September 2009 Press
release: September 24, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC to unveil exciting new website to encourage path to college
Annapolis, MD (September 24, 2009) - The Maryland Higher Education
Commission (MHEC) will unveil a new, user-friendly website to encourage and
support students as they navigate the path to college. The easily accessible and
engaging website includes concise, relevant information structured to assist
students in planning for their future.
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith, Jr., Secretary of Higher Education
Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S.
Grasmick, and Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools Dr. Joe A.
Hairston will speak at the launch event beginning at 9:30 a.m. on October 1,
2009 at Dundalk High School in Baltimore County.
MHEC, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
created the website, www.MDgo4it.org, with
funds provided by a federal GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The partnership also included support from the Maryland Business Roundtable for
Education (MBRT), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL).
“I am very pleased that we are able to offer high school and middle school
students a website that they can better relate to and enjoy accessing that shows
them in clear, simple, but comprehensive terms how to pursue a college degree,”
Secretary Lyons said. “Governor O’Malley has encouraged us to reach out to
students at the middle and high school levels so that they are prepared to enter
into and to be successful in college. This site does just that.”
“This interactive website provides a wonderful snapshot of a college campus,
offering guidance to students as they prepare for college life,” said
Superintendent Grasmick. “It demonstrates the Department’s on-going commitment
to ensure that all Maryland students have the proper tools to better prepare
them to thrive beyond high school.”
Beginning October 1, television and radio spots will be broadcast to inform
students about the website. At the unveiling, Dundalk High School GEAR UP
students will engage in an exciting activity to showcase the new website. The
high school students and guests will get an overview of the website and view the
Contact Takeia M. Bradley at (410) 260-3207 or
more information about the event.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board
responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and
independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as
an advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State
and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.