When Charles Baldwin walks to class at Frederick Community College, he sometimes hears familiar voices yell, “Dad!”
“I hear somebody yell ‘Hey dad!’ and I’m the only one who turns around,” he said. “And everyone’s looking at me — I’m like ‘Yup, that’s my girl.’ It’s been a great experience.”
Baldwin, who is studying business management, is one of five members of his family who attend classes at FCC. His wife, Georgia is studying business administration, and their three oldest daughters, who all graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, also attend classes at the school. Alexis, 20, is in the respiratory care program; Soti, 19, is studying arts education; and Raquel, 18, enrolled this semester and is taking criminal justice classes. The Baldwins also have a kindergartner and a second-grader.
“I ended up going back to school and the three girls, they were planning on going to FCC once they graduated anyway,” he said.
Baldwin said he was the first in his family to begin classes at FCC, but that other members of his family followed suit soon after. While the family members haven’t had shared classes yet, he said it’s been helpful to have his daughters, who have assisted him with some of his classwork.
“I hadn’t been in the classroom in more than 20 years,” he said. “Some of this math stuff I was looking at was giving me a headache. If it wasn’t for my daughters, I wouldn’t have learned it. They wouldn’t let me give up on it. They’ve been a great help to us.”