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Education Beat

December 18, 2005

Schools to close 2 hours early Friday

Carroll County public schools will close two hours early Friday (closed for half-day kindergarten students) to start the winter holiday.

Schools will remain closed through Jan. 2 and reopen Jan. 3.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Healthy heart team wins activity award

The Children's Heart Health Action Team of Carroll County recently was presented with the Physical Activity Excellence Award from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and members of the State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness.

The team was one of three recipients to receive a Governor's Citation for promoting physical activity in 2005.

The honor is the first in a series of annual awards designed to recognize exemplary efforts to promote physical activity among Marylanders.

The county children's team coordinated the Project ACES (Active Children Excel in School) program with the county Health Department and elementary schools to encourage children to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

CCC most frequent choice of school

Carroll Community College is county residents' most frequent choice among those attending two- and four-year undergraduate institutions in Maryland, according to figures from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Of the 6,014 Carroll County residents attending Maryland colleges as undergraduates, 2,837, or 47.2 percent, attend Carroll Community College. The next most popular college, Towson University, enrolls 10.3 percent of Carroll students.

For fall term 2005, 3,115 students were enrolled in credit courses at Carroll Community College, of which 57 percent were part time and 43 percent full time; 83 percent were in transfer programs. First-time students numbered 712.

Carroll Community College's enrollment, based on full-time equivalent figures, is projected by the higher education commission to grow 42 percent over the next nine years.

In fiscal year 2005, 12,307 individuals enrolled in classes at Carroll Community College, a record high for the college. Two-thirds were enrolled in noncredit classes.

Seventy-one percent of credit students were younger than 25, and 57 percent of noncredit students were age 40 or older.

McDaniel safety chief wins award

McDaniel College campus safety supervisor Eric Immler recently was presented with the Governor's Crime Prevention award at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. presented the award to Immler, who was the only campus police officer recognized in the category for law enforcement officers.

Over the past year, Immler was involved in more than 70 crime prevention and community policing efforts at McDaniel. He gave lectures, conducted alcohol-awareness programming, and distributed literature.

He also established relationships with leaders in the college's Greek community in an effort to intervene before problems arose.

On-campus violations were reduced 43 percent over the past year.

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