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Education Beat

News from Carroll County schools and colleges

February 27, 2005

Program to tell adults about diploma options

Adults ages 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.

An introductory program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 9 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

Carroll families to host international students

Liberty High School will host 29 international students March 3-6, co-sponsored by the Baltimore/Carroll Chapter of the American Field Service USA.

The international students will stay with Carroll families from Thursday night to Sunday.

On Friday, the foreign teens will join their host students at school for multicultural activities, including an assembly, potluck dinner and talent show.

Tom Hurst, American Field Service regional field manager, will make a presentation to Principal Florence Oliver for the school's efforts to promote intercultural understanding.

Saturday will include a daytime activity for students and a Mardi Gras dance.

Host families will plan a concluding Sunday morning activity for the foreign students.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Schools to celebrate youth art during March

Carroll County public schools will celebrate Youth Art Month during March to emphasize the value of art education and encourage support for quality school art programs.

Artwork by elementary and middle school pupils is being displayed at TownMall of Westminster through March 12.

Artwork by high school students will be shown at Carroll Community College's Langdon Gallery tomorrow through April 29.

Information: elementary/middle schools, 410-751- 4440; high schools, 410-751- 3630.

Nature Center offers children's program

Piney Run Nature Center will hold Chick-A-Dee and Me, a children's nature program for all ages, at 3:30 p.m. March 8.

Children will learn about the feeding and nesting habits of chickadees and take a hike to observe the birds.

The cost is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers.

The park is at 30 Martz Road, near Eldersburg.

Information: 410-795- 6043.

Public schools offering GED testing monthly

Carroll County public schools offer monthly GED tests and practice sessions for the exam to those age 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma.

The two-day GED test consists of math, science, social studies, reading and writing.

To take the test, a person must been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a test fee.

It is recommended that individuals take the practice test before taking the actual exam. Practice tests take six hours and are graded on-site.

Practice tests will be given from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and March 19 at Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 224 N. Center St., Room 101, Westminster.

The next test will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 14 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

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