In its 54-year history, the college has grown from 77 students to more than 18,000 students registered annually in academic and continuing education programs. Started in 1957 as an evening school, FCC moved from Frederick High School to a facility on North Market Street, and finally, in 1970, to its permanent home on Opossumtown Pike.
The mission of the college is a comprehensive one that meets a diversity of student and community needs, while maintaining high-quality educational programs at affordable costs. FCC awards associate of arts, associate of arts in teaching, associate of applied sciences and associate of sciences degrees and certificates of accomplishment in more than 50 fields of study. Many students select transfer programs that allow them to continue on to a four-year college for a baccalaureate degree. The college offers an array of career-oriented programs that prepare students for immediate employment after graduation. The continuing education/customized training division offers noncredit courses in business, computers, real estate, and general interest, as well as contract training for business and industry.
The average age of FCC students is about 26; about 62 percent attend part time, and 63 percent plan to transfer to four-year colleges. The college understands the special scheduling and counseling needs of the adult part-time student and offers convenient evening and weekend classes, as well as online courses.
- Frederick Community College was founded in 1957 and has been on its current site since 1970.
- The new Classroom/Student Center Building adds student-focused spaces, 16 additional classrooms, offices, new bookstore and dining areas.
- In addition to the 94-acre main campus, the College operates the Monroe Center on Monroe Avenue, the largest building trades training center of its kind in Maryland.
- More than 80 degrees and certificates are available.
- FCC graduates have successfully transferred to more than 100 public and private colleges and universities nationwide.
- The Jack B. Kussmaul Theater and Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery draw county residents to a wide variety of cultural events each year.
- Classes are offered during the day, evening, weekend and online; in 15-week or shorter sessions.
- Construction is underway for a new Enrollment Services building and Parking Garage.
- 6,269 credit students and 6,000 noncredit students registered in fall 2011. FCC serves more than 18,000 students each year.
- 37% attend full time, 63% part time.
- 59% are female, 41% male.
- The average student age is 26.
- 25% are students of color.
- 39% of all 2011 Frederick County Public School graduates attended FCC in fall '11.
- 920 students graduated in May 2011.
- Tuition is $106 per credit hour; a full-time Frederick County student with 12 credits would pay $1,537 in tuition and fees.
- FCC athletic teams have made 18 national tournament appearances and have earned 37 regional championships; 29 athletes have been named Academic All-Americans since 1989.
- Annual credit enrollment has grown 30% since 2006.
- Noncredit, continuing education enrollment has grown 16% since 2002.
- Graduates of our health care programs continue to lead Maryland in pass rates for state licensure exams.
- FCC has about 1,000 full- and part-time employees.
- The College is guided by a seven-member Board of Trustees that makes policy and budgetary decisions.
- Current members include Chair Dixie Miller, Vice Chair Debra Borden, Nick Diaz, Byron Grayson, Donald Linton, Peter Michael, and Doris White.
- Small class sizes provide a faculty/student ratio of 17-1.
- Mr. Doug Browning, President
- Ms. Dana McDonald, Interim Vice President for Administration
- Mr. David Croghan, Interim Vice President for Learning
- Dr. Wayne Barbour, Vice President for Learning Support
- Established in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to secure private support to supplement and enhance public funding of FCC.
- Funds are invested with the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF).
- Assets of $10.9 million as of June 30, 2011.
- Awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships and awards to over 570 students in 2010-2011.
- Recently completed a 3-year, $5 million campaign.
- Guided by a 23-member volunteer Board of Directors.