Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

Education Beat

December 25, 2005

State taking applications for loan repayment program

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting applications for a loan repayment program for those who work in certain fields and provide service to low-income or under-served Maryland residents.

Through the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program, qualified applicants may receive up to $7,500 annually to repay college loans. Applicants' gross salary cannot exceed $60,000, or $130,000 if married. Eligible teachers must have graduated from a Maryland college and be employed full-time at a Maryland public school designated as a Title I school or one identified for improvement by the state. Special education and computer science teachers at any Maryland public school may also be eligible.

The application and list of eligible schools and teaching fields can be found at www.mhec.state.md.us under the financial aid applications section. The deadline is being extended until the funds are awarded.

Martin Barr Adventist School sells citrus fruit as fundraiser

Martin Barr Adventist School in Gambrills is selling Florida citrus fruit as a school fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the school. The next order deadline is Jan. 10 and selection varies monthly. Information: martinbarrschool.org, or call 410-451-0078 and leave a message.

Rockbridge Academy plans two open houses next month

Rockbridge Academy will hold open houses Jan. 6 and Jan. 20. Both will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Baldwin Education Building, 911 Generals Highway, Millersville. No reservations are required.

The academy offers a K-12 program and is accredited with the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Information: rockbridge.org.

Sign-up for winter term at AACC is under way

Registration is under way for Anne Arundel Community College's winter two-week term for teachers, business employees, health professionals and students to receive training and advance their education. Classes begin Jan. 3 and end with finals Jan. 13.

Teachers and education students can choose from five courses targeted for busy professional schedules. Telecourses are also offered. Information: 410-777-2222.

Millersville resident joins Golden Key honor society

Alicia Leigh Zahn of Millersville has accepted membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society and was honored during a recent induction ceremony at Cornell University.

The Golden Key International Honor Society is a nonprofit organization that provides academic recognition to college juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their class as well as leadership development opportunities and career networking. Membership is by invitation only. Information: goldenkey.org.

Education commission urges students to apply for aid early

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is encouraging Maryland's college-bound students to apply as soon as possible for admission and financial aid to ensure full consideration. Maryland recorded more than 310,000 enrollments last fall and expects continued growth for next year.

The federal financial aid process begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines whether a student qualifies for need-based federal aid or for Maryland's need-based financial programs.

FAFSA is available at libraries, high school guidance offices and school financial aid offices or online at fafsa.ed.gov. For information about financial aid in Maryland, visit MHEC online at www.mhec.state. md.us or call 800-974-1024.

Parenting Center offering three new spring courses

The Parenting Center at Anne Arundel Community College is introducing three courses this spring. "Balancing Work and Family Life" and "Making Blended Families Work," both three-session courses, are two hours long and will be offered on the Arnold campus. "Solving Discipline Problems at Work" will be offered as an online course. The Parenting Center also has more than 40 other courses that run between one and 15 weeks. Information: 410-777-2159 or www.aacc.edu/familynet.

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