Former Secretary of Education Visit Opens
Dialogue for Educational Justice
LARGO, Md. (Sept. 12, 2018) -- Former Secretary of Education and current president and
CEO of The Education Trust, Dr. John B. King Jr. visited Prince George’s
Community College (PGCC), along with his team on Tuesday, September 11.
visit was part of a larger back-to-school tour focused on building a movement
toward educational justice and consisted of a tour of the Culinary Arts Center
and the Academy of Health Sciences (AHS), located in Lanham Hall.
had the opportunity to converse with Dr. King Jr. and PGCC President Dr.
Charlene M. Dukes on a panel about their challenges and triumphs as college
student spoke to the support of the college’s faculty. “We are very fortunate
to have faculty members who are at the top of their field and for the level of
support they give their students.”
from AHS, the Culinary Arts program, and other student support services groups
joined in the conversation. They shared their passion for wanting to encourage
their peers to vote and understand how voting affects their livelihoods. They
commented on the value of being able to attend college and gain access to
internships and on-the-job training. More importantly, they discussed ways to
ensure that every person has the opportunity to obtain an education and quality
panel compelled Dr. Dukes to encourage the students to continue these important
conversations beyond the event. She invited students to get involved with SGA
and attend events where they can share feedback with her directly.
George’s Community College students are a diverse group and 56 percent are
first-generation college students. This visit highlighted the importance of
investments into programs and facilities that ensure students’ success. Prince
George’s Community College students are able to take advantage of unique
partnerships with local businesses, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and
the county, but the real success stories come from the students themselves.
This visit gave students a chance to let faculty, staff, and education
advocates know what is and is not working, and that’s a step in a positive
direction to achieve educational justice.
About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security
(2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality
education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of
Prince George’s County. From new high school
graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens
looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent
a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals
annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of
Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and
training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address
diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information,
visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu. Prince George’s Community College is
accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); www.msche.org. The Middle States
Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency
recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher