Harvard professor to present lecture on educational...

EDUCATION NOTES

March 03, 2002

Harvard professor to present lecture on educational issues

Professor David Carrasco of Harvard University will present the 2002 Honors Program Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

The lecture, "Education for Liberation: God, Cornel West and Latinos at Harvard University," is free. Carrasco, a 1967 graduate of Western Maryland College, will discuss the educational vision of African-American philosopher of religion Cornel West, also a Harvard professor.

He also will address the recent confrontation between West and Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers.

Carrasco, who writes and lectures on Mesoamerican cities and religions; Latin American religions; and Latino cultures, arts and religion, is Harvard's Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is the editor of the three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures and director of the Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project.

Information: 410-857-2290.

Community College plans free workshops, job fair

Carroll Community College's Admissions Advising, Career and Transfer Center will hold free workshops and fairs that are open to the public.

Events include:

"Career Development for Undecided Students" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants must register (410-386-8435) and take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test before the workshop. A self-directed search form must be picked up in Room 102 and completed for the workshop.

A job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 in the Great Hall. Employers seeking part-time, full-time and temporary help will attend.

Information: 410-386-8150.

Carroll County schools offer GED practice, tests

Carroll County Public Schools offer General Educational Development tests and practice sessions for those 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma.

The GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills. To earn a diploma, students must earn a passing score.

To take the test, a person must be 16 or older, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a fee for the test. Taking practice tests is recommended.

The next practice test will be given from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Carroll Adult Learning Connection. The next test dates are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 14 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 at Westminster High School. Tests are given monthly.

Information: 410-751-3680.

`First Steps' to hold educational programs

Adults 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have their math and reading skills evaluated, can attend a free "First Steps" orientation.

Introductory programs are scheduled:

From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 and 25 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 19 and 25 at Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 1135 Business Parkway South, Suite 30, Westminster.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 20 at Northeast Social Action Program, 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead.

"First Steps" is part of Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection. Information: 410-751-3680.

Workshops offered for parents, children

Carroll County Human Services Program's Partners in Child Care will sponsor two workshops for the community this month.

The first workshop, "What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Succeed," will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road. Parents can join an interactive discussion to help children build on their assets. The cost is $6. Child care will be available for $2 a child for ages 3 to 12 years.

The second workshop, "What Our Community Can Do to Help Kids Succeed," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at Best Western Catering and Conference Center, WMC Drive, Westminster.

Participants will discuss relating to young people in the community and in school. The cost is $10.

Family consultant and prevention educator Cynthia Sosnowski and certified continuing education and professional development trainer Derrick W. McQueen will be the presenters for both workshops.

The cost of registration include the book What Kids Need to Succeed by Peter L. Benson, et al.

Registration is required. Information: 410-751-2769 or 410-876- 0462.

Sylvan Learning Center to teach SAT prep course

Sylvan Learning Centers of Carroll County will hold an intensive SAT preparation course for high school students looking to enrich their verbal and math skills.

The course will be held March 18 through May 2 and include a free initial SAT test and analysis. Course work will include 12 hours on verbal skills, 12 hours on math skills and a discussion of test-taking strategies.

Students will have a chance to take the SAT exam a total of three times during the course. Certified staff will teach the course.

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