Education Notes


November 09, 2008

Forum on priorities in education budget

The Howard County Board of Education invites the public to participate in a community forum on "What Counts in Education" to discuss priorities for the county public school system's operating budget.

The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Homewood Center, behind the Department of Education, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Participants will have a chance to discuss the operating budget and identify recommendations for the next one to five years. They will divide into table discussions to recommend seven budget priorities and reconvene to review and recommend final budget priorities.

The forum is sponsored by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education and the county board.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-313-5638, or e-mail Florence Jackson, florence_jack

Parents' drug newsletter

HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower the community to raise alcohol- and drug-free teens, offers a newsletter for parents on its Web site, To receive a copy by mail or e-mail: hcdrugfree@

The Web site lists the organization's programs for parents and teens. Parents who have a child who has begun to drink or use drugs are invited to contact Laura Smit, director of HC DrugFree, 443-325-0040, for resources and assistance.

Engineering program

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, which is 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.

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.

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

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