Education Notes


December 24, 2006|By Anica Butler

Deadline near for student program

The deadline is approaching for black high school students who want to participate in the ACT-SO competition.

ACT-SO, which stands for Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is a yearlong program started by the NAACP. It is made up of 25 categories of competition in the sciences and humanities, and performing and visual arts.

The application deadline is Jan. 31. The local ACT-SO competition will be April 14.

Information and applications: Annie Foster, 410-969-3100, Ext. 202 or

Center honored for outreach

The Paul S. Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service at Anne Arundel Community College has been included on the president's first "Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll" for community outreach.

AACC is one of two community colleges and seven Maryland institutions included in the list of 492.

President Bush created the listing to increase public awareness of the contributions college students are making in their communities, according to the college.

The Sarbanes Center, established this year, oversees the AACC Center for Learning Through Service, the Environmental Center and Center for the Study of Local Issues.

Information on the Sarbanes Center: 410-777-2902.

AACC names technology officer

Shirin M. Goodarzi of Arnold has been named chief technology officer at Anne Arundel Community College.

Goodarzi will lead its information technology and information services initiatives, oversee information management and strategy, and create and implement the technical vision for the college, according to the college.

An employee of AACC since 2002, Goodarzi has been the interim chief technology officer since July, after the retirement of David C. Becker.

Program offers information sessions

The county school system will offer several information sessions for parents and students who are considering applying to the AVID program in 2007-2008.

Advancement Via Individual Determination is an accelerated academic program for students in the "academic middle" who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college, appropriate classroom behavior and a good attendance record, and are willing to commit to at least an hour of homework every night. They must enroll in rigorous college preparatory courses.

The sessions will be:

Jan. 10 -- South River High School, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Jan. 11 -- Hilltop Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 -- Severna Park Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 6 -- Marley Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 -- George Fox Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information:

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