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Friday, Sept. 16 Marks the College’s 70th Birthday
On Friday, Montgomery College will mark 70 years of enriching lives in Montgomery County with celebrations on all three campuses.
Throughout the academic year, other anniversary events will follow including the College Picnic on October 22, Spirit Day on November 3 and MC Follies, a contest for faculty and staff to show off their talents and have some laughs, later in the year. Special events commemorating 70 years will also take place at the World of Montgomery Festival on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 4 p.m. on the Rockville Campus. The festival, which celebrates Montgomery County’s diversity, is open to the public.
On September 16, 1946, the first Montgomery Junior College classes were held in the evenings at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School with a student body of 186 men and women. Two years later, the first commencement ceremony was held with 25 graduates receiving associate of arts degrees.
Seventy years later, Montgomery College is a multi-campus institution with numerous satellite locations serving nearly 60,000 students a year from over 160 countries through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.
According to the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, more than three quarters of a million students have taken at least one course at Montgomery College since 1946.
In addition, the College has returned to the communities much as it began. With the opening of two community engagement centers in 2015, located in Gaithersburg and East County (Silver Spring), County residents can now access classes and programs in their own neighborhoods.
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.