AACC to hold information session

EDUCATION NOTES

August 17, 2008

Anne Arundel Community College will hold an open house and information session at 5 p.m. Wednesday on its court reporting program.

Visitors can meet program instructors and learn about the 25 percent job growth projection in the field through 2016. The session at Room 411 in the Glen Burnie Town Center, Arundel Center North. also includes information on salary ranges and a program overview.

The Maryland Court Reporters Association has approved AACC's training, which consists of five courses. The first one, "Court Reporting 1" (LEG 500), starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Glen Burnie Town Center.

Registration for fall noncredit courses is under way. For information, e-mail the office of Continuing Professional Education at cpe@aacc.edu or visit www.aacc.edu/courtreporting.

County public schools awarded state honor

Anne Arundel County Public Schools has been named as one of three government agencies in the Maryland to receive the 2008 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, honoring the school system's innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership in procurement practices.

This is the second time AACPS has been honored in the 13-year history of the award. Agencies are judged on areas such as ethical standards, organizational structure, ease of access to procurement information, dissemination of procurement information electronically, staff certification and the existence of a centralized procurement office. Agencies must also provide benchmarks for continued excellence in procurement.

"The dedication needed to achieve this standard is an important measure to support the school system's educational goals and initiatives," said Deborah Groat, AACPS' supervisor of purchasing, "and to develop public trust by ensuring the appropriate and efficient expenditure of taxpayer dollars."

Winners will receive their awards during the National Purchasing Institute's annual conference in September.

31 students honored at ceremony

Anne Arundel Community College recently honored 31 students who graduated from its physician assistant certificate program with a recognition ceremony.

The faculty selected three students for awards presented by Timothy G. Parker, academic/clinical coordinator of the program. Donghua Wang of Baltimore, the class valedictorian, received the Dean's Award for the highest cumulative grade point average. The President's Award went to Kala R. Scoggin of Huntington, for demonstration of exceptional leadership qualities. The Faculty Award went to Kimberly A. Callaway of Alexandria, Va., who was recognized as the student who best exemplified the code of ethics of the physician assistant profession.

The students selected Hannah Kifle of Alexandria, Va., to receive the Clinician's Clinician Award for professional integrity and clinical excellence. They also gave the 2008 Clinical Preceptor of the Year award to Dr. Diana Abney, a pediatrician with Cambridge Pediatrics in Waldorf. The 2008 Faculty Award honoring the PA program's top professor went to Dr. Maureen Prendergast.

Several students were recognized for their recent induction into the Pi Alpha Honor Society, which is the national honor society for physician assistants. The selection criteria includes demonstrated excellence in research, publishing, community professional service or leadership activities in addition to a cumulative grade point average above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. They are April Ann Burke and Amy A. Hoffman, both of Ellicott City; Melissa Kay Colehouse of Crownsville; Jonathan A. Dowdle of Catonsville; and Scoggin.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant accredits the PA program, which is open to students with a bachelor's degree or higher. Graduates provide medical care under the supervision of a licensed physician and are eligible to sit for the national certification exam.

The deadline to apply for admission to the physician assistant class that begins in May 2009 is Sept. 1. For program information, attend one of the free orientation sessions (go to www.aacc.edu/healthprofessions and click on orientations) or visit www.aacc.edu/physassist or call 410-777-7310.

Pre-apprenticeship program gets grant

Anne Arundel Community College's construction pre-apprenticeship program has received a $4,500 grant from the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation Inc., paying the cost for one student's tuition in the college's electrical pre-apprenticeship program in partnership with the Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake chapter and the state of Maryland.

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