Home to a richly diverse community of more than 6,000 students, the Germantown Campus offers a wide range of courses and programs and is proud to host signature programs in biotechnology and cybersecurity. The campus is the site of the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technologies window at Montgomery College (PIC MC) which includes the Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.
This college was organized in 1946 as "Montgomery Junior College," with its campus located at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Its first dean was Hugh G. Price. The first day of class was held on September 16, 1946. During its first school year, it had about 175 students.
In 1950, the college moved to Takoma Park, absorbing the Bliss Electrical School, a private, for-profit institution formed in 1893 and that had occupied the site since 1908.During World War II Bliss had the distinction of being selected by the U.S. Navy as one of six engineering schools to give Primary School in the Electronics Training Program and it graduated over 3,000 students. Bliss Electrical School's building was sold to Montgomery County for $350,000. Previously, Montgomery Junior College could only hold evening classes because the high school used the building for its classes during the day, but with the acquisition of Bliss Electrical School's building, Montgomery Junior College began holding daytime classes as well. The first day of classes at the new location began on October 2, 1950.At the time, it was segregated, with an enrollment of over 500 students. The newly-established Carver Junior College in Rockville was expected to have 40 African-Americans enrolled, but only 19 managed to show up, due both to problems in finding transportation to school and the cost of tuition.
The Rockville campus of Montgomery College opened in September 1965, and the Germantown campus opened in early 1970s, occupying its present permanent site since 1978. Montgomery College also offers learning opportunities through its extensive Workforce Development and Continuing education programs.
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