Education Notes

November 30, 2008

Two schools receive beautification grants

Two Harford elementary schools have received county grants that will help volunteers complete several beautification projects. County Executive David R. Craig, who visited both schools last week, commended their PTA volunteers.

The program "is an excellent example of an effective government initiative that brings schools, the parent community and businesses together," he said.

A $10,000 grant for Riverside Elementary brings to more than $65,000 the funds dedicated to upgrading the playground on the Joppa campus, a project that parent volunteers have tackled for nearly a year.

Homestead-Wakefield School in Bel Air will receive $9,990 for several projects. More than half the award will pay for improvements to the lobby, which will be refurnished, painted and decorated with a mural. The remaining money is to be used for a new marquee, landscaping, mulching and benches and picnic tables for the courtyard.

"These grants help schools replace or upgrade playgrounds and make other site improvements," said Robert B. Thomas, a county spokesman. "But there is a sweat equity component. Volunteers have to contribute services."

Book fair at college

Cecil College's Administrative Professionals Organization will sponsor a Barnes & Noble Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Technology Center Student Lounge on the college's North East campus.

The fair will feature fiction, nonfiction and holiday books, digital video discs, compact discs, cards and other items. Gift-wrapping is available for a donation. Proceeds will benefit the APO's student scholarship fund.

Authors Milt Diggins and Larry Willis will sign their books, which will be available for purchase. Diggins, author of Cecil County, will be at the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Willis will attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday to sign his book, The Perryville Commuter, about his obstacles and adventures during his daily work commute from Perryville to Washington.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 565.

Health careers session

Cecil College is offering a free information session about training options for careers in the health field from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Elkton Station.

The college offers full-time and part-time training programs for medical assistants and receptionists, medical coders/billers, dental assistants, certified medicine aides, certified nursing assistants, phlebotomists and medical transcriptionists.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 641 or ext. 760.

HCC alumni breakfast

Harford Community College invites alumni to the HCC Alumni and Friends Association free continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Chesapeake Center, Dining Room West.

The association is an organization of graduates, former students and friends who are interested in maintaining a relationship with the college.

Information: 410-836-4449.

Lions Club scholarship

Michael Drabo of the Bel Air Lions Club recently presented Harford Community College student Sharon Woolfrey with the Lions' 2008/2009 scholarship.

Woolfrey was selected based on her narrative, grade-point average and financial need.

Leadership academy

The Harford Leadership Academy has announced its board members for 2009.

They are: Mary Hastler, associate director, Harford County Public Library; Bridgette Johnson, business development associate, Harford County Office of Economic Development; William Nori III, vice president, Clark Turner Signature Homes LLC; and Joe Wienand, director, program integration, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command.

Departing board members are Deborah Williams, Joann Blewett, Steve Clark and Denise Carnaggio.

Partnership for nursing

James LaCalle, president of Harford Community College, and Lyle Sheldon, chief executive officer of Upper Chesapeake Health System, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance a nursing education partnership.

The health system provides clinical sites, staff assistance and preceptors for nursing students, while HCC provides instruction and clinical faculty. The agreement widens the partnership to include clinical and lab sites for HCC's allied health programs.

The partnership is intended to provide Harford County residents with access to a range of credit and noncredit nursing and allied health programs of study, clinical experiences, continuing education and job opportunities.

HCC No. 4 in technology

Harford Community College was recently ranked fourth for midsize colleges by the Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine in the annual list of technologically savvy community colleges.

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