Annual Future Link STEM Career Conference to Take Place at FCC on May 25


Frederick Community College will host seventh-grade students from across the county for a conference to explore potential STEM careers on Wednesday, May 25.

More than 1,000 students from 16 schools will take part in the Ninth Annual FCPS Future Link STEM Career Conference. Students will have the opportunity to learn from current professionals in various STEM fields including Information Technology, Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Engineering, Business, Management, and Finance.

“STEM-related career fields are vital to the success and growth of our community, state, and nation, so the earlier we can expose students to these career fields, the better,” said Lisa Freel, Director of Admissions. “Having the opportunity to hear from passionate leaders in STEM fields also helps students see the connections between class teachings and real world applications, which can go a long way to increase student interest and success.”

Students will attend breakout sessions taught by FCC professors as well as business professionals from NASA, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Acela Technologies, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., NIST, Canam Steel Corp., the Frederick County Department of Emergency Communications, and more. Classes will cover a variety of topics such as cybersecurity awareness, making medicines, forensic microscopy, the world of consulting, engineering opportunities, and nursing. 

Future Link is made possible through a collaboration between FCC, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick County Workforce Services, Frederick Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Detrick Alliance.

FCC offers many STEM-related majors and programs, including Bioprocessing Technology, Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Gaming and Simulation programs. There is also an Associate of Science STEM degree designed for students who plan to go on to a four-year school and major in one of the traditional STEM areas.