Student Engagement Will Lead to Academic Achievement

Article by: Joe Clark,

College offers tools for student completion

LARGO, Md. — In an effort to increase completion rates at Prince George’s Community College, officials use proactive engagement in urging students to complete their education. Envision Success, the college’s institutional priority, is designed to actively engage students in learning so they are able to reach their goals of completing associate degrees and certificates, preparation courses for licensures and certifications and short term training.

“Every faculty, staff and administrator is committed to a personal role in building a culture of success that sustains our rigorous educational environment and empowers students,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of PGCC. “Our intent, through this college-wide initiative, is to identify and implement promising practices that support the completion of students' goals,” she added.

The college will host two workshops on November 15 to educate and inspire students.

The Importance of Completion, November 15, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Largo Student Center, Rennie Forum. Get connected and obtain advice on graduation from Tawan Perry, creator of the comprehensive Connect-5 College Completion Program and author of the award-winning college guide College Sense: What College and High School Advisors Don’t Tell You about College.

Envision Success Kick-Off for Students, November 15, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A, B, C. Participate in the completion pledge led by Prince George’s Community College alumni and employee Lane Floyd, listen to inspirational message from President Dukes, enjoy a live deejay and a spoken word performance by a PGCC student. The program will be streamed live through the college’s YouTube page.

Evening Envision Success program, November 15, 6 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A, B, C. Hear inspirational speeches from President Dukes and Tawan Perry.

To learn more about how the college plans to engage students and provide them with tools to increase completion at Prince George’s Community College, visit

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 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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