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FCC awarded grant for Internet degree

September 04, 1998

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick Community College will be the first community college in the nation to create an Internet Degree Completion Center and is one of only a few colleges and universities to receive a special grant from the U.S. Department of Education worth $193,000 over three years.

The grant is provided through the department's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Comprehensive Program. Nearly 2,000 two- and four-year colleges and universities submitted grant proposals and less than 70 were funded by Congress.

"We're very excited about the potential this prestigious grant brings to the Frederick County community. To have our proposal selected from among so many others in one of the most competitive funding source arenas is a tribute to the expertise and commitment of the FCC grant team," said FCC President Patricia Stanley.

The college will receive about $72,000 the first year, $63,000 the second year and $58,000 for the final year.

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The college will use the grant money to create an Internet Degree Completion Center in its new conference center, which is under construction and scheduled to open next fall. Through the Degree Completion Center, students will enroll in and complete degrees from any college or university in the country that has converted its programs to distance learning, including online classes offered over the Internet.

FCC has already received commitment from four-year colleges, including University of Maryland University College, Towson University, Governor's State University in Illinois and Thomas Edison University in New Jersey. Students will pay tuition and fees to the transmitting school and a fee to FCC for use of the center and its services.

The center will have high-speed computers with high-quality fiber-optic components to ensure fast Internet access. It will also have video teleconferencing, CD ROM and video laser disk capabilities, VCRs, laser printers, copiers, fax machines and parcel mailing services.

"The Internet Degree Completion Center makes Frederick Community College a national leader in providing higher education via distance learning," said Richard Yankosky, chief information technology officer at the college. "The center opens so many doors for our students to complete national and international bachelor's programs. For the working adult who has a family, many of the online classes are ideal because students can study at their own pace on their own time. Frederick Community College graduates will be able to continue with their four-year programs online from the FCC campus."

The center will likely be open 24 hours to accommodate students' busy schedules.

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