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Montgomery College and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital were honored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Monday night with the prestigious award of excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category.

Montgomery College and Holy Cross Health established the first new hospital in the county in 35 years, serving a million residents in a rapidly growing region of the state. In 2014, Montgomery College became the first community college in the nation to host a hospital on site when Holy Cross Germantown Hospital opened on the college’s Germantown Campus.

The $202-million hospital added 700 high-paying jobs to the region during an economic recession, and addressed the growing need for qualified healthcare professionals.

“The College is very honored to have received this award. Our partnerships with Holy Cross Health and many other employers, foundations, and government agencies multiply the impact of our training and education programs, ultimately driving student success,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College.

The hospital, which serves as the anchor for the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) on the Germantown Campus, is a valuable resource for aspiring healthcare workers, providing students with hands-on learning, state-of-the-art instructional space and exposure to the most advanced medical technology.

Winners of the AACC awards were selected by a committee of the AACC Board of Directors. The AACC  represents and advocates for nearly 1,200 associate-degree granting institutions enrolling more than 13 million students—almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.

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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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