Education Notes


December 14, 2008

Sweet Pea raising money for preschoolers

The Sweet Pea Foundation, the local champion for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, will hold a Schwan's Truckload Fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Susquehanna Bank parking lot, Forest Hill location.

The raised funds will provide a free new hardcover book each month to preschoolers in the Forest Hill area.

Foundation volunteers will hold a holiday gift wrap fundraiser from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Barnes & Noble book store in Tollgate Marketplace, Bel Air.

Information: 410-420-3957.

Harford Winter Session

Harford Community College's Winter Session will be held Jan. 5-27 and offers three to four credits per class.

Day, evening and online courses will be offered during the three-week session.

Course offerings are available on the Web. Students may register for a maximum of four credits.

Registration for winter and spring 2009 classes is being taken now.


New telephone numbers

Harford Community College telephone numbers will change Jan. 1.

All new telephone numbers will begin with 443-412-2---. To smooth the transition, the college's main telephone number will automatically transfer to the new main number: 443-412-2000.

College numbers that now begin with 410-836-4--- will become 443-412-2--- after Jan. 1. Internal phone extensions 4--- will become 2---. College extensions that begin with 7--- will either be converted to a new number or will remain the same.

For those calling the campus, HCC's automated speech server may be used. It will recognize a person's or department's name when spoken and connect the caller to the correct extension. A list of all campus phone numbers will also be available on the college Web site,

Information: or 443-412-4408.

Traveling cross-country

Joppatowne Elementary School students are learning geography and history by taking a cross-country odyssey through a program developed by Mayflower Transit Inc. and provided by Hampden Moving & Storage, the local Mayflower agent.

A Hampden van operator, "Driver Bob," talked to fourth-graders about the "Discover America" program and his duties, and he gave students a tour of his tractor-trailer. The program's nationwide tour through 10 cities teaches students about that city and the geography encountered on the trip.

Driver Bob sends pupils letters, picture books, postcards and other souvenirs from the cities he visits. Pupils discuss the materials, calculate Bob's mileage and trace his route on a map provided by Hampden.

College enrollment up

Harford Community College announced that its enrollment for the 2008 fall semester has increased 4.2 percent, with a total of 6,214 students, over the fall 2007 semester.

Increases over last year included a 13 percent rise in African-American students, from 683 to 773, and a 7 percent jump in Hispanic students, from 158 to 169.

The college has prided itself on the strides it is making in increasing minority enrollment.

College President James F. LaCalle was honored last spring with the Harford County NAACP "Education Award" for his leadership in recruiting and keeping African-American students at the college.

Volunteers wanted

The Literacy Education Department of Harford Community College is seeking volunteers to assist instructors in Adult Basic Education programs and English for Speakers of Other Languages classes next spring around the county.

No specialized training is necessary.

Information: 410-836-4115.

Scholarship opportunity

Harford Community College students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution and have demonstrated financial need may apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for a scholarship.

Through the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the private Cooke Foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States and abroad.

Awards are renewed each year based upon student performance. Current students are eligible, as are alumni who earned a degree from a community or two-year institution since spring 2004 and have not since transferred to a four-year college.

Candidates must have their application in to the college by Jan. 20 for a faculty representative to choose qualified applicants by Jan. 26. Faculty members must turn in all names of candidates by Feb. 1.

The list of faculty representatives and application materials are available on

Construction begins

Villa Maria Continuum has begun construction on a new Villa Maria Special Education Day School facility in Belcamp at Brass Mill Road and Route 7.

The new school will provide a comprehensive psycho-educational program for children with severe emotional or learning disabilities who need a more intensive program than is available in a traditional school environment.

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