Investing in Futures: Capital One Bank Awards Grant to Student Entrepreneurs Development Program at Prince George’s Community College

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Leading financial institution aims to be a resource for aspiring, young entrepreneurs by donating funds to a program specifically designed to mold the skills and build the confidence of future business professionals.

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By cultivating these relationships, students will gain the courage to place their foot in the world of business.

On September 17, 2014, Capital One Bank, the eighth largest bank holding company in the US , approved a $20,000 grant to Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc. The grant will support the expansion of the Entrepreneurs Development Program (EDP), a joint effort between the college’s Business Collegian Center, Hillman Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program, and the Center for Entrepreneurship Development. The Student Entrepreneurs Development Program is expected to serve 125 PGCC students – from among all credit and noncredit disciplines – through business simulations, boot camps, internships, and direct interaction with business professionals and Capital One bankers. The program objective is to enrich traditional learning with hands-on opportunities geared toward jumpstarting the students’ entrepreneurial careers.

“Capital One’s assistance in this collaborative effort provides students with access,” said Ruth Lewis, program director, Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, “to tangible resources and a direct channel to individuals who can strongly contribute to the learning experience are embedded in this program, and by cultivating these relationships, students will gain the courage to place their foot in the world of business.”

To learn more about the Student Entrepreneurs Development Program (SEDP), Business Collegian Center, Hillman Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program, and the Center for Entrepreneurship Development please contact Ruth V. Lewis, program director, by calling (301) 322-0700 or e-mail lewisrv(at)pgcc(dot)edu.

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers, to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC comprises students representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and goals. Serving more than 44,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at http://www.pgcc.edu.

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