Education Notes


March 26, 2006

Schools are closed tomorrow, Tuesday

Harford County schools will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday for teacher in-service days.

Information: 410-588-5203.

John Carroll to host annual College Night

John Carroll School will host its annual College Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the school gymnasium at 703 Churchville Road.

Students from all classes, as well as students from surrounding high schools, are invited to attend with their parents.

The guidance department, chaired by Carol Heflin-Shupe, has organized this event. Students meet with guidance counselors during their junior year to discuss college majors and career goals. College Night is the culmination of the Junior Guidance Program.

Information: 410-879-2480, ext. 2050.

Teacher of the Year deadline is Friday

The deadline for nomination of candidates for Harford County Public School Teacher of the Year is Friday.

Any public school teacher who has taught for at least four years is eligible.

Ten finalists will be selected and each will receive $1,000 from HarCo Maryland Federal Credit Union, as well as other prizes and honors.

The Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007 will receive the use of a new Toyota Camry from Jones Junction for one year, a watch from Talles Jewelers and a laptop computer from Dell.

The 12th annual Teacher of the Year banquet/program will be held at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Bayou Restaurant. The banquet is free to 175 invited guests.

Information: 410-588-5203.

Elementary school to give scholarship

The Homefield Wakefield Elementary School will award a $250 scholarship to a former student pursuing a bachelor's degree in education.

Applicants must be a current member of a PTA/PTSA, be accepted into a post-secondary institution and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

The application deadline is May 1.

Information: 410-638-1292.

New admissions coordinator at HCC

Brian J. Hammond has been named the new coordinator for admissions at Harford Community College. Since 2002, Hammond had been a student development specialist in admissions at HCC.

Hammond earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and a graduate certification in information systems from the Johns Hopkins University.

Before working at Harford Community College, Hammond worked at Towson University in admissions and at Johns Hopkins in behavioral therapies.

HCC offers wireless Internet on campus

Harford Community College offers broadband wireless access to students, faculty, staff and visitors, allowing them to access the Internet from anywhere on campus.

Chief Technology Officer Joy Hatch said the wireless technology was paid for by Harford County Milestone Funds, which are available to enhance technology, and to keep the infrastructure current at HCC.

Three outdoor antennas, one on the radio tower in Joppa and the other two mounted on poles near the campus library, provide 90 percent to 95 percent of the campus wireless coverage. Fifteen indoor antennas provide additional coverage.

The college library will soon have laptop computers available for students to check out for a few hours to use in the library.

The Higher Education and Conference Center at the HEAT Center in Aberdeen also offers wireless access.

CCC to hold Six Sigma Primer

Cecil Community College is offering a Six Sigma Primer at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and April 4.

This overview for those thinking of participating in Six Sigma will help organization leaders understand the programs' basic principles and their responsibility as a Six Sigma champion.

Topics include basic terminology, practical application and tools associated with the Six Sigma principles.

Tuition is $140, plus the course fee of $60.

Information: 410-392-3366 or, to register, 410-287-1078.

Basic Boating Course set for this spring

Cecil Community College will offer the Maryland Basic Boating Course this spring.

The three-day class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 18-20, April 25-27, May 2-4, May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30 to June 1, June 13-15 and June 27-29.

Tuition is $35, and the course fee is $15.

The course is approved by the Department of Natural Resources and provides certification to those who complete it. All people born after July 1, 1972, are required to have certification before operating numbered and documented vessels in Maryland waters.

Information: 410-392-3366; registration, 410-287-1078.

HCC online course meets standards

Harford Community College's online course "Speech Fundamentals" has been recognized as meeting (FIPSE) Quality Matters review standards.

The Quality Matters project is a process that recognizes the quality of online courses.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education.

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