Our alumni have accomplished amazing things.
We’re proud to be a part of their journey.
I arrived at the teaching career I wanted thanks to my start at FCC.
Fall 2016 – Summer 2019
José Escobar decided to attend FCC because it offered an affordable education that was close to home. He graduated from FCC in 2019 with an Associate of Arts in Teaching Education: Spanish and then transferred to Hood College. Between 2019-2020, the year he transferred from FCC and began at Hood College, José was able to earn 60 credits between the two schools. He graduated from Hood College in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish studies and a certification to teach Spanish PreK-12 and is currently employed as a Spanish teacher with Frederick County Public Schools.
The teachers at FCC gave me the support and motivation to continue with my education.
2009 - 2017
When Genoveva Reyes started taking classes at FCC in 2009, her goal was to learn English. After she passed English 101, she was motivated to continue taking more classes and decided that she wanted to earn an associate degree. Her career goal was to teach Spanish, and Genoveva ultimately graduated from FCC with an associate degree in general studies. She currently teaches Spanish and Latin culture to the Special Forces of the US military and develops lesson plans and classes for Chi-Chack, a woman-owned small business that provides specialized support to government and Department of Defense clients.
When you're paying for college out of your own pocket, you learn to appreciate your education.
Fall 2012 – Spring 2016
Tim Snyder graduated from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in 2007. After attending a four-year university for three years, he decided to move home to give himself a reset. Tim knew that an associate degree was an attainable goal, so he came to FCC where he studied elementary education. After graduating from FCC he transferred to Frostburg State University at Hagerstown and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education. Tim currently works as a middle school math teacher in Hagerstown.
FCC changed the course of my life. Everyone deserves the amazing opportunities I was provided as a result of going to FCC.
1999 - 2005
Leaora Wagner studied education at FCC from 1999 – 2005 and was the first person in her family to attend college. She came to FCC because it was local and she could attend part-time, one class at a time. Leaora graduated from FCC with an associate degree in general studies and decided to continue her education, earning a master’s degree in human services, applied behavior analysis from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University. She is currently employed as a clinical support manager where she works with individuals with autism.
FCC gave me the best college experience I could have asked for.
Fall 2016 – Spring 2018
Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education
Kimberly Zirkle graduated from FCC in 2018 with an Associate of Arts in Teaching. After graduating she transferred to Mount St. Mary's University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Teaching and Special Education. Kimberly currently works as a teacher with Frederick County Public Schools.
FCC is an incredible community resource that provides a chance for everyone to grow and learn.
August 2014-December 2015
Alison Huston had a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations and had been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years when she decided it was time for a career change. She came to FCC because she wanted to develop a new set of skills to help her break back into the workforce, and the culinary arts program was exactly what she was looking for. After graduating from FCC, Alison attended graduate school at American University where she earned a master’s degree in nutrition education. She is currently a middle school food science teacher.
I'm grateful that FCC offered me the opportunity to hone in on what I'm passionate about.
2012 (as a dual enrollment student while attending high school) - 2015
Anne Strotz graduated from FCC in May 2015. She began taking classes at FCC in 2012 as a dual enrollment student because it provided access to accredited classes that counted as homeschool high school credits while allowing her to work toward an associate degree.
After graduating from FCC, Anne continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from Regent University, specializing in advertising and public relations.
My experience at FCC helped inspire my decision to give back and provide guidance and mentorship to aspiring respiratory therapists.
2005 - 2007
Dan Whitt graduated from FCC in 2007 with a degree in respiratory care. After graduating, he sat for his board examination and accepted employment at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. He is currently appointed to the board of trustees for the National Board of Respiratory Care, The Maryland Board of Physicians Respiratory Care Professional Standards Committee, and maintains full-time employment as the chief of respiratory care services for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System which includes three facilities across the state of Maryland. He also maintains intermittent employment as an ECMO specialist for University of Maryland Medical Center and recently served on the Maryland/District of Columbia Society of Respiratory Care Board of Directors.
FCC allowed me to gain financial freedom in my adult life because I didn't have to take out loans for that year.
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Grace Meier attended FCC from fall 2013 to spring 2014 after graduating from Urbana High School. She decided to come to FCC because it gave her more opportunities to be accepted into four-year universities and allowed her to save money. Grace studied chemistry and was a member of the volleyball team while attending FCC, and later transferred to the University of Maryland where she received a degree in middle school education. She is currently a middle school teacher at a school in Cheaspeake, Virginia that serves a high number of low-income families.
You have the ability to be great. Everything you need is in you.
Spring 2017 and Summer 2019
Maciah Thomas is the founder and president of Double Up Foundation, a Frederick-based non-profit that aims to improve the lives of local youth and adults through sports, mentorship, and community service. He founded the organization shortly after graduating from Frederick Community College (FCC) in 2019.
Maciah transferred to FCC after attending West Virginia University (WVU) for two and a half years. A native of Frederick, his goal at the time was to start playing baseball again, prioritize his education, and grow as a young man. After graduating from FCC, he began working full-time, holding positions in medical warehouses, a biotech office, and as a landscaper. Knowing he needed to put his time and energy into something more meaningful in order to benefit his community, he founded Double Up Foundation.
I felt very supported throughout my training at FCC, that they didn’t just look at me as another student but they treated me like family.
Spring 2003 - 2005
Rebecca Bazawada graduated from FCC in 2005. After earning her degree, she went on to work at Georgetown University Hospital where she continued to practice the respiratory care skills she attained from FCC. She is currently a clinical instructor.
I was unsure if I would be successful in higher education and heard that FCC had a great, student-focused program. I decided to give it a try, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
August 2010 - May 2011
General education courses
Vincent Brown completed mostly general education courses while attending FCC, but he enrolled in an introductory course on meteorology that got him interested in the weather and climate. That course is one of the reasons he decided to study atmospheric science at Salisbury University, where he completed a B.S. in Geography in 2014. After Salisbury University, he attended the University of Tennessee and received an M.S. in Geography in 2016. He then attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where he studied climatology, with a focus on precipitation, and earned a Ph.D. in 2019. Vincent is currently an assistant professor-research at Louisiana State University and was recently appointed as the climate research director for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) team.
FCC provides a great way to gain post-secondary education while not accruing large amounts of debt and potentially hindering your future financial goals.
Fall 2005 - Summer 2007
After attending FCC David Crum transferred to Towson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. A few months into his first full-time job he earned a management role, and eventually transferred these skills into a career in banking. David is currently a bank officer and branch manager at Woodsboro Bank’s East Street branch.
I have always believed education was the key to my future.
1988 (as a dual enrollment student while attending Middletown High School) - 1994
Niccole Rolls earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1994. She soon started a photography and visual arts company with her husband, who is an artist. In the mid-2000s, Niccole transitioned into a new career field – fundraising. She soon decided she wanted to progress into non-profit management so earned her Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College, now University of Maryland Global Campus. In late 2019, she joined the Frederick Rescue Mission as the Partnership Development Director. She also recently completed a four-year term as a councilperson in Waynesboro, PA, where she currently lives.