Education briefs

July 29, 2011

AACC professor chosen

The American Association of Community Colleges has selected Jennifer Lara, professor of education in the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, to serve on its 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. She is one of 36 representatives chosen nationwide, and in 2010 was selected for the inaugural White House Summit on Community Colleges. In addition, she is one of four AACC faculty members on the commission, which includes community college, university and higher education organization presidents, chancellors and directors.

AACC offers adult classes

Two free "College 101" sessions will be held at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Interested persons can choose from two dates and locations: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at AACC at Arundel Mills lecture hall in Hanover, or 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Center for Applied Learning and Technology on the Arnold campus. The program at Arundel Mills has a military/veteran focus, and both programs will include a keynote address and your choice of breakout sessions on topics such as admissions, advising, financial aid, credit for prior learning, accelerated career training, online classes, child care options and more. The Arundel Mills program also includes breakout sessions on transitioning from the military, federal hiring practices and veterans' preferences and entitlements. To register or for more information, call 410-777-2340.

Fees increase at AACC

The Board of Trustees of Anne Arundel Community College voted to increase fees to help offset the County Council's 15 percent decrease in county funding of the college for fiscal year 2012. The Senior Administrative Cycle Fee will increase from $40 to $80 per cycle and will begin for all registrations for the fall for courses at area senior centers, retirement communities and campus-based senior courses. The board will consider raising existing fees and charging new ones. The cycle fee allows unlimited enrollment in noncredit courses per term and has not increased since 2005. By state law, tuition will continue to be waived for seniors in state-subsidized courses. Information: 410-777-2222.

AACC Board of Trustees

The Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees has elected Victoria Fretwell of Annapolis as chair and Jerome Klasmeier of Crownsville as vice chair. The two will serve as the trustees' leaders for fiscal year 2012. Joining them is the new student representative, Cynthia Robichaud of Annapolis, appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley for a one-year term.

Cyber-study scholarship

Barrett and Anne McKown of Edgewater have established a $25,000 scholarship fund at Anne Arundel Community College to help offset tuition and educational expenses of county residents who enroll in cyber-related studies.

The couple set up the Barrett and Anne McKown Scholarship for Cybersecurity Study as an open fund to allow ongoing contributions from the community. Preference will go to a U.S. citizen living in Anne Arundel County, who is attending a cybersecurity studies program, is enrolled full time and has at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply: Those interested in contributing to this fund or establishing scholarships can contact the AACC Foundation Inc.: 410-777-2515, or

Internship participation

Anne Arundel Community College invites employers to participate in its internship program. Students from a broad range of disciplines want real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government, and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information on how the internships work or to offer an internship opportunity, contact the college's internship office at or

Nursing scholarships

Through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive $3,000 scholarships through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The scholarships will benefit county residents enrolled in the college's registered nursing associate's degree program who demonstrate financial need as established by the AACC financial aid office. Information: 410-777-2515 or

Engineering scholarships

Anne Arundel Community College has been awarded a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help support the college's Engineering Scholars Program. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $4,000 annually to financially needy, academically talented students to help them graduate from the school's engineering programs, transfer to a four-year institution and enter the work force. Information: 410-777-2222.

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