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FCC Honored with Two Maryland State Department of Education Awards of Excellence

04/24/2019

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has named Kathy Francis, Executive Director of Emergency Management Programs at FCC, and the FCC Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute (HCTI) winners of 2019 Career and Technology Education (CTE) Awards of Excellence.

The Maryland CTE Awards of Excellence program, sponsored by the MSDE Division of Career and College Readiness, recognizes business partners, teachers, and others from across the state who have created opportunities for students to prepare for careers and further education. The Awards of Excellence were presented on April 23 in Baltimore.

Kathy Francis received the 2019 Outstanding Change Agent (Postsecondary) award. HCTI received the Outstanding CTE Program (Postsecondary) award. 

The awards were two of only 10 given this year at the state award ceremony.

“We are honored that the Maryland State Department of Education has recognized the leadership of Kathy Francis and the innovation of our Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute, led by Elizabeth DeRose,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Under the leadership of Kathy Francis and Elizabeth DeRose, students in our emergency management programs and HCTI are given educational training and hands-on experience that ensures they enter the workforce with both the skills to succeed and the knowledge to adapt in their ever-changing industries.”

As the Executive Director of Emergency Management Programs, Kathy Francis directs the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM). In this position, she leads MACEM to provide education, training, and professional development in all phases of emergency management, including authoring and instructing U.S. Department of Homeland Security certified specialty courses in emergency management. She has extensive experience in emergency management at the state and national level and has devoted her career to keeping individuals, organizations, and communities safe.

The Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute at FCC offers Certificate and AAS degree programs in culinary arts and hospitality management. Instruction focuses on skills and competencies aligned with industry standards established by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the American Hotel Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). As part of a capstone learning experience in their final semester, HCTI students gain real world hands-on experience at 200 Monroe, the FCC student-run restaurant that serves the public for 10 weeks each semester. This semester, HCTI students have provided gourmet, three-course dinner service and a lunch express option at 200 Monroe. For the past three years, the restaurant has earned Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award for consistently high ratings. Students also complete a 240-hour internship in the foodservice and hospitality businesses. These internships often lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management, click here.

For more information about the Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute, click here.