Montgomery County Community College News Brief – Week of 4/25/16

mccc-logoMontgomery County Community College’s Office of Marketing and Communications provides weekly News Briefs that offer a snapshot of news, press coverage and events of interest to the College community and beyond. The News Briefs meet the College’s strategic goals to "develop an engaged community" and to "create a sense of place to support learning.”

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STEM Innovation in Pottstown

Montgomery County Community College celebrated the opening of its highly-anticipated Sustainability and Innovation Hub, located at 140 College Drive, Pottstown, on April 18. The multiphase project, which began in 2010, transformed the former energy substation and three-acre brownfield site into a state-of-the-art center for education, innovation and conservation.

“The Sustainability and Innovation Hub is a truly collaborative space where faculty, students and members of the community are learning, sharing knowledge and working together to create a healthy and sustainable environment—one that enhances the economic health and well-being of the Greater Pottstown community and the County,” said MCCC President Dr. Kevin Pollock.

U.S. Congressman Ryan Costello, Pennsylvania Representatives Mary Jo Daley and Tom Quigley and Montgomery County Commissioners Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and Joseph Gale joined College officials to celebrate the opening, which included a ceremonial vine cutting with garden shears rather than a traditional ribbon.

Vine cutting ceremony

Read the press release

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PECO's Craig Adams is 2016 Commencement Speaker

Craig AdamsPECO President and CEO Craig L. Adams will deliver Montgomery County Community College’s 2016 Commencement address on May 19 at 7 p.m. in Blue Bell. Adams also serves on the board of directors of MontcoWorks, Montgomery County’s Workforce Investment Board.

"Partnerships between education and industry are essential for developing a comprehensive workforce development strategy. Montgomery County Community College and MontcoWorks share a vision—to build a 21st-century workforce and to strengthen the economic vitality of our communities," said Dr. Kevin Pollock, MCCC president.

As president and CEO of PECO, Adams is responsible for leading PECO’s overall performance, delivering innovation and advancing smart energy to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy and energy services to customers. He also guides the company’s philanthropic efforts, which provide more than $5 million annually to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the region.

Read the Press Release

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Performing Arts Showcases

The community has several opportunities to see MCCC's students in action during three Performing Arts Showcases on April 25, 27 and 28 in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus. The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To reserve your seat, visit mc3.edu/arts/student-performance or call the box office at 215-641-6518.

On Monday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. students will present a one-hour matinee preview of the full shows, including selections from the music and dance programs. On Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. the Performing Arts Showcase concert will feature the MCCC Choir and Chamber Choir. The program, “From Shakespeare to Sondheim,” will feature musical settings of Shakespearean texts, some written and performed by students in the MCCC music program, along with a rousing medley of highlights from the Sondheim/Bernstein classic, “West Side Story.” In addition, the choir will reprise excerpts of their recent well-received performance of the Mozart “Requiem.”

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On Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. the Performing Arts Showcase will feature the MCCC Jazz Lab Band and the Performance Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Robin Haffley. The ensembles will be performing some contemporary vocal and instrumental interpretations of classic jazz compositions by Henry Mancini, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, and Dave Brubeck, among others.

The featured guest soloist will be Philadelphia jazz legend, Larry McKenna. A tenor saxophonist, McKenna has performed as soloist with many jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops and many more. He is currently an instructor of jazz theory, harmony, and saxophone at the Community College of Philadelphia, and has numerous advanced private students, many of whom are well-known professional musicians.

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Construction Update - April 2016

This is a new, monthly summary of construction projects on MCCC's campuses.

Campus Trail Plan and Design, Central Campus – On April 18, the Board of Trustees authorized the College to pursue grant funding to complete the plans and specifications for developing a Central Campus trail system. The trail system is part of the College's master plan and will connect with the larger Whitpain trail system. 

Health Sciences Center, Central Campus – Construction of the Health Sciences Center is close to halfway completed. Phase II construction, which includes renovation of the existing gymnasium, is slated to begin in mid-May. The building is projected to open in January 2017. On May 13, the College will hold an Health Science Center Furniture Design Charrette Open House from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Parkhouse Hall Innovation Lab. The College community is invited to review and provide feedback on design concepts and proposed furniture.

Science Center, Central Campus – A Comprehensive renovation of the Science Center calls for upgrading current lab spaces and repurposing health science spaces into general-purpose classrooms or additional lab space. The Board of Trustees authorized the College to negotiate and enter into an Architect/Owner agreement for design services with PZS Architects. The next step is to schedule a kickoff meeting with the project steering committee and design team with the goal of outlining an overall project plan and programming for the facility.

Read the full construction update

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Mustangs Update Mustangs logo

Registration is going on now for Mustangs Summer Sports Camps! The Mustangs athletics department runs several week-long sport training camps to provide children with the opportunity to learn a new sport, enhance their performance and excel in their athletic pursuits. 2016 camps include Soccer, Baseball and Softball.  Visit the camp webpage for info and to register.

The Mustangs Baseball Team will wrap up its season on Sunday, May 1 with a home double-header against Lehigh University JV starting at noon. The team is 9-2 overall.

The Mustangs Softball Team will wrap up its season on Tuesday, April 26 with a double-header at Valley Forge Military College. The team is 3-25 overall.

Check out MustangsAthletics.com more info. 

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News & Notes

MCCC's University Center, in partnership with Career Services and the TriCounty Community Network (TCN), will host a Mobile Job Lab and Open House on Monday, May 2, from 1-3 p.m. at 95 S. Hanover Street, Pottstown. The Mobile Job Lab and Open House are open to the community as well as MCCC students. Read the press release

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 Director of Protective Services Benn Prybutok was recognized for his commitment to law enforcement by District Attorney Kevin Steele during the opening ceremony of MCCC's Criminal Justice/Public safety Career Day on April 19. Benn will retire from the College in June. 

Also during the ceremony, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Stephen Schmitz gathered together more than 30 current and retired police chiefs and other distinguished public safety officials who are all alumni of MCCC!

Check out event coverage from Action News!

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