Education Notes


April 29, 2007

Technology survey puts HCC in top 10

Howard Community College has been named one of this year's top technologically savvy community colleges by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community College.

Nearly 200 community colleges around the country participated in a survey to examine how colleges are using technology to serve students, faculty, staff and their communities.

College officials answered multiple-choice and narrative questions regarding online services and other technological provisions offered at the school.

HCC ranked 10th in the midsized category - between 3,000 and 7,500 students.

Lions Club donates $15,000 to college

The Ellicott City Lions Club has presented a check for $15,000 as its annual donation to the scholarship fund at Howard Community College. The fund was established by the club in 2002.

The Lions Club retains the option to name one of the scholarship awards in honor of the late Franklin Baker, one of the club's charter members.

Half of the fund is intended to award scholarships to business and computer-related majors in financial need; the other half is to be awarded to students participating in athletics at the college.

Information: 410-772-4450.

Comments sought on special-ed plan

The Howard County school system is seeking comments on its Special Education Staffing Plan for 2007-2008.

A copy of the plan for 2006-2007 is available by calling Denise McClurkin, Department of Special Education, 410-313-6659 or at

Comments and suggestions can be sent by May 15 to Denise McClurkin, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

PTA Council seeks nominations

The PTA Council of Howard County is accepting nominations of members to serve in executive positions for the 2007-2008 school year.

Nominations are invited for president; executive vice president; vice president of issues; vice president of operations; treasurer; recording secretary and corresponding secretary.

Nominees must be local PTA members who have served for at least a year on a local PTA executive board.

Information or to submit a nomination: 410-740-5153, or

Essay contest entries invited

Howard County seventh-graders are invited to enter a Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest sponsored by Watson's Tin Box, an organization of Holmes fans, in partnership with the library and the school system.

Contestants are to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band and write an analytical essay about it.

Guidelines and an entry form: The entry deadline is Thursday. Prizes will be awarded at an event to be held at 7 p.m. June 7 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

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