Education Notes

Education Notes

November 09, 2003

Career Connections to sponsor forums on college, careers

The Carroll County Public Schools' Career Connections program will sponsor a series of forums to provide students and parents with information to prepare for college and the workplace.

The first forum will be held tomorrow at Carroll Community College, Scott Center Theater, 1601 Washington Road. Tours of the college and the Career and Tech Center Mobile Unit will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The forum will begin at 7 p.m.

Future forums will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at North Carroll High School auditorium, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead; Dec. 2 at South Carroll High School auditorium, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville; and Dec. 10 at Francis Scott Key High School choral room, 3825 Bark Hill Road,Union Bridge.

Career and Tech Center Mobile Unit tours will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the forums. The mobile unit helps participants become more familiar with college and career preparations.

The forums will provide firsthand examples of programs available to high school students through Career Connections.

Speakers will include school system staff, business partners, current high school student participants, and a parent whose child was in the program.

A community college representative also will describe how students can obtain transferable college credits while still in high school.

Information: 410-751-3131.

Multicultural leadership conference scheduled

The Office of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs of Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality will hold the fifth annual Middle School Multicultural Leadership Conference on Wednesday.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brethren Center in New Windsor with the theme "Embracing Diversity."

Students will learn how to lead self-awareness and relationship-building activities at their school to help others embrace diversity. Students also will participate in ethnic dancing and learn about the history of the Brethren Center.

Information: 410-751-3610 or 410-751-3047.

Board of Education meets Wednesday in Westminster

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable television, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Md. superintendent to visit two county public schools

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick will visit two Carroll County public schools on Thursday.

Grasmick's first stop will be New Windsor Middle School at 9 a.m., where she will visit the science classrooms and tour the school.

Afterward, Grasmick will tour Eldersburg Elementary School until 11:30 a.m.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Community college holds walk-in winter registration

Carroll Community College is holding walk-in registration for the winter 2004 term at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

Registration continues from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday through Dec. 18, and 9:30 a.m. to 4.m. Fridays until Dec. 19. Classes begin Jan. 6.

Courses are available in a variety of disciplines.

All tuition and fees must be paid for winter term classes at the time of registration.

For information or a schedule of courses, visit the campus or call 410-386-8435.

Animal control academy graduates first 20 students

Twenty individuals from 14 Maryland counties graduated from the first East Coast Animal Control Academy class held at Carroll Community College.

Graduates are: Joseph A. Hodge and Andre N. Woolford -- Baltimore City; Roger Simpson -- Baltimore County; Craig A. Dichter -- Calvert County; James D. Brooks and George M. Keiner -- Carroll County; Gerald A. Hawkins and Martin Poe -- Cecil County; Jeffrey W. Gustafson -- Charles County.

Also, Tammy L. Upole and Bonnie S. Zimmerman -- Garrett County; Stacy Rawlings -- Harford County; Nancy Blood and John Teal -- Howard County; Bruce A. Nelson -- Kent County; Jennifer A. Greer -- Montgomery County; Lori A. Thiele and Kimberly S. Montgomery -- Prince George's County; Shannon N. Cross -- Queen Anne's County; Henry J. McGarry -- Somerset County.

The program includes 88 hours of in-depth training on such topics as blood sports, investigative techniques and courtroom preparation.

The program and curriculum was developed by Carroll Community College and representatives from the Professional Animal Workers of Maryland, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission and the Humane Society of the United States.

Another training class for Animal Control employees will be offered from March 22 to April 2 and Oct. 4 to 15, 2004.

Information: 410-386-8108; registration, 410-386-8100.

McDaniel gets $48,000 to study faculty careers

McDaniel College has received a $48,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a year-long project to explore and chart programs to enhance faculty careers, and study and review curriculum options to meet the needs of today's graduates.

Academic Affairs Associate Dean Sherri Hughes, biology Professor Esther Iglich and political science Assistant Professor Debora Johnson-Ross attended the annual conference of the Professional and Organization Development Network of Higher Education last month in preparation for the project.

Plans are under way to send teams or individuals to workshops, sponsor guest speakers on campus, and fund discussion groups on faculty development and curriculum review.

Hughes will lead a steering committee of 10 faculty representatives. The committee plans to explore new teaching techniques and the best preparation of students for today's world, and address issues affecting faculty at all stages of their careers.

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