Frederick Community College was found in 1957 as a night school for local adults in the high school. It eventually grew into a comprehensive community college and moved into it’s own space in Opossumtown Pike.
Students enroll here to earn associate degrees and often enter the workforce right away or they have the option of transferring to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s. Others come here to earn a certificate or participate in the popular Continuing Education program to advance their careers or learn something new and useful. Students here can take classes online if they wish or use other distance learning formats such as cable TV to complete their coursework. Not only are there classes for adults, but a program geared towards enriching children with academics, sports, and the arts is available on campus.
There are many degrees and diplomas offered either online or in the classroom. Students have the option of enrolling in the following academic divisions:
Allied Health & Wellness Faculty
Communications, Humanities, & Arts
Computing & Business Technology
In the Arts program, students may obtain an Associate of Arts, Design Media, or a Certificate in Computer Graphics. The Computer Graphics Certificate is a 20-credit program that lets students get real-world experience by working with industry-standard hardware including Quark Xpress and Adobe Illustrator.
The curriculum in the Culinary Arts Program offers a handful of diplomas and certificates including a certificate in the Culinary Arts as well as hospitality supervision. A combined Associates of Arts degree is offered in Culinary Arts and Supervision. This program is a 65-credit program with two internships working in a food establishment.
The Health and Wellness Program offers a bevy of certificates and degrees including an associate’s degree in Nursing, a pre-dental associate’s degree and a medical assisting certificate. The Nursing Program at the school is for LPNs and RNs. The degree requires prerequisites and clinical hours during the student’s time in the program.
The Humanities Program offers three associate degrees including drama, music and philosophy. The music program is a transfer program that helps students begin the four-year journey at FCC eventually moving on to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Frederick requires that students fill out an application with a non-refundable fee attached to it. Students must have a copy of their high school transcripts or an equivalent and if transferring have a copy of transcripts for all prior colleges attended.
Students may apply online.
All students interested in financial aid are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school offers many aid packages including scholarships, loans and grants.
Scholarships include the Ambassador Scholarship, the Frederick Singles Scholarship and the Loats Scholarship. Details are provided on the school’s web page.
The campus here offers many student clubs and organizations including Amnesty International, the Black Student Union, the Honor Students Association, and the Swing Kids Club.
The student newspaper at FCC is called the Commuter and the creative writing magazine is the Tuscarora Review.
The Jack B. Kussmaul Theater is a cultural resource center that serves the community as well as the school.
The Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center at the school provides a daytime learning program where parents may take their children while in school.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Many intercollegiate athletics are available including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball and women’s softball.
The Cougars compete in the Maryland Junior and Region XX Conference of the NJCAA.
Additional School Information
The school has an Emergency Management program and is the only college in the nation contracted with the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) to give college credit for the FEMA Independent Study Program.
From time to time, the college offers Study Abroad. Students usually travel to London, which is their most popular program. Other international trips either alone or with faculty or staff crop up, so be sure to inquire with the school if you are interested in going abroad.
The Honors Program gives high achieving students lots of additional opportunities during their college years. They can engage in an independent study project, present at an honors conference, and graduate from within the Honors College.
A unique component of this college is the Catocin Center. Students involved in this program conduct research on the history and culture of central Maryland and surrounding areas.
Accreditation is provided by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.