Montgomery College to open East County Education Center in 2023

County and public school officials joined Montgomery College leaders Wednesday at the site of the community college’s new East County Education Center in Silver Spring to announce that the center is expected to open in the fall. 2023.

“The community, as we know, has long advocated for Montgomery County to play a role in East County to advance the quality of life here and our local community,” said the president of Montgomery College. , Jermaine F. Williams. “We are all committed to providing easy access to post-secondary education for local high school students and improving the talent pool in healthcare.

The 55,000 square foot education center located at 2221 Broadbirch Drive will be Montgomery College’s fourth campus, with the other three located in Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring. The community college’s East County Education Center will be the largest of the college’s three centers and nearly four times larger than the Gaithersburg site, according to a college press release.

Montgomery College, which already enrolls more than 50,000 students, plans to enroll more than 1,000 students at the teaching center in the first year, offering both credit and non-credit courses. Education center programs will include small business/entrepreneurship, cyber security, allied health care, early childhood education, and general education.

Nneka Ndubisi, a nursing student at Montgomery College, talks about the importance of the East County Education Center.

The center is expected to benefit students such as Nneka Ndubisi, a second-generation Nigerian American nursing student at Montgomery College.

“Having access to such quality education speaks not only to the value of preparing students for the job market, but also to strength and support to the community in which we live and serve,” he said. she told the audience. “The Montgomery College East County Education Center will expand its reach to students like me who are looking for opportunities to make a difference in their lives and I know students from [the] East County who will openly welcome such an opportunity so close to home.

Montgomery County Superintendent Marc Elrich said the school will benefit community members as well as its students.

“The county has a great institution, it needs to be present in all parts of the county,” he said. “High school students here should be able to enjoy college the same way high school students elsewhere in Montgomery County can enjoy Montgomery College. So that opens up opportunities for our high school students when they graduate from high school. This sends a message to the community that you matter and that you are going to get the resources that everyone gets.

Elrich added that Montgomery College understands its connection to the community “probably better than most places in the country” and is “really a remarkable institution.”

He also mentioned that the area may soon be unrecognizable once a planned development of 400 townhouses and apartments is built next to the education center.

“It’s not a bad place if you’re a student going to Montgomery College here, to have a few students renting a townhouse across from the school,” he said.

County Board Member Nancy Navarro spoke about the role racial disparities have played in the development of East County.

“We know our high schools are struggling to find internships for students because we don’t have many employment centers in the east county. We know this is an area that is home to a very large continental African community,” she said. “When I ran in 2009, 40% of black people in Montgomery County lived in that part of the county, East County. Down and behold, we could see all the disparities, but slowly we corrected them. It’s going to make such a difference for all those families, it’s going to shift that issue to economic sufficiency.

Council Chairman Gabe Albornoz noted that building the education center is another example of Montgomery College ensuring the county moves toward economic development and social justice.

“At the end of the day [Montgomery College] actually has a moral compass,” he said. “He demonstrates every day in his work, in announcements like this, that he strives to implement this moral compass, which is geared towards social justice, and his North Star lives by the mantra that we we all succeed when we all succeed. And Montgomery County succeeds when Montgomery College succeeds.