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Germantown is the Worst… College Town?

It seems the folks at WalletHub have named Germantown the worst college town in the United States.

Germantown is also the worst place to go shark fishing; the worst place to pan for gold; the worst place to hunt tigers; and it is also the worst place see gawk in awe at skyscrapers.

Yes, we have a college. We are proud of Montgomery College. It is a wonderful institution doing great work educating thousands of students and preparing young and old for new careers and further educational endeavors. The Germantown campus is also the home of Montgomery College baseball team that has played in the Division III World Series 13 times. Yes, you read that right 13 trips to the DIII World Series. Take that Nacogdoches, Texas, ranked 108 and home to Stephen F. Austin State University, a four-year university. How many times have the Lumberjacks been in the DIII World Series? Not 13, right? Knew it.

It is a great place to get a start your career in many fields, especially nursing, as Montgomery College is the first community college to have a working hospital on its campus. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital opened in 2014 and is the anchor tenant for the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College, an integrated academic, business, and research campus with locational opportunities where biotech, cybersecurity, and technology companies can co-locate.

Germantown, however, is not Ann Arbor, Mich., — which was the ranked the best college town — and Montgomery College is nothing like the University of Michigan. While the population of Germantown and Ann Arbor may be similar, Ann Arbor’s population is about 113,000; it is hardly a fair comparison in terms of institutions of higher education. The U of Michigan is a four-year university and has 44,718 students enrolled in Ann Arbor. Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus had 7,048 students in the Fall of 2016.

“It’s obvious the publisher(s) didn’t do their homework,” said Marcus Rosano, Director, Media and Public Relations for Montgomery College. “This rating, or this list, whatever it is they consider it to be, is not an accurate depiction of Germantown, or Silver Spring, or the county as a whole. Montgomery County is home to the largest community college in the state and we are thrilled to be in Germantown, Silver Spring and Rockville, as well as Wheaton and Gaithersburg and now with online classes, all over the world. If anybody did their due diligence before hitting the submit button, they’d know having a community college in one of the epicenters of job growth, cutting-edge workforce opportunities, elected officials who put for education first, and a public school system that is second to none makes Montgomery County, dare I say, a great college county.”