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Published: Jul 1 2014 2:39PM
At a ceremony Monday, the White House honored local "Champions of Change" who are doing extraordinary work to facilitate employment opportunities for individuals formerly involved in the justice system. One of the honorees is Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard. The Champions have distinguished themselves through their extraordinary dedication and hard work to help those with criminal records re-enter society with dignity and viable employment opportunities. This event will showcase these inspirational leaders and highlight the importance of their work.
The program featured Attorney General Eric Holder and Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison and inspiration for the comedy-drama series, will also participate.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
<i>Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, Clarksburg, MD
DeRionne serves as president of Montgomery College, one of largest undergraduate institutions in the state of Maryland, which educates nearly 60,000 credit and noncredit students annually at its three campuses. She is passionate about seeking innovative ways to increase student access and success, such as a new partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities of Shady Grove to create Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a support program designed to help first generation and minority students seamlessly transition from high school to college completion by embedding college coaches from Montgomery College in the high schools. She has championed access to effective education, training, and counseling programs to the adult incarcerated population and to at-risk juveniles.</i>