ILR 55+ at FCC

Discover Greece & and Its Islands


Come join us in Fall 2019 as we explore Greece…

Dates: October 10 – 24, 2019
Included in Price: Round trip air from Baltimore Washington International Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges and Hotel Transfers.
For more information click here.

Join us for an Information Session:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Frederick Community College
E123, Conference Center
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
Please RSVP to (301) 624-2732


Fall is Here

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Here in ILR, we’re always looking ahead. The two questions we always get are, “When does registration open?” and, “When will I receive the ILR schedule?” Well, we have the answers! Registration opens on August 1st, 2018. Schedules will arrive around mid-August. Not on our mailing list? No problem! Sign up here. This Fall ILR is offering over 40 new classes and over 90 total classes! Check them out here!

Do you prefer to register in person? The Registration Office is now located in the Student Center, H105. You can view hours and a map here.

So tell us, what would YOU love to learn?

ILR is Taking Classes Out into the Community

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ILR Classes in the Community

Join us for engaging classes focused on history, literature, creative arts, and health and wellness in convenient locations across Frederick County.

These classes are presented at no charge courtesy of partnerships with the Frederick County Public Library and the Frederick Senior Center in conjunction with Frederick Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. These classes have been funded by the Shirley Cruickshank Wolfe Fund which provides program support to the ILR Program at FCC.

Registration:  To register, please contact the individual locations where you would like to attend a class. The staff at your chosen location will provide details and confirm your participation.

Click on the class title for more information:

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars

Mon 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 9/10/2018-10/22/2018
Location: Thurmont Public Library
Registration: Please contact the Thurmont Library for more information and to register.(301)-600-7200

Queen Victoria enjoyed a long reign from 1837-1901. Though her reign was considered one of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities, and national self-confidence, she frequently called upon the British Army to fight in military expeditions around the world. These “little” wars would extend political control over the growing empire. In this course, you will learn how the British Army contributed to the maintenance of the British Empire during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The course will focus on the Sikh Wars, Crimean War, Indian Sepoy Mutiny, Ashanti Wars, Zulu War, the War in Sudan, and the Boer Wars.

Instructor: James H. “Jim” Hubbard has had an enduring interest in military history for more than sixty years and enjoys sharing his passion with students who have an interest in history. Jim is a retired Federal employee who, after service in the United States Army,

Frederick’s Architectural Heritage

Wed 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 9/12/2018-10/3/2018
Location: Frederick C Burr Artz Public Library
Registration: Please contact the C Burr Artz library for more information and to register. (301)-600-1630

This course on American architecture will use Frederick County examples to highlight the changes from early colonial vernacular building forms through the rise of national stylistic trends. The course will start with two lectures and end with two walking tours of downtown National Register Historic Districts preserved in Emmitsburg and Frederick. Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to the walking tours. A designated meet up location for each community will be provided by the instructor after the start of the course.

Instructor: William J Sheppard is a college Anthropology and Archaeology instructor who earned his Masters Degree in Anthropology from The College of William and Mary. As a professional archaeologist for thirty years, Mr. Sheppard has directed prehistoric and historic period archaeological investigations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. His current research includes the analysis of cultural systems of power including ethnicity, race, gender and religion through the study of material culture in Historic Archaeology.

A Walk Through the National Mall & Memorial Parks

Fridays, 10:30 am – noon, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12
Location: Daybreak Adult Day Services,7819 Rocky Springs Rd, Frederick, MD 21702
Registration: Please contact Daybreak Adult Day Services for more information and to register. (301)-696-0808

The grandeur and symbolism of our monuments and memorials is legendary. In some cases the symbols rendered by these national treasures hide in plain sight, while others may be abundantly clear. Join National Park rangers as we unlock the stories of these magnificent sites.

Instructor: National Park Ranger

Signs of Our Times I: An Exploration of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

Fri 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, 10/5/2018-10/26/2018
Location: Walkersville Public Library
Registration: Please contact the Walkersville Public Library for more information and to register. (301)-845-8880 

We are living in a hub of the American deaf community as residents of Frederick. Often times we find ourselves fascinated by the visual language, or perhaps, frustrated by the fact that we are at a “loss for words” in the presence of deaf individuals. This class will enlighten you to the rich history and culture of the DEAF community and its language. In these two, sequential courses you will also be introduced to using American Sign Language. We will enjoy the verbal and non-verbal class participation as we learn to appreciate the manual language through movement, mime, and improvisation exercises.

Instructor: Martha B. Pugh holds a master’s degree in Secondary Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Boston University. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching Introductory ASL classes. Martha has also been working as an ASL interpreter for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools for the past 22 years. She enjoys sharing her love of ASL with all ages.

Personal Self Defensive Tactics

Fri 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 10/12/2018-10/12/2018
Location: Brunswick Public Library
Registration: Please contact the Brunswick Public Library for more information and to register. (301)-600-7250 

Rape/robbery/assault is not a selective crime, it has no regard for age, race, or social status. In this class, you will learn basic common sense rules that can be used to protect yourself before, during, and after an attack. Research shows that educated citizens are best equipped to protect themselves. The class has been described by some students as “an insurance policy you never want to have to use but which is comforting to have.” The class is designed for all ages and is strictly classroom based; this is not a physical class.

Instructor: Instructor: Captain Kirby Lee Maybush retired form the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office with 45 years of law enforcement. He has taught self-defense/defensive tactics at police, sheriff, and correction academies and to military police and numerous organizations in the area. He has been on TV and radio in reference to the classes. Several women after attending CPT Maybush’s classes stated not only were they able to prevent a sexual/physical assault it also increased their self-esteem and self-confidence, improved their personal lives, family ties, and work relationships.

From Eternity to Here: The Big Bang to Today

Wed 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 11/28/2018-12/5/2018
Location: Frederick Senior Center
Registration: Please contact the Senior Center for more information and to register. (301)-600-3525 

In this incredibly rich and fast-paced course we will examine the 14 billion year timeline that started with the explosion called the Big Bang and a microscopically small entity that contained all of the “stuff” that we now see as the observable (and non-observable) universe. Our journey will take us through the time of the incredibly hot, dense, and dark expanding fireball to the cooling period that brought the emergence of light, the formation of matter, stars, and ultimately, the planets such as our own Earth.

Instructor: Bob Rubock graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and an MSEE from the University of Connecticut. He began his career in electronic warfare at United Aircraft but eventually turned to design of spacecraft for humanitarian purposes at NASA. Bob likes to say; “Engineering made the dough, Cosmology makes me go.” His courses require no math or formal scientific training, but a good sense of humor is mandatory. Bob believes that starting a class with good jokes improves the learning process. Bob’s other passion is rock climbing, having traveled around the U.S. and Europe in its pursuit.



Registration Has Moved

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FCC is currently renovating its Student Services building to better serve you, our students. During this renovation, the Registration Office is located in H Building (Student Center), H105. The phone number is 301-624-2888.


Stay in the Know with FCC Alerts

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Wondering if your class is canceled due to the weather? Does ILR follow the college’s closing policy? Will I receive a call from ILR staff if my class is canceled due to weather? The answers are below:

The following information from the FCC Inclement Weather/College Closing Policy policy has been modified for ILR:
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Creative Writing

Creative Writing
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – Noon, September 19 – November 21
Location: Emmitsburg Public Library, 300A S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD
Registration:  Please contact Hannah Wilkes at the library for more information. (301) 600-7202

Do you have a desire to write creatively? This course is appropriate for both experienced and novice writers. Participants may write in whatever genre of creative writing they choose and then share, if they wish, what they have written. A safe space is maintained by participants treating all work as confidential and being allowed to only make positive comments on each other’s writing. Writing can be wonderful therapy where friendships form.

Instructor: Judy Kelly

Qualifications:  Judy’s writing credentials include a published novel, That Ever Died So Young, a Finalist in the Somerset Literary and Contemporary Fiction Award, 2014; The Weekend,” a short story published in an anthology;  and, “The Nun,” a short story published in an anthology. Blessings and Curses, a novel and Finding the Way Home, a book of short stories are both in the publishing process. She presented at the Fiction Writers Institute in Hagerstown, Maryland; at Montgomery College, Germantown, Maryland; and, at Maryland Writers’ Association, Montgomery County. She’s taught writing and creative writing to high school teachers through the continuing education and certification program at George Mason University through AWP. Other participation includes editor of a newsletter for a singles group for two years. She attended the Maryland Writers’ Workshop, The Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Bay to Ocean Writers Conference; Gettysburg Conference and several other conferences and workshops. She’s a Beta reader for several writers. Her current works include a book of short stories in the completion stage, a second novel out to an editor and agent, and the third novel in process.

Principles of U.S. National Security

Principles of U.S. National Security
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, September 13 – October 25 (Skip October 11)
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Marian Currens at the library for more information or to register. (301) 600-3760

National security issues are a hot topic these days. This course is a basic introduction to the theory and practice of national security policy by the United States in the 21st-century setting, drawing upon real-world situations that are widely discussed in the national media. The course will be comprised of the following topics:
1. Principles of national security including neoconservative, humanitarian interventionist, neo-isolationist, and some historical American national security policies.
2. The role of the military in U.S. national security policy including NATO and Constitutional provisions of how the United States government “goes to war.”
3. The role of diplomacy in national security policy versus the use of military power.
4. The role of economic policy in shaping U.S. national security policy.

Instructor: Jeffrey Steinberg is both an analyst and practitioner of U.S. national security policy. He has been an investigative journalist for more than 40 years, serving since 1986 on the editorial board of a weekly publication, Executive Intelligence Review, and writing for a range of international newsletters and magazines; and has also participated in various advisory capacities for U.S. government officials on a wide range of national security issues, from strategic defense policy, to the war on terrorism, to the war on illegal narcotics, to the economic dimensions of national security. He has lectured internationally on issues related to national security. Steinberg is the author and/or co-author of hundreds of articles and special reports on a wide range of national security issues, current affairs, and history.

History’s Mysteries: Ghost Evidence

History’s Mysteries: Ghost Evidence
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, Nov. 1 – 8
Location: Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Ave, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Dara Markowitz at the Frederick Senior Center for more information and to register. (301) 600-3525

We’ll view some of the most famous and compelling images of ghostly figures, and discuss heaven, angels, and personal experiences with the paranormal. Keep a very open mind!

Instructor: Warren Gray is a retired Air Force intelligence officer with experience in special operations and counterterrorism, and an avid interest in historical mysteries. He earned twenty military medals and four college degrees, including a Master of Aeronautical Science degree, and has authored seven published historical novels. He has instructed fighter pilots, military commanders, civilian dignitaries, senior NATO officers, students of all ages, and various public audiences on a wide range of topics. Warren’s engaging teaching style and visually rich presentations offer unique insights and shed light into the dim corners of history.

Comin’ In On a Wing and a Prayer – WWII Music and Its Influences

Comin’ In On a Wing and a Prayer – WWII Music and Its Influences
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, November 6 – Nov. 27
Location: Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Derek Gee at the library for more information and to register. (301) 600-7011

As the American home front became immersed in WWII, citizens turned to patriotic music for both entertainment and as a way to achieve war time goals. The war influenced the music as much as the music influenced the culture. Through a mix of lecture, videos, and recordings, the instructor will present what the American war aimed to achieve and the role of music in achieving these goals.

Instructor: Frank A. Salamone is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted research in various locations, including Africa, the United States, and South America. He has taught and written on many topics and on many stages of life. These include religion, imperialism, music, and human development.

R U Medically Curious?

R U Medically Curious?
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, September 12 – 26 (Pick One Topic or All of Them!)
Location: Thurmont Public Library, 76 E Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD
Registration: Please contact Erin Dingle at the library for more information and to register. (301) 600-7201

Are you the kind of person who is skeptical of television medical advice and drug company ads? Do you appreciate evidence-based information on health? Well, you have come to the right place. In this course, Dr. Larry Romane tackles some of the most important topics in health, with interactive sessions. Discover the workings of your amazing body as you thread through the hype and bypass the medical jargon in this fun and fascinating course.

Instructor: Dr. Larry Romane is board certified in Emergency Medicine and spent 35 years as an ER doctor. After retiring, he served as a physician volunteer at a free clinic for the uninsured. He’s the author of two medical books and loves teaching. His courses give current medical information at a high school reading level. Look for Dr. Romane’s book, R U Medically Curious? Common Topics – Simply explained, online and on Kindle.

“TRAUMA: Crashes, Falls and Bullets in Everyday Life” 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Trauma – crashes, falls, and bullets! The high school “physics” of car crashes. Why safer cars still aren’t keeping us safe. The reality of gun shot wounds (GSWs) – it’s not like TV! Aren’t GSWs our #1 trauma death? Remember, there’s no such thing as “a little fall”. And finally, the assault rifle vs. the 2nd amendment, hmmm…

“Common Infections: Bacteria, Viruses, Yeast – YUCK!”
Tuesday, September 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Which needs antibiotics – bacteria or viruses? Why? What does antibiotic resistance means and what two diagnoses make it worse? Can you tell a URI from a UTI? How about Athlete’s Foot and yeast infections, or lice and scabies?

“Psychiatry – Let’s Just Forget the Embarrassment!”     
Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: It’s your brain. Why are you always embarrassed or in denial when it goes awry? Anxiety and depression seem like two sides of a similar coin. Schizophrenia and psychosis – what laymen call “crazy” and why. PTSD, bipolar, and more.