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Montgomery College Hosts Secretaries of Labor and Commerce


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By Kevin O’Rourke

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez visited Montgomery College in Germantown, which recently received a federal grant to lead a consortium of 14 Maryland community colleges, in partnership with 37 employers, to build career pathways for cybersecurity and information technology jobs.

The $15 million dollar Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant is one of 70 awards – totaling $450 million – that the Department of Labor announced in September.

To learn first-hand how the grant is helping equip students for cybersecurity jobs that are locally available, Secretary Pritzker toured the school’s cyber laboratory with Montgomery College’s President Dr. DeRionne Pollard before participating in a roundtable discussion with representatives from Maryland’s community colleges, state and local officials,