Education Notes


December 03, 2006|By Anica Butler

Put a college class in holiday stocking

Anne Arundel Community College now is offering an education gift card that allows people to pay for a course or a whole semester of courses for their favorite students.

The gift card can be used to pay tuition for credit or noncredit courses or a combination of the two.

Non-credit courses at AACC include classes in landscaping and global cuisine, and SAT Prep courses. The community college also offers credit or noncredit courses in simulation and animation. Career changers can take courses in intelligence analysis for homeland security or cyberforensics. Young adults just starting out can hone their business and management skills with professional certification prep courses in finance, real estate, human resources or insurance or receive a degree or certificate in business management.

The AACC "Gift of Education Card" can be purchased at: the cashier's office on the Arnold campus, Student Services Center room 120; at the Glen Burnie Town Center, room 217; at AACC at Arundel Mills, room 105; and at the Fort Meade Army Education Center.

Information: 410-777-2236 or

State group honors school counselor

Lucia Martin has been named School Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association, according to the Anne Arundel County school system.

Martin currently is a resource counselor for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She has worked for the county school system for 15 years and was the acting coordinator of guidance and counseling during the 2004 - 2005 school year. Her contributions include leading numerous professional committees and creating the school counselor blackboard as a resource to school counselors.

St. John's gets $4.5 million grant

The Hodson Trust has awarded grants totaling $18 million to four Maryland colleges, including $4.5 million to St. John's College.

The grants are the largest in the trust's 86-year history.

With this year's grants, the Hodson Trust has awarded more than $184 million to the four Maryland colleges. The funds have endowed academic merit scholarships and supported research, academic programs, new facilities, professorships and other initiatives.

The Hodson Trust was settled in 1920 by the family of Col. Clarence Hodson, who grew up in Maryland. Hodson founded the Beneficial Loan Society in 1914.

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