College to offer courses at Brooklyn Park school


January 13, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IMAGINE EARNING a college degree in the same building where you earned your high school diploma. Pretty soon, students will be able to do that in Brooklyn Park.

Officials at Anne Arundel Community College are scheduled to attend a community meeting Tuesday to discuss the college's plans to offer credit and noncredit courses starting in the fall at the old high school, in what is now Brooklyn Park Middle School.

AACC spokeswoman Fran Turcott said that the college will listen to residents before forming its curriculum.

"It really will be driven by what the residents want," Turcott said. "We really offer from soup to nuts - credit, noncredit, transfer. Someone did say that they would like to have a photography class, so that's what we will do.

"I've heard wonderful things about the area, and the middle school has been very welcoming," she added.

Turcott said that the AACC classes will complement the schedule of classes for children and adults offered by Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts. Classes there begin next month.

Chesapeake's dance classes include adult and children's ballet and tap, teen jazz and modern dance.

Aspiring actors may choose classes in improvisation, monologue study, scene study or introduction to theater craft. Another class will allow children ages 9 to 12 to write, tape and perform on-camera in commercials.

For the visual artist, classes in drawing for fun, figure drawing, watercolor and landscape painting are available.

Classes in basic guitar, music reading, music theory, yoga, rhythm and motion for toddlers, English afternoon tea and a class on performing voiceovers in television, film and radio also will be offered.

Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts is at 194 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-636-6597.

Turcott, along with Kathleen Beaumon, AACC's manager of business education partnerships, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association's meeting at Brooklyn Park Elementary School.

They will present an overview and lead an informal discussion about the college's plans in the community. Residents will have a chance to let them know what programs and classes they would like to see offered.

Meeting information: 410-636-3269 or 410-636-0352.

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