Education Beat

News from Harford County schools and colleges

February 27, 2005

College offers one-day screenwriting seminar

Harford Community College is offering a one-day screenwriters seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 at Fallston Hall on campus. Students will learn how to write and submit scripts that attract agents, producers and buyers in the television and movie industries, the college said in announcing the seminar.

Offered through Paramount Communications, participants will learn the steps to writing a screenplay, how to properly format a script for each medium, how to write believable dialogue, and take an inside look at what goes on at a Hollywood studio, the college said.

Instructor Paul Sekulich has written for TV sitcoms Cheers and Head of the Class, and two feature films. "You don't have to move to Hollywood," Sekulich said. "Everything is done now by e-mail, the post office, and fax. It's a new world of opportunity for entertainment writers."

For more information, call HCC's Division of Continuing Education and Training at 410-836-4376 or 410-879-8920, ext. 376, or visit www.screen writing4u.com.

Investment planning course is available

Harford Community College is offering Personal Investment Planning from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through March 22 at North Harford High School.

Students will learn to increase investment income while reducing taxes on those investments. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply, the college said in describing the course. Information: 410-836- 4376 or 410-879-8920, ext. 376.

Volunteers for adult literacy training sought

The Adult Literacy Department of Harford Community College seeks volunteers to attend free One-on-One Literacy Tutor Training, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the school's campus.

The training is for any volunteer who would like to learn how to teach an adult to read. Sessions will cover characteristics of the adult learner, learning styles and methods of teaching reading, the college said in a statement describing the course.

Participants will receive a manual and handbook and must attend both sessions. The free training is made possible by a grant from Wal-Mart in Abingdon.

Four seek reappointment to Harford Center board

Rose Eimer and Charles Jagdman, both of Bel Air, Betty Taylor of Edgewood and Clarence Vaughn of Havre de Grace are seeking reappointment to seats on the Harford Center board of directors.

Harford County Executive James M. Harkins has sent their nominations to the Harford County Council for consideration at the panel's Tuesday meeting.

If council members approve the reappointments, Jagdman would serve to Nov. 21; Vaughn until Feb. 16; Eimer, May 14, 2006; and Taylor, Nov. 10, 2007.

The Harford Center at 4 N. Earlton Road, Havre de Grace, provides individualized services to people with developmental disabilities to facilitate personal growth and development.

Bel Air boosters plan show of antiques, crafts

The Bel Air High School Band Boosters, a nonprofit organization, is holding an Antique, Crafts and Collectibles Show on April 2.

The organization is looking for vendors.

Information: Donna Judd, 410-569-3133 or bahsband@ excite.com.

AmeriCorps volunteers learn to fight wildfires

Fifty members of AmeriCorps-National Civilian Community Corps spent last week constructing fire lines and learning how to fight wildfires in Darlington. Corps members are using axes, shovels and other outdoor tools to apply their lessons. The training allows them to assist in wildfire-fighting across the nation. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources provides the instruction and calls upon the volunteers during peak fire season.

The AmeriCorps Northeast Region campus sends firefighters to the Western states nearly every year. Corps members, all ages 18-24, must complete 1,700 hours of service during their 10-month term. In exchange for their service, they receive an education award that can be applied to educational loans or future costs associated with secondary education.

Cecil college offers basic boating course

NORTH EAST - Cecil Community College will offer a Maryland basic boating course in April, May and June.

The course is offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 19-21, May 10-12, May 24-26, June 7-9 and June 21-23. Tuition is $35 and the course fee is $15. For information, call 410-392-3366; to register, call 410-287-1078.

The course is approved by the Department of Natural Resources and provides certification to those who successfully complete it. All people born after July 1, 1972, are required to have this certification before operating numbered and documented vessels in Maryland waters, the college said in announcing the course.

Free career advising session set for March 8

ELKTON - Cecil Community College will hold a college information and career advising session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 8 at Elkton Station.

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