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January 13, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of the District of Columbia Announces the Creation of the Community College of the University of the District of Columbia 

Washington, DC – The Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia voted today for the creation of the Community College of the University of the District of Columbia. This new community college meets the long-time need for an institution that will serve a diverse student body from all social and economic backgrounds.

The new Community College of the University of the District of Columbia will be a low cost and open admissions institution focusing on workforce development, technical and academic certifications and academic associate degrees that will fully articulate to four-year college programs.

“This new Community College will be an important economic engine for the District of Columbia and the larger Metropolitan Region”, stated Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University of the District of Columbia. “A robust community college supports the mission of America’s Flagship Urban Land-Grant University to be at the forefront of addressing the needs of the citizens of the nation’s capital,”

“This approval places the District of Columbia among the major cities providing fully integrated and comprehensive educational options for its citizens”, said James Dyke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “This will allow the University to expand its offerings to an underserved community and the regional labor market place with academic and professional programs.”

Dr. Eurmon Hervey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community College. He assumed the position on December 1, 2008. Dr. Hervey recently served as the Acting Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs of the University of the District of Columbia, the nation’s only urban land grant institution. He was the Assistant State Superintendent for Postsecondary Education and Workforce Readiness at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education of Washington, DC and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi.

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The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Gustavo A. Paredes, Manager for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.