MCPS, Montgomery College and Universities at Shady Grove to Announce Collaborative Effort to Increase College Completion (Thursday, September 13)
September 10, 2012
Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) will launch a new program designed to provide a seamless educational pathway from high school to college completion in Montgomery County.
WHERE: Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus,
Nunley Student Services Center, 7625 Fenton Street in Takoma Park
WHAT: Press event announcing the launch of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a collaborative program between Montgomery College, MCPS, and USG to increase the number of students achieving bachelor's degrees. ACES will provide supportive coaching and individualized services for high school students to ensure successful college transitions, enrollment, and completion. This program is focused on student groups that are underrepresented in higher education, including African American, Hispanic and low-income students, as well as those who would be the first in their family to attend college. The program will begin in eight MCPS high schools with the goal of expanding in future years.
WHO: Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Montgomery College president; Dr. Stewart Edelstein, executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove; Dr. Joshua P. Starr, MCPS superintendent; and county leaders.
PARKING: Maps of Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus are available at:http://cms.montgomerycollege.
Media Contacts: Dana Tofig, 301-279-3853 (MCPS); Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970 (Montgomery College); Joseph Bucci, 301-738-6356 (USG)
Thursday, September 13, 2012
K-12 Public School is not a surprise. K-12 public education funds are provided by tax dollars to the Board of Education for their use. The BOE is to deliberate in public and make decisions about how to use limited education dollars and resources. Here is another example of a Superintendent who thinks the school system is his/her private company, where he/she can spend funds and dedicate resources without first obtaining a vote of our elected Board of Education. This may be a great program, but how much will it cost? Who is paying for this? Are there companies that provide same service? Were bids put out? Where will this program be in our overcrowded schools? Would more classroom teachers/counselors/psychologists/ESOL be a better use of limited funds? Is this PR event something that our students really need and can use, or is this all about the administrators and their resumes?