Computer literacy is new high hurdle to better job

NEIGHBORS

January 10, 1994|By LYN BACKE

I had a conversation with a friend last week in which we tried to look objectively at our price per pound, as it were, on the job market.

We know that medical schools are discouraging narrow specialization, and that the business "generalist" is most likely to be able to carve a niche for himself. Aha! said we, it must follow that two educated women with a wide variety of work experiences, proven adaptability and excellent interpersonal skills will be in great demand.

Not so, we have both found, each with what feels like more than her share of rejection from the potential employers. What's interesting is that it doesn't feel particularly like an age thing or a gender thing, though we're women in our 50s. Rather, it's the '90s edition of "Can you type?" Only this time the keyboard is different, and there's lots of male company. The problem is that computers are the lingua franca of the contemporary job market.

In the kind of coincidence that strains credulity, that same day's mail brought the county school system to the rescue, with delivery of their Adult Education Guide for Spring 1994.

Turn quickly to page 16, and find Introduction to Personal Computers (10 weeks); Introduction to Word Perfect 5.1 (10 weeks); Creative Techniques with Word Perfect (10 weeks) and more, offered at Annapolis High School and South River High School. Other courses are offered elsewhere in the county.

Mail registrations are due before Feb. 12. For more information on dates, hours, and fees, call the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Continuing Education Office at 222-5385 or 222-5385.

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The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society launches its fourth annual winter luncheon series a week from Wednesday with Hildreth Morton of Bittersweet Nurseries presenting a program on herbs.

Tickets are $6 each, or six for $30.

The luncheons continue on Wednesdays through Feb. 23, with programs by John A. Crandell on local marine construction, Lois Brickham on South County houses, and travel writer and photographer Judy Colbert.

Vincent Leggett will present "Blacks of the Chesapeake Bay" at the Feb. 14 luncheon as part of Black History Month. The series will conclude with "New Quilts from Old."

The winter luncheon series is open to the public. Lunch, including homemade soup, sandwiches and dessert, is at 11:30 a.m. at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road.

Guests are urged to make reservations by calling Peggy Tucker at 867-2866.

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The sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner at Buddy's Crabs and Ribs Restaurant in Annapolis and a program of children's activities at the William Paca House and Garden highlight Annapolis' observance of Dr. King's birthday.

At the Paca House, staff and members of the Friends of Banneker-Douglass Museum will be reading and telling stories for children from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. today.

All children who visit the house will be eligible to win an "Addy" doll, a black girl of the Civil War period. Admission is free for children 16 and under, and for one adult for every three children.

For more information, call 263-5553.

Tomorrow night, eight residents will be honored for their contributions that make the community a better place to live. The winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award are: Lt. Clarence E. Johnson Sr. of the Annapolis Fire Department; the Rev. Michael Braxton, Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church; Eunice and Randolf Cherry; Dr. Eleanor M. Harris, Community Action Agency; Claude McGowans, founder, Committee for a Drug-Free Annapolis; and Thomas Negri, general manager, Annapolis Loews Hotel. Godfrey Blackstone will receive the Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award.

Dinner tickets are $25. Call 269-1524.

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This Saturday is the deadline to save $2 on tickets to the 17th annual Robert Burns Supper, scheduled Jan. 22 at the Fleet Reserve Club on Compromise Street in Annapolis.

The festive evening includes a happy hour at 6:30 p.m., and dinner of roast beef, baked potato, salad, dessert . . . and yes, haggis, at 7:30 p.m.

There will be dancers, songs, pipes and poems, and a fine time to be had by all. After Saturday, the $25 tickets are $27.

For tickets, send your check to Gil McNew, 529 Ridge Road, Annapolis 21401. Information: Grizelle Hill at 268-2749.

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As a senior in college I resented the idea of having to traipse around campus memorizing trees for a biology course I didn't want to take.

Youngsters have a chance to learn to identify oaks, maples, poplars and pines in a more fun environment this Saturday, when the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary sponsors a "Hug A Tree" session from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Reservations are required. Call 741-9330.

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