Dundalk Community College is offering an ornamental horticulture program which offers classroom learning and hands-on work experience to prepare students for careers in horticulture.
DCC's program offers an associate of arts degree and four certificate options in landscape technology, grounds maintenance, greenhouse management and interior plantscaping. Starting in the spring semester, the program will add a course in basic landscape graphics.
From Jan. 28 through May 20, two sections of basic landscape graphics will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dundalk campus. Both sections include classroom instruction and lab work.
For those who are interested in preparing for the pesticide certification exam, DCC will also offer Plant Pests Identification and Control on Mondays from 7:15 to 9:55 p.m., along with courses in Greenhouse Management, Horticulture Mechanics and Woody Ornamentals I.
For information about the ornamental horticulture technology program, call John Sanders, program director, at 285-9754. For registration information call 285-9800.
Spring classes begin at the New Community College of Baltimore on Jan. 28. Registration at both Liberty and Harbor campuses is scheduled for Jan. 15 through 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. the first three days, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the final day.
The college features transfer and career programs for recent high school graduates and adults.
Students can choose from over 40 career and transfer programs with options in business, secretarial science, computer, paralegal studies, nursing, dental hygiene, bio-technology, liberal arts, electronics, and more.
For information, call 396-0390.
A gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer system recently purchased and installed by Western Maryland College will allow science students to identify and analyze complex substances in a classroom setting, according to Dr. Donald E. Jones, professor of chemistry.
The device, a Finnigan Automated Gas Chromatograph/EI-CI Mass Spectrometer system, employs high-energy electrons to fragment a minute substance sample into characteristic molecular patterns. Using an electronic file which contains pattern records for 25,000 compounds, the device can then identify the sample's individual components, and report the specific amounts of each component contained in the sample.
The system, produced by Finnigan, Inc. of San Jose, California, was purchased from the chemistry department at Bucknell University. In addition to its use in Dr. Jones's undergraduate instrumental analysis course, it will also be used as a research tool by Dr. Richard H. Smith, professor of chemistry at Western Maryland.
Dr. Smith said he will use the system in research on chemotherapeutic drugs in the treatment of cancer.
In a related matter, the college also has replaced its nuclear ressonance magnetic spectrometer, which was damaged last year. The new spectrometer, also purchased from Bucknell, is essentially a copy of its predecessor. According to Dr. Jones, the device looks at protons in order to determine the structure of components.
Anne Arundel Community College is offering a new, one-semester course this spring for pharmacy technicians.
The course was designed by the college and area hospital pharmacists to meet a need for trained workers. It offers instruction on Mondays and Wednesdays, with class each day devoted to lecture from 6-8:15 p.m. and lab work from 8:15-9:45 p.m.
Taught by a leading area pharmacist, the course focuses on drug terminology, dosages, drug classifications and distribution to hospitalized patients.
Entry-level pay at area hospitals for those completing the course is $7 to $8 an hour.
For information, call the college Allied Health division at 541-2319.
Registration in now under way for classes in the Small Business Institute (SBI) of St. Mary's College of Maryland. The SBI offers classes and workshops in many aspects of small business operations, especially in areas of interest to local businesses and their employees.