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Community college leaders in India will welcome Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, and a delegation of the College’s faculty and administrators to Channai for the International Conference on Curriculum Development for Indian Community Colleges starting on March 3.
During the three-day program, Montgomery College will work with the Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education (ICRDCE), a facilitating and coordinating agency for community colleges in India. Faculty in the fields of nursing and health sciences, applied technology, and information technology will advise on best practices for effective occupational training design.
“We are excited to be able to work with our counterparts in India on the curriculum design process. This conference allows us to share our model and best practices and to learn what works best in India. It’s a great collaborative opportunity,” said Dr. Michael Mills, vice president, e-learning, innovation and teaching excellence at Montgomery College.
The ICRDCE prepares, establishes, monitors and evaluates 336 Community Colleges in 17 States of India.
“India has made tremendous progress in a short amount of time in providing accessible, affordable and meaningful education to their young population by developing community colleges,” said Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College. “We are honored to have been a part of community college development in India for a decade, ultimately helping young people attain an education and improve their lives.”
The conference is sponsored by the US Consulate General, Chennai. One hundred experts from Indian community colleges are expected to participate.
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.