Technology display offers options for education


April 07, 1997|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN I WAS in high school a couple of generations ago, the guys learned engines and the girls learned cosmetology or office skills. And while I don't think guys were actually excluded from typing class, you certainly didn't see any of them at the desks. As if I didn't already know it, the world has changed a lot since the late 1950s, and with it, high school education. Visitors to the Annapolis Mall Wednesday through Friday can see just how much.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on those days, the mall will be host to a display by the Center of Applied Technology South in Edgewater, featuring faculty, staff and students. Their educational options are vastly more interesting and reflective of the world than mine were 40 years ago.

Jean Showell, information systems management instructor for the center, provided a career program overview for the center. It reminded me of a popular career-choice mantra: Do what you want; the money will follow. Choosing some at random, the possibilities include computer literacy, electronics, heating/air conditioning/refrigeration, boat building and repair, building construction, health occupations and culinary arts.

Students are required to earn a minimum of 22 credits in traditional courses such as English, math, social studies and science.

Additional credits focusing on skills for employment and post-secondary education, or the four-year university requirements for foreign language and algebra I and II and geometry, also are mandatory.

Showell says the mall display is designed to make the center "more visible within the community; many people do not know we exist."

Many people who could benefit from the available courses also do not know there are opportunities for adults at the Center of Applied Technology, along with high school students.

For more information, call Showell at 410-956-5900.

Moms and Tots

Although the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is based in Arnold, its programs reach deep into South County. An example is Moms and Tots-South County, which meets Friday mornings at St. James Episcopal Church in Lothian. The program, designed for first-time mothers of children up to age 3, is a support group for the girls and women involved, and a structured learning and play opportunity for the children.

The YWCA runs the program in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Debbie O'Banion, parenting services director for the YWCA, and Sherri Capone of the Health Department work with the children, while Health Department representative Lisa Eldridge and the Y's Gloria Lilly help the women share their problems and concerns and to learn from each other.

The program needs volunteers to work with the children for an hour and a half Friday mornings. It also needs donations of crafts supplies, paper goods (cups, plates, tissues, etc.), snack foods, baby wipes and diapers.

To find out more, to volunteer or to make a donation, call the YWCA at 626-7065. Then pick up something extra the next time you go to market and drop it off.

To share information on coming events, projects and people important to Annapolis and South County, call me at 410-626-0273 or e-mail me at

Pub Date: 4/07/97

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