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News from Harford County schools and colleges

April 17, 2005

Community college announces finalist for president's post

The Harford Community College Board of Trustees announced last week that after a national search it is in the final stages of considering James F. LaCalle as the next president of Harford Community College.

LaCalle, employed at Harford Community College since 1971, has served as interim president since January.

The trustees solicited nominations and applications, then asked the Presidential Search Committee to interview candidates and forward a pool of top candidates for the consideration. After numerous meetings, interviews and deliberation by the full board, the trustees invited LaCalle to participate in open forums as the final presidential candidate, the college said in a statement.

The four forums are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the HCC campus. Tuesday, LaCalle will meet with the public and the campus community from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Center Dining Room West.

Wednesday, LaCalle will meet with the public and the campus community from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. All sessions Wednesday will be held on campus in the Chesapeake Center Board Room.

Academy to offer course on corrections training

NORTH EAST - Cecil Community College, the Cecil County sheriff's office and the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission will offer a four-week Maryland Corrections Preparatory Academy beginning June 21.

Featuring evening and weekend classes, the academy will include Introduction to Corrections, a three-credit college course that will cover topics including inmate discipline, situational analysis, role-playing, job shadowing and a resume/interview workshop. Other aspects will focus on communication and writing reports, scenario-based problem-solving, practical corrections training and hands-on training.

Those who complete the academy will be eligible to apply for local jobs at corrections facilities with starting annual salaries of $27,000 and promotions available one year after certification. Benefits include medical, dental, prescriptions, vision coverage, pension plan, tuition reimbursement and paid holidays. There are vacancies in corrections facilities that include a $500 hiring bonus and could be filled by program graduates.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old when the training concludes to be eligible for employment. The course is also open to 17-year-old high school seniors. Financial aid is available.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver's license, be a United States citizen or a resident alien and have a clean criminal background. They must also be able to pass a physical and drug screening. No prior corrections experience is necessary.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 632. The deadline to register is May 16.

HCC student honored with academic award

Harford Community College student Heather Westemeyer received the All USA Academic First Team award. She was chosen from 1,500 nominations.

The award includes a $2,500 scholarship and is sponsored by USA Today, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, international honor society of the two-year college. The award honors outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The nomination's centerpiece is the student's essay on her most outstanding intellectual endeavor. Westemeyer, who majors in biology and chemistry, wrote about Sustainable Energy Study in Denmark, a summer abroad experience that enhanced her classroom studies.

Other criteria include campus involvement and community activities. Westemeyer serves as president of the Student Government Association, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is student representative to the Harford Community College Assembly, tutors for Early Head Start parents, and is an animal rights activist.

After graduation next month, Westemeyer will work for a year for Americorps. After that, she expects to finish her bachelor's degree. Her long-range professional plans include working for a doctorate in medicine with graduate work in public health.

Technology center slates open house for students

An open house will be held at the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center in Aberdeen from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Visitors can explore opportunities in upper level undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the site.

The HEAT Center offers residents the opportunity to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees. Bachelor's degree programs include business, education, information technology and nursing; master's degree programs include biotechnology, business, education, engineering and instructional technology. Representatives from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; the Johns Hopkins University; Towson University; University of Maryland, College Park; and the University of Phoenix will be available at the open house for advising and to discuss financial aid options.

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