Education Digest


Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

July 03, 2005

HCC schedules new-student orientation

Howard Community College will offer new-student orientation sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Aug. 26 in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students at the college are encouraged and expected to attend. Parents are welcome.

Both sessions include refreshments, information packets, interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes.

Information: 410-772-4896.

Registration: 410-772-4430.

College taking applications for new honors program

Applications are being accepted for the fall semester of Howard Community College's new Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program, in which students learn in small, supportive classes and through field trips, speakers and cultural events.

Participants who complete the required hours of honors course work and participate in designated college events will receive an "Honors" designation on their transcripts.

The program is open to any student, full or part time, who meets academic eligibility standards.

The late Frederick K. Schoenbrodt, a longtime chairman of the Howard County Board of Education, served on the college's first board of trustees.

Information: Professor Vladimir Marinich, 410-772-4946 or 410-772-4856; or vmarinich@

Board of Education plans to meet at 4 p.m. July 14

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. July 14 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. No evening session will be held.

The meeting will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred. To sign up: 410-313- 7197.

Information: 410-313-6682.

To request a sign language interpreter for any Board of Education meeting: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-week notice is preferred.

Study-skills class slated for middle school pupils

Stressless Tests, a program of the nonprofit HD Foundation of Howard County, will present a new summer study- and test-taking skills course for middle-school pupils entering seventh or eighth grade in the fall.

The four-day course will be held July 19-22 at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

The two-hour classes are designed to help each student learn his or her most effective study style.

Students who have taken the program have reported higher grades, more focused study habits and less stress.

A second session will be held Aug. 16-19.

The cost is $155.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

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