President's Newsletter

Frederick Community College
October 2016

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A Message From the President

We are making the final preparations for our FCC Fest on Sunday, Oct. 16 and hope you will join us on the main campus from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for this free community celebration.

FCC would not be where it is today without the outstanding support we have received from our community since we opened our doors in 1957. We are proud of our College and the many strides we've made in our nearly 60-year history. FCC Fest gives us the opportunity to come together as community members, students, alumni, employees, and College stakeholders to celebrate the important role we all play in making Frederick County a vibrant and exciting place to live and work.

The day will feature live music from the popular 80s tribute band, The Reagan Years, food for purchase from local vendors, and family activities, including an obstacle course, face painting, animal balloons and more. There will also be campus tours, information about FCC programs, and free desserts from FCC culinary students. 

FCC Fest is planned to be an outdoor event, but activities will be moved to the Athletics Center in the event of inclement weather.

We hope to see you on Oct. 16 for a day of fun for all ages. Thank you for your support of FCC and our students. 

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Burmaster
President, Frederick Community College

FCC Hosts Events With Frederick Police Department

Sergeant Angie Waechter from the Frederick Police Department came to campus last month to speak with students from the Big 6 program, which is geared toward minority male students. She explained to the students what they should expect during a traffic stop, steps to take to ensure situations don’t escalate, and how to file a complaint if they feel like they’ve been mistreated by a police officer. She also answered student questions about community policing, potential racial profiling, and police training methods. 

FCC also hosted a Coffee with a Cop event with officers from the Frederick Police Department. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative that aims to increase interactions between law enforcement officers and community members outside of the crisis situations that can sometimes bring them together. Corporal Rebecca Carrado, one of a group of officers who participated, said Coffee with a Cop events often help police officers and community members see the many similarities they share. We thank the officers for coming to campus for these events and engaging with our students and community.      


    "We want to get to know our community so we can serve them better."

Corporal Rebecca Carrado
Frederick Police Department

Join us for FCC Fest!

Program Spotlight: Kids on Campus

The Kids On Campus program at FCC is a year-round hands-on enrichment program for kids ages 4 to 16. In the spring and fall, classes are held when Frederick County Public Schools are closed, as well as on weekends and after school. 

During the summer, week-long morning and afternoon classes are scheduled from late June to early August offering educational enrichment in science, technology, creative & culinary arts, literature & cultures, health & wellness and so much more. Students are always encouraged to explore new concepts, stretch their imaginations and discover the joy of learning. 

When FCPS is closed this fall, FCC is open!  
October 12 • October 31 • November 8 

Moving Mountains Speaker Series 

FCC will kick off the second season of its popular Moving Mountains speaker series October 12 after a successful inaugural year. The free monthly series features inspiring professionals who share their life experiences and encourage teens and young adults to set the bar high in all areas of their lives.

The 2016-2017 speakers include:
October 12 - Eric Kruszewski
National Geographic Creative photographer and student workshop leader

November 9 - Danny Farrar
FCC Alumni, U.S. Army Veteran, CEO of SoldierFit, President and Co-Founder of Platoon 22

January 11 - Kristine Yaroschuk
Helicopter pilot with the Maryland State Police

February 15 - Jason Lee
FCC Alumni, Business owner and community leader

March 21 - Amelia Draper
NBC4-Washington Meteorologist

April 12 - Mia Russell
Financial expert and educator with University of Maryland Extension

May 17 - Maurice Arenas
Studio musician, performer, and TrueFire artist

For more information, click here

Men's Soccer Leads Conference

The FCC Men's Soccer Team remains in 1st place of the Maryland JUCO Conference. The team improved to 9-3-1 overall on Wednesday afternoon with a convincing victory over Patrick Henry College by the score of 12-0. 

"It was a great team win," said FCC Head Coach John LaRocca. 

Christian Deynes and Hugo Morales Rincon each tallied two goals. Carlos Granados Torres had an impressive four-assists day as the Cougars defense recorded their third shutout in a row. 

Maycol Nuñez scored four goals in the victory which allowed him to break his second school record this season. He now is the single-season goal record holder with 19 and the single-game record holder with six. Nuñez ranks top three in the country in goals with five less games played than the leaders. The single-season FCC record (18 goals) was previously held by Kenny Putnam in 1995. 

"I am so proud of Maycol and our team for achieving this record," said LaRocca. "You don't see a striker like Maycol every day. There is a reason he was the All-Met Player of the Year and First Team All-American in high school. Credit to our team for getting him the ball in good areas, and the ability for Maycol to finish," said Coach LaRocca.   

The Cougars are riding a six-game winning streak and have a very important conference game against Harford Community College on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Institute for Learning in Retirement

The FCC Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR55+) held its Fall 2016 Open House last month to introduce new classes. ILR offers short, casual classes, field trips, and special events for the intellectual stimulation and personal enrichment of adults age 55 and older in Frederick County. Classes begin and end at varying times throughout the term.

Classes this fall include Principles of National Security, Medically Curious, and The Second Half of Marriage: Facing the Eight Challenges of the Empty Nest Years. Click here for more information

Experience FCC

CyberTech & Cybersecurity: Watch the commercial!

Creek Clean Up 

FCC and Hood students came together to clean up 1,420 pounds of waste from the creek in Willowdale Park. 
Read more.

Kenny Kober,
FCC Alumni

Kenny graduated from the Architectural CAD program.
View video.

Ellie Bentzel,
FCC Alumni

Ellie graduated from the Early Childhood Development program. View video.

11th Annual Latino Festival at FCC

The 11th Annual Latino Festival at FCC will honor and celebrate the rich traditions and contributions of the Latino culture by featuring Latin American music, arts and crafts, dance, sporting events, food and more.

This high-energy event attracts many people from around the region and is a great opportunity for the community and region to come together to celebrate and educate others on the vibrant Latin American culture that means so much to our community.

The Latino Festival will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FCC the Athletics Center/ Quad area and is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 


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7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702


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