Montgomery College seeks higher completion rate with new partnership

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“I do get the jitters, you know the fall jitters,” said Riad Salaouatchi, Montgomery College student.  “It feels good.”

Montgomery College started classes this week, and yes, people of all ages get excited about the first day of school!

Riad started taking classes at Montgomery College at 18, but now, he’s ready to buckle down.

“10 years later I know what I want to do now, and I can choose my classes as a responsible adult,” said Salaouatchi.

And with the college’s 40 percent completion rate, Riad’s determination is exactly what Montgomery College is looking to spread to others.

“We’re partnering with Future Link, which is a local non-profit organization that works with young people in helping them figure out what they want to do as a career, and self-advocacy so that they can be successful at the college,” said Karla Silvestre, Future Link mentor.

And having someone believe in you, goes a long way…

 “I wasn’t one to really advocate for myself because I am really shy, but Future Link has really brought that out of me,” said Shani Smith, Montgomery College student.

The community college signed an MOU with Future Link this week, formalizing the partnership that has been growing for seven years.

“We work with organizations that identify students that need a little extra help, students that are a little behind academically, maybe first generation that need a little extra support in getting through the college,” said Silvestre.

Mentors help students stay on track, gain connections in their career field, and get to class on time.

 “A partnership with Future Link is just another facet of what Montgomery College tries to do for students, and that’s make them successful,” said Marcus Rosano, Director of Media for Montgomery College.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the school.

Montgomery College is getting financial help to better prepare its older students for class.

It’s one of three organizations in Maryland to receive a one million dollar grant from TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers.

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