Maximizing potential through targeted career and education supports


Date: August 26, 2016
Media Contact for Montgomery College: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Fritzi Bodenheimer, 240-567-4098
Media Contact for Future Link:  Mindi Jacobson, 240-393-9443

Montgomery College and Future Link Create Partnership to Enhance Student Completion in Montgomery County
Memorandum of Understanding Sets the Stage for Student Success

Montgomery College and Future Link, Inc., a nonprofit organization, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on, and enhance the success of, young adults living in Montgomery County.

“This partnership will provide additional support and mentorship for Montgomery College students, helping them navigate a path to success in College and in the workplace,” said Karla Silvestre, Montgomery College’s director of community engagement. “We are so pleased to join Future Link in empowering Montgomery County’s next generation of leaders.” 

The Future Link program is designed for young adults, ages 18 to 25, and provides individualized, intensive career and academic support for those who may lack access to resources. Each participant completes a 14-week seminar on self-advocacy, career development, and workforce skills. Students in the program are then connected with a mentor and receive continued educational and career support ranging from scholarships to internships to workshops and everything in between. Their goal is to support students to and through college and career to achieve self-sufficiency.

Montgomery College will support Future Link and its participants in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, providing physical facilities, mentors, and financial aid workshops. The College’s Office of Institutional Research and Analysis will provide course and performance data. 

"We are so grateful to Montgomery College for their continued support to Future Link. By working so closely together, we maximize each students' potential and better position them for academic success and towards completion of their desired degree or credential,” said Mindi P. Jacobson, founding executive director of Future Link. “Our success is when the students are successful!"

A signing ceremony took place on August 18 at the Gaithersburg Business Training Center.

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About Montgomery College
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

About Future Link
Future Link Inc. (www.futurelinkmd.org) empowers young adults who may lack resources or supports through career exploration programs, academic advising, scholarships, internships, and mentors. Its individualized program emphasizes persistence in post-secondary education, teaches workplace, self-advocacy, and personal decision-making skills, and helps them develop a plan for a meaningful and realistic career pathway that will enable them to become self-sufficient. Future Link is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Montgomery County young adults.

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