Professor Receives Award for Four Decades of Commitment to Student Success

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.— Rocco Mennella, professor in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Department at Prince George’s Community College, has been selected by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers to receive the 2012 President’s Award. Mennella is honored for his commitment to teach and encourage underrepresented students in Prince George’s County as they pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.  He has taught at Prince George’s Community College since 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Teaching Science in Mathematics from The Catholic University of America. 

"It means a great deal to be recognized by such an important group of industry experts," said Mennella. "I hope my enthusiasm and passion for mathematics and science serves as a foundation for my students to make good decisions about their futures in STEM careers," he added. 

At Prince Georges Community College, Mennella teaches 10 courses each year including upper level physics, math, and engineering. He advises students on their fields of study and prepares them to transfer to four-year colleges regionally and across the country. In addition to his full-time duties at Prince George’s Community College, Mennella teaches advanced mathematics courses and conducts Saturday review sessions in advanced placement physics at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. To help students reach their academic goals, Menella created summer bridge programs in physics and calculus.   

The award ceremony will take place Friday, September 28 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. 

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, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   

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