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Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy
Class of 1990

How did your experience at FCC help you as a working professional today?

I was both a student and an employee while I attended FCC. While I was taking classes at FCC, I worked in the computer lab as a lab aide. Working as a lab aide provided a great experience in learning how to work with people on a day-to-day basis. My experience also gave me the opportunity to become a full-time employee at FCC for 8 years after I graduated from UMBC, plus teach as an adjunct professor for the Computer Department for several years.

What is the best advice you could give a current FCC student?

Look for opportunities to gain work experience while taking classes at FCC. Internships or work-study opportunities will be a great benefit when pursuing your future goals. Also, by attending FCC I was able to complete my general education requirements. By completing my general education requirements at FCC, I was able to focus on my major when I transferred to UMBC.

What is your favorite FCC memory or story?

My favorite memory was during my time as an employee. I had the opportunity to design the computer network infrastructure when FCC first implemented a campus network in the 1990s. The infrastructure design was used for several years and I believe it is still in use today.

What makes you FCC proud?

FCC gave me the opportunity to pursue both my educational and career goals. When I graduated from UMBC, I had a difficult time finding a full-time job because potential employers were looking for previous work experience. My first full-time job was at FCC. While I was an employee at FCC, I also had the opportunity to pursue and complete my MBA at Frostburg State University

Is there anything else you want to tell us about yourself or your family?

I have lived in Frederick County my entire life. When I’m not working, I spend my time volunteering for organizations that support the youth. In the past, I have volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a Big Brother for numerous years and have served on the Board of Directors for the Frederick County 4-H Camp Center for several years (served as President for two years). For the past seven years, I’ve been a member of Team WFRE raising funds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So far, I have raised over $80,000 and set a personal goal to raise an additional $20,000 this year.


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