Student Leader Shares Story of Determination at Trustees Leadership Conference

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Article by: Joe Clark,

 LARGO, Md.— Philippa Palmer, studying early childhood education at Prince George’s Community College, has been selected as student speaker for the 2013 Trustees Leadership Conference. The Maryland Community College Activities Director Association (MCCADA) selected Palmer for her dedication to personal growth. The Laurel Md. resident will represent students from all 16 community college in Maryland and share her inspirational story on January 28 in Annapolis, Md. During the conference, Palmer will read from an essay outlining how Prince George's Community College has empowered her to succeed.  

“Palmer was the best fit for the Board of Trustees Leadership Conference because she was a direct reflection of what a community college can do to catapult ones career and educational experiences,” said Sakina J. Ligon, president of MCCADA. “She started a small business in the community for the community and later moved on to purse her education at PGCC to expand her knowledge base, her clientele and her business,” she added 

Palmer was one of 10 students that applied to speak at the conference. Students were offered the opportunity to represent Prince George's Community College through the Pathways Student Leadership Program.  

The Trustee Leadership Conference is held annually for community college boards and campus leaders from across the state to share best practices in advocating for community colleges and ensuring student success. MCCADA is an affinity group of student life directors and coordinators from the 16 community colleges in Maryland.   

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, 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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