Frederick Community College (FCC), in partnership with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), launched their P20 CONNECTS partnership with a Civic Engagement Summit that focused on systemic connections. The twenty FCC and FCPS administrators and educators in attendance supported three goals that connect college, career, and civic readiness through civic engagement and service learning across the P20 pipeline. These goals include: 1) Create a shared language of and about student civic engagement; 2) Communicate current practices and programs; and 3) Identify overlaps and opportunities for mutual enhancement.
Moving forward, key stakeholders will map P20 CONNECTS civic engagement and service-learning programming, identify programs with collaborative potential, and determine existing and needed resources. In the year to come, the initiative will focus on enhancing targeted FCC/FCPS partnership programs such as Future Link and Cyber Day, college and career readiness programming for middle school students, and Rising Entrepreneurs, an entreprenurial workshop program for high school students.