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Montgomery College to Celebrate The Suzanne and David Hillman Family Foundation at April 4 Ceremony

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, the Montgomery College Foundation Board, the College community and President DeRionne P. Pollard will honor The Suzanne and David Hillman Family Foundation’s gift of $600,000 and recognize the creation of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. The event will be held at the Paul Peck Academic and Innovation Building, located at 20271 Goldenrod Lane on the Germantown Campus, beginning at 2 p.m.

Guest speakers at the event will include County Executive Isiah Leggett, University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh, Prince George’s Community College President Dr. Charlene Dukes and Director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development Steven Silverman.

The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is aimed at Montgomery College students who have an interest in entrepreneurship and an enthusiasm for starting a business venture or leading a company, and giving back to their Maryland communities. The program is an innovative initiative tailored to transfer students who begin their study at Montgomery College and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the University of Maryland. The first cohort in the program began in January 2013.

“Entrepreneurial thinking doesn’t just mean starting businesses; it means taking inventive thinking into existing settings,” said David Hillman, a Montgomery County native and the chief executive officer of Southern Management Corporation.

With this current pledge of $600,000, the Hillman family will have given more than $5 million to entrepreneurial programs at the University of Maryland, Prince George’s Community College, and Montgomery College.

“We are grateful to the Hillman family for recognizing the potential of our students, and having the courage to create such an innovative and forward-thinking program,” Dr. Pollard said. “In today’s economy, having the skills of an entrepreneur not only empowers individual success, but also enriches our entire community.”

Hillman students come from a wide variety of transferable majors, including engineering, information systems, business, psychology, education, and economics. Some are traditional, college-age students, while others have years of life experiences and other careers. Some are raising and/or supporting families, and virtually all are working while attending school.

The Hillman Entrepreneurs program creates a new model for entrepreneurship education by providing students with partial scholarships, books, transferable entrepreneurship courses, mentoring, community-building activities, experiential learning opportunities, and high-level networking with local entrepreneurs.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP Abby Pinson at 240-567-4006 or by March 28, 2013.

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