FCC’s Monroe Center contains labs, classroom space and equipment for vocational training in the building trades, healthcare careers and culinary arts. Originally developed with a focus on construction trades, the facility was recognized as the largest college construction training facility in Maryland. The center was renovated in 2008 through support from the Frederick County Commissioners, as well as a $1.9 million, three-year grant from the Department of Labor.
Instruction at the 55,000 square foot facility also includes courses for the Institute of Learning in Retirement (ILR), Adult Education, Personal Enrichment, Construction Management and general education credit courses. In 2013, courses at the Monroe Center garnered over 1800 enrollments.
Building Trades labs include welding, plumbing, carpentry and HVAC classrooms designed to give students hands-on opportunities with equipment and situations they will encounter on the job.
Health Care classrooms support CNA and phlebotomy training.
The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Institute opened at the Monroe Center in 2010. The facility was designed by Chef Jon Kimbrough and architect Kevin Cromwell with our students in mind. Its design emphasizes the notion of small classes with individualized instruction. The 6500-square-foot area houses a 40 seat restaurant and two commercial kitchens, including one open à la carte kitchen, and one instructional kitchen with individual work stations for 18 students. Outfitted with Vulcan commercial ovens, ranges, broilers, fryers and combination oven/steamers, the facility enables students to steam, poach, roast, broil, and bake simultaneously. Each semester, the restaurant, 200 Monroe, opens to the public for several weeks as culinary students experience prepping, cooking, hostessing and serving in a real-world scenario.
The facility is located at 200 Monroe Ave., Frederick, Maryland, 21701, just 3.5 miles from our main campus.