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Education Beat

News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

July 31, 2005

Histotechnology degree available at AACC

Thanks to a renewed partnership with Harford Community College, it is again possible to receive an associate of applied science degree with a histotechnology option in science laboratory technology at Anne Arundel Community College.

The histotechnology option prepares students for field requirements by giving them laboratory skills and specialized competencies.

Harford Community College will award the degree, but the required courses can be taken at AACC.

HCAT to offer range of fall classes for credit

Anne Arundel Community College's Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute in Glen Burnie will offer 21 for-credit courses this fall.

The courses will span such topics as foreign cuisine, wine and bar service, and catering management.

All HCAT students are required to attend an orientation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the institute. Classes begin Aug. 29. To register for courses, visit

Repayment program accepting applications

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting applications for a loan repayment program designed to encourage nurses and nursing faculty to work in certain fields and areas of Maryland.

The Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program provides qualified applicants with up to $7,500 a year to repay college loans. The following professions are also eligible: lawyers (excluding judicial clerks), physical and occupational therapists, social workers, speech pathologists and physician assistants.

An applicant's annual gross income must not exceed $60,000 if single or $130,000 if married, though for nurse faculty applicants, the limitations are $75,000 and $160,000 respectively.

Additional restrictions and an application form are available online at under the "Financial Aid Applications" section of the Web site. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

Schools get $4.9 million for reading research

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Anne Arundel County school system a $4.9 million grant to participate in a national reading research program called the Enhanced Reading Opportunities Study.

Four county high schools -- Arundel, Glen Burnie, Meade and Old Mill -- will participate in the study. The money will be used to help fund supplemental reading programs for ninth-graders who are reading two to four years below grade level.

They are part of 32 schools from eight school districts nationwide that will participate in the ERO study.

For more information on the county's reading program, visit

Students to create sailboat sculptures

Students from 12 county high schools will be working to create and display 15 skipjack sailboat sculptures as part of the Sailing Into the Arts Program.

Each high school will be given $200 to design and decorate a skipjack sculpture. The sculptures will go on display around the county next spring.

Each sculpture will be displayed along with a question about the skipjack's place in county history. Students from across the county will be able to send in answers for a chance to win a digital camera art package for their school. For more information, call 410-222-2908.

College of Notre Dame information session

College of Notre Dame of Maryland will hold an information session on its Weekend College program at 6 p.m. Aug. 24.

Notre Dame's Weekend College is a part-time bachelor's program for working adults that has served the state for 30 years. The session will take place at Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle, in Hanover. Information: 410-532-5500 or visit

AACC's phone number changes tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Anne Arundel Community College's general information phone number will change to 410-777-2222. The new number will debut at the same time as the college's switch to a new automated answering system that carries a more detailed menu of information options for callers.

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