FCC to Benefit from $5.6 Million Grant to Provide IT and Cybersecurity Training
FCC will be one of three community colleges in Maryland to benefit from a $5.6 million grant to offer tuition-free training and support services to students seeking employment in the information technology and cybersecurity fields.
The funding will come from the America’s Promise Job-Driven grant program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA). The program is awarding a total of $111 million in funding to 23 regional workforce partnerships in 28 states.
FCC will be part of the Capital Region Collaborative: Jobs in Technical Careers (CRC), a four-year state partnership with Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College.
The grant will allow the colleges to offer intensive short-term training boot camps aimed at providing a pipeline of skilled IT and cybersecurity employees for local companies and helping both employers and employees thrive in the global economy.
Additional partners include the three counties’ workforce boards and economic development agencies, eight area employers, the Tech Council of Maryland, the Fort Meade Alliance, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
In Frederick County, the training sessions will be facilitated by the FCC Continuing Education and Workforce Development team and will feature real-world projects provided by local employers. FCC will collaborate with Frederick County Workforce Services to offer support services that will ensure students’ success in accessing and completing the training and obtaining employment. Intended participants are unemployed and underemployed adults with postsecondary education who are facing employment barriers.
For more information about these trainings, contact Patricia Meyer, FCC Executive Director of Workforce Training at email@example.com.
The FCC Foundation:
The FCC Foundation held its first Visit Day last month, when volunteer students, staff, and Foundation board members visited with community leaders to raise awareness about FCC and how it serves our students and the community.
The purpose of the visits was to tell local leaders about the College and its many accomplishments and programs. FCC representatives also shared the Foundation’s new annual campaign brochure and an FCC Quick Facts document, which provides helpful information about our new and most popular academic programs as well as student demographic data.
Visitors reported a great day with a high level of engagement between College representatives and community leaders.
We thank everyone who participated or supported this occasion to tell the FCC story in the community and look forward to continuing the Visit Day as an annual event.
Student Art Celebrated at Fall Exhibit and Awards Ceremony
At the end of every semester, the Visual Arts Program celebrates student artwork during an exhibit and awards ceremony. Each visual arts class votes on a handful of pieces to showcase in the exhibit and a judge names award winners from those entries.
This semester, the ceremony was held on Dec. 5 and was judged by artist Sam Dixon, who is represented by galleries throughout Maryland as well as Virginia and Florida.
The award ceremony was attended by many students, their family members and friends, and other members of the FCC community.
Congratulations to Ian McConnell, who won the highest award, the Judge's Choice, for this drawing titled "Goya's Lament." Awards were also given for first place, second place, and honorable mention for each category, which included sculpture, ceramics, two-dimensional art, watercolor, illustration, drawing, dark room photography, digital photography, and computer graphics.
The student artwork will be on display in the Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus through Jan. 4.
Incoming Softball Players Sign Letters of Intent to Play at FCC
Ten student athletes signed letters of intent last week to continue their academic studies and athletic careers at FCC as the newest members of the softball team. This was a banner signing day, with more than 100 friends and family in attendance to witness the largest signing event for FCC softball in many years.
"The academic accomplishments and athletic skills of these young women will be a key element in the continued trajectory of success of the FCC softball program," said FCC Head Softball Coach Charlie Baer.
Pictured above in the front row: Carlie Hopkins (Walkersville), McKenzie Haynes (Catoctin), Mackenzie Brady (Mechanicsburg), Rachel Heron (Manchester Valley). Pictured in the back row: Hannah Laney (Homeschooled), Kayla Green (Francis Scott Key), Alexis Crist (Walkersville), Rachel Jarvis (Tuscarora), Cassidy Lee-Dinh (Middletown), Nicole Wiles (Middletown).
In other athletics news, five FCC soccer players were named to the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO) All-Conference team for the 2016 season. These players were selected by a polling of conference coaches.
Men's Soccer All-Conference
Joseph Garner, Fr., Goalkeeper, 2nd Team
Bilal Hassane-Souley, So., Defender, 2nd Team
Quincy Tyler, So., Defender, 2nd Team
Women's Soccer All-Conference
Victoria Doing, So., Forward, 2nd Team
Asia Owen, Fr., Forward, Honorable Mention
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