Former Secretary of Education Visit Opens Dialogue for Educational Justice

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Article by: Tabresha B. Langham

For Immediate Release

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.

The 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.

Students 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 students.

One 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.”

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 career training.

The 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.

Prince 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 Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); 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 Education Accreditation.