FCC Joins the National College Transition Network at World Education as a Partner in College Success for Single Mothers


Frederick Community College has received a national grant that will assist in its continued commitment to helping student parents, including single mothers, earn a college degree.
FCC is one of eight community colleges selected through a competitive application process to participate in College Success for Single Mothers. Funded by ECMC Foundation and led by the National College Transition Network (NCTN), the goal of the three-year project is to identify the needs of single mother students on campus and develop a plan to expand key practices and services to enhance their college and career success.
“When a parent earns a degree, they are forging a path for economic mobility for their entire family,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Supporting student parents provides benefits to our entire community. We thank the National College Transition Network for providing this funding to help us continue this important work.”
The grant will provide FCC with funds and training to collect important data related to single mother students and their success at FCC.
FCC has numerous programs in place to help parents earn a degree. Project Forward Step is a counseling, information, and referral program designed to meet the needs of returning adult students, with special services for single parents. Parents Lead is a cohort-style program that provides specialized curriculum, advising services, and FCC Foundation scholarships for childcare expenses.
To achieve the goals of the College Success for Single Mothers project, the National College Transition Network (NCTN) is partnering with the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College, developers of the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit: Using Data to Improve Outcomes, and Achieving the Dream, a national leader in community college reform. These two organizations complement NCTN’s expertise designing effective college and career pathways for adult learners.