Education Notes


August 13, 2006

HCC plans orientation for new students

Howard Community College will hold new-student orientation sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Aug. 22 and 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Aug. 24 in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students are expected to attend. Parents also are welcome.

Refreshments will be served, and interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes are planned.

Information: 410-772-4896. To reserve a space: 410-772-4430. Or sign up online at www.

Computer forensics session set at HCC

Howard Community College will offer a free information session about its new degree option in computer forensics at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Burrill Galleria of the college's Science and Technology Building.

Computer forensics includes examination and preservation of electronic evidence for use in legal proceedings, administrative hearings, information technology and business.

The option will be available under the college's criminal justice transfer degree program. Beginner and advanced-level credit courses are available during the day and in the evening.

Information: Professor Vinitha Nithianandam, 410-772-4925, or Associate Professor Patrick O'Guinn, 410-772-4889.

The college's credit semester begins Aug. 26 for weekend classes, Aug. 28 for weekday classes.

Information on admissions, registration and on class schedules: 410-772-4856, or www.

County school board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a its regular meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory Building, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott city.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

The board will hold public hearings during the evening session on Policy 2411 (Research Projects Involving Employees and Students); Policy 2700 (State and Local Testing Protocol and Responsibilities); and Policy 11500 (Civility).

The board will also hold a public hearing and predevelopment public work session on the fiscal 2008 capital budget and the fiscal 2009-2013 capital improvement program. Those who want to testify are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak at the forum or to testify at a hearing: 410-313-7194.

School board panel seeks new members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking members for the 2006-2007 school year. The state-chartered citizens' group reviews school system policies and other issues and makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

Members meet monthly and may also participate in school staff committees and in online discussions.

Information: 410-313-6682, or www.citizensadvisory Or attend the new-member orientation and general meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Susquehanna Room of the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

HCC offers classes in Kindermusik

Howard Community College will offer free Kindermusik classes for children Aug. 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 Kindermusik program at the college. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-428-1874, or

Conservancy offering nature programs

The Howard County Conservancy is offering nature programs for preschoolers 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.

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 last one-week camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow through Friday at Mount Pleasant. The camp will be held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center.

Designed to nurture respect for the natural world, the camp includes 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.

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