Washingtonian Magazine Names Dukes a 2016 Washingtonian of the Year

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Article by: Artelia C. Gillam

LARGO, MD – Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), has been recognized as a 2016 Washingtonian of the Year.

Dukes is one of 11 high profile locals who have made a commitment to make the Washington area a better place to live.   Dukes has served as president of PGCC since 2008, when she became the institution’s first female president. She has been at the college since 1995 as its vice president of student services.

Dukes is among good company on the prestigious list that includes Lonnie Bunch III, the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Patricia Davies, a long-time volunteer for the Georgetown Ministry Center; William Whitaker, founding director of the Washington Jesuit Academy; and Barbara Harman, executive director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

In the article, Dukes is quoted as saying, “PGCC’s mission is to take you from where you are to where you want to be.”  PGCC and its six campuses near Washington, DC, offer 200 credit and workforce development and continuing education programs. PGCC is also the location of the first middle college high school in Maryland, the Academy for Health Sciences, which is a partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools.  The first graduating class received high school diplomas and associate degrees simultaneously in May 2015.

The Washingtonian is considered the region’s top source of information for dining, shopping, entertainment, and personalities. The print magazine is read each month by more than 400,000 people and Washingtonian.com reaches more than a million unique readers every month. Washingtonian is a five-time National Magazine Award winner for its reporting and writing.

To read the article in its entirety, go tohttps://www.washingtonian.com/2017/01/06/meet-2016-washingtonians-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 enables 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.