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College Partners with Discovery on Job Skills Development Program for Community College Students

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Category: College/Campus News

Published: Aug 25 2011 12:00AM

Montgomery College and Discovery Communications recently announced the creation of a new partnership aimed at developing job skills and better preparing students for the workforce. The partnership will include internships, guest lecturers, resume development, and other programs designed to provide students with marketable job skills.

"We are proud to partner with Discovery to provide our students with greater access to career opportunities that will prepare them for success in today's competitive global economy," said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "At Montgomery College, we recognize that higher education benefits both the individual and the broader community, and we are working to increase degree completion by nearly two-thirds by 2025. With support from Discovery and other business partners, our graduates will contribute to the future economic growth of Montgomery County and the state of Maryland."

Discovery Communications announced the expansion of its 'Discover Your Skills' public affairs job skills program and the airing of eight public service announcements (PSAs) across its U.S. networks and digital platforms highlighting career opportunities in the skilled trades, and the importance of training workers to fill critical jobs in manufacturing, health care, energy, technology, construction and other industries.

Also, Discovery announced that its Discovery Education division will introduce a community college service for the 2012-2013 academic year. Leveraging Discovery Education's position as the leading provider of digital content to U.S. K-12 schools, the new service will provide curriculum-based content to support post-secondary institutions and prepare students with the skills necessary to compete in today's job market.

The new initiatives and three of the PSAs were unveiled at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus by Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Penny Pritzker, advisory board chair of Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute.

'Discover Your Skills' is a multimedia public affairs campaign designed to provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to critical resources for obtaining marketable job skills and expertise, and to raise awareness of career opportunities. It includes www.DiscoverYourSkills.com, an online resource providing links and information to help educate, prepare and advance entry to the workforce.

As part of 'Discover Your Skills,' Discovery is partnering with Skills for America's Future, a nonpartisan partnership of businesses and community colleges, announced by President Obama, with a mission to address the dual problems of unemployment and the difficulty many employers face in finding workers with the right skills. Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav is a member of the Advisory Board of Skills for America's Future. Skills for America's Future, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor collaborated with Discovery on the development of DiscoverYourSkills.com.

The eight 'Discover Your Skills' PSAs feature Discovery on-air talent including Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel's DIRTY JOBS WITH MIKE ROWE, Buddy Valastro of TLC's CAKE BOSS and Jeannette Torres from Discovery Familia. The PSAs unveiled today can be viewed online at www.DiscoverYourSkills.com and http://impact.discovery.com. The PSAs will begin airing across Discovery's U.S. networks on August 29. Mike Rowe promoted the new partnership on his personal website: http://www.mikeroweworks.com/2011/08/discovery-communications-expands-commitment-to-american-job-growth-and-job-skills-development.

'Discover Your Skills' is part of Discovery Impact, which leverages the power of Discovery's brands, businesses and employees to give back and make a direct impact on the communities in which they live and work.

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