Magazine article University Business

Still Centered: (After All These Years)

Magazine article University Business

Still Centered: (After All These Years)

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A hallmark of community colleges is that they are actually in the communities they serve, close to where their students live and work. But sometimes they aren't in enough places at once.

Ten years ago, the presidents of Prince George's Community College and Howard Community College realized that neither of their institutions reached the Maryland town of Laurel.

So was born the Laurel College Center, a partnership between the institutions, which share costs and faculty. "It's unusual because the students take classes together," says Nancy Grinberg, program director of Laurel College Center.

Students who attend the center don't have the ability to easily take classes on either main campus. "Ten years ago, there weren't as many online classes, which aren't for everyone anyway," she adds.

In 2004, the center added university partners allowing students to take their first two years with one of the community colleges and then go on to an upper level degree at the same location offered by one of the five university partners.

The center has grown from 137 enrollments when it opened to 2,335 enrollments in Fall 2011. …

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