Montgomery College

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Montgomery College is a public, open access community college located in Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. in the United States. The college has three campuses, the largest of which is in Rockville; the other campuses are in Takoma Park/Silver Spring and Germantown. Off-campus sites include the Business Training Center in Gaithersburg and Westfield South in Wheaton, which are operated by the college's Workforce Development and Continuing Education division.

Montgomery College has an enrollment of nearly 60,000 credit and noncredit students.[1] Of the Montgomery County Public Schools graduates who choose to stay in Maryland for college, 60% attend Montgomery College within the following academic year.[2] The college is noted as being one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse in the nation, with students from over 170 countries enrolled. The college also employs more than 1,500 faculty members.



The college was organized in 1946 as "Montgomery Junior College," with its campus located at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. In 1950, the college moved to Takoma Park, absorbing the Bliss Electrical School, which had occupied the site.

The Rockville Campus opened in 1965; the Germantown Campus opened in 1975 and has occupied its present permanent site since 1978. Montgomery College also offers learning opportunities through its extensive Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs.

The Takoma Park Campus began expanding into neighboring Silver Spring, with the opening of a new Health Sciences Center in January 2004. The campus expansion in Silver Spring included the addition of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Arts Center, which opened in fall 2007. The building houses the campus visual arts programs and the School of Art + Design, formerly the Maryland College of Art and Design, which merged with Montgomery College in September 2004. To reflect the campus expansion into Silver Spring, the Board of Trustees officially renamed the Takoma Park campus as the "Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus" in June 2005.[3]

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