Project Forward Step
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 (including single pregnant women) and non-traditional age adults (age 24 and over) who are low income, out-of-workforce, or homeless.
An out-of–workforce individual is someone who has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills, and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment OR is an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and either has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income, or is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty obtaining or upgrading employment.
Participants in Project Forward Step have access to:
Intake interview and needs assessment
Career counseling and academic advising
Financial assistance consideration
Job placement referrals
Since 1981, Project Forward Step has helped more than 5,000 students.
Project Forward Step program scholarship is supported by the American Association of University Women, the Frederick Woman’s Civic Club, and the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County. These funds are distributed through the FCC Foundation.
SPECIAL THANKS TO DONORS OF THE PROJECT FORWARD STEP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP
Funding for Project Forward Step direct student aid is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education.
1.What is Project Forward Step?
Project Forward Step is a counseling, advising, and referral center for single parents, displaced homemakers, single pregnant women, and other adults in transition, located in Adult Services, Annapolis Hall, A-103.
2.What services does Project Forward Step provide?
Intake interview/needs assessment
Academic advising and career counseling
Referral to College services and community agencies
Support during life transitions
Financial assistance consideration
3.Who is eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Project Forward Step program?
Single parents and displaced homemakers who are beginning or continuing their education in order to enter the workforce, increase their marketable skills, change careers, or advance in a current job in order to become economically self-sufficient are eligible to apply.
4.What is a single parent or a displaced homemaker?
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act defines single parents as: individuals who are working or non-working and who are unmarried or legally separated with custody or joint-custody of a minor child (17 years or younger) or are pregnant.
Displaced homemakers are adults who are unemployed or underemployed who experience difficulty obtaining employment or suitable employment; or have worked primarily without pay to care for home and family and need to upgrade or refresh marketable skills.
5.What expenses can be considered for Project forward Step program scholarship and direct student aid?
Program participants can apply for Project Forward Step program scholarship and/or Perkins direct student aid toward cost of attendance at FCC, including tuition, books, transportation, and child care.
6.How do I apply for Project Forward Step program scholarship and direct student aid?
In order to apply, first schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor in Adult Services for an intake interview. If you are eligible, you will be enrolled in the Project Forward Step program and begin to develop your educational plan. The second step in the process is to register and attend a workshop. Dates and times are available from your Adult Services counselor. Project forward Step participants apply for Project Forward Step program scholarship through the FCC Foundation online application link. Eligible program participants in career programs can apply for Perkins direct student aid by meeting with their Project Forward Step counselor.
7. How often can I apply?
If funding is available, Project Forward Step students may apply each semester.
8. Can students receive a Project Forward Step program scholarship, Perkins direct student aid, and other kinds of financial assistance?
Yes, students may receive funding from several sources, including federal financial aid and scholarships through the FCC Foundation. For more information, please contact the FCC Foundation at 301.846.2438 or in Annapolis Hall, A-200A.
9. If I am not interested in or eligible for Project Forward Step program scholarship or Perkins direct student aid, can I still enroll in the program and use the other services?
Yes, if you are a single parent or displaced homemaker who does not want or need to apply for program scholarship or direct student aid, you can still enroll in the Project Forward Step program. You will be able to use all of the other services offered.