PGCC Cares Awarded $5,000 from Helping Children Grow

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Article by: Artelia C. Gillam

Largo, MDPGCC Cares at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has been awarded $5,000 from Helping Children Grow, Inc., a residential care organization based in Washington, DC, to provide assistance for students’ academic and educational needs and to bolster the organization’s emergency financial fund.  PGCC Cares is a community-wide effort to respond to the critical needs of students who are in need of food, clothing, and housing. PGCC Cares was created as a result of advisors and counselors seeing the needs of students and addressing them. The program has an on-site food pantry and clothing closet that is accessible to all students. In addition to the food pantry and clothing closet, PGCC Cares also has an emergency fund to aid students in crisis. 

“We are thrilled to have received this grant from Helping Children Grow,” said Dr. Stephanie Pair, program manager for PGCC Cares and Women of Wisdom at Prince George’s Community College.  “Our application for the funds was based on the goal of responding to and helping to meet the needs of the diverse student population we serve. We look forward to using the funds to further our outreach and work.”

With the funds received from Helping Children Grow, Inc., PGCC Cares will continue to provide emergency financial support, financial literacy, academic and educational support to both male and female single parents enrolled in a credit or non-credit degree program. In addition, PGCC Cares will also develop a working relationship with local childcare facilities in order to offer prioritized slots for students with children, provide intrusive advising and resources to help meet career and life goals through higher education.

Further information about PGCC Cares can be found here.

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 more than 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 enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. PGCC is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2025. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.