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Montgomery College Writing Program Earns National Honor

“Writing in the Disciplines” Selected as Exemplary Program by Two-Year College English Association

The Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) has selected Montgomery College’s “Writing in the Disciplines” program as a national award winner. The program received the 2009 Diana Hacker TYCA Award for Outstanding Programs in the category of Reaching Across Borders. Writing in the Disciplines at Montgomery College seeks to strengthen student writing skills and help faculty incorporate writing into their courses.

Through events such as workshops, lectures, roundtables and online discussion forums, the program brings together a community of teachers who wish to maximize their students’ learning, writing and critical thinking skills. “This award is a testament to Montgomery College’s commitment to developing strong student writers. It also proves the importance of faculty dedicated to solid writing and how those skills will play roles in their students’ academic and professional lives,” said Rita Kranidis, college program coordinator for Writing in the Disciplines. “The program got its start with two small ‘Make It Happen! Innovation Grants’ and received wonderful support from [executive vice president for academic and student services] Dr. Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto and [interim vice president for academic initiatives and partnerships] Dr. Clarice Somersall.”

The award will be presented at the TYCA Awards Breakfast on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco. A description of the award-winning program will be published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, the national two-year college journal, and on the National TYCA Web site. The TYCA is part of the National Council of the Teachers of English.

For more information on the College’s Writing in the Disciplines Program, click this link:

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