Prince George's Community College

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Prince George's Community College
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Motto Transforming Lives.
Established 1958 (1958)
Type Community college
President Dr. Charlene Dukes
Students 40,000
Location Largo, Maryland, U.S.
38°53′19″N 76°49′29″W / 38.88861°N 76.82472°W / 38.88861; -76.82472Coordinates: 38°53′19″N 76°49′29″W / 38.88861°N 76.82472°W / 38.88861; -76.82472
Campus Urban
Athletics National Junior College Athletic Association
Mascot Owls
Affiliations Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Website www.pgcc.edu

Prince George's Community College (PGCC) is a community college located in the unincorporated community of Largo in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The college serves Prince George's County, Maryland and surrounding areas, including Washington, DC.

History[edit]

Founded in 1958, Prince George's Community College commenced classes at Suitland High School, thus the college celebrated 50-years of service in 2008.[1] In Spring 2007, the College selected its first female president, Dr. Charlene Dukes.[2]

Academic Degree & Continuing Education Programs[edit]

Prince George's Community College provides higher education to the local population. The college offers over 100 fields of study through its academic, workforce development, continuing education, and personal enrichment programs.[2] More specifically, PGCC has 68 academic degree programs and 34 professional certificate program, many of which feature distance learning options.[3] The college awards Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees.[4] In addition, PGCC allows students to transfer to a four-year college or university.[5]

Accreditation[edit]

Prince George's Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, its education, engineering, nursing, radiology, paramedic and respiratory therapy programs have specialized accreditation.[6]

Campuses & Training Facilities[edit]

The main campus is located in Largo, Maryland, which opened in 1967. PGCC operates extension centers at University Town Center in Hyattsville, and Andrews Air Force Base as well as Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs. The college shares an extension center with Howard Community College in Laurel called the Laurel College Center.

Student life[edit]

PGCC serves approximately 40,000 students.[7] The student body is 76% African American, 64% female, and has international students from 100 nations around the world. The average age of Prince George's students is 47.

Clubs & Organizations[edit]

The college has 43 student clubs and organizations representing a wide variety of interest, including an Active Seniors Club, the African Student Union, a Caribbean Student Association, an Honors Society, Intercollegiate Athletics, Improvisational Theatre, a Muslim Student Association, a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and a Student Governance Board to name a few.[8] The school mascot and also the name of the student newspaper is The Owl.

Student Governance Board[edit]

The Student Governance Board is the governing organization and official voice of the student body. The Student Governance Board makes recommendation to the college's Board of Trustees and the college, obtains students' concerns and feedback, and collaborate with other student clubs and organizations in organizing academic seminars as well as student activities.

The business of the Student Governance Board is carried about by a Student Government Council, which consists of 15 members, including 8 members of the Executive Office, 6 members of the College-Wide Forum, and the Student Trustees. The Student Government Council is elected annually during April of the Spring Semester. The 2009 Election has been considered the most successful election in the history of the Student Government Council. The Executive Office comprises the President, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Public Relations, Director of Community Relations, Director of Club Relations, and Director of College-Wide Forum Relations. Any vacant positions are filled by Presidential appointments with the consent of the Student Council.

As of 2009 Fall Semester, The Student Governance Board is engaged in numerous businesses such as research on smoking issue on campus, student behaviors, student engagement, new student Web Portal...

Intercollegiate Athletics[edit]

Prince George's Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO).[9] Ten intercollegiate teams represent the college in the NJCAA and MD JUCO, including:[10]

  • men's soccer
  • women's soccer
  • women's basketball
  • men's basketball
  • men's cross country
  • women's cross country
  • men's baseball
  • women's softball
  • men's track & field
  • women's track & field
  • Cheerleading

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