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News from Harford County schools and colleges

March 13, 2005

HCC to sponsor conference on human services

Harford Community College will sponsor a conference for service providers and consumers, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at the HEAT Center, Route 22 in Aberdeen.

"Implementing Effective Change" will focus on putting learned principles into practice. Workshops will cover topics that recognize that human services is not an exact science, and how methods of dealing with one client may not work with another for effective change. Bringing knowledge, values and self-awareness to help clients, and understanding the role of cultural beliefs and social belonging will be addressed.

Oscar Morgan, senior consultant for Mental Health Policy and Programs of the National Mental Health Association, will be the keynote speaker.

The cost of the conference is $30. Seating is limited; early registration is recommended. To request a brochure or to register, call Harford Community College's Continuing Education and Training Division, 410-836- 4376.

Group schedules conference on education leadership

Philip Boyle of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will deliver the keynote address when the Harford Business Roundtable for Education holds Harford County's first Education Leadership Conference.

The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at the Center for Educational Opportunity on the new Aberdeen High School campus. Scheduled to participate are leaders from the board of education, county executive's office, County Council, state delegation and other organizations.

Boyle works on values-based decision-making for public education. His presentation will center on how top leadership can plan for and get results in public education.

Facilitating the program will be Kenneth H. Stewart of Empowered Learning Inc. Stewart will meet with community leaders before the conference to discuss educational priorities and will present his findings at the conference. He will also facilitate a panel discussion on implementing the shared vision for the school system.

The roundtable is a coalition of Harford businesses that support educational reform and improving student achievement. It is an affiliate of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.

HCC's Deeg elected to historical trust post

Rhonda L. Deeg, program coordinator for the Building Preservation and Restoration program at Harford Community College, was elected to the Maryland Historical Trust's board of trustees. As an area representative for Harford County, her appointment is for a one-year term.

John Carroll School plans college night Thursday

John Carroll School will hold its annual college night in the school's gymnasium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Students from all classes are invited to attend with their parents. Seniors who are still looking for a college for the fall are also welcome. Invitations are also being sent to the other high schools in Harford County.

The guidance department, chaired by Carol Heflin-Shupe, organized the event. The department discusses college majors and career goals with students during their junior year and encourages them to plan college campus visits. College night is the culmination of the Junior Guidance Program.

Representatives from four-year colleges and the armed forces, as well as two-year colleges such as Harford Community College, will be on hand to present their programs.

Career fair March 24 at Cecil County college

NORTH EAST - Cecil Community College will hold a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 in the Technology Center on the college's North East campus.

Businesses and other employers will be at the fair to recruit employees, including YMCA of Southern Chester County, the Social Security Administration, MBNA, the Army, C&S Wholesale, McCrone Inc., Mercantile Bank, Cecil County government, the Cecil County sheriff's office, Aflac, Innovative Consultants, Chesapeake House and Union Hospital.

The career fair is open to the public. Information: 410-287- 1000.

Mapex Drum Festival to feature Liberty DeVitto

NORTH EAST - "It's All About the Drums" when Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel's drummer for more than 30 years, performs at the Mapex Drum Festival at the Cecil Community College Community Cultural Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

There will be performances and drum clinics throughout the afternoon by DeVitto and other artists representing a variety of musical styles, including local musicians Bobby D. and Company. The lineup also includes Bob Castaldi and Friends, Jillian "Jill Pill" Jones, Chanelle "Quick Cha" Jones, the North East High School Dance Team and the Frederick Douglass High School Drum Line.

Tickets are $11 to $18 and can be purchased by phone at 410-287-1037, at the Cultural Center box office, or online at The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cecil college awarded $14,950 for equine program

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