FCC to Benefit from $5.6 Million Grant to Provide IT and Cybersecurity Training
Frederick Community College (FCC) will be one of three community colleges in Maryland to benefit from a $5.6 million grant to offer tuition-free training and support services to students seeking employment in the information technology and cybersecurity fields.
The funding will come from the America’s Promise Job-Driven grant program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA). The program is awarding a total of $111 million in funding to 23 regional workforce partnerships in 28 states.
FCC will be part of the Capital Region Collaborative: Jobs in Technical Careers (CRC), a four-year state partnership with Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College.
“IT and cybersecurity professionals are critical to the growth and stability of our local and national economy,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “This grant will go a long way in providing our students the training needed to fill critical positions in these in-demand fields. We are grateful to the DOLETA and excited to have been awarded this grant led by Montgomery College.”
The grant will allow the colleges to offer intensive short-term training boot camps aimed at providing a pipeline of skilled IT and cybersecurity employees for local companies and helping both employers and employees thrive in the global economy.
Additional partners include the three counties’ workforce boards and economic development agencies, eight area employers, the Tech Council of Maryland, the Fort Meade Alliance, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
In Frederick County, the training sessions will be facilitated by the FCC Continuing Education and Workforce Development team and will feature real-world projects provided by local employers. FCC will collaborate with Frederick County Workforce Services to offer support services that will ensure students’ success in accessing and completing the training and obtaining employment. Intended participants are unemployed and underemployed adults with postsecondary education who are facing employment barriers.
For more information about these trainings, contact Patricia Meyer, FCC Executive Director of Workforce Training by email.