Education Notes


December 25, 2005

Credit union grant benefits CCC students

First Financial of Maryland Federal Credit Union recently awarded a $45,000 grant to benefit Carroll Community College students.

The grant is the third made by the credit union to the college in the past 10 years. The grants total $100,000.

Carroll Community College Foundation Inc. will use the grant to support two full, need-based scholarships for the next five years for students pursuing associate arts of teaching degrees; for continued support of the First Financial Federal Credit Union Child Care Fee Assistance Fund; and for the First Financial Federal Credit Union Equipment Fund to provide annual grants to purchase equipment and education materials for the Child Development Center.

First Financial also annually awards college scholarships to high school seniors who are credit union members.

College focuses on staff development

Carroll Community College faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to expand their knowledge base and professional development by exploring new subject areas through workshops and special events held at the college each semester.

The emphasis on staff development comes from college President Faye Pappalardo, who recently received the College President's/Chancellor's Award from the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development.

The national council, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, presented the award at its annual conference Nov. 10 in Montreal.

Sherry Glass, executive assistant to the college president, accepted the award for Pappalardo, who was selected from a pool of American and Canadian candidates.

Each semester, college employees are invited to participate in free lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips that address such topics as teaching and learning, cultural and global awareness, leadership development, technology, and health.

The college surveys staff members to determine areas of interest and asks participants to evaluate the program each year.

The college has 201 full-time permanent and temporary employees. The staff development program started in 1999.

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