oliver, are part of the inaugural cohort of the History Keepers program located at the Prince George’s County African-American Museum. The first-of-its-kind program offers experience and study in curating, archiving, display and design, and documentary.

“The History Keepers Project is an innovative pilot project being conducted in partnership with Prince George’s African-American Museum and Cultural Center designed to support and internship program for PGCC students and to create a museum studies certificate program,” said Yvette Snowden, Dean of Workforce Development and Community Partnerships. “We are very excited to be approaching our second year of this successful community college and museum partnership that will ultimately benefit numerous communities, African-American museums, and underrepresented students in the museum studies field.”

The History Keepers cohort was introduced on October 9, 2013 at the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc., (PGAAMCC) 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.

The Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center is a vital project that will highlight the cultural capital, diversity, and history that sets Prince George’s County apart. As the crown jewel of the Gateway Arts District, the museum will be a crossroads of culture, the arts, and the community’s significant history. In doing so, this institution will serve as a model for 21st century cultural organizations, bringing attention, prestige, and business development to the community.

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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