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MDDF and Capitol Technology University Partner for the Future



3/25/22

Maj. (MD) Stephen Rice, srice@mddf.us


The Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) and Capitol Technology University signed a memorandum of understanding and have now become partners in education. This partnership is designed to “expand, enhance and improve educational opportunities” to members of the MDDF. As part of the agreement, the MDDF commits to promoting awareness of Capitol Tech degree and non-degree programs to MDDF volunteers.

In order to execute the partnership, both Capitol Tech and the MDDF will designate liaisons to facilitate communication and coordination. Capitol Tech will also provide MDDF members with the discounted active-duty military tuition rate for enrollees. The MDDF will in turn accept applications from Capitol Tech students who meet the MDDF eligibility criteria and who have the professional skills needed to support the State of Maryland. A special focus will be placed on potential MDDF candidates that have cybersecurity, engineering or business administration experience.

“Some areas where we can explore joint programming include creating leadership programs, seminars and conferences for MDDF personnel and Capitol Tech students. There is a lot of expertise within the MDDF and Capitol Tech so there are some training synergies we can utilize. Creating educational programs that enable degree completion in an accessible way for MDDF volunteers is another potential area of cooperation and a tangible benefit to those who join the Defense Force,” shared Brig. Gen. (MD) Gregory J. Juday, commanding general of the MDDF.

“This new partnership is a win-win for the Maryland Defense Force and for Capitol Technology University. We’re really excited to help MDDF volunteers meet their educational needs and as a result enhance their ability to serve,” said President Brad Sims.

The Maryland Defense Force is the state’s uniformed volunteer militia branch that provides competent supplementary professional and technical support to the Maryland Military Department and the State of Maryland as needed. Established in 1917, the MDDF consists of nearly 200 personnel who perform legal, engineering, finance, medical, chaplain, field support, and ceremonial services for the State of Maryland. For more information, visit www.mddf.maryland.gov.