Montgomery College is a public, open access community college that is located in Montgomery Country, Maryland. The institution has 3 campuses, the largest of which is in Rockville. The other 2 campuses are located in Takoma Park Spring and Germantown. Its off-campus sites include Westfield South in Wheaton and the Business Training Center in Gaithersburg which are operated by the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division. The college was organized in 1946 as Montgomery Junior College with its campus located at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. It moved to Takoma Park in 1950, absorbing the Bliss Electrical School. This was a private, for-profit institution that was formed in 1893 and that had occupied the site since 1908. The school had the distinction of being selected by the US navy as one of the six engineering schools to give Primary Schools in the Electronics Training Program during the Second World War and it graduated over 3 000 students. In 1965 the Rockville Campus opened and Germantown Campus opened in early 1970s, occupying its present permanent site since 1978. Montgomery College also offers learning opportunities through its expensive Workforce Development and Continuing Education Programs.

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The Montgomery College foundation is a charitable organization that is governed by alumni, community and business member. With assets of 61 297 513 dollars according to the 2006 IRS 990 form, the foundation also helps fund the college, placing it among the top of 5 community colleges in the nation in private funding. The college’s fiscal year 2013 tax-supported operating budget is 218 million dollars, which is less than a 0.4 percent increase over last year – with funding from Montgomery Country, student tuition and fees and the state of Maryland. The college has an enrollment of nearly 60 000 credit and noncredit students. 60 percent of the Montgomery County Public Schools graduates, who choose to stay in Maryland for college, attend the college within the following academic year. The institution is noted as being one of the most both culturally and ethnically diverse in the nation, with students from over 170 countries enrolled. Furthermore the college employs more than 1 500 faculty members. The institution is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers 2-year associate’s degrees and a variety of professional letters and certificates of recognition. Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts and more are some of the degree programs that the college offers. Typically graduates of two-year degree programs transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. A one-day event scheduled to showcase for the entire college and the community what students from Montgomery College are learning is Student Excellence Expo. Because it includes presentations from students through the college, is unique. The exposition started in 2008 with twenty-five groups at the Takoma Park campus. The second expo took place in the Goldenrod building of the Germantown campus. Athletics teams of the college are collectively known as the Raptors. The college rebranded the mascot to be representative of all campuses during the Spring 2012 semester.