Community college initiative kicks off in Frederick

Monday, July 10, 2006

Frederick Community College will be one of 11 in Maryland to benefit from a new initiative to help students who have learning disabilities.

On Monday, officials from the Maryland Department of Disabilities and Maryland Higher Education Commission announced the program at the college to help high school seniors earn a degree.

The Governor’s Community College Initiative for Students with Learning Disabilities will award $500,000 to approximately 200 students. Students chosen for the project are eligible for up to $2,500 per year for three years to earn their degree or career certification at a state community college.

The money will helps students ages 18-22 receive individualized support services beyond what the colleges already offer.

At Frederick Community College, the money will fund a customized learning strategies program to help up to 10 students understand their disabilities and provide strategies for use in the classroom.

College President Carol Eatonsaid the role of community colleges is to ‘‘open doors for citizens of the county and region ... that have a dream.

‘‘[The funding] will allow these students to come here and be successful, and we can provide tools for them to achieve that success,” she said.

Department of Disabilities Secretary Kristen Cox praised the 11 community colleges for ‘‘stepping up to find a way to help kids be successful” in accessing a college education.

For more on this story, read The Gazette on Thursday.