Welcome to the FMA Academy. This FMA initiative encourages and provides pathways for member companies to invest in training up their workforce. A series of educational discounts and benefits are offered exclusively to employees of FMA member companies.

Through the FMA Academy, we have partnered with select colleges, universities, training centers and educational institutions to provide education and training at the employee or group level. FMA members are offered discounts and incentives for enrolling.

Cybrary

In a rapidly evolving threat landscape, it’s hard to keep pace. Cybrary for Teams helps IT and security leaders identify the cybersecurity skill gaps that put their organization at risk, then combines expert-led courses on the most in-demand cybersecurity skills and certifications, with hands-on learning experiences to develop high performance teams prepared to meet modern security challenges.

IT and Information Security professionals at all levels can take advantage of Cybrary’s platform to:

  • Acquire CE credits
  • Prepare for many common industry Certifications – from basic CompTIA A+, Net+ and Sec+ through CEH and CISSP
  • Sharpen their hands-on skills

FMA members receive:

  • Free 90-day trial of a premium content subscription service to Cybrary with a discounted rate for those looking to extend access to the subscription. This includes access to all experiential training – labs, assessments, and Certification practice exams.
  • A 15% discount for members using Cybrary’s scalable workforce development solution, which helps identify skill gaps within your company and develop specific programs to address those needs.

For more information, please contact:

Tom Condrasky
VP, Business Development
tom@cybrary.it    |    301-798-9238

Howard Community College

Howard Community College (HCC) has two ways to approach continuing education and training for FMA members. Through the Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (CEBE), ideas are affirmed and skills are taught to develop and implement new business concepts. Through our Training & Development Solutions program (TDS), current businesses improve real-time concerns about business practices and particular organizational issues.

Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (CEBE)

HCC’s Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence (CEBE) offers holistic entrepreneurial education and business growth by transforming concepts into viable businesses. The CEBE also nurtures innovative ideas to help generate economic vitality by offering:

  • Support – One-to-one guidance and support from a business coach who provides resource coordination, motivation and accountability
  • Courses – May include experiential learning, mentoring and team project work (face-to-face and customized instruction)
  • Business Space – Includes basic office equipment, meeting space, collaborative environments and much more
  • Awards – Rocket marketing competitions each semester

Training & Development Solutions (TDS)

Training & Development Solutions (TDS) by Howard Community College is focused on growing, evolving, and maximizing the region’s professional talent by providing stellar training to businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. TDS creates tailored training solutions to address your specific performance improvement needs. We get to know our client’s organization and culture. We then recommend a training strategy that is, by design, uniquely structured to ensure that our client’s business performance objectives are met. We provide training in-person, online and virtually. Training is facilitated by our professional instructors who have years of experience in teaching working adults. Content includes organization-relevant examples, role plays, case studies, and more. All of our customized courses incorporate adult learning principles, are highly interactive, and are directly and immediately applicable to the workplace.

FMA members receive:

The Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence offers an assessment with the intent of supporting the entrepreneur in assessing the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the individual entrepreneur and/or founding team, developing the opportunity, analyzing the marketplace and competition, and constructing a sustainable business model. At the end of the assessment, an Entrepreneurial Assessment report is produced as a result of the partnership between the entrepreneur and the coach to help and guide the entrepreneur and coach on their journey through the entrepreneurial process utilizing the curricula and services offered by HCC and the Center For Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence.

Training and Development Solutions offers all potential clients an initial needs assessment to learn about your business, people, and culture, assess the situation, and discuss specific goals, and performance improvement objectives. Once we have completed the assessment, we use the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model to ensure the highest quality of course analysis, design, development and delivery methods to provide effective, relevant, and customized training for your employees.

For more information, please contact:

Linda Mercurio
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship
Chair, Business
lmercurio@howardcc.edu   |   443-518-3034

Sharrie Hornak
Director of Customized Training
Training & Development Solutions
shornak@howardcc.edu    |    443-518-4459

Towson University

Towson University’s Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing educational opportunities to working professionals to enhance expertise and advance careers through courses that have clear objectives and measurable outcomes. Students do not require academic admission to Towson University to enroll in CPS courses.

FMA members receive:

CPS offers FMA members a 20% discount for individuals taking in-class certification or online certifications. Additionally, FMA members are eligible for a 10% discount on fundamental courses.

For more information, please contact:

Chunta Rivers
Senior Relationship Manager and Career Consultant
crivers@towson.edu     |    410-704-2334

University of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Training Centers is a premier provider of professional and technical training for individuals, non-profit organizations and government agencies. UMBC Training Centers is a part of UMBC and the University System of Maryland (USM).

FMA members receive:

UMBC Training Centers provides non-credit professional development programs that do not require broader admission to UMBC. As part of the FMA Academy, UMBC Training Centers offers FMA members a 10% discount on tuition.

For more information, please contact:

Homer Minnick, III 
Director of Professional Development Programs
hminnick@umbctraining.com   |   443-692-6592

University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was founded more than 70 years ago to serve working adults and servicemembers. As an online state university, UMGC offers online academic programs in fast-growing and in-demand fields with no-cost digital course materials in nearly every course.

FMA members receive:

With the exception of some designated courses/tracks, FMA members who live out-of-state can receive a 25% discount for UMGC undergraduate and graduate courses.

For more information, please contact:

Staff Offices
CLS@umgc.edu    |    855-CLS-5300