FCC E-News • September 2016

Exciting things are happening at Frederick Community College!

To share this news with you, FCC will issue an e-newsletter each month that highlights new programs, upcoming events, and more.

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A Message From the President

Following a busy summer at Frederick Community College, we are excited to welcome new and returning students for the fall semester. We have started this monthly eNews update to share information about new programs, events, and other College information with our many supporters in the community.

The mission of FCC is to prepare an increasingly diverse student body to complete their goals of workforce preparation, transfer, career development and personal enrichment with quality, innovative lifelong learning. We hope this eNews update keeps you informed on what is happening at your community college.

We are proud to announce that on June 30, 2016, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed our accreditation on all 14 standards with no conditions. We are grateful to the thousands of individuals who make up our College community for their hard work and their commitment to excellence. 

We invite the community to our FCC Fest on Sunday, October 16 at our main campus, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702. This College showcase and community celebration will be held from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in front of Linganore Hall and will feature great music (The Reagan Years), food, family activities, and an open house.

All FCC alumni and friends are invited to the FCC Foundation Halloween Party which will be held at the AOPA Community Center on Saturday, October 15, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m
. Come and join in the fun!

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Burmaster
President, Frederick Community College

PASS Program Enters 6th Year

The Partnership to Achieving Student Success (PASS) program at Frederick Community College marked the end of its summer session with a completion ceremony in early August.

The PASS program works to reduce the number of students in developmental courses by providing recent high school graduates who have tested into at least one developmental course the chance to work closely with faculty and staff during their transition into college.

The program began with a two-week summer session. During the summer session, students worked on their reading, writing, and math skills and participated in workshops on career exploration and test taking skills. They also took part in team building projects that connected them to services on campus. 

Following the summer program, participants will continue to meet with their PASS advisor monthly to develop goals, track their progress in classes, and discuss any issues they are having as a new college student. They will also participate in continuing workshops and are encouraged to become actively engaged with campus events and activities.

The PASS program has been instrumental in the success of more than 250 students since its inception in 2011.


       PASS is a wonderful program that gives hardworking students, many of whom are first generation college students, some extra support on their paths to success.

Chianti Blackmon 
Director of Multicultural Student Services

Fall Classes Underway

The fall semester began August 22 for most courses. FCC also offers accelerated courses that begin at later dates this fall.

New FCC programs include:
View featured fall programs and courses here.

New CyberTech Program

Frederick Community College has launched CyberTech, a new cybersecurity program that will allow students to receive an Information Security and Assurance certificate and fulfill more than a third of the requirements for a cybersecurity degree. The tuition for this program is waived, though admitted students will pay a $900 program fee. Additional fees apply. 

CyberTech, a two-semester cohort-based program, will take place on Saturdays starting in September and will incorporate online learning to increase flexibility for students. Classes include network fundamentals, cybersecurity fundamentals, PC diagnostics and repairs, ethical hacking and systems defense, and more.  In addition to earning certification, students in the program will complete seven courses totaling 21 credits that can be applied to the 60 credits required for an A.A.S. Cybersecurity degree. 

The program is also designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for other industry certification exams, including: 

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • CSX (Cybersecurity NEXUS) Cybersecurity Fundamentals
The program is partially funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

Career Information Sessions

If you are looking to advance your current career or transition to a new career, explore all the exciting options at our upcoming free career information sessions. Click here for more information.


Experience FCC:

Class of 2016

Congratulations to the nearly 1,200 graduates who completed their degree or certificate program in May 2016. That's a 12% increase from 2015. 
See photos.

Sam Beatty,
FCC Alumni

Sam earned a Welding Certificate from the Building Trades program at FCC.
View video.

Monique Ford,
FCC Nursing Student

Monique is a current student in the RN to BSN Nursing program. View video.


Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702


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