Capitol College hosts Secretary of Education James Lyons to discuss STEM education

Capitol College hosted Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. at the Laurel campus July 1. During his visit, members of the college community shared with Secretary Lyons an overview of the college’s educational programs and commitment to cyber security, leadership development, and educating the future workforce in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“It is important for all independent colleges to have a close relationship with their state governments, especially during recessionary times when focusing on providing quality higher education is more important than ever,” said Dr. Michael Wood, president of Capitol College. “Secretary Lyons’ visit to campus illustrates the mutual support system Capitol College has with the state, in which we strive to educate our future workforce in the STEM and business fields.”

Secretary Lyons has worked closely with the O’Malley-Brown administration and other higher education officials and members of the business committee in the State to highlight the importance of STEM. During his visit to Capitol, Secretary Lyons engaged in discussions with President Wood regarding future collaboration for initiating educational opportunities for young engineers and scientists.

Capitol continues to implement mission-based education in the STEM and business fields with a focus on cultivating leadership through programs like the Innovation and Leadership Institute, the Emerging Leaders Program, the Space Operations Institute and the Capitol Scholars Program.

“The Capitol community was honored to have Secretary Lyons take the time to visit us,” said Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement. “We appreciate the opportunity to have shared with Secretary Lyons the college’s strategic priorities within the STEM, cyber security and leadership development fields.”

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Md., a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol and is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical especially during these challenging economic times.

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