New Name Reflects Center’s Mission of Fostering a More Innovative Workforce

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees has approved a new name for the Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park on the Germantown Campus. Starting today, the park will be called the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC).

The new name is more relevant to today’s economic environment and to the business sectors who partner with the academic programs represented at the park.

“This new name embodies our mission, which is to create business and academia partnerships and grow the workforce of the future. The name clearly expresses who we are, where we are, and most importantly, what we are,” said Doug Wrenn, chair of the Montgomery College Life Sciences Park Foundation Board.

Dr. Hercules Pinkney, for whom the Complex is named, is president emeritus of Montgomery College. Dr. Pinkney played a central role in the early creation of the Complex, which includes the development of the Bioscience Education Center, one of the cornerstones of PIC MC.

“This new name continues to honor Dr. Pinkney’s service to Montgomery College while capturing the College’s focus on programs such as biotechnology, cybersecurity, information technology, and engineering. Innovation is an essential quality in the contemporary market place and our efforts to prioritize this component are now officially captured in the name,” says Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College.

The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC) is home to Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, the only hospital in the country located on a community college campus, and the Bioscience Education Center. Maryland is a global leader in bioscience and technology education, and ranks among the top five regions nationally in biotechnology.

Our new name is reflective of the type of environment that will allow business and student success,” according to Martha Schoonmaker, executive director of the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College.

For additional information about the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC), click here.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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