Education Notes


August 20, 2006

HCC unaffiliated with magazine-sales scheme

Over the past few months, Harford Community College has received calls from area residents concerned about magazine solicitations being conducted in the county by individuals claiming to use proceeds for HCC scholarships.

HCC is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, the solicitation of subscriptions for scholarship funds. Further, the college does not directly solicit the public for money, via telephone or door-to-door.

Any solicitation received by members of the community is not from a HCC representative.

Back-to-school drive seeks supplies for needy kids

Mason-Dixon Community Services is holding a back-to-school supplies drive to help children in Harford County have the necessary supplies they need to succeed in school.

Contributions will stock the Ready 2 Learn School Supply Warehouse for teachers to assist with the educational needs of low-income children, said mentoring programs coordinator Michelle Shaivitz.

Items that are especially needed include: backpacks (large and small); filler paper; 1-inch binders; pocket folders; pencils (graphite and colored); highlighters; calculators; small pencil cases; scissors; glue bottles and glue sticks; black, blue and red pens; rulers; compasses; protractors; black marble notebooks; theme notebooks; and $10 Payless Shoe cards.

Contributions can be delivered to the organization's office in the old Highland School, 708 Highland Road, Street.

Information: Mason-Dixon Community Services, 410-452-0077; or Harford County Department of Community Services, 410-638-3381.

Harford Community College names new vice president

Harford Community College has appointed Brenda M. Blackburn vice president for marketing, development and community relations.

She has a bachelor's degree in political science from Gardner-Webb University and a master's degree in public affairs from North Carolina State University.

Before joining HCC, Blackburn was president of the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

HCC class accepting applications from artists

Harford Community College is offering a course in "Painting in Oils and Acrylics for the Experienced Artist" this fall.

This intense study of traditional styles and techniques explores what makes a painter great through painting demonstrations, critique sessions and studio painting. The class also might travel to studios, museums and galleries.

Applicants are accepted based on portfolio review and interview. The course will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 20 to Dec. 6 in the studio of instructor Jim Butcher.

Butcher is a graduate of Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. He has been a combat artist in South Vietnam and a portraitist; he runs a freelance art business.

An informational session with the instructor will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in Edgewood Hall to discuss the expectations of the class. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-836-4175.

Rebates available for some technology programs at HCC

New students who enroll at Harford Community College through Sept. 30 for any Gatlin Certificate program will get a $100 rebate.

Students need to register and pay for their course, then go to www.gatlineducation. com/rebate_fall06.html for their rebate.

Programs qualifying for the rebate include: Cisco CCNA, Web master, Web database developer, AutoCAD 2005, forensic computer examiner, CompTIA Linux certification preparation, CompTIA Security+, MCDBA (Microsoft-certified database administrator), 3ds max program, MCSA (Microsoft-certified systems administrator) and video game design and development.

Information: 410-836-4376 or 410-879-8920, Ext. 376.

Cecil college offers new biotechnology course

Cecil Community College is offering a new class this fall "Introduction to Biotechnology." The course will equip students with the skills to perform in an industrial setting as well as in a higher-level biology laboratory.

The course includes a lecture from noon to 1:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays starting Aug. 30, and a lab from 8 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Wednesdays.

Biotechnology is the manipulation of microbes, genes and biologically important macromolecules.

Information: 410-287-1000.

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