Education Notes


November 02, 2008

Seeking to give students an engineering head-start

Howard Community College has received funding to provide high school students interested in engineering with a head start. The Pathways to Engineering Program is designed to offer knowledge and hands-on experience to students in engineering, accelerate their mastery of math skills and teach college-level study skills.

High school students can begin the program in the spring of their junior year or that summer. Beginning students will study robotics, review algebra and prepare for the college's math placement test. Enrichment activities include a visit to NASA and meetings with engineering professors and professionals.

Information sessions for students and their parents will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Wilde Lake High School Media Center; 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Oakland Mills High School Media Center; and 6:15 p.m. Nov. 19 in the college's Transfer Center (RCF-242) in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program, funded by a grant from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and HCC's Educational Foundation, is open to any qualified student. Full and partial scholarships are available for those in need.

The application deadline is Dec. 2. Information: 410-772-4599.

School board to meet

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. There will be no evening session.

The meeting will begin with a forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

Study-skills lessons

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 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for four sessions at Centennial High School. The next session will be Nov. 19 through Dec. 17.

Middle school classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Classes will be offered Nov. 24 through Dec. 15.

In response to requests from parents, a new sliding fee scale is available. Parents are free to choose the payment that is affordable for them: $135, $155 or $185 a session; the fee includes the Study for Success digital video disc

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

HCC information session

Howard Community College will hold an information session for prospective students and their parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Transfer Center, Room 242, of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The session, which is designed to help graduating seniors prepare for the transition to college, highlights programs and services such as Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and it will include a discussion of financial aid. Participants will also be able to tour the campus.

Information or to reserve a seat: 410-772-4599.

Resources and referrals

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

Information is available about community services, county recreation, sports facilities, 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 Howard County's Office of Children's Services.

Information: 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or children.

Child care help available

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center, part of the 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 free service 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.

The program also helps parents find programs for which they may qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940.

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