PGCC Alumnus Honored by American Association of Community Colleges

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md. —Prince George’s Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Reginald Dwayne Betts will receive a 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award at the American Association of Community Colleges’ Annual Convention in San Francisco, April 20-23. Betts, a former member of the Prince George’s Community College Honors Academy and past president of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society, graduated from the college in 2007. 

 “Reginald Dwayne Betts was a motivated student who took full advantage of every transformative opportunity during his time at the college,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “He represents thousands of community college students who, because of dogged determination, motivation, perseverance and access to great faculty and staff, were able to able to achieve their goals. We are proud to have played a role at the beginning of his journey to success and congratulate him for being named an Outstanding Alumni by AACC,” she added. 

Betts, a Suitland, Md. native, earned a full scholarship to Prince George’s Community College from the institution’s Honors Academy. He served as editor of Reflections, a literary and arts magazine at the college and was awarded the prestigious Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduating from UMCP, Betts was a Radcliffe Initiate Fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at Middlesex Community College, and he teaches at Bunker Hill Community College and Emerson College. In addition to his writing and teaching jobs, Betts is involved in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Campaign for Youth Justice for which he serves as a national spokesperson.   

Since 1982, AACC has presented the Outstanding Alumni Award to individuals nominated by their community college who have excelled in their field and given back to their community.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and more than 13 million students across the nation.  

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, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at, 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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