Education Notes


August 17, 2008

HCC broadens coaching classes

Howard Community College has announced an alliance with New Ventures West, a San Francisco-based training organization in business and personal coaching.

Founded in 1986 by James Flaherty, the organization's methodology integrates developments in linguistics and developmental psychology with philosophy and biology.

The partnership will allow the college's professional coaching students to complete their certification on campus and in a shorter time frame. Registration for fall courses in professional coaching is open through Aug. 25.

Flaherty will speak at the college and conduct workshops on "Unfolding Leadership in Ourselves and Others" on Oct. 15 and 16. Information: Betty Noble, 410-772-4111,

Parents urged to register students

Public school officials urge families who are new to the county or will have a child entering public school for the first time to register at their local school as soon as possible, so that schools can be staffed with the appropriate number of teachers.

School begins for Howard County public school students Aug. 25.

Kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

Original documents required for registration include proof of residency (a lease or deed and phone bill, cable bill or current gas and electric bill).

Also required: proof of the child's date of birth; proof of parent's identity; proof of parental relationship or custody; proof of emancipation, where applicable, for students ages 18 and older who are living independently; proof of current immunizations (unless parents request a religious exemption); and the child's Social Security number, if available.

Parents can check the address of their local school on the system's Web site,

School access channel to move

The Howard County public school system's educational access channel will move from Channel 72 to 95 on Saturday, when channel designations on Comcast Cable will be reset.

The channel will continue to be part of Comcast's limited basic service, and will be available with subscription to the Family Tier Service.

Verizon FiOS customers can view the school system's television programming on Verizon Channel 42.

Information: 888-COMCAST or visit

Registration starts for study program

The Stressless Tests Program is accepting registration for its fall study skills program, which offers students an opportunity to discover their learning styles develop self-confidence and improve classroom performance.

High school classes meet four times from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Centennial High School. Sessions will be offered the weeks of Sept. 3-24, Oct. 15-Nov. 5 and Nov. 19-Dec. 17.

Middle school classes meet from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Classes begin the weeks of Sept. 8-29, Oct. 13-Nov. 10 and Nov. 24-Dec. 15.

The cost is $185 a session, and includes the Study for Success DVD.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

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