President's Newsletter

Frederick Community College
December 2016

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A Message From the President

As we approach the end of 2016, I’d like to thank all our partners and supporters for the contributions you have made to our College and community over the last year. 

FCC continues to be a place where students of all ages can work toward their academic and professional goals. Together, we offer a wide range of programs and learning opportunities, provide a variety of highly effective student services, and encourage our students along their paths to success.  Each year, our College makes a difference in the lives of our students, and that wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated employees and supportive Community. 

I am grateful for all that you do that helps make FCC a center of excellence. I hope you have a peaceful holiday season and enjoy time with family and friends.  

We look forward to seeing you in 2017 when we will continue to build on our many accomplishments. 

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Burmaster
President, Frederick Community College

Retired Sergeant Major Speaks at Veterans Event 

The FCC Veteran Services Office hosted a reception last month to celebrate our student veterans and their families. The event featured special guest speaker Sergeant Major Carlton Kent, USMC (Ret.).

Sgt. Maj. Kent spoke about the many sacrifices veterans and their families make and how important a strong military is to our nation's safety.

"We are the greatest nation because of you," Sgt. Maj. Kent told the veterans. "America's debt to our veterans can never be repaid, but our gratitude and respect must last forever." 

He also encouraged veterans to seek help for issues such as PTSD, telling them it is not a sign of weakness to need help.

Sgt. Maj. Kent served as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from 2007 to 2011. His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, a Bronze Star, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is the recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for inspirational leadership.

We are grateful to Sgt. Maj. Kent for taking the time to speak with our veterans and their families. We thank Veteran Services Coordinator Rachel Nachlas (pictured above with Sgt. Maj. Kent) for organizing this event to recognize and thank our student veterans for their contributions to our country and our campus. 


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 

The FCC Foundation:

Success Stories

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.

Congratulations to:

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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FCC Named Military Friendly School 

FCC has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, which connects veterans to educational and job opportunities.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to support military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. This is the second straight year that FCC has been awarded this designation. 

“Having this national recognition as a Military Friendly School is a significant honor for our College and community,” Veteran Services Director Rachel Nachlas said. “Our student veterans have truly answered the call of duty by protecting our country and we believe it’s our mission to show our gratitude by supporting their post-military goals and dreams in any way we can. We hope this designation will help more student veterans learn about the many services we have at FCC.”

Educational institutions competed for the Military Friendly School designation by providing information on topics such as military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Each year, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

FCC Veteran Services offers academic and support services for veterans enrolling in classes at FCC to help them transition to civilian and college life. The department focuses on guiding veterans in adapting the skills they develop from military training and combat experience to the classroom. It also provides a one-stop shop where veterans and their families can get all the information and assistance they need, including help with the admissions process, interpretation of VA regulations, campus referrals, educational planning, counseling, and more.

Veteran Services also sponsors a Veterans Club and Veterans Center which give student veterans the opportunity to get to know and support one another.

FCC will be showcased along with the other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse magazine, and on


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