Education Notes


May 14, 2006

HCC's graduation will be held Friday

Howard Community College's commencement exercises for its 35th graduating class will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.

Graduates from the spring 2006 and summer and fall 2005 semesters will be awarded degrees.

The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live by HCC-TV on Channel 71 and also can be seen on the college's Web site,

A Nursing Recognition Ceremony, honoring the college's graduating nurses, will be held at noon Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

As part of its anniversary celebration, the college will hold an All Alumni Reunion on the Columbia campus from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

An open house is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with theatrical performances, an alumni art exhibit, nursing program demonstrations, faculty lectures and campus tours. Admission is free; registration is not necessary.

Welcome packets will be provided in the lobby of the Instructional Lab Building.

Howard Community College opened in 1970 and has grown from an initial enrollment of 600 to more than 6,500 credit students, as of the fall of last year.

Information: 410-772-4450.

June camp to focus on tech careers

The Howard County school system's Career and Technology Education Office will offer Career Academies Summer Camp, for current seventh- and eighth-graders interested in learning more about careers in technology, from 8 a.m. to noon June 19 to 23 at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Campers will have an opportunity to explore career-cluster areas offered through the Career Academies, including biotechnology and health services; multimedia arts and technology; architecture and engineering; energy, power and transportation; business and entrepreneurship; and culinary arts.

The pupils will rotate to a different cluster each day and work on a hands-on team project.

The camp will be staffed by Howard County teachers.

The cost is $75, and enrollment is limited to 125 pupils. Applications were distributed in middle schools and are also available from middle-school counselors and team leaders.

Information: Nancy Ralls, 410-313-6629.

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