Hall, Stepp win state awards for continuing education...

Education Notes

July 28, 2002

Hall, Stepp win state awards for continuing education

Anne Arundel Community College instructor Lynda B. Hall of Harwood has been named outstanding instructor for adult education by the Maryland Association for Adult, Community and Continuing Education. Donald E. Stepp of Severn won the Technology Award. The association is a nonprofit organization providing leadership in Maryland for those interested in advancing education as a lifelong process.

Hall, a basic skills instructional specialist, was selected for her outstanding service to students and developing innovative teaching methods and materials. As the lead instructor for the past four years in AACC's Adult Basic Skills Program, Hall designs curriculum for the program and also designs and delivers professional development for the program's instructors. She also mentors new instructors.

Stepp was chosen for his extra efforts as a computer technician for the college's Success Through Education Program (STEP), a contractual education program at the Ordnance Road Correctional Center in Glen Burnie. He maintains four computer labs, teaches students introductory levels of computer applications and assists the education coordinator in giving pre- and post-test assessments.

Last year, when STEP lost its program assistant, Stepp pitched in and performed that position's duties for seven months until a new person was hired. This year, he also is working as a computer lab assistant two nights a week in the Adults Basic Education program at the YWCA in Odenton.

Kendo martial arts tournament Saturday

See competitors from four states square off in a kendo martial arts invitational tournament from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Jenkins Gymnasium, Room 201 at Anne Arundel Community College's Arnold campus.

See the art of Japanese fencing in this free event. Kendo involves stylized swordplay using bamboo sticks as swords. Participants wear armor, including special suits, a headpiece, gloves and chest and hip protectors. More than 50 competitors are expected to attend.

The AACC continuing education lifelong learning division is sponsoring morning seminars for tournament participants. Information: 410-777-2325.

Model sailboat regatta for kids at Naval Academy

The Arnel-Letwich Visitor Center of the U.S. Naval Academy invites model enthusiasts ages 8 to 12 to participate in the third annual USNA Model Sailboat Regatta on Aug. 17. Young people will build a sailboat from a customized kit. Members of the James B. Richardson Maritime Museum Model Club in Cambridge and staff of the Naval Academy Guide Service will supervise and give tips on how to customize boats.

Once completed, sailboats may be launched in a man-made tank. Two classes are scheduled: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include making a paper boat and sailing it, creating a wave in a bottle and constructing a boat mobile. Registration is required, and a fee of $5 is due upon arrival.

The visitor center is inside Gate 1 of the Naval Academy. Information: 410-263-6933.

AACC plans course to refresh nursing skills

Anne Arundel Community College is offering a "Licensed Nurse Refresher Course," which will be explained at a free open house for former nurses from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Glen Burnie Town Center, Room 411.

Coordinator Carolyn Smith Marker, a registered nurse, will discuss the program, which updates skills for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses so they can return to their profession. The course meets Maryland State Board of Nurses requirements for those who have been out of nursing and wish to re-enter the field.

The theory portion of the course is presented in 30 sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 4 to Dec. 16 at the Glen Burnie Town Center. The course includes 24 hours of college lab practice and a 72-hour clinical component of supervised medical-surgical nursing experience at local acute medical/surgical and subacute facilities.

Information: 410-777-2912.

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