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College Program Announced For Maryland Juvenile Services Center

Victor Cullen Students Take Online Courses Through Frederick Community College

BALTIMORE –  Students at one of Maryland’s Juvenile Services facilities have started taking community college classes under a new agreement formally announced last week.

Eligible students at the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville are taking online courses offered by Frederick Community College. Two students have already started their coursework, with more soon to join.

The exciting new program, “Building Bridges Toward College Success,” held a ribbon cutting on Friday at the Victor Cullen Center Library.

“By providing new academic opportunities, we keep students engaged in learning and focused on the future,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “The new program at Victor Cullen is designed as a launch pad for these students.”

Elizabeth Duffy, director of dual enrollment at Frederick Community College, says the program offers an important pathway to further education.  “Education is the great equalizer and students need to have access to rigorous coursework to help them achieve their long term goals,” she said.

MSDE and Frederick Community College signed a memorandum of understanding last fall, setting the stage for today’s announcement.  Only students who have completed their high school requirements and proven their ability to do college-level work are eligible.

The Juvenile Services Education (JSE) program within MSDE provides educational services for youths detained and committed by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Students receive core instruction in mathematics, English language arts, social studies, and science.  Career Technology Education courses are also offered, and GED preparation programs are provided.  JSE serves approximately 550 youth on a daily basis.

MSDE is continuing to strengthen the educational offerings and resources for Maryland’s Juvenile Services Education programs.  Last fall, for example, MSDE brought 300 tablet devices to JSE classrooms, providing enhanced instruction and support to students, as well as increasing student engagement in the learning process. All students enrolled in JSE programs now have access to the new technology.

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