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Contact: Chuck LoSchiavo, Program Manager • • 240.629.7903 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Chuck LoSchiavo, Program Manager
240.629.7903

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Electrical Certificate The Electrical certificate program prepares students for entry-level electrical positions and apprenticeships. Students acquire practical skills in residential and commercial circuitry, cable installation and termination, and conduit bending, as well as the ability to navigate and apply the National Electrical Code. Completion of the Electrical certificate program verifies students' proficiency in the field and helps in the job market.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 BLDT 101 Introduction to Building Trades   3 Credits
2 BLDT 140 Fundamentals of Structural Wiring   3 Credits
3 BLDT 241 Residential Electric   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 BLDT 143 Specialized Systems   3 Credits
5 BLDT 242 Commercial Electric   3 Credits
6 CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology (optional)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Interpret and apply blueprints and schematics to a construction project within the trade.
  • Create a cost estimate of a specific project to include materials, equipment, and labor.
  • Evaluate a construction project to select and operate appropriate tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Apply principles of safety to equipment usage and materials handling on a construction work site.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply appropriate building codes to complete a construction project.
  • Install, troubleshoot and/or repair equipment toward completion of a project to meet job specifications.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Building Trades Technology


Available Scholarships for this Program:
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Electrical Letter of Recognition The Electrical LOR program prepares students with the basic skills and knowledge for entry-level electrical positions and apprenticeships. Students acquire practical skills in residential circuitry, cable installation and termination, as well as navigating and applying the National Electrical Code.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 BLDT 101 Introduction to Building Trades   3 Credits
2 BLDT 140 Fundamentals of Structural Wiring   4 Credits
3 BLDT 241 Residential Electric   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Interpret and apply blueprints and schematics to a construction project within the trade.
  • Create a cost estimate of a specific project to include materials, equipment, and labor.
  • Evaluate a construction project to select and operate appropriate tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Apply principles of safety to equipment usage and materials handling on a construction work site.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply appropriate building codes to complete a construction project.
  • Install, troubleshoot and/or repair equipment toward completion of a project to meet job specifications.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway​

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Building Trades Technology

Available Scholarships for this Program:
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

HVAC Certificate The HVAC certificate program prepares students for entry-level HVAC positions and apprenticeships. Students receive an overview of basic thermodynamics and refrigeration theory and practice brazing, soldering and electrical troubleshooting. Students also have an opportunity to earn an EPA-608 certification (CFC card), a federal requirement for all persons working with regulated refrigerants in the HVAC industry.

Upon successful completion, students have the necessary skills and an advantage in this high-tech, fast-paced trade. Completion of the HVAC certificate program verifies students' proficiency in the field and helps in the job market.
 

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 BLDT 101 Introduction to Building Trades   3 Credits
2 BLDT 110 Fundamentals of HVACR   3 Credits
3 BLDT 111 Controls for HVAC   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 BLDT 113 Fossil Fuels & Hydronic Heating   3 Credits
5 BLDT 212 HVAC Installation & Troubleshooting   3 Credits
6 CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology (optional)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Interpret and apply blueprints and schematics to a construction project within the trade.
  • Create a cost estimate of a specific project to include materials, equipment, and labor.
  • Evaluate a construction project to select and operate appropriate tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Apply principles of safety to equipment usage and materials handling on a construction work site.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply appropriate building codes to complete a construction project.
  • Install, troubleshoot and/or repair equipment toward completion of a project to meet job specifications.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Building Trades Technology


Available Scholarships for this Program:
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

HVAC Letter of Recognition The HVAC LOR program prepares students with the basic skills and knowledge for entry-level HVAC positions and apprenticeships. Students receive an overview of basic thermodynamics and refrigeration theory and practice brazing, soldering and electrical troubleshooting.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 BLDT 101 Introduction to Building Trades   3 Credits
2 BLDT 110 Fundamentals of HVACR   4 Credits
3 BLDT 111 Controls for HVACR   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and safely use proper tools of the trade
  • Identify components of HVAC equipment and explain their purpose
  • Read and interpret schematics
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Welding Certificate Courses in SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW equip students with skills to excel in a welding career. Students have the opportunity to earn 2G, 3G, and 4G SMAW welding certifications.

Upon successful completion, students with the right credentials and up-to-date training often have the best job prospects. Completion of the Welding certificate program verifies students' proficiency in the field and helps in the job market.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 BLDT 101 Introduction to Building Trades   3 Credits
2 BLDT 120 Introduction to Welding   2 Credits
3 BLDT 121 Welding Symbols & Blueprint Reading   4 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 BLDT 222 Advanced Welding: SMAW   4 Credits
5 BLDT 224, 225, or 223 Welding Elective   3 Credits
6 CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology (optional)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students must complete BLD 122 prior to enrolling in BLD 128.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate appropriate shop safety rules
  • Perform a variety of cuts in the flat position on carbon steel using multiple methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of SMAW electrodes and the American Welding Society (AWS) identification system
  • Identify the basic welding joints and welding positions
  • Preform various weld joints in multiple positions using the GMAW, GTAW, and SMAW processes 

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway​

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Building Trades Technology


Available Scholarships for this Program:
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Welding Letter of Recognition The welding LOR program prepares students with the basic skills and knowledge for entry-level welding positions. Students have the opportunity to earn 2G and 3G SMAW welding certifications.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 BLDT 101 Introduction to Building Trades   3 Credits
2 BLDT 120 Introduction to Welding   4 Credits
3 BLDT 121 Welding Symbols & Blueprint Reading   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate appropriate shop safety rules.
  • Perform a variety of cuts in the flat position on carbon steel using multiple methods.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of SMAW electrodes and the American Welding Society (AWS) identification system.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway​

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Trades & Vocational Training. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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Electricians
$55,190.00/yr • +9%*
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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
$47,610.00/yr • +15%*
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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
$41,380.00/yr • +6%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall(J200) • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • 301.846.2620