ILR 55+ at FCC

Spring Registration is Now Open

This Spring ILR is offering over 70 classes and 5 day trips. So, when can you register? Now! Click here to view all of our offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I receive my schedule?
You should receive your schedule during late December. You can find a digital copy here (beginning December 11th).

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You can register online here.

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ILR is Taking Classes Out into the Community

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:



National Treasures

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Jan. 10th, Feb. 7th, March 7th
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

The monuments of Washington DC are the core of any visit to our nation’s capital. The artistic grandeur and symbolism of our monuments and memorials is legendary. At the National Mall and Memorial Parks natural beauty and historical sites also blend seamlessly into the fabric of our nation’s capital. If you are a history buff or just enjoy a walk in the park, join this continuing series with the National Park Service as we explore the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Washington’s Cherry Blossoms, and Fords Theatre National Historic Site. Take a virtual trip through history via the pageantry of art, architecture, and nature. As stories and symbols unfold, connections both in and around these beautiful sites just may surprise you. Students will also enjoy an anecdote or two about what it is like to be a park ranger.

Instructor: A native of Hagerstown, MD, Brad Berger served as a security specialist in the United States Air Force. He has earned degrees in history from Shepherd College and Shippensburg State University. Through his graduate program, he interned for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Since 2002, Brad has worked as a park ranger at National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. A favorite amongst his duties is service as outreach coordinator for park ranger lecture series at the learning in retirement programs in the Washington metropolitan area.

Instructor: Jen Epstein has served as the education specialist for National Mall and Memorial Parks since 2010, although she’s worked at the park since 1998. Interested in history since the 5th grade, she started out as a park volunteer in college, before spending about 5 years in different seasonal park ranger positions. She enjoys sharing the National Park Service resources with students of all ages.

Russian History

Mondays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, March 5 – 26
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

In many ways, Russia is unique in both geography and history. A study in contrasts, the story of Russia’s people is one of great achievements set against unbearable tragedies. This “Big Picture” survey of Russia’s long history brings to light the patterns, trends, and key events that have brought us to the Russia of today and the world view of its people.

Instructor: Ernest O’Roark was a writer and team member for the World History for Us All curriculum project, working with David Christian author of Maps of Time and This Fleeting World as well as a number of other leading scholars in the field of World History. Ernie taught middle school in Montgomery County for 32 years.

Sign of Our Times

Fridays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Apr. 6 – 27
Location: Walkersville Public Library, 57 W Frederick St, Walkersville, MD
Registration: Please contact Katy Thompson at the library for more information and to register.

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.

The Little Prince and World War II

Fridays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Apr. 6 – May 11
Location: Brunswick Public Library, N Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD
Registration: Please contact Beth Cartier at the library for more information and to register.

Examine the French Resistance during World War II through the text of Antoine de St. Exupery’s “The Little Prince.” Students will read St. Exupery’s world renowned literary work and examine the events in the author’s life that preceded his work. The novel is filled with philosophical ideas, such as the wisdom from the fox, “that which is essential is invisible to the eyes.” These and other ideas will be explored and discussed as students learn how the author’s reaction to the invasion of his beloved France became the impetus for his literary work.

Please Note: To get the best experience out of this class students should bring a copy of the book to class; book can be purchased on-line or from most bookstores.

Instructor: Dr. Lois Jarman has been a world language educator for more than seventeen years. She has taught English, French, Spanish, and Latin on a secondary and post-secondary level. Lois received her doctoral degree in second language acquisition and currently is the Director of the Intensive English Language Program at Shepherd University. Lois has been a Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member and volunteer for more than seventeen years. She is a mentor with Woman to Woman Mentoring and is pleased to be a member of the Frederick County Commission for Women.

Reading Mysteries: Authors/Solutions/Websites

Weds., 1:00 – 3:00 pm, May 16 – 23
Location: C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Marian Currens at the library for more information and to register. (301)-600-3760

Enjoy reading mystery stories? Like figuring out “whodunit” before the author reveals the culprit? Come learn the background history of Mystery Fiction — from trendsetting authors (Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, etc.) to more modern authors (Erle Stanley Gardner, Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, etc.). Discover ways to search for clues – real or “red herring.” Come enhance your own mystery reading. Happy Sleuthing!

Instructor: Peg Mauzy is a retired Frederick Community College English Professor and International Education Coordinator. She is a huge mystery fan and has taught a variety of mystery courses from British (Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, etc.) to American Mystery Authors (Erle Stanley Gardner, Cornell Woolrich, Sue Grafton, etc.). Peg will help students discover ways to enhance their reading of mystery fiction while having fun using their “little grey” brain cells.



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.





So What’s All the Hullabaloo?

Hullabaloo at FCC

Do you like having fun? Are you itching to do something different? Are you looking to broaden your social circle? We can’t think of a better way. 

Introducing Hullabaloo – The new look and feel of the Personal Enrichment program here at FCC. Experience new classes where individuals of all ages can come together to learn a skill, share an experience, and have a blast with good company.  Meet up with friends to paint “happy little trees” in a Bob Ross Painting class.  Make it a date as you learn the science behind mixing hand-crafted cocktails. Get some dirt on your hands as you create a DIY Hobby Greenhouse.  Whether you’re new to Frederick, or a lifelong native, you’ll experience something special in our new classes that focus as much on fun as they do learning.

Happy Little Trees held on January 27th, check it out here.

Want to explore more classes? Check them out here.

Contact Us
Taylor Smith • Lifelong Learning Program Coordinator
(301) 624-2820 •




Worried About Weather?

Inclement weather can happen at anytime.  The following information from the FCC Inclement Weather/College Closing Policy policy has been modified for ILR:
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The History of Aviation – Behind the Scenes

The History of Aviation: The Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Aircraft Museum and Behind-the-Scenes Restoration Facility Tour – with Gerry Blake and Ernie O’Rourke

Astounding leaps in aviation technology are on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy center located at Dulles Airport. Ranging from Langley’s 1903 Aerodrome to the 2,000 mph SR-71 Blackbird and the Space Shuttle Discovery, it’s difficult to imagine that these machines share the same century.

Instructor Jerry Blake’s considerable technical and historical knowledge will provide participants with an insight into this rapid evolution of manned flight. As part of the tour, Jerry will lead a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration hanger where history aircraft are prepared for display.
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