Education Notes


October 28, 2007

Program to discuss teens and stress

HC DrugFree will offer a program for parents and teens, "Teen Stress and Depression," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Atholton High School in Columbia.

The program will focus on factors that can lead to stress, depression or substance abuse. David Gold, a counselor with Crossroads Psychological Associates, will discuss how stress affects teens and signs of teen depression.

The program will also cover the relationship between stress and peer pressure and factors such as divorce, blended families and other factors.

Parents can hear strategies that can improve communication about stress and identify depression and what to do about it. There will be opportunities for questions.

HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering the community to raise drug-free teenagers. Admission is free. Registration is not required.

Information: 443-325-0040.

Diploma ceremony scheduled at HCC

Howard Community College will hold its 23rd Diploma Recognition Ceremony at 3 p.m. today in Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The ceremony will recognize students who have earned a Maryland high school diploma in the past year through the college's Adult Basic Education programs. A reception for graduates, their friends and families will be held after the ceremony in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language and Business Building (ELB 100).

Margaret Kahlor, director of media arts and HCC-TV, will speak to the group of about 30 graduates. The program is to include greetings from college President Kate Hetherington, a musical interlude by the Howard High School Madrigal Singers and an opportunity to hear several of the students tell their stories.

Howard Community College's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers a variety of basic education programs for adults, including Basic Math, Basic Algebra and Geometry, and Writing for the Workplace and Personal Use. Two options for earning a high school diploma are available: the General Educational Development and the External Diploma Program.

Information: 410-772-4982.

The college will hold a high school information session for prospective students and their parents at 1 p.m. Friday in the Transfer Center of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

The session will highlight college programs and services, including Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and will include a discussion of financial aid. Participants will be invited to tour the campus.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Members sought for ethics panel

The Howard County Board of Education is seeking volunteers to serve on the Howard County public school system's ethics panel.

Two vacancies will be filled by board appointment. Members, who must be Howard County residents, serve five-year terms.

The panel oversees ethics regulations, advises the board on matters related to conflicts of interest and financial disclosure and provides advice to employees on the applicability of the regulations to specific cases.

A copy of the ethics regulations can be found on the school system's Web site: www.

Those interested should send a letter and a resume by Wednesday to Mark Blom, general counsel, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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