NBC Universal Foundation and NBC4 Washington Award PGCC $25,000 Grant

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Prince George's Community College (PGCC) has been awarded $25,000 for the Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC from NBC Universal Foundation and NBC4 Washington as part of their 21st Century Solutions initiative. The academy received the grant for its “Health is Wealth” Model Initiative, an experiential learning program that promotes learning, leadership development, and success in the health sciences fields.  The grant will enable students to participate in cooperative learning opportunities and to develop a website as well as use social media to inform and excite peers about community health concerns and initiatives and pursuing health science degrees and careers.  

“The grant supports the Purpose, People, Possibilities Major Gifts Campaign goal of providing resources for innovative academic programs that prepare students for the region’s high-demand, high-growth disciplines and occupations,” said Brenda Mitchell, executive director of institutional advancement. 

 PGCC is one of three organizations, out of 127 applicants, to receive grants totaling $100,000. Other awardees included The Arlington-Alexandra Coalition for the Homeless Distance Education & Training and DC Central Kitchen’s Health Corners. 

 Launched in June, the 21st Century Solutions program aims to help communities identify opportunities for positive change and support nonprofits that are putting new ideas into action. The competitive grant program accepted applications throughout the summer in the 10 markets served by NBC-owned stations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., South Florida, San Diego and Connecticut.  

For more information on the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, visit http://www.pgcc.edu/About_PGCC/Academy_of_Health_Sciences.aspx.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  


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