Sunday, May 19, 2013
Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges welcomes several county residents to its famed list.
Sixty-two students from Montgomery County Community College’s Class of 2013–including two from Horsham–were named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. To qualify for Who’s Who, students must have graduated during the 2012-2013 academic year with a grade point average of at least 2.75 and must be nominated by a member of MCCC’s faculty or staff. Locally, Jordan Feldman and Victoria Greco, both of Horsham, were nominated. Other 2013 Who’s Who students are listed below by area of residence: Ambler: Amy Kolesnik Abington: Jessica Lowenstein Barto: Hilda Hynes Bechtelsville: Dana Rubright Ceders: Vincent Pupillo Cheltenham: Leland Cohen Collegeville: Devin Dietrich, James Fulop, Jessica Kelly Conshohocken: Christine …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ryan Johnson, a 1998 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, died on Monday.
A 1998 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate died unexpectedly this week, according to The Mercury. Ryan M. Johnson, who had worked as a history professor at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown since 2006, died Monday night. He was 32. A representative from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office told Patch on Wednesday afternoon that it would be “unusual” to have a cause of death so soon. The office generally tells family members it takes six to eight weeks, she said. Terry Morissette, a secretary for Hatboro-Horsham High School Principal Dennis Williams, confirmed on Wednesday that Johnson graduated from the school in 1998. His yearbook bio noted his desire to pursue a history degree, she said. Scott Johnson, …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Manufacturing cannot come back in Pennsylvania without skilled employees to fill those jobs.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
By Karen A. Stout, David Brookstein and Suzanne Holloman Until its decline in the 1970s, manufacturing was the cornerstone on which Pennsylvania’s economy was built. Last week, Governor Corbett’s Manufacturing Advisory Council outlined recommendations by which the Commonwealth can once again emerge as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Education and training will play a key role in bringing this “manufacturing renaissance” to fruition. According to the council’s report, 82 percent of manufacturers nationwide perceive a serious to moderate skill gap in their employees, and 74 percent cite this gap as negatively impacting their company’s ability to expand. The gap is further amplified by a perceived lack of confidence in the long-term …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Shapiro: 'Rancor and acrimony will yield to respect and accord'
New county commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards joined returning commissioner Bruce Castor as the county's new government was sworn in during a ceremony at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell this morning. "Starting right now, rancor and acrimony will yield to respect and accord," said Shapiro during his remarks after he officially took office. "There have been zero statements undermining each other in public and zero statements undermining each other in private" since last fall's election, Castor said during his own remarks. "I think it bodes well. I think good things are going to happen," Castor said. A color guard detachment of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department raised and lowered the national, state, and …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hoeffel 'optimistic' but 'not sure' that final budget could be approved Wednesday.
County Commissioners are “making progress” on closing the $44 million shortfall in the 2012 operating budget, said Chairman Joseph Hoeffel on Tuesday. “We hope to have a budget to present [at tomorrow's regular monthly commissioners' meeting],” said Hoeffel, during the tentative agenda public meeting. Commissioners are meeting individually with county staff and Randy Schaible, the county’s chief financial officer, looking for ways to compromise and crunch numbers on the proposed $384.4 million budget. During Tuesday’s meeting, Hoeffel asked his fellow commissioners if they would like to comment on the budget. Commissioner James Matthews shared his budget wish list: Hoeffel suggested that the commissioners “fully fund” the court system's…
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Ceremony slated for Friday evening.
Their batting or earned run averages are not a topic of water cooler conversations. Their recordings have not gone platinum. But the six individuals who will be inducted into the Montgomery County Community College Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, have made substantive contributions to the everyday lives of the people in their communities from the foundation or platform created out of their time at the college. And they “still have much more to do.” John J. Adiletto Jr. of Trappe, a member of the MCCC class of 1975 has been Upper Merion Area Middle School's principal for 17 years. “The rich experience I had as a student and athlete at the college provided me a solid foundation academically and personally to continue on a rewarding path,” he …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
While it may not be the Hubble, the observatory's scopes allow the public to peer into the great beyond.
Kelli Corrado Spangler can’t tell you your future. She’s an astronomer, not an astrologer. But she can take you deep into the past to show you galaxies and other denizens of deep space as they appeared thousands, or even millions of years ago—the amount of time their light takes to reach her telescope. The Montgomery County Community College observatory will hold community nights, inviting the public to explore the observatory, and the universe. Past events have attracted families with children, astronomy buffs and the simply curious. “We have astronomy groups that observe with us who spend a large majority of their free time observing the night sky. We have families with several children, all fascinated by what a telescope can reveal," …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The college hopes the various grants will help keep people employed and lower the county's unemployment rate.
The news that the unemployment rate was stagnant at 9.1 percent nationwide sent markets into a tailspin. But the outlook for Montgomery County is a bit brighter: the county’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.6 percent in July 2010 to 7.1 percent a year later. Career-building educational programs at Montgomery County Community College are designed to help area residents to lower that figure even more, and stay employed. For the second year, the Montgomery County Department of Economic and Workforce Development has awarded the college five grants totaling $411,872 for 2011, according to a Montgomery County Community College press release. The college was awarded about $310,000 last year. The five grants are intended to be used to support …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Montgomery County Community College is seeking participants for its 17th Annual Technology and Learning Conference.
Montgomery County Community College is looking for proposals for papers, hands-on labs and roundtables from educators with their heads “in the cloud” for its 17th Annual Technology and Learning Conference. “Participants attend the conference to find out what direction technology and learning is headed,” said MCCC’s Kathryn Ishler. “What are the next cutting-edge information technologies that can be used in our classrooms? Participants have the chance to explore the strategies and technologies that will shape the way they implement technology into the curriculum and to exchange best practices from experts in their area and learn from their practical experience.” According to Ishler, the Technology and Learning Conference provides an …
Op-Ed in response to the possibility of funding cuts to Pell grants.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
By Karen A. Stout Montgomery County Community College student Patricia Banks, a resident of Schwenksville, has plans for the future. Her path may be dependent on the decision legislators in Washington make about trimming spending and reducing the budget deficit. The Pell Grant program – which provides access to nearly 10 million students to enroll in and complete college each year – is threatened, despite the increase in demand for Pell grants. The Pell program, named after the founder and late Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island, started in 1972. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Pell grants make higher education accessible to students from low-income families by providing grant funds up to $5,550 per year. The increase in…