Innovation Center opens its doors in Rockville


Local Montgomery County leaders joined Montgomery College students Saturday at their Rockville campus to celebrate the grand opening of the ignITe Hub.

The new facility located on the Montgomery College campus in Rockville provides a physical and virtual space where students, lifelong learners, faculty, local business owners, and community members can increase their coding and technology skills.

They also learn how to create applications, collaborate to solve problems, and create or improve existing products and services.

The ceremony was led by County Executive Marc Elrich, along with County Council Member Craig Rice, Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, President of Montgomery College, Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, Superintendent of Public Schools ( MCPS), and representatives of Apple, Inc.

“IgnITe Hub is an innovative and important project that will engage students of all ages to improve their skills, prepare for a career, and help local nonprofits and small businesses with app development support,” he said. Elrich.

For his part, Councilman Rice said the IgnITe Hub project “is a win for our economy, education system, local business and non-profit organizations, and any of our other residents who want to further their knowledge and expertise in the fields of technology and innovation”.

The new space features learning pods, cutting-edge technology from Apple, and instructional classes on technology skills.

“Apple believes that education can be a powerful force for equity, and technology can inspire creativity and community-building for all students,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Education and Business Marketing.

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