FCC Holding STEM Showcase to Highlight Grants and New Facilities


Frederick Community College will hold a STEM showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to celebrate its robust STEM academic programs, recent grants, and newly renovated STEM buildings, classrooms, and laboratories.

The showcase will begin with a ceremony to recognize achievements of the STEM program at FCC and highlight the positive impact of two recent grants, including a joint grant awarded to FCC, Hood College, and Mount Saint Mary’s University by the National Science Foundation. This $330,975 grant enabled the three institutions to partner on curriculum, student internships, and obtaining state of the art lab equipment. FCC also received a grant totaling $731,614 from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration to develop a cybersecurity degree program that launched this fall.

“As we all know, STEM education is becoming increasingly important for students entering today’s workforce,” said Tony Hawkins, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “These grants and our new STEM facilities are vital to ensuring our students get the training and opportunities they need to leave FCC with the ability to problem solve, think critically, and adapt to our changing world.”

The ceremony will conclude with a dedication and ribbon cutting for the new science and mathematics facilities.

Afterward, participants will have the opportunity to observe STEM students using the new labs and classrooms, tour the STEM Learning Center and student study areas, and view student and faculty demonstrations of the new, grant-funded equipment.

The recognition and dedication ceremony will take place from 6 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Catoctin Hall. Student demonstrations and tours will run from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mike Pritchard at 301.846.2417.