Computer classes are geared for beginning users
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Career Services are offering basic computer classes.
The classes include computer literacy, keyboarding, Microsoft Word for beginner and intermediate users, Internet, Excel and Power Point. The classes are designed to accommodate the most inexperienced user.
Classes are offered monthly. Fees range from $40 to $60 and require a YWCA membership. Information: 410-626-7800.
Online, TV courses available at AACC
Anne Arundel Community College is offering 24 telecourse and 48 online summer courses. Telecourse and online courses offer the same material as regularly classes but in a more flexible format.
Telecourse and online courses may meet on campus or on weekends occasionally for discussion, quizzes and exams. Most classwork is done at home.
Telecourses are available on Maryland Public Television or cable stations and at the Arnold campus and Glen Burnie Town Center. Students also may borrow some tapes at six county library branches or rent the series of tapes from the College Store for $33.30, with a $17.50 refund when the tapes are returned
Telecourses last six or eight weeks and begin May 28, June 17 or July 9. The online courses run six, eight, nine or 11 weeks beginning May 28, June 17 or July 9. Information: 410-777-2464.
Toy shop, hospice honored for education partnerships
Be Beep - A Toy Shop and Hospice of the Chesapeake were recently honored for their educational partnership programs at the Excellence in Education Awards Dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Annapolis, sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Anne Arundel County public schools, Comcast and Bank of America.
Be Beep - A Toy Shop, in Severna Park, received the award in the category of businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The store was honored for creating a store at Severna Park High School.
Hospice of the Chesapeake received its award in the category of businesses with 51 employees or more, for providing a meaningful community service opportunity for high school students.
During the awards ceremony, Leadership Anne Arundel was also presented with a Community Partners Award for outstanding contribution to education.
Literacy council founder retires from county group
Nancy Mocarsky, one of six founders of the Anne Arundel Literacy Council, has retired from the group. Mocarsky served as a member and volunteer for the group for 25 years and program director for the past 18 years.
Friends and colleagues gathered at Anne Arundel Community College to honor her lifelong accomplishments and contributions. During her 25 years of service, she estimates she has trained more than 1,500 tutors.
She led workshops to certify tutors in the Laubach method of teaching basic reading. She went on to become a certified supervisor for tutor reading, which qualified her to lead certified tutors to become tutor trainers.
Mocarsky will spend her retirement in Virginia. The council is working with other nonprofit groups in the county to find a director.
Single parents eligible for career training
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Career Services is offering training in vocational or nontraditional fields of study for single parents and displaced homemakers.
Career device development services include job readiness and career exploration workshops and individual career advising.
Services include child-care and transportation stipends, interest tests, limited tuition assistance and computer workshops. Information: 410-626- 7000.
Help in separation: A program, "Emotional Aspects of Separation and Divorce," is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 13 at the YWCA building, 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold. 410-626-7800.
Resume workshop: The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will offer a workshop on resume writing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at YWCA Career Services, 1517 Ritchie Highway. The workshop will help participants fine-tune resume writing. The cost of the workshop is $40 and a YWCA membership. The workshop is free to registered program participants. 410-626-7800.
Job interview preparation: YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will offer a workshop on job interview preparation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the YWCA Career Services, 1517 Ritchie Highway. The cost is $20 and a YWCA membership. The workshop is free to registered program participants. 410-626-7800.
Project Citizen: Maryland State finals for "We the People, Project Citizen Competition" will held from noon to 2 p.m. May 22 at the Thomas V. Miller, Jr. Senate Office Building, President's Conference Centers East and West, in Annapolis. Reservations, before Wednesday: 410- 974-4680.