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Give students a pedestal and they will speak

“I think I want to present this year. I think I am ready.” These were the words from FM student Yamileth (Yami) Shaw. Yami heard from her advisor in TRiO, a federally-funded student support services grant available on the FM campus, that a conference at SUNY Cortland was accepting ...

Research issues, not opinions

By Dustin Swanger As I am sure we are all aware, our country is very polarized. We are polarized politically, socially, economically and, to a large extent, culturally. There are numerous factors that are contributing to this polarization, not the least of which is the leadership of our ...

Business programs at FM help students

By Mark Swain The business programs at FM are designed to develop students’ employability skills, One way to display the skills earned is in the form of a digital micro-credential, also known as a digital badge. The digital badge system represents a series of classes taken to obtain a ...

FM — a portal to new cultures

The African rains could do nothing to dampen the spirit and vibrancy of the traditional Rwandan wedding of FM alum, Grace Rutagengwa. Rwandan couples generally celebrate three different wedding ceremonies before formalizing their union. On this day I was being given the honor to not only ...

Course is life-changing

Before coming to Fulton-Montgomery Community College as a human service instructor, I worked for almost 20 years in the field of child welfare. My role and the agency that I worked for changed throughout that time, but my commitment to the provision of high-quality trauma-informed child ...

Take part in TEDxFMCC

With every New Year comes New Year’s resolutions and anticipated shifts in behaviors and habits we hope will move us towards becoming the best versions of ourselves. Sometimes the motivations behind these are self-generated and sometimes we get ideas and inspiration from outside sources. ...

A veteran’s perspective

Fulton-Montgomery Community College is a very welcoming campus to both veterans and current military members. Thousands of veterans are enrolled in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and FM is honored that so many students, like former FM student Gary Thompson, chose FM to pursue ...

What do you want to be when you grow up? ‘A Co-Pilot.’

“A co-pilot?” I responded with surprise to the 8th-grader. No disrespect to co-pilots; but who starts out wanting to be a co-pilot? It struck me as odd and a bit funny. I asked why and I learned a lot. To paraphrase what he told me: many commercial flight crews have three people. We ...

Giving Thanks

This is the time of year when we often reflect on the past year as well as look forward to a new one. It is a time when we wonder if we’ve accomplished what we hoped to; ponder what we can learn from our failures; and, perhaps in some way, think about how we can make our lives and the lives ...

FMCC to hold open house

A college open house is a unique opportunity for you to learn more about a college campus. During a campus visit, you are able to discover all the wonderful academic and student support services that a college offers, giving you the knowledge to make the best decision in choosing the college ...

Student nurses go to fair

On Aug. 27, four members of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Student Nurses Association volunteered to work at the Great New York State fair in Syracuse. The day was spent at the “Future of Nursing” booth which represents the national initiative to find solutions that will lead ...

Prejudice in the United States

So now that I’ve made you uneasy with the title of my article this week, let’s explore this topic as rational adults. Prejudice exists in the United States; it exists in the world. It has always existed; and while we have made some progress from decades ago, we have taken a big step ...

My journey in becoming a radiologic tech

For as long as I can remember, I knew healthcare was my calling. I needed to be an active part in today’s multifaceted healthcare system to help change the field for the better. Fulton-Montgomery Community College helped me do just that. Right out of high school I obtained an hourly ...

FM at p.m. — open mic night

Fulton-Montgomery Community College, like most community colleges, offers open enrollment, which means anyone can attend as long as she or he has a high school degree or has (or is working towards) a G.E.D. But, FM is open in many other ways to the communities it proudly serves. The ...

Summer learning for students

Computers, robotics, arts, games, Legos, music, theater and much more. Top that off with the friendships made at summer camp and top notch instructors and that’s what you get for six weeks at FM Summer Academy. All that for a reasonable price tag. For several years, FM has offered our ...

Funding community colleges

Community colleges are relatively new institutions in the fabric of higher education. While the oldest community college, Joliet Junior College in Chicago, is over 100 years old, most of the community colleges in the country had their start in the 1960s and 70s. Designed to be colleges of ...

Community colleges provide diverse educational needs

Lt. Col. (ret) Robert Kruger, MD, is one of only three geriatric internal medicine physicians with the U. S. Air Force. He began his education at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and says going to community college for him was the best way to start his academic career. Kruger ...

FMCC tours Philadelphia

Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Wall Street Club, in conjunction with the College’s BizHub Club, sponsored their fourth annual bus trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this spring. The walking tour, led by professors Frank Yunker and Larry Zuckerman, was centered on the old colonial ...

A two-year degree holds a lot of value

Ken Ponte graduated from Johnstown High School in 2006 and enrolled at FM that fall semester. Not yet ready for college, he withdrew and traveled the Northeast with a four-piece electronic rock band. Eight years later, a more mature Ken decided he was now ready for FM with a desire to work ...

A heartfelt message

Fulton-Montgomery Community College faculty receive updates and emails from former students all the time. However, some of these updates truly affirm that what they do matters — teach, listen, and support their students. Following is an update to Robert Warner, director of nursing at FM, ...