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  • David Crum
    David Crum
    FCC provides a great way to gain post-secondary education while not accruing large amounts of debt and potentially hindering your future financial goals. Fall 2005 - Summer 2007 Economics After attending FCC David Crum transferred to Towson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. A few months into his first full-time job he earned a management role, and eventually transferred these skills into a career in banking. David is currently a bank officer and branch manager at Woodsboro Bank’s East Street branch. Why did you choose to attend FCC? I decided to go to FCC because it was close to home, it offered the greatest opportunity to work while going to school, and it was a tremendous way to save money. FCC provides a great way to gain post-secondary education while not accruing large amounts of debt and potentially hindering your future financial goals. What did you enjoy most about FCC? Besides the cost and flexibility in schedule, I really liked that many of my educators had real world, on the job experience in their areas of study. What skills did you gain that you still use today? My favorite classes at FCC were economics with Dave Hickman. Learning about the economy has greatly helped me today as we attempt to forecast what the future may hold. This is incredibly important in banking while we attempt to plan for the needs of our clients in order to assist them reach their financial goals. What do you enjoy most about your work now? The thing I enjoy most is the people. Not only my fellow colleagues, but all the amazing clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with through the years. As community bankers, we love seeing successes of our clients as this has a direct impact on the strength of this wonderful county. Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? I think FCC is incredibly important to provide advanced learning right in our backyard at a reasonable price. FCC offers many courses for recent graduates all the way through life. It provides a local place to learn professional skills to increase the talents and marketability of the workforce in Frederick. Anything else about yourself? For me FCC was not all work. While attending the college, I was also honored to join the school’s golf team and play at many great local courses with some talented players. The spring golf season had such an early start that I can still remember playing Maple Run Golf Club in a match while snow was falling making it almost impossible to see the ball. I can’t remember winning or losing, but this is just one of the experiences I will never forget as part of the FCC team. While I still play golf today, I am most often found spending time with my family or assisting my Woodsboro Bank clients with banking solutions. If you ever find yourself on East Street, please stop in and say hello.

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  • Niccole Rolls
    Niccole Rolls
    I have always believed education was the key to my future. 1988 (as a dual enrollment student while attending Middletown High School) - 1994 Business Administration Niccole Rolls earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1994. She soon started a photography and visual arts company with her husband, who is an artist. In the mid-2000s, Niccole transitioned into a new career field – fundraising. She soon decided she wanted to progress into non-profit management so earned her Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College, now University of Maryland Global Campus. In late 2019, she joined the Frederick Rescue Mission as the Partnership Development Director. She also recently completed a four-year term as a councilperson in Waynesboro, PA, where she currently lives. Why did you choose to attend FCC? I have always believed education was the key to my future. I grew up in a family that had very little. After my father died when I was young, I watched my mother work hard at two and three jobs simultaneously, in order to support my brother and me. It was always a struggle. FCC gave me an opportunity to try college. I could dip my toe in the water and see if I was smart enough to succeed in school beyond high school. I was also paying my own way through school and FCC was affordable, which allowed me to explore different areas of study before settling on a business major. I also have to thank the Plamondon Companies for having a tuition reimbursement program for students who worked in their restaurants for 15 hours a week and maintained a B average. That is how I paid for my A.A. What did you gain from your time at FCC? At FCC, I gained confidence. I proved to myself that I was smart enough to succeed in college, and I learned how to manage my time. I also learned that I could do hard things if I broke down the assignments and took it one step at a time. I use these skills each and every day in my personal and professional life. Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? Frederick Community College is an essential part of our community because it provides an opportunity to explore professions and areas of interest at a very economical price. I believe we have an epidemic of student loan debt in this country that will be felt for generations. FCC offers options for a first-class education at a price point that is much more affordable than a traditional four-year school. Your husband is now a student at FCC. Tell us about that. I am excited to attend another FCC graduation ceremony in the next year as my husband completes his Associate of Arts degree in Culinary Arts from the Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute (HCTI). When he had a career left turn, we were excited to find a program close to home that would let him explore a new field. This time I will get to sit in the audience with our children and grandchildren cheering him on, and reinforcing the idea of always learning to a new generation. I can add “you are never too old” to the list of reasons FCC is important to our family.

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  • Dan Whitt
    Dan Whitt
    My experience at FCC helped inspire my decision to give back and provide guidance and mentorship to aspiring respiratory therapists. 2005 - 2007 Respiratory Care Dan Whitt graduated from FCC in 2007 with a degree in respiratory care. After graduating, he sat for his board examination and accepted employment at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. He is currently appointed to the board of trustees for the National Board of Respiratory Care, The Maryland Board of Physicians Respiratory Care Professional Standards Committee, and maintains full-time employment as the chief of respiratory care services for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System which includes three facilities across the state of Maryland. He also maintains intermittent employment as an ECMO specialist for University of Maryland Medical Center and recently served on the Maryland/District of Columbia Society of Respiratory Care Board of Directors.
     
    Why did you decide to come to FCC? FCC provided a program that fit my work-life. The program allowed for concurrent enrollment in core requisite classes along with general education coursework. This made planning much easier and allowed me to stick to a two-year start to finish academic experience. What did you gain from your time at FCC? I was introduced to biological studies and the science of pulmonary care. Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? Professional career programs and non-traditional studies help serve the community of Frederick County and surrounding areas. Respiratory care graduates from FCC are acknowledged as high-performing professionals with critical thinking skills. Anything else you would like to add, either about your time at FCC or about your professional/personal life now that you think is good to know? The instructors at FCC, in particular the respiratory care program, are committed to helping students achieve academic and professional excellence. The training I received at FCC helped prepare me for the challenges I experience today as a clinician and a director of a respiratory care department.

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  • Vincent Brown
    Vincent Brown
    I was unsure if I would be successful in higher education and heard that FCC had a great, student-focused program. I decided to give it a try, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. August 2010 - May 2011 General education courses Vincent Brown completed mostly general education courses while attending FCC, but he enrolled in an introductory course on meteorology that got him interested in the weather and climate. That course is one of the reasons he decided to study atmospheric science at Salisbury University, where he completed a B.S. in Geography in 2014. After Salisbury University, he attended the University of Tennessee and received an M.S. in Geography in 2016. He then attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where he studied climatology, with a focus on precipitation, and earned a Ph.D. in 2019. Vincent is currently an assistant professor-research at Louisiana State University and was recently appointed as the climate research director for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) team.
     
    Why did you decide to come to FCC? I decided to enroll at FCC because I did not feel ready to attend a four-year university. What did you enjoy most about FCC? I will never forget the dedication, experience, and commitment of my professors during my time at FCC. At larger universities, especially in general education courses, students can go an entire semester without interacting with their professor(s). At FCC, in almost all of my courses, I was able to connect and interact with my professors in a way that is somewhat rare at larger schools. I found that the educators at FCC were always happy to answer my questions and talk with me during their office hours. I never felt like I was bothering them, and it made me feel comfortable to ask more questions, which helped me succeed. What did you gain from your time at FCC? My biggest gain was learning how to succeed in higher education. FCC taught me how to be a better student and sparked a curiosity in me for knowledge that prepared and guided me on my educational journey. I credit FCC and its exceptional professors and resources for my success at the undergraduate level that eventually translated to the graduate level. Are there any lessons or skills you learned while at FCC that you use in your professional life today? My professors at FCC, through their dedication and actions, showed me how to be an effective teacher. When I first started at FCC, I was not passionate about school and did not think I was higher education material; however, my professors worked with me and never gave up. Their devotion to the students, no matter their qualifications or proficiency, rubbed off on me and is something I remain committed to as a professor. I hope I can be as impactful to my students as my professors at FCC were to me.  What do you enjoy about your work now? It is difficult for me to call what I do at LSU and SCIPP work because I have so much fun doing it. I truly do not feel like it is “work.” I come in every day excited to conduct research and investigate something in a way no one else has done before. I feel truly blessed to be in the position I am in now because I get to do what I love every day. Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? Unfortunately, for many people the cost of college is too much, the transition from high school to college is too onerous, or the time required to be successful is just not there. That is where a strong, student-focused community college comes in. FCC provides students from all walks of life the ability to learn and attain an education which frequently uplifts the students and thus the community. As stated by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We need to do our best to ensure that education is affordable without a lapse in quality, and I believe FCC has and continues to accomplish just that.

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  • Rebecca Bazawada
    Rebecca Bazawada
    I felt very supported throughout my training at FCC, that they didn’t just look at me as another student but they treated me like family. Spring 2003 - 2005 Respiratory Care Rebecca Bazawada graduated from FCC in 2005. After earning her degree, she went on to work at Georgetown University Hospital where she continued to practice the respiratory care skills she attained from FCC. She is currently a clinical instructor. Why did you decide to come to FCC? I had a friend from high school who had gone to FCC. She told me they had a wonderful student life, academic programs, and not to mention a peaceful and caring atmosphere. What did you enjoy most about FCC? I really enjoyed the activities that student life provided us as students. Sometimes they would even provide us with lunch. The teachers were so caring, helpful, and very understanding.  What did you gain from your time at FCC? I felt very supported throughout my training at FCC, that they didn’t just look at me as another student but they treated me like family. Any time we had a question we could go to our program director or our teachers, or administrative staff. Everyone at all times was so receptive and welcoming, they would help us with any questions that we had. What do you enjoy about your work now? I was given an awesome opportunity to become a clinical instructor; I’ve always enjoyed working with the students. I’m so thankful to have been given such an awesome responsibility and opportunity to mold and shape young and aspiring RT students. I am thankful to be an RT because of the invaluable skills learned to save lives. Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? Frederick is such a beautiful county- the fresh air, the greenery, the people. I think it’s one of the strongest community colleges in Maryland. They have very good tuition rates, flexible schedules that help provide us with good work life balance, and not to mention wonderful professors who want to see us strive and succeed. Anything else you would like to add, either about your time at FCC or about your professional/personal life now that you think is good to know? I am so thankful to be a respiratory care practitioner because for 15 years I have had a great opportunity to work with fantastic people such as my health care colleagues who provide love and support to individuals, helping them in the process of healing, and holding their hand during a stressful time as a patient. It helps me to be motivated to always be thankful and to keep a positive perspective on my personal life.

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  • Maciah Thomas
    Maciah Thomas
    You have the ability to be great. Everything you need is in you. Spring 2017 and Summer 2019 Business Administration Maciah Thomas is the founder and president of Double Up Foundation, a Frederick-based non-profit that aims to improve the lives of local youth and adults through sports, mentorship, and community service. He founded the organization shortly after graduating from Frederick Community College (FCC) in 2019.
     
    Maciah transferred to FCC after attending West Virginia University (WVU) for two and a half years. A native of Frederick, his goal at the time was to start playing baseball again, prioritize his education, and grow as a young man. After graduating from FCC, he began working full-time, holding positions in medical warehouses, a biotech office, and as a landscaper. Knowing he needed to put his time and energy into something more meaningful in order to benefit his community, he founded Double Up Foundation.
    Why did you decide to come to FCC? I had attended WVU and was not performing at an acceptable level. FCC was a chance to get my goals aligned, restore the time I had let slip away, and have a moment of clarity for the future. I was very excited to attend FCC and continue my studies right in my backyard. It felt like home again, and that it was.
     
    What did you enjoy most about FCC? The first thing that comes to mind is that it was familiar, close to home and not a commute. But as I think again, the best thing about FCC is its precision. I can only speak for myself, but I never experienced any inconveniences as a student at FCC. The staff and administration were skilled and professional. It is run the way a college should run.
     
    What did you gain from your time at FCC? I gained a second chance from the mistakes, procrastination, and laziness I allowed to rule my life. I was back on track. It gave me the means to finish my associate degree and continue on. It reminded me of my path.
     
    Are there any lessons or skills you learned while at FCC that you use in your professional life today? Networking. When you’re attending school in your hometown, it’s very easy to put your professional and career life on hold. You get comfortable knowing everyone around you, and you forget to present your ideas, your goals, and your actions in the community. FCC helped me realize that the race was not done and I still had more to do. I began seeing all the opportunities to network and partner in my own community.
     
    What did you do after your time at FCC? After my time at FCC, I continued my academic and athletic career at a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school in Florida. I received my associate degree in the summer of 2019 from FCC and began to work full time. I soon realized that I was getting complacent again and needed another journey to funnel my energy into. That is when I started the Double Up Foundation.
     
    What do you enjoy about your work now? My favorite thing about the work I do is the unpredictability of it all. There is really no set time to start or stop the day. When you work in this field you must be ready at all times, prepared to step in and help at any time, and be ready to knock it out of the park. There's no "easy day." Every day is a challenge, a problem that needs fixing, or an obstacle to overcome. I was born for that. I thank God every day that I am able to get up and work with the great organizations in the community, people of this community, and spread God's work daily. I do not like to be in the same setting every day for work, and this gives me freedom. I am able to be constantly moving, see different places, and meet new people all in a day's work.
     
    Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? I think a lot of kids in the Frederick area do not utilize it to their advantage. Some people can't afford the out-of-state or university tuition prices. Many students wish to get out of the city in which they are from and journey off into a new chapter, but having a solid community college in your city gives you access to higher education at an affordable cost, allows you to save money on prerequisite courses, and offers a complete and safe environment of learning to better yourself.
     
    Anything else you would like to add, either about your time at FCC or about your professional/personal life now that you think is good to know? Thank you to my parents, family, Aje Hill, I Believe In Me Inc., Damascus Road Church, and fellow mentors for including me in their mission this year. I am glad to partner with great organizations while I am still growing!
     

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  • Anne Strotz
    Anne Strotz
    I'm grateful that FCC offered me the opportunity to hone in on what I'm passionate about. 2012 (as a dual enrollment student while attending high school) - 2015 Communications

    Anne Strotz graduated from FCC in May 2015. She began taking classes at FCC in 2012 as a dual enrollment student because it provided access to accredited classes that counted as homeschool high school credits while allowing her to work toward an associate degree.  


    After graduating from FCC, Anne continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from Regent University, specializing in advertising and public relations.

    What did you enjoy most about FCC and how did your time here impact your career?

    I appreciated the amount of resources offered to FCC students such as the library, different community type festivals, on-campus daycare, free tutoring, co-curricular social groups. The classes that impacted me the most were macroeconomics and career communications. Both of those classes prepared me for real-world scenarios I would face as a working adult. I highly recommend career communications for anyone who needs an elective credit.

    What do you enjoy about your work now?

    I work as an event coordinator now and completely adore the job. Working in the administrative/hospitality industry matches my exact skillset. I'm grateful that FCC offered me the opportunity to hone in on what I'm passionate about. After studying under professor Dr. Kathy Brooks, I knew being a communications major was meant for me.

    Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC?

    Frederick has a very unique opportunity due to the fact that we are a geographical mixing bowl. Within an hour you can be in Washington, DC; Gettysburg, PA; Harpers Ferry, WV; or Leesburg, VA. By having a "home base" in Frederick, students share in the opportunity to apply what they've been taught through a vast career or college field that reaches through the four-state area. FCC allows students to work at the pace they need- full-time, part-time, at night- while being extremely accommodating to transfer students.

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  • Grace Meier
    Grace Meier
    FCC allowed me to gain financial freedom in my adult life because I didn't have to take out loans for that year. Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Chemistry Grace Meier attended FCC from fall 2013 to spring 2014 after graduating from Urbana High School. She decided to come to FCC because it gave her more opportunities to be accepted into four-year universities and allowed her to save money. Grace studied chemistry and was a member of the volleyball team while attending FCC, and later transferred to the University of Maryland where she received a degree in middle school education. She is currently a middle school teacher at a school in Cheaspeake, Virginia that serves a high number of low-income families. What did you gain from your time at FCC? Are there any lessons or skills you learned while at FCC that you use in your professional life today? FCC allowed me to gain financial freedom in my adult life because I didn't have to take out loans for that year. I also gained a passion for Young Life, an organization I was able to volunteer with during my time at FCC through a local high school. FCC helped to teach me about time management, which is an important skill in the teaching profession. I was juggling academics, athletics, and also volunteering during this year. What do you enjoy about your work now? I love that my job allows me to make a difference in kids' lives. My students come from difficult situations, but I am able to be there to help them through it, not just as a teacher, but as a mentor, advocate, and encourager. Why do you think it is important that Frederick has a strong community college like FCC? FCC is important because it enables all students to achieve their goals. Some students cannot afford a four-year university, some students are not ready or able to leave their parents at age 18, and some students are adults with families and careers. I think FCC helps provide equity in Frederick and allows for all students to have the opportunity to achieve.

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