Discovery Education and Montgomery College Expand Partnership to Build Digital Vocational Program in Support of Workforce Readiness
— Initiative extends the impact of ‘Discover Your Skills’ with online career development training and educator professional development —
Silver Spring, Md. (September 24, 2012) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for classrooms, and Montgomery College, the largest undergraduate institution in the state of Maryland, announced today a partnership to build upon the ‘Discover Your Skills’ career development program for teachers and students with enhanced digital resources and training materials in areas critical to job growth and infrastructure development.
Together, Discovery Education and Montgomery College have created a comprehensive, digital vocational program that features text, video lectures and hands-on labs for trades such as automotive, retail store management, carpentry, welding and masonry. The program is designed to empower teachers and bring vocational skills to life for students through relevant and dynamic digital content. The program also includes robust professional development and assessment tools to support educators in classroom implementation, addressing the unique needs of each student and guiding students to success.
“It is critical that our future workforce is prepared with the skills needed to fill jobs in key industries, including manufacturing, energy and construction,” said Elisa Freeman, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to partner with Montgomery College and build upon the ‘Discover Your Skills’ initiative to create a solution that provides teachers and students critical vocational knowledge, best practices and hands-on skills that they can immediately put to use.”
“The workforce development partnership between Montgomery College and Discovery Education tightly couples the College’s expertise in teaching vocational education courses with Discovery Education’s expertise in creating and delivering engaging digital media,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president, Montgomery College. “Our collective team of educators, researchers, curriculum designers, professional development planners, and IT professionals are dedicated to preparing the students of today for the in-demand careers of the 21st century and making an impact on the future of our country.”
Discovery Education and Montgomery College’s digital vocational program builds on Discovery Communications’ ‘Discover Your Skills’ initiative. Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 nonfiction media company and parent company of Discovery Education, launched ‘Discover Your Skills’ to highlight career opportunities, provide students with mentorship and internship opportunities and helps students develop job skills. The goal of the initiative is to address the growing decline in skilled labor expertise. In 2011, Discovery Communications and Montgomery College partnered to bring ‘Discover Your Skills’ to students.
Discovery Education is the leading provider of curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources for classrooms. With a delivery platform that is scalable, Discovery Education optimizes educators’ ability to successfully utilize digital content to maximize learning. Discovery Education is committed to transforming teaching and learning to increase student achievement and prepare students for the careers of tomorrow.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook™ and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
About Montgomery College
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with three campuses, plus workforce development and continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study. Learn more about Montgomery College at www.montgomerycollege.edu.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
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