Juvenile detention center taking online courses at Frederick Community College

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A new program is allowing students who are in a juvenile detention center to take online courses at Frederick Community College (FCC).

An opportunity that gives a second chance, “We want them to be successful and rejoin society,” said the director of dual enrollment at Frederick Community College, Elizabeth Duffy.

A new program called is providing college courses for people that are in juvenile services.

‘Students at Victor Cullen who have achieve their GED and Victor Cullen has an 85 percent pass rate on this GED test, they may take the Accuplacer, which is the placement exam, we use at Frederick Community College to determine college readiness,” said Duffy.

Juveniles will have online access to math courses, history courses, and sociology courses inside the facility, but will have limited restrictions.

“They have a lot of Victor Cullen staff who are their to support and assist, but yes, they do have access to the appropriate technology, so they can be successful with the courses,” said Duffy. 

The program already has three students enrolled and currently have five others waiting to take the placement test.

“I think really when part of your name is community college, they are a part of our community and I think it is our duty and it is one of our responsibilities to reach all members of our community and that includes the students of Victor Cullen,” said Duffy.

Officials said that the Maryland State Department of Education is paying for two college courses for the students enrolled.

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