From left, Dr. Lynn Fontana, Director of Education Educate…
The Linwood Center, in Ellicott City, received $50,000 from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation to fund its supported employment program for adults with autism.
Linwood provides education, employment and residential services for children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities.
The Knott Foundation grant will help fund Linwood's efforts to engage transitioning youth and adults with autism in work opportunities consistent with their interests.
Linwood Center is also an approved nonpublic special education school for students with autism, 9-21 years of age, who are taught core subjects, as well as critical life skills. On-campus and community-based residential services are provided for children and adolescents.
A capital campaign is underway to raise funds for a new school building to meet the needs of the autism population throughout the Central Maryland region.
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has awarded $2,500 of its 2011 grants budget to a scholarship fund it established at Howard Community College to provide assistance to women taking job-related courses.
Among its core priorities, WGC focuses on programs that increase the life skills of women and girls. In 2004, WGC established a scholarship fund at HCC to help women get training to improve their financial situation by improving their employment opportunities. Recipients are Howard County residents with financial need selected by HCC administrators. Typically, women request support to take courses leading to certification necessary for local jobs.
The Sylvan Learning Center, in Columbia, celebrated its grand opening with a "Family Fair" on Dec. 3.
Howard County Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Sandra French and Board Member Allen Dyer were present with Sylvan Learning executives for the ribbon cutting. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, representative of the 7th District of Maryland also attended the event.
Additional activities at the event included the Grand National Jump Rope Champions the "Kangaroo Kids," and Oakland Mills High School's Break Dance Club performed for the crowd.