HCC college fair set for disabled students

EDUCATION NOTES

February 18, 2007

Howard Community College will hold a college fair for students with disabilities from noon to 3 p.m. March 3 in the college's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The college's Project Access, a program designed to help people with disabilities make the transition into post-secondary education and become successful college students, is sponsoring the event. Admission is free and open to the public.

Those who attend will learn about support and career services offered by about 30 post-secondary institutions, including two- and four-year colleges and career schools. Information about admission requirements and financial aid will also be available.

Representatives from the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitation Services, which helps high school students with disabilities move into the workplace, will also be on hand.

The fair includes a continuing assistive technology demonstration.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625.

School board, council to confer Friday

The quarterly meeting of the Board of Education and the County Council will be held at 8:15 a.m. Friday in Boardroom B at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The meeting is open to the public.

Library spelling bee to be held March 16

The Howard County Library will hold its third spelling bee at 7 p.m. March 16 in the auditorium of Howard High School in Ellicott City.

Participants include winners of Howard County schools and homeschool association spelling bees. The champion will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Information: 410-313-7750, or www.hclibrary.org.

The library will sponsor a program about spelling bees with James Maguire, author of American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds, at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is to begin March 1.

Information: 410-313-1950.

College sponsoring trip to Greece

Howard Community College is sponsoring a trip to Greece from June 23 through July 5.

The island of Rhodes will serve as base for most of the trip, which is to include visits to Lindos, the Valley of the Butterflies, Kameiros, Rhodes City and surrounding islands. The itinerary ends with four days in Athens to see the Acropolis, Delphi and other sights.

The cost is $3,300, which includes airfare, hotels, meals and tours. Reservations are due by March 1. Students can enroll in the college's independent study program to receive academic credit.

Information: 410-772-4229. Or contact Professor Vladimir Marinich, 410-772-4946, or Barbara Livieratos, 410-531-1386.

Girls summer camp to be offered in June

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will sponsor a residential summer camp, Journey 2007, for girls entering eighth and ninth grades in the fall.

The camp for 50 Howard County girls will be held June 24-30 at Washington College in Chestertown. The girls will live in dormitories, eat in the cafeteria and experience a collegiate atmosphere during the weeklong program.

The program is to include workshops on empowerment and motivation, communication skills, decision-making, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution. The camp is part of the Women's Giving Circle effort to support young girls.

The cost is $495. Financial assistance is available. Applications are available in guidance offices at middle schools and at www.womensgivingcircle.org. They must be submitted by March 30; applications will be given priority based on the date they are received.

An information session for parents will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 8 at Atholton High School in Columbia.

Information: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854-1107.

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