Students Prepare to Transfer to Four-Year Institutions

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Learn how to transfer and meet face-to-face with representatives from 35 colleges in the University System of Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area. February programs are open to the public unless otherwise noted.  

“Student success is the college’s top strategic priority and transferring is a key component in reaching our goals,” said Johnika Dreher, retention advisor at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). “Workshops and programs have been designed to provide students with information they need to successfully continue their educational pursuits,” she added.  

Transfer Month Kick-Off, Friday, February 3, 910:30 a.m., Bladen Hall. Enjoy a hot beverage and learn about preparing to transfer to four-year colleges from Prince George’s Community College advisors.  

College Goal Maryland, Saturday, February 4, 911:30 a.m., Bladen Hall, Room 102. Learn about Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the college participates in the state’s financial aid awareness initiative. College Goal Maryland, a volunteer program, provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for aid for post secondary education. Participants should bring completed tax information and must RSVP at 

Envision Success: Goal Setting, Tuesday, February 7, Marlboro Hall, Room 2102, 2 p.m.
and Marlboro Hall, Room 2129 at 5 p.m. Create a clear step-by-step plan to define educational goals and a solid course of action to envision success.  

Financial Fridays: FAFSA Workshops, February 10, 4–5:00 p.m., Bladen Hall 102; February 17, noon – 1:00 p.m., Bladen Hall 102; February 24, 10 a.m. – noon, Marlboro Hall 2129. Gain a better understanding of federal student aid at one of three Friday workshops. Federal student aid plays an essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. Financial Aid Counselors will be on hand to assist students with completing their FAFSA. Maryland’s deadline for financial aid is March 1.  

Transfer Prep Workshop, February 14, noon–1:15 p.m. and 7–8:15 p.m., Marlboro Hall 2129. Learn about and the college’s transfer agreements and win prizes. Sessions will offer information about the transfer process, priorities, deadlines and decisions to ensure a smooth transfer experience.  

Double College Tour: University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University,
February 20, 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Visit two area colleges on a one-day bus trip.Cost is $10 and space is limited to PGCC credit students only. RSVP in Marlboro Hall, Room 2102. 

Getting It & Keeping It: Scholarships, February 21, Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2 at noon and Marlboro Hall, Room 2129 at 7 p.m. Participate in an informational workshop on scholarship opportunities with hands-on instruction on how to search and obtain a scholarship.

Write Your Way In: Essay Writing 101, February 21, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Marlboro Hall, Room, 2129. Improve writing skills for college admissions applications and scholarships. Students will increase the effectiveness of their essays and writing skills overall. 

Transfer Day, February 22, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Largo Student Center. Meetcollege admissions representatives and investigate degree options within the University System of Maryland. Students can gather catalogs, applications, transfer brochures and speak to college representatives.

Transfer Day Social: College Edition, February 22, noon–1 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2. Network with PGCC faculty, staff and administrators and discuss transfer options. Representatives from dozens of colleges in Maryland will offer information on admission requirements, required grade point averages, pre-requisite courses and scholarship information.

Transfer Jeopardy, February 22, 1–2:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2. Compete for prizes and share your knowledge of the transfer process during a trivia challenge. Participants will be asked questions about colleges, famous graduates and credits needed to obtain an associate degree. 

Education Planning (EduPlan) Workshop, February 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Marlboro Hall, Room 2129; 2:30–3:30 p.m. Bladen Hall, Room 102; 5–6 p.m., Marlboro Hall, Room 2129. Utilize PGCC’s internal Owl Link system more effectively to plan course schedules.  

For more information about Transfer Month, call 301-546-0181.

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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