ILR 55+ at FCC

Summer Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open. Check out all of the new learning opportunities here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I receive my schedule?
You should receive your schedule the week of April 8th. A digital copy is available here.

Where do I register?
You can register online or in person beginning April 8th!

I’m not on your mailing list…how can I be added?
Click here to fill out a request.

We’re in Full Bloom!

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins”

– Algernon Charles Swinburne

We’re celebrating the arrival of spring with a curated selection of seasonal favorites! Join us as we experience, examine, and enjoy all of spring’s gifts!

Spring in a Snap: Photos in the Field 4/9, 9am-3pm

Floral Design: Fresh Spring Blooms 4/12, 9am-Noon

Fragrant Fleeting Fancies 4/13, Noon-2pm

Nature Walks 101: Flora & Fauna 5/13-6/10, 9am-11am

The Boxes are Unpacked…the Registration Office is Now Open

With renovations complete, the Continuing Education & Workforce Development registration office has moved and is now located in Jefferson Hall on the first floor. Come by and see us! FCC Campus Map

Registration Office Hours
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

As always, registration is open 24/7 online here.

Online Registration Questions? If you are trying to register and having difficulties please call the Registration Office directly at 301-624-2888.

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.

ILR is proud to present select courses in the community this spring. Join us for engaging classes focusing on history, literature, creative arts, and health and wellness in convenient locations across Frederick County. Made possible by a generous donation from the Shirley Cruickshank Wolfe Fund, participants are invited to enjoy these off-campus ILR classes free of charge.

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.

Daybreak Adult Day Services, 301.696.0808
New! ILR901 Beauty Takes Flight Series: Butterflies in Our Backyard
Instructor: Kathy Barylski
Thu, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., 4/18

Daybreak Adult Day Services, 301.696.0808
New! ILR901 Beauty Takes Flight Series: Metamorphosis
Instructor: Kathy Barylski
Thu, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., 4/25

Daybreak Adult Day Services, 301.696.0808
ILR901 Beauty Takes Flight Series: Surprising Moths
Instructor: Kathy Barylski
Thu, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., 5/2

Frederick Senior Center, 301.600.3525
ILR922 History of NASA and the Space Program
Instructor: Bob Rubock
Thu, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 8/15 – 8/29

Discover Greece & and Its Islands


Come join us in Fall 2019 as we explore Greece…

Dates: October 3 – 17, 2019

Included in Price: Round trip air from Baltimore Washington International Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges and Hotel Transfers.

Trip Leader: Your trip leader for Greece is Marcy Gouge. Documenting trips on her travel blog, Marcy is the author of additional online travel articles, including one about her trip to Greece in the Washington Post travel section. She enjoys coordinating and leading 55+ travel groups and currently teaches travel classes at community colleges throughout the area. Come and meet her at FCC next month.

For more information click here.

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.