Education Notes


July 06, 2008

HCC holds orientation

Howard Community College will hold new-student orientation sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the college's Athletics Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students are expected to attend. Parents are also invited to attend a parents program during both orientation sessions.

Both sessions include refreshments, information packets and activities, including interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes. Appetizers will be offered at 5:15 p.m. before the evening session; dessert will be served after the session. A continental breakfast will be served, starting at 8:15 a.m., before the Aug. 20 session, and the college will provide lunch. After the session, students can stay to participate in HCC ThinkFast, an interactive game show that offers a chance to win as much as $200.

Information: 410-772-4896. To register: 410-772-4430. Or visit

Volunteers needed for committee

The Howard County school system is seeking applications for membership on its Instructional Materials/Criteria Review Committee. Members must be residents of Howard County.

Five new members are needed for two-year terms. The committee will be responsible for reviewing selection criteria for instructional materials and revising criteria, when necessary.

Application forms are available at, under "Latest News." The deadline for applications to be submitted is Aug. 29.

CARE center offers resources, referrals

The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources will help families discuss their needs and offer resources.

Information is available on community services, financial assistance, support groups, emergency needs, help for drug or alcohol abuse, classes for parents, school readiness and achievement, emotional and mental health, child care resources and other topics.

The center is a service of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services. Information: 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or visit

Child care help available

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center, also part of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, offers assistance for parents seeking licensed child care centers, family child care providers, programs for school-age children and preschools. The service, which is free, is called LOCATE: Child Care.

Trained child care counselors will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will seek to identify child care best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

LOCATE: Child Care also helps parents find programs they may qualify for, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940 or visit

Summer camp focuses on music

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit organization working to advance jazz in the community, will offer a Music and Arts Academy Summer Camp where campers of all skill levels can study instruments, singing and dance.

Tuition is $420. Payment plans and scholarships are available for all applicants; scholarships and financial assistance are also available for those who qualify.

The two-week camp for children ages 7 to 16 will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning tomorrow, at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4630, or

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