FCC and FCWS Holding Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony to Celebrate Colocation, Renovations


Frederick Community College (FCC) and Frederick County Government will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on October 18 to celebrate the new colocation of Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS) and FCC Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) at the recently renovated Monroe Center.

A portion of the Monroe Center, which has housed CEWD programs since 2009, will now also be home to FCWS, allowing community members and partner agencies to access a range of education, employment and training-related services in one location.

“The College is thrilled to have this completed and open to the public,” said David Croghan, Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at FCC. “Our updated instructional spaces serve critical regional industry sectors. This, combined with the mission of FCWS, will make the Monroe Center a dynamic space for the community.”

The renovated FCC space includes eight classrooms and updated spaces for College programs that maximize hands on training opportunities in vocational trades, healthcare, information technology, and hospitality. The updated welding lab features a state of the art fume extraction system and the renovated electrical lab features a two-story trainer that combines wood and metal stud frames to develop skills in a variety of settings. Healthcare facilities at the Center include new or renovated lab spaces for the Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Assisting, Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing, and Veterinary Assistant programs.

The facility also boasts the first technical Makerspace in the county. The 1600-square-foot Makerspace space includes 3D printers, a 3D scanner, a laser cutter, a CNC Router, and collaboration spaces and is equipped with 12 workstations that feature 3D software. The renovation will also include upgrades to the gourmet restaurant, 200 Monroe

FCWS offers a wide range of services to businesses, job seekers, and young adults that will now be accessible at the Monroe Center. Businesses are able to use free recruitment services while job seekers can get free assistance in the job search process, have their resume reviewed, practice their interviewing skills, enroll in career training, and more. Young adults have access to year-round job search support, internship opportunities, and a Summer Jobs Program that provides practical work experience for individuals facing challenges as they seek employment.

Workforce Services’ suite offers two fully equipped computer labs for individuals to conduct their job search using the latest technology or attend one of the dozens of job search workshops offered monthly, all while having access to a team of certified career coaching staff and other employment specialists. In addition, businesses who would like to conduct hiring events, access qualified candidates, or conduct interviews will have access to office and meeting space in the new facility as well.

“Our customers can benefit from having a more direct line to the career training programs provided through FCC,” said Workforce Services Director Michelle Day.

The ceremony will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Monroe Center, located at 200 Monroe Avenue in Frederick. There will be a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting, followed by building tours until 7 p.m.

You can register for the ceremony by clicking here. For more information about the event, contact Patricia Meyer at by email or 240-629-7905. To learn more about the Monroe Center, click here.