Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

November 06, 2005

HCC board approves Guard tuition waiver

Harford Community College President James LaCalle announced that the board of trustees has approved a Maryland National Guard tuition waiver.

Beginning in the spring semester, 100 percent of tuition and fees for the spouse or dependent children of a member of the Maryland National Guard will be waived when the guardsman is called to active duty for at least six months.

Once the guard member is released from active duty, the waiver will be terminated. The college will allow the student to complete enrolled courses.

Harford schools win reading trophies

Ring Factory Elementary School, Bel Air Middle School and Joppatowne High School are the recipients of Harford County Public Library's 2005 First Place Reader's Trophies.

The trophies are awarded to the schools with the highest percentage of students who complete the summer reading program.

A record-breaking 16,027 students enrolled in the program.

CCC professor attends conference in Russia

Beth Olsen, an associate professor of biology and science at Cecil Community College, was selected by the National Science Foundation to participate in the 2005 meeting of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September.

The workshop brought together computer specialists and biologists interested in merging observational data collected in the field into a museum database.

More than 200 people attended the conference, with representatives from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

CCC medical program receives accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has awarded Cecil Community College initial accreditation for its medical assistant program.

To become a certified medical assistant, it is necessary to graduate from an accredited institution and pass a comprehensive exam.

CCC's is one of five accredited programs in Maryland.

Calendar

Board of trustees -- The board of trustees of Harford Community College will meet in open session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Chesapeake Center Board Room. Citizens may address the board during the public comment portion of the meeting after submitting a request form, which will be available immediately before the meeting. Comments will be limited to three minutes. 410-836-4408.

CHADD -- CHADD of Harford County, a support group for parents of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Harford County public library branch in Bel Air. Dr. Wayne L. Sodano will lead a discussion on "Alternative Treatments of AD/HD." chadd-mc.org.

Pride -- The Maryland State Department of Education's 2006 PRIDE: Maryland Public Schools event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at Fallston Middle School's cafetorium. Kelly Kundratic, a seventh-grader from Fallston Middle School, is one of five Maryland children being honored at the event. PRIDE is a campaign to share success stories about the accomplishments of students and educators in Maryland public schools. Dan Morrison, 410-588-5203.

Board of Education -- The Board of Education will hold work sessions at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 28 at the Center for Educational Opportunity. The topic will be establishing an attendance area for Patterson Mill Middle/High School. At the first meeting, the board will hear about the process of creating the attendance areas and relieving crowding at five of the secondary school attendance areas in the county. The Superintendent's Technical Advisory Committee on Balancing Enrollment will present options to the board for the Patterson Mill attendance area and other school districts at the second meeting. Dan Morrison, 410-588-5203.

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