Education Notes


July 23, 2006

College to honor nursing graduates

Howard Community College will honor students in its graduating nursing class with an Accelerated Nursing Recognition Ceremony and a Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

A reception will be held in the Burrill Galleria after the ceremony.

The college's accelerated Associate of Arts degree nursing program for outstanding students, which began in 2004, allows those who meet eligibility criteria to complete their clinical course work in a 12-month, full-time day program. The pinning ceremony will recognize students graduating from the college's Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate program.

Information: 410-772-4230.

Tai Sophia Institute gets accreditation

The Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate academic institution in North Laurel, has received regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Founded as a clinic for acupuncture in 1975, the institute offers master's degrees in acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts.

The process of receiving accreditation began in 2001, with a comprehensive self-study that involved meeting 14 standards on which accreditation is based.

An evaluation team of representatives from other institutions visited the site, and the commission commended Tai Sophia for developing measurable outcomes for concepts such as "healing presence" and "personal transformation."

The institute also offers a variety of wellness programs open to the community and maintains clinics for acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine.

Schools seek leader for Health Council

The Howard County school system is accepting applications for the position of chairman of the Howard County School Health Council.

The council provides leadership and advice to the superintendent and the health officer on developing and promoting school health programs. The executive committee meets four times a year; the full committee also meets four times a year.

Local school health councils are required by state law. Membership is drawn from the health, business, religious and volunteer communities and includes parents and members of the school system and the Health Department.

Letters of interest should be submitted to Donna Heller, health services coordinator, HCPSS Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Kindermusic classes Aug. 12 and 26 at HCC

Howard Community College will offer two days of free Kin- dermusic classes for children Aug. 12 and 26 in Room 100B of the college's ELB Building.

Sessions will be offered for families with children, newborn and older, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The classes will introduce a Kindermusic program at the college. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-428-1874, or

Conservancy offering nature programs

The Howard County Conservancy is offering nature programs at Mount Pleasant Farm, the conservancy's 232-acre nature reserve at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

The programs, which run for about 1 1/2 hours, include stories, crafts and a short nature walk, weather permitting. They are offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays this month and next. The cost is $5 a child; parents are admitted free. Registration is required.

The conservancy offers scholarships for its nature camps for children ages 5 to 11. The one-week camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 18 at Mount Pleasant. They are held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center.

Designed to nurture respect for the natural world, the camps include hikes, nature games and crafts.

Mount Pleasant is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for hiking, touring, picnicking and visiting the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center and gift shop.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Study-skills classes set for summer

Registration is open for summer middle and high school study-skills courses sponsored by the Stressless Tests Program.

Summer middle school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-4. The classes will meet at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The cost is $155.

A session of summer high school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-11. The classes will meet at Centennial High School. The cost is $155.

Classes are limited to 15 students.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

Dance theater has classes for kids

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, offers summer classes for children and adults, as well as weeklong dance camps for new dancers, experienced dancers and Girl Scouts.

Children's classes will be available in ballet, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, ballet and jazz. Classes and camps continue through the summer.

Information: 410-480-1686, or

Advisory panel seeks at-large members

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