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Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect Summer Capstone Challenge

The Maryland Center at Bowie State University and Lockheed Martin hosted the Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect Summer Capstone Challenge Finale at Bowie State University today.  Pictured are the winners of the 2015 Summer Capstone Challenge – Team Gold Tech, along with County Youth CareerConnect Program (PGC-YCCP) Director Yolanda Tully (r.), Maryland Center at Bowie State University Executive Director Terry Lawlah (pictured in pink) and the guest judges from Lockheed Martin, Andre Thornton, True-IA, Steven Covey, and Radius Technology Group, Christopher Archer (c.).

The Youth CareerConnect initiative is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education, to strengthen America’s talent pipeline by supporting stronger high school, postsecondary, workforce investment systems, and employer partnerships.  The program promotes robust employer engagement and work-based learning, focuses on high-demand industries, including STEM, and integrates post-secondary education and training of students for job preparedness. Overall, the PGC-YCCP will serve 2,500 students over 4 years at Bladensburg, Potomac and Fairmont Heights to succeed academically and graduate career-ready in the high-demand fields of information technology and health care. The Maryland Center is one of the partners of the Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect Program. 

“As the grant recipients for the PGC-YCCP, the EDC was delighted when President Obama came to Bladensburg High School last year to announce that Prince George’s County was being awarded $7 million for this program,” said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. “I salute all of the students that participated in this year’s Capstone Challenge.  It was a dynamic exercise. We should be hearing great things from all of these students in the not too distant future.” 

Space is still available to enroll in the PGC-YCCP. Please call the Prince George’s County Public Schools, Office of College and Career Readiness and Innovative Programs at 240-455-3824. Applicants must be students 9th through 11th grade students from Bladensburg, Fairmont Heights or Potomac high schools.