Frederick County offers high-quality, award-winning educational facilities and institutions who provide the business community with a highly-educated work force. Frederick County's labor force includes graduates from Frederick Community College, Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University and students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland School for the Deaf located in Frederick as well as a wide variety of private school and special education options.
Frederick County Public Schools
Frederick County is nationally recognized for its public education system and remains one of the region's leaders in virtually every measure of student achievement and educational attainment. Frederick County students consistently outpace the state and nation in SAT scores. Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) has been a recipient for many years of the US Department of Education's prestigious national Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Award.
A comprehensive array of advanced education alternatives is offered by local colleges, including Hood College, Mount Saint Mary's University and Frederick Community College as well as by prestigious universities such as Johns Hopkins University and the 13 campuses of the University System of Maryland.
Hood College in Frederick City is a private, four-year college offering 27 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs. In Emmitsburg, Mount Saint Mary's University is an undergraduate liberal arts college with graduate programs that include business and education. Frederick Community College, also in Frederick City, is a two-year college offering associate degrees in a variety of majors, including business, pre-engineering and nursing.
The Frederick Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) hosts masters programs in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology programs from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Chemical and Life Sciences program from the University of Maryland. CREST is a Maryland-approved regional higher education center whose mission is to provide a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based research hub in Frederick to meet the needs of regional employers.
The workforce development system in Frederick County works together to proactively promote and implement the needs of it's ever-changing workforce. Frederick Community College has numerous partnerships and is capable of customizing various industries training needs. The Frederick County Business and Employment Center provides various levels of training, which range from seminars, hands on computer labs to working with Frederick Community College and the customized training programs. The Maryland Department of Commerce provides reimbursements grants for the development and training of new employees in firms locating or expanding their workforce in Maryland.