Howard Community College will offer new-student orientation sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
First-time HCC students are encouraged and expected to attend; parents are welcome to attend a parent session that will be held during their child's orientation program.
The sessions include refreshments, information packets and interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes.
Information: 410-772-4896. Reservations: 410-772-4430. Or sign up online at www.howard cc.edu/nso.
Online registration for noncredit courses
Online registration for Howard Community College's winter noncredit courses is continuing.
New business courses include "Federal Employment: Create a Dynamic Federal Resume," "Performance Appraisals," "Why Employees Fail to Meet Performance Standards" and "Landlord 101."
New lifestyle and leisure courses include "Upholstery 101," "The Road to Retirement: Planning Your Personal Journey," "Protecting Yourself from Street Criminals" and "Emotional Intelligence: Your Greatest Resource."
New courses also are being offered in information technology, adult basic education and the college's "Kids On Campus" program.
Information: 410-772-4823, or www.howardcc.edu and click on "Continuing Education."
Firm to partner with several schools
All Financial Services, a local mortgage and financial services firm, is to enter a partnership with Stevens Forest Elementary, Wilde Lake Middle and Howard High schools, to be formalized with an official signing at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel on Tuesday.
The company will participate in career days in schools and in sports programs, back-to-school nights and other events; it will also provide mentoring and sponsor programs to encourage good behavior and academic performance.
All Financial Services and school staff members will exchange newsletters, invitations to events and maintain a continuing relationship to benefit Howard County students.
HCC cookbook goes on sale for $15
A cookbook featuring favorite recipes from students, staff members and faculty at Howard Community College is on sale at the HCC Bookstore in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.
Now You're Cooking, HCC! contains more than 200 recipes from around the world. The book costs $15; proceeds will benefit the HCC Educational Foundation's scholarship fund for international education.
Information: Barbara Livieratos, 410-772-4707.
Art scholarships offered for college
The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applicants for its 2008 arts scholarships.
The council will award at least $10,000 in scholarship money to students entering college in the 2008-2009 academic year. The scholarships must be used to enroll in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be at least $1,000 and can be used for tuition and fees.
Applications, which must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Jan. 11, will be reviewed by the arts council's scholarship panel, whose members are professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines.
Applications will be judged on artistic merit, knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts and a track record of success in an academic setting.
Applications are available from the arts council (410-313- 2787) or at www.hocoarts.org. Applicants, who must be legal residents of Howard County, will be notified about the panel's decisions in March.
School board to meet Thursday
The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.
The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topics for which there is no formal hearing.
Advance registration is requested. To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter, contact Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Education will hold its quarterly meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room ML-2, the lobby conference room at the Department of Education.