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President's Newsletter

  Frederick Community College
August 2020
A Message From the President

Since early spring, our country has faced an unprecedented pandemic that has impacted our lives in many ways. As a community college, we have had to make difficult decisions during this time to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

That commitment to the health and safety of all our College members continues to be our top priority as we look ahead to the fall semester.

This fall, classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face-to-face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Classes will be offered in structured remote learning, hybrid remote learning, or traditional online formats. Our comprehensive student resources remain available remotely to deliver College services to students.

We continue to follow our FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (the 3R Plan), which outlines a gradual, safe path forward for FCC based on Governor Larry Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery and recommendations from the Frederick County Health Department.

We thank all our faculty and staff who have come together and found innovative solutions during this challenging time. They remain committed to providing our students with the same robust educational opportunities FCC has always offered.

We are inspired by our students who are continuing to succeed in courses and better themselves even in the face of additional challenges. Their ability to adapt and stay focused during this time is impressive, and we are honored to find ways to support them in all they do.

As we prepare for the fall semester, we hope you remain safe and healthy. As always, we are here to help in any way we can. Feel free to contact our support services at or 301.846.2469 at any time.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Burmaster
President, Frederick Community College

FCC Foundation Board Member George Littrell Recognized for Years of Service

FCC Foundation Board member George Littrell was recently recognized for his years of service to the FCC Foundation. Littrell recently completed three consecutive four-year terms on the FCC Foundation Board of Directors. Four years ago, he concluded his service as the board chair.

FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster announced the award during the Annual Foundation Board Meeting, held virtually in June.

“George has made a tremendous impact at FCC through his many years of service and dedication working for the betterment of the College,” said Burmaster. “We are grateful for all he has done for both the College and our community.”

Littrell also previously served as chair of the FCC Board of Trustees and was a member of the board for 10 years. He is a financial advisor and vice president at Morgan Stanley in Frederick.

“I have enjoyed my 22 years at FCC,” said Littrell. “We do great work for our students and our community every day. My time here has made positive changes in my life and I hope I have done the same for FCC.”

MACEM&PS Receives State Grant to Help with Emergency Preparedness Training

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management and Public Safety (MACEM&PS) at Frederick Community College has been awarded a state grant to continue and enhance its Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness training programs.

The $46,000 grant from the Division of College and Career Readiness of the Maryland State Department of Education will increase opportunities for students to participate in career and technical education (CTE) programs, earn college credit, and obtain industry credentials.

“We are grateful to receive this grant that will help the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management and Public Safety at FCC continue to offer innovative homeland security training programs,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said. “Access to this critical training improves our local and national security and supports national preparedness goals.” 

The grant will allow MACEM&PS to build on work it has done over the last seven years as the Maryland Postsecondary Affiliate for the CTE program in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP).

“Homeland security and emergency preparedness are emerging disciplines with changing policy and growing knowledge bases reflected in programs at the local, state, and federal levels,” said Kathy Francis, Executive Director for the MACEM&PS. “This grant will help MACEM&PS review and create programs and opportunities to ensure students receive the current, relevant, and innovative training necessary in the homeland security and emergency preparedness fields.”

Specifically, the grant will allow MACEM&PS to:

  • Review current program courses and pathways to enhance methodology and discipline content to reflect the present-day state of homeland security and emergency preparedness;
  • Develop at least 10 model lesson plans each for four specific courses, which will be used to guide instructors;
  • Develop model articulation agreements between the Maryland Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program and colleges and universities that can be used by school systems to develop pathways to programs at local higher education institutions;
  • Conduct a one-day, hands-on GIS training workshop to assist new instructors to better understand the practices of GIS and related software, specifically focusing on responding to the 2020 pandemic and similar public health challenges; and
  • Develop turnkey online course packages for five courses.

For more information on the MACEM&PS, click here. 

Partnership with Harrisburg University Opens Doors for FCC Nursing Graduates

Students who graduate from the FCC nursing program can now earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) at a significantly reduced cost thanks to an agreement recently reached between the two institutions.

“We are proud of our longstanding nursing program and the many strong students who graduate from it every year,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “This new agreement with Harrisburg University gives our nursing graduates a great opportunity to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree at a discounted rate.”
FCC students who complete an Associate in Science degree in nursing and/or pass the NCLEX licensing exam can enroll in the Harrisburg University RN-to-BSN program at half the cost of tuition.
“We are thrilled to partner with Frederick Community College to provide this opportunity to the college’s nursing students,” said Harrisburg University President, Dr. Eric Darr. “This agreement provides a seamless transfer into HU’s nursing program and will help provide healthcare employers the trained and educated nurses they need.”
The HU RN-to-BSN program is an 18-month online program that builds on prior education and experience as a registered nurse with an associate degree or hospital diploma.
Students combine academic coursework with professional practice while completing the program. Coursework in evidence-based practice and science not only prepares students to meet every employer expectation for a BSN, but also preps nurses for a future graduate program. The practicum components include an emphasis on advocacy and provides students opportunities to gain practical experience in special interest areas.

FCC Alumni Spotlight - Daniel Diethrich

Each month, we highlight an FCC alumna or alumnus in this e-news. This month, we are featuring FCC graduate Daniel Diethrich.

Daniel Diethrich began attending FCC in 2014 as a dual enrollment student and graduated with an associate degree in music three years later. He then transferred to Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he double majored in mathematics and music. Upon his graduation from Messiah College in 2019, Daniel was hired as an operations research analyst by the Naval Supply Systems Command Base in Mechanicsburg. He was recently married and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife.
Why did you decide to come to FCC?
My older brother attended classes at FCC as a dual-enrolled high school student in the fall of 2012. He had a great experience, and formed genuine relationships with his professors, which was something I highly valued. I also had other family and friends who recommended the school to me, based on the quality of both the classes and the professors. The choice to attend a community college also helped me to save quite a bit of money, which in turn opened up my options of four-year schools I could attend to finish out a bachelor's degree.
What did you enjoy most about FCC?
What I enjoyed most about FCC were all of the professors in the math and music departments. Since FCC has such small class sizes, I was able to get help directly from these professors, who were always eager and willing to help. My professors in each department also genuinely wanted me to succeed in everything I did, directing me to scholarships, honors opportunities, extra-curricular resources for the topic at hand, and more. I became friends with many of these professors, and I stay in contact with many of them even today, almost three years later.
What did you gain from your time at FCC? Are there any lessons or skills you learned while at FCC that you use in your professional life today?
My time at FCC taught me that I have the capability to lead others, and helped develop a love for learning. FCC taught me to enjoy the process of learning as much as the final product. FCC also gave me opportunities to lead, and through these opportunities I learned that leaders need to work hard and be well prepared, but also don't need to be superhuman. I worked with wonderful programs, professors, and fellow students who gently helped me grow as a leader.
Anything else you would like to add about your time at FCC?
I would like to add that the FCC Honors program is exceptional. In just two years, I completed many honors projects, presented at multiple conferences, and had opportunities to earn scholarships and awards. Most four-year schools I know of save most of their honors work for a student’s senior year. By completing the honors program at FCC and involving myself in the Honors Student Association, I gave myself a significant step up academically as an incoming junior at the school I transferred to. I can't thank Dr. Thompson at FCC enough for how that program benefited my academic experience after FCC.


Educational Online Summer Sessions Available for Kids and Teens

While staying at home, kids are still adventuring far and wide into the worlds of creative arts, science and technology, cooking, literature, and more through Kids on Campus and Teens on Campus at FCC. 

Sessions are exclusively online and provide daily interaction and engaging activities for kids and teens. Learn more by clicking here

Announcing the 2020 President's Business Appreciation Award Recipients

Our partnerships with the business community help us create training programs that are relevant and responsive to the needs of our local workforce and economy. We are fortunate to have many partnerships with businesses and organizations that provide our students unique and meaningful learning opportunities.
Each year, we celebrate these partnerships at the President’s Business Appreciation Awards. Award recipients are selected for their commitment, contributions, and support of the College mission and its students.
While we are unable to come together for this event due to the pandemic, we are excited to announce the 2020 award recipients:
Non-Profit Partner of the Year – Advocates for Homeless Families

FCC is grateful for its longstanding partnership with Advocates for Homeless Families (AFHF), which help homeless and at-risk families achieve success and self-sufficiency through a comprehensive program of support. 
Through a close working relationship, FCC refers homeless or at-risk students with children to AFHF to address their housing needs.  The assistance that AFHF provides those students makes it easier for them to stay enrolled at FCC.
AFHF also refers their participants to FCC to acquire training or education to help them move toward self-sufficiency. AFHF program staff often connect participants to the Office of Adult Services, where they receive information and assistance with enrolling in training or programs of study, acquire funding resources, and are supported as they complete their studies.

We are grateful to AFHF for filling a vital need in our community. We have seen firsthand the incredible ways AFHF supports participants as they overcome challenges and better themselves. We are proud to work with AFHF to provide training and education that can change the future for participants.

Business Donor of the Year – Brian Gaudet and Dr. MJ Rosovitz of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute (BNBI)
We thank BNBI Communications Director Brian Gaudet and Senior Principle Investigator Dr. MJ Rosovitz for their work and partnership on behalf of BNBI that supports FCC students. BNBI manages and operates the National Biodefense Analysis & Countermeasures Center for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Last year, Brian and Dr. Rosovitz played a critical role in the creation of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute STEM Scholarship. The $6,000 a year scholarship is awarded to two students enrolled in cybersecurity, computer science, biology, biotechnology, math, chemistry, or engineering (STEM) at FCC. This scholarship is renewable annually until the student graduates.
Earlier this year, BNBI also donated three MacBook Pro laptops that can be used by students studying in the FCC Biotechnology program.
We are grateful to Brian, Dr. Rosovitz, and BNBI for believing in our students. Their support helps FCC serve its mission and makes it easier for our STEM students to reach their academic and career goals.

FCC and Shepherd University Partner for Accelerated MBA Program

FCC and Shepherd University have signed an agreement that will create a seamless pathway to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Shepherd University. Under the agreement, FCC graduates will be in a collaborative program that will prepare them to earn early admittance to the accelerated MBA program at Shepherd.

“We are excited to announce this new agreement with Shepherd University to provide a unique option to our business students interested in earning their MBA,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Transfer agreements like this help our students save time and money as they take the next step on their educational journey.”  

The agreement offers students two pathways:
  • an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in business administration to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in business administration plus an MBA, or
  • an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in business management to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in business administration plus an MBA. 
“We are very pleased to announce a 2+3 transfer agreement with Frederick Community College,” said Dr. Ben Martz, Dean for Shepherd College of Business. “This agreement helps cement the ongoing academic relationship between FCC and Shepherd University. This program provides a smooth transition for those students considering a future MBA degree by synchronizing FCC’s associate degree with Shepherd’s business administration degree and accelerates the completion of an MBA. All three degrees can be completed in five years.”

“We are grateful for this partnership with Shepherd University and the opportunity this agreement provides our students,” said Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development. “We are proud of our strong business programs at FCC and we know this partnership will benefit many students by giving them a clear path and timeline to earn an MBA from a great university nearby.”

FCC Joins the National College Transition Network at World Education as a Partner in College Success for Single Mothers

FCC has received a national grant that will assist in its continued commitment to helping student parents, including single mothers, earn a college degree.

FCC is one of eight community colleges selected through a competitive application process to participate in College Success for Single Mothers, funded by ECMC Foundation and led by the National College Transition Network (NCTN). The goal of the three-year project is to identify the needs of single mother students and develop a plan to expand key practices and services to enhance their college and career success.
“When a parent earns a degree, they are forging a path for economic mobility for their entire family,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Supporting student parents provides benefits to our entire community. We thank the National College Transition Network for providing this funding to help us continue this important work.”

The grant will provide FCC with funds and training to collect important data related to single mother students and their success at FCC.

FCC has numerous programs in place specifically for parents. Project Forward Step is a counseling, information, and referral program designed to meet the needs of returning adult students, with special services for single parents. Parents Lead is a cohort-style program that provides specialized curriculum, advising services, and FCC Foundation scholarships for childcare expenses.

To achieve the goals of the College Success for Single Mothers project, the National College Transition Network (NCTN) is partnering with the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College, developers of the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit: Using Data to Improve Outcomes, and Achieving the Dream, a national leader in community college reform. These two organizations complement NCTN’s expertise designing effective college and career pathways for adult learners. 

FCC Teams and Student-Athletes Achieve Academic Honors

The NJCAA announced its 2019-2020 Academic Teams of the Year and its student athletes who earned All-Academic honors. 

For the first time in school history, two FCC teams earned the prestigious Academic Team Honors Award, which requires a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. We congratulate our volleyball team and our women’s soccer team for this impressive accomplishment. For more on this news, click here.

We congratulate our 19 student-athletes who made the NJCAA All-Academic First Team, Second Team, and Third Team. The First Team distinction requires a 4.0 GPA, the Second Team distinction requires between a 3.80 and 3.99 GPA, and the Third Team distinction requires between a 3.60 and 3.79 GPA. 

Below is a list of the student-athletes who were named to the All-Academic teams:

NJCAA All-Academic First Team

Madison France, Volleyball, Sophomore

Elizabeth Wilson, Volleyball, Sophomore

Jacob Berry, Baseball, Sophomore

Keirra Shaffer, Volleyball, Sophomore

Ally Pick, Soccer, Freshman

Grace Dutrow, Soccer, Freshman

Mahala Sawyers, Soccer, Freshman

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team

Max Cannon, Baseball, Sophomore

Rylind Abshire, Volleyball, Freshman

Taylor Beckley, Softball, Sophomore

Kyle Schofield, Baseball, Sophomore

Clarisse Diaz, Volleyball, Freshman

Shannon Kraham, Basketball, Freshman

Ashley Nguyen, Soccer, Freshman

Rebeka Ogren, Basketball, Freshman

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team

Magdalene Tumy, Volleyball, Freshman

Hope Redhead, Soccer, Freshman

Christian Knox, Basketball, Freshman

Makaala Ambush, Basketball, Freshman

25th Annual FCC Foundation Golf Event Changes Format

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th Annual FCC Scholarship Golf Event is taking on a new format as a virtual fundraising event. Now more than ever, students and student-athletes need our support to continue their FCC education.

We thank these individuals and organizations who have signed up to be sponsors: 

Presenting Sponsor
The William Cross Foundation

Annual Tuition Sponsor
Matan Companies

Semester Tuition Sponsors
Frederick County Bank
George Littrell
Philip Sewell

Class Sponsor with Golf
Bushey, Feight, Morin Architects, Inc.

Class Sponsor without Golf
Adtek Engineers, Inc.

Annual Book Sponsor
Gary Fearnow

Class Book Sponsors
Frederick Mutual Insurance Company
All Shred Mobile Document Destruction
Thomas, Bennett & Hunter, Inc., Ready Mixed Concrete, “The Right Mix”

Sponsors at the Class level and above can choose to receive a golf foursome with boxed lunches at Maryland National Golf Club, good for one full year. For more information on the event and how you can become a sponsor, click here. 

Scholarships Still Available from the FCC Foundation

There is still time for students to apply for scholarships from the FCC Foundation. 

The FCC Foundation has made an additional $250,000 in scholarship funding available to students for the 2020-2021 academic year. The FCC Foundation Opportunity Grants will provide eligible students who register for six credits or more one $500 scholarship for the fall semester and one $500 scholarship for the spring semester that can be used for tuition, fees, books, or other materials. To be eligible to apply, students must already be enrolled at FCC for the fall semester.

The application period will be open until August 15, 2020 and can be completed online here.

“We know many of our students are facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “We are grateful to our FCC Foundation for always stepping up for our students and providing financial assistance that makes it easier for them to reach their academic and career goals.”

WDVM-TV and the Frederick News-Post both recently ran stories on the additional FCC Foundation scholarship funding.

To watch the WDVM story, click here.

To read the Frederick News-Post story, click here. 

Admissions Video

FCC students share why they chose to start their journey with FCC. Watch our admissions video here.
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