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Capitol College creates new scholarship

Capitol College announced last week the creation of a new scholarship in remembrance of Brig. Gen. Harold R. Johnson, the college's fifth president.

The Brigadier General Harold R. "Johnny" Johnson and Marcia Baciu Johnson Scholarship was created by family and friends to honor Johnson, who was president of Capitol College from 1976-77, and his wife.

The endowed scholarship is to be awarded to a Capitol junior during the fall semester, and will carry over to the student's senior year as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA.

According to a release from the South Laurel college, preference will be given to a student who is a veteran of the armed forces and/or is a licensed amateur radio operator. According to the college, the scholarship recipient must have a career interest in entrepreneurship or business, and will likely be an engineering major with a business background; a business major with a technology background; or a business or engineering major with experiences in innovation, entrepreneurship or business.

During his Air Force career, Johnson flew 29 missions in the European theater in World War II, and was commander of the Pacific Communications Area during the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Air Force in 1970, Johnson became a business executive in several industries, including satellite, telecommunications, academia and venture capital.

"Gen. Johnson's extensive and wide-ranging career will be remembered through this endowed scholarship," college officials stated in a release. "The Johnson Scholarship Committee would like to form a long-term relationship with each recipient that will extend beyond the student's time at Capitol College. The global reach of the committee will benefit the recipients as they progress in their careers."

According to the school's website, Capitol College is the only independent college in the state dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation.

CMIT looking to partner with PGCC

Chesapeake Math and IT Academy in West Laurel is in talks to partner with Prince George's Community College, the public charter school announced in a weekly newsletter earlier this month.

The CMIT administration and PGCC officials met the last week in January with Prince George's County Public Schools Acting Deputy Superintendent Duane Arbogast, Associate Superintendent Andrew Zuckerman and Executive Assistant of the Charter School Office Loretta White-Khaalid to discuss the partnership, according to the newsletter.

CMIT and PGCC will finalize details and the partnership this month.

If approved, the program will provide several opportunities for CMIT students. Eligible students would be able to earn college credits as early as ninth grade at the academy through dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment options. Eligibility to enroll in PGCC courses would be determined through the college's placement tests.

If the partnership is finalized, CMIT is also planning to hold its Cisco Academy courses at PGCC's Laurel campus.

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