Education Digest


Education Beat

December 25, 2005

Career Academies sessions scheduled

Four information sessions about the Howard County school system's Career Academies will be held at regional high school sites next month. Sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Middle and high school students and their parents are welcome.

Sessions will be held Jan. 10 at Hammond High School, Jan. 17 at Mount Hebron High School, Jan. 24 at Wilde Lake High School and Jan. 31 at Long Reach High School.

The academies are organized in seven clusters, which will be discussed at each session.

Architecture and Engineering cluster: Construction Technology, Architectural Design, and Pre-engineering academies.

Biotechnology and Health Services cluster: Allied Health, Biotechnology, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Emergency Technician/Paramedic academies.

Business and Entrepreneurship cluster: Finance, Accounting, Business Management, and Marketing academies.

Culinary Arts and Hotel Management cluster: Culinary Science Academy.

Education cluster: Early Childhood Development and Teacher academies.

Energy, Power and Transportation cluster: Energy, Power and Transportation Academy; Automotive Technology Academy.

Multimedia Arts and Technology cluster: Computer Networking, PC Systems, Visual Communications, and Computer Programming academies.

Information: 410-313-6629.

Information nights for parents on PSATs

The Howard County public school system's Office of School Counseling will offer PSAT Parent Information Nights at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Wilde Lake High School, 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Hammond High School, 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Glenelg High School and 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Reservoir High School.

The presentations will help parents understand their student's PSAT scores and plan college test-taking strategies. Educational consultant Martha Gagnon, formerly of the College Board, will speak.

Information: 410-313-6647.

Arts council to offer college scholarships

The Howard County Arts Council will award scholarships of at least $1,000 to students entering college in the 2006-2007 academic year. Awards, which are competitive, can be used for tuition and fees only.

Applications will be reviewed by the arts council's scholarship panel, a group of professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines. Criteria include artistic merit, knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts and a demonstrated track record of academic success. Winners will be notified in March.

Applications are available from the arts council or at Completed applications must be submitted by Jan. 13.

Information: 410-313-2787.

Community college registration is on

Howard Community College is accepting registration for its winter and spring credit semesters.

The four-week winter credit session begins Jan. 3 and ends Jan. 27. Late registration is available through Jan. 5. The spring credit semester begins Jan. 28 for weekend classes; Jan. 30 for weekday classes. Late registration is available from Feb. 1 to 4.

The college will be closed for winter break through Jan. 2, but phone and Web registration remain available for newly admitted and previously enrolled credit students using their college identification login and password. In-person registration will resume during normal business hours Jan. 3.

To request a free copy of the winter/spring schedule of credit classes: 410-772-4856. Information: 410-772-4800; TDD, 410-772- 4023. Or

Suggestions sought on school's name

The School Naming Committee of the Howard County school system seeks suggestions from the community for an appropriate name for the new elementary school on Ten Oaks Road in Dayton. The school is scheduled to open in August.

Board of Education policy calls for all school names to reflect geographical areas of the county; duplication of names must be avoided.

Suggestions for names and a rationale for each suggestion should be submitted, in writing, by Jan. 13 to Mark J. Stout, curriculum coordinator of social studies, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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