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Education Beat

News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

August 14, 2005|By Sejal Mehta

Arundel High classes to start 2 days later than other schools

Arundel High School students will report for classes Aug. 31 - not Aug. 29, as other students will - because air conditioning is being installed.

The delayed opening will allow crews to finish the first phase of the project. School system officials said they revised the construction schedule after several power outages this summer.

Arundel High teachers won't get an extended vacation, however. They must report back to work Aug. 22 along with other county teachers.

Construction forces temporary school moves

Several schools will have temporary addresses because of construction plans.

Ferndale Early Childhood Center will move to George Cromwell Elementary School, 525 Wellham Ave in Glen Burnie, for two years.

Harman Elementary School will move to Meade Heights Elementary School, 1925 Reece Road, Fort Meade, for two years.

Meade Heights Elementary School will move to Seven Oaks Elementary School, 1905 Town Center Boulevard, Odenton for two years.

Tracey's Elementary School will move to Southern Middle School, 5235 Solomons Island Road, Linthicum, for two years.

Marley and Mayo elementary schools will have new mailing addresses because of new side entrances.

AACC names director of hospitality institute

Anne Arundel Community college has named Mary Ellen Mason director of the college's Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute.

Mason has been interim director since August 2004 and was the institute's assistant director for three years. Mason earned a bachelor's degree in business from Strayer University and joined AACC as a part-time instructor in 1990.

Mason is the director of the chef apprentice program and the Napa Valley study initiative. She established an HCAT Business Advisory Board and is active in hospitality organizations. The Central Maryland Chefs and Cooks Association gave her the President's Award in 2001.

2 new courses planned at college this fall

Anne Arundel Community College will offer two new courses this fall.

The first is Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Such technology is used to aid in data analysis. Students will learn how to view and analyze information from a geographical perspective. The computer-based, three-credit class will meet from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays from Aug. 29 to Dec. 18 at the Arnold Campus. Information: 410-777-2833.

The second new course is Biology for the 21st Century, for students not majoring in biology. The three-credit course will cover basic biological concepts and their impact on society, including genetics, evolution and applications of molecular biology. It will be offered online from Aug. 29 to Dec 18. Information: 410-777- 2246 or

AACC names acting dean of health professions school

AACC has named Claire Lyn Smith as acting dean of its school of health professions, wellness and physical education.

Smith joined the college in 2000 as chairwoman of its radiologic technology program. In 2003, she assumed responsibility for the college's medical assisting, coding, phlebotomy and pharmacy technician programs. She has also served on committees.

Open house Aug. 24 at Arundel Mills campus

An open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug 24 at Anne Arundel Community College's Arundel Mills campus, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. It will focus on a new certified employee benefit specialist course to be offered at the college in the fall. Instructors and the program coordinator will discuss the course. The college will offer four 10-session courses, meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the college beginning Sept. 6. Information and reservations: 410-777-2958.

Physician assistant graduates honored

Anne Arundel Community College honored the 14 students who graduated from its physician assistant program last month.

In addition, 13 students will earn Master of Medical Science degrees, offered in partnership with St. Francis University in Loretta, Pa.

Amy Marie Balonis of Baltimore was given the President's Award for leadership; Margaret L. Collins-Barlow of Chester received the Dean's Award for highest cumulative grade point average; Joseph Wisniewski of Frankford, Del., received the 2005 Faculty Award; and Jennifer L. Leadroot of Chester received the Clinician's Clinician award.

Information and registration: 410-777-7310 or www.


Backpack drive:

Marley Station will be collecting and giving away new backpacks to underprivileged youths as part of a back-to-school initiative with the county schools and the Salvation Army.

To donate a backpack, drop it off at the Marley Station customer convenience center, on the upper level near Macy's, through tomorrow. The first 200 people to donate backpacks will have a chance to win a Marley Station gift certificate worth $250.


Alon Pichler of Bowie is one of 400 students nationwide awarded scholarships this year by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The 19-year-old, the first in his immediate family to attend college, is a business major at AACC and will transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park in January to major in international business.

Court reporting course:

AACC will offer a new program in court reporting in the fall as a noncredit continuing education course. The program helps build speed in typing numbers, reading stenotype notes and dictation. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 30 to Dec 15 at the Arnold campus. The cost is $365. The program has prerequisites. Information: 410-777-2958.

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