Member Spotlight – Montgomery County Community College
“At Montgomery County Community College, we are deeply committed to student success. We take a holistic approach to creating academic and career pathways that enable students to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Together with the support and guidance of our dedicated faculty and staff, we strive to help transform the lives and futures of our students.”
– Dr. Kevin Pollock, President, Montgomery County Community College
Dr. Kevin Pollock, President
Member Spotlight Question and Answer
When did Montgomery County Community College become a NISOD Member?
Montgomery County Community College became a NISOD member in 2002.
Why is Montgomery County Community College a NISOD Member?
Montgomery County Community College is a NISOD Member because the College values excellence, diversity, and innovation in teaching and leadership. Through NISOD’s member benefits, our institution is able to support faculty and staff with resources for pedagogical advancement and fostering student success. NISOD also offers our faculty initiatives and opportunities to engage in professional development, training, and networking with leaders across academia.
Which NISOD benefits does Montgomery County Community College utilize the most and how?
The College utilizes several of the member benefits NISOD offers, but participating in the annual conference is of particular note. The College sends teams to the International Conference on Teaching Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas to learn more about innovative teaching methods. The conference is a place where our faculty experience original ideas presented by colleagues and peers across the educational spectrum, as well as learn how to apply these techniques in their own classrooms. MCCC faculty have also presented at NISOD’s annual conference and at NISOD’s Inaugural Virtual Conference in 2017. The College encourages faculty to apply for the Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarships award in order to attend the annual conference. One of our faculty was a recipient of the scholarship and was able to attend the conference because of this funding.
Interesting News Happening at Montgomery County Community College
Collaboration Benefits Dental Hygiene Students and Student-Athletes
MCCC’s Dental Hygiene students have used their knowledge and skills to help fellow student-athletes by creating custom-fitted mouth guards to protect them from injuries, including concussions. Collaborative initiatives, like this one, was one of the College’s goals when it renovated its Physical Education building into a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center in 2017. With all health care programs now housed together in one building, students can work together across disciplines, as they would in the workplace, to accomplish innovative projects such as this one.
The Sound Recording and Music Technology Studio Is a Destination for Industry Professionals and Students
The College’s live learning laboratory, featuring its new Mixing Suite, provides experiential learning opportunities for students by working with professionals in the sound recording and music technology industry.
Helping Businesses Grow in Montgomery County
The College has been assisting new entrepreneurs with launching or expanding their business ventures through the Karen A. Stout Start-Up Accelerator Fund Competition. Entrepreneurs make their best pitch to a panel of judges in order to receive funding. Now in its fourth year, the Fund has assisted 14 businesses, providing a total of more than $100,000 to entrepreneurial efforts.
Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.