What is the Pipeline?
Prince George's County Community College is a two-year college located in Largo, Maryland. With the dedication of Morehouse '00 Curtis Valentine, a partnership has been made between Morehouse College and Prince George's Community College. During the first two years of college, students will typically take general education courses. These courses include basic sciences, english, math, social studies and foreign languages. With the PGCC-Morehouse pipeline, students are able to attend PGCC as long as they would like, while taking general education courses only, that will more than likely transfer to Morehouse.
In addition, this partnership is one only few in the country where Morehouse department chairs review syllabi of classes taken at a community college, and determine whether or not that class will be transferrable. Moreover, Morehouse College provides students at PGCC assistance in determining which classes will transfer before the student begins the course at PGCC.
What are the Benefits?
There are many benefits for students who decide to join the PGCC-Morehouse Pipeline, such as:
- Students will be able to join DMSI (Diverse Male Student Initiatives). DMSI is a dynamic all male mentoring group under the leadership of international inspirational speaker, author, and educator Brian Hamlin, focused on empowerment and fellowship. In addition, DMSI is centered around "exploring ideas and developing practical skills for effectively involving and empowering men to assume leadership roles." Students who choose to attend PGCC can be apart of this program that meets once a week. Currently, every student that has attended Morehouse via the Pipeline has been apart of this program. The program is free of charge. To apply to the DMSI program, please fill out an application (attached), and return it to Brian Hamlin in Bladen Hall before the start of each fall semester. DMSI application form.pdf . For more information on DMSI, please feel free to watch the documentary by clicking here
- Students who were denied entrance to Morehouse, or were accepted and received little to no scholarship money, can attend PGCC in order to better their GPA. Once a student achieves at least 20 credit hours, Morehouse College no longer considers their high school GPA or SAT and ACT test scores. The pipeline gives students who did not have the best of luck with Morehouse the first time, a second chance where students may become eligible for transfer aid to Morehouse College.
- Not only will students be able to participate in DMSI, they will also be able to receive counseling and mentorship from Morehouse Alumni. Each year, Morehouse Alumni come to PGCC in order to help mentor aspiring students. In addition, DMSI-Morehouse have information sessions for prospective students with financial advisors in order to help better assist students in becoming much more financially stable to attend Morehouse College. Not only does being apart of the pipeline save students and their families money, but it also gives students the resources in order to make Morehouse College affordable. In addition, students will have the opportunity to network with former and current Morehouse College students.
- Each year, the Morehouse D.C Metro Alumni Association sponsors a trip for prospective Morehouse students from PGCC-DMSI to Atlanta, GA in order to visit Morehouse. During the trip, prospective students attend class, meet with financial advisors, as well as experience the social life of Morehouse. The trip is free for selected prospective students. Both Curtis Valentine, and Brian Hamlin attend the trip in order to guide the students.