President Dukes Signs Pledge of Completion

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md. (November 30, 2010) — Prince George's Community College’s (PGCC) president Charlene M. Dukes will join 15 other Maryland community college presidents at a news conference to address Maryland’s community college completion rate, Friday, December 3, 2010, noon, at Anne Arundel Community College’s Jenkins Gymnasium.

Dukes and her colleagues will sign the Promise to Act, and more than 200 Maryland community college administrators, faculty, staff and students will participate in a series of workshops during Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ first Summit on Completion.

“Prince George’s Community College is pleased to be a partner in this plan to significantly grow completion and graduation rates in Maryland,” said Charlene M. Dukes. “We are specifically focused on increasing graduation rates because of its importance to personal success, economic mobility, and lifelong learning," she added.

Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ plan to substantially increase the number of community college graduates by 2025 is being developed in direct response to the White House Summit on Community Colleges. Dukes was among the group of educators invited to the White House to discuss challenges and solutions to achieving higher completion and graduation rates at community colleges.

In addition to Dukes, other speakers include:
• Carol Eaton, president, Frederick Community College and Chair of Maryland Council of
Community College Presidents
• Ray Hoy, president, Wor-Wic Community College
• Martha Smith, president, Anne Arundel Community College

About The Maryland Association of Community Colleges
Maryland Association of Community Colleges is a voluntary, nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors composed of the president and one designated trustee from each member college and supported by an Annapolis based staff. The association’s mission is to act as an advocate and resource for Maryland's public community colleges. For more information on MACC and Maryland’s community colleges, visit

About Prince George’s Community 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 and the Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs. For more information, visit the college website at


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