Hello, Frederick County! I wanted to take my first week writing the School Notes column to introduce myself and give you a sense of how I plan to cover education for The Frederick News-Post.

I am originally from Damascus. I grew up and went to school there and loved it. Frederick was somewhere I visited a few times while growing up but didn’t know much about, so I’m very excited to learn all about the county and what makes it tick.

After high school, I attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where I majored in communications and political science and served as news editor for my campus newspaper. I went to college thinking I wanted to major in biology and do something in medicine, but then I took a journalism class and fell completely in love.

After college, knowing I wanted to pursue a career in journalism, I moved to New York City and attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. I graduated within a year with my master’s degree and was hired by CBS News in New York. I worked for CBS for two years covering all sorts of national news, but I missed my newspaper days.

I missed covering and writing my own stories.

Which brings me to today. I’ve always loved covering education and now I get to do it in my home state and be close to family and friends. I promise to always put forth fair coverage and to report on the good as well as the bad. I may use this column to occasionally express my own feelings about a topic, but that is something that will never bleed into my reporting.

I will also use the column to give you quick news briefs related to education.

I want to get to know you all and the issues you feel need more coverage. Please reach out. I am always open to chatting and learning. I can be reached via email at kperera@newspost.com or via phone at 240-215-8675.

I cannot wait to work with you all to make sure that the education stories of Frederick County are being told.

FCC receives grant from Congress

The Frederick Community College Scholars STEM Program has received a federal grant, U.S. Rep. David Trone and U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen recently announced.

The grant will provide more than $600,000 in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation.

The STEM Scholars program at Frederick Community College is scheduled to start in the fall of 2020 and the funding will aid students in pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields.

“The Frederick Community College STEM Scholars program will provide greater access for traditionally underrepresented students to STEM-related academic and career pathways of the College,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said in a statement. “The students in the new STEM Scholars program will receive the support needed to succeed, and to move on to employment in the growing science and technology sectors.”

“I’ve seen firsthand the opportunity gaps that exist in the education system,” Trone said in a statement. “This grant for the STEM Scholars Program at Frederick Community College is a win-win.”

Follow Katryna Perera on Twitter: @katrynajill.

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Welcome, Katryna! Happy to benefit from your stop on a waystation along your career trajectory.

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