PGCC Ignited by Month Filled with Celebrations
LARGO, Md. (Oct. 30, 2018) – Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has been in
celebration mode the last couple of weeks of October. On Friday, October 19, the
college celebrated its 60th anniversary at the biennial Partners for
Success Gala, and the following day, October 20, PGCC President Dr. Dukes and a
team of faculty and staff competed and won the Generation Hope Pancake Battle. Things
didn’t slow down there. On Tuesday, October 23, the college held its annual
College Professional Development and Enrichment day. Last, but not least, on
Friday, October 26, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) recognized
Dr. Dukes as the Northeast CEO of the year. Dr. Dukes was also up for the
national award, which was presented the same day.
Partners for Success Gala brought together partners and friends from the
region, including MGM National Harbor and Prince George’s County Executive
Rushern L. Baker III, both of whom were honored during the presentation portion
of the gala. The late David H. Hillman of Southern Management Corporation was
also honored; Ronald T. Frank, president and COO of Southern Management
Corporation, accepted the award. The celebratory dinner and party included a
surprise tribute to Dr. Dukes, whose family flew in from around the country for
the 10th anniversary of her inauguration as PGCC president.
Generation Hope Pancake Battle was a success for Dr. Dukes and PGCC faculty and
staff. The team used a sweet potato recipe from Chef Edward Whitfield, who
teaches culinary classes at the PGCC Culinary Arts Center that opened early
this year. Dr. Dukes competed against other education celebrities, including
Montgomery College president, Dr. DeRionne Pollard. The pancake battle
concluded with a family-friendly brunch and raised funds to support Generation
Hope’s college completion and early childhood success programs.
Professional Development and Enrichment Day brought together faculty and staff
from the main campus, as well as the college’s five degree and extension
centers. The day began with a state-of-the-college address from Dr. Dukes, and
concluded with various workshops ranging from professional development to
personal well-being. Dr. Dukes also awarded the President’s Medal, an honor
presented to an outstanding college employee, to Nancy Grinberg, program
director at the Laurel College Center.
Friday, October 26, Dr. Dukes attended the ACCT Annual Awards Gala, where she was
nominated for the National Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award. The
award recognizes a CEO who demonstrates commitment to excellence in advancing
the community college movement. Earlier
this year, ACCT recognized Dr. Dukes as the Northeast CEO of the year.
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 Education Accreditation.