Early release at Southern Middle School, several others

The State Board of Education granted Anne Arundel County Public Schools' request last week to waive the 180-day school calendar requirement for Southern Middle School, allowing classes to end on Thursday, June 13. School officials said the early closing is needed to help facilitate the move of Lothian Elementary School into space at Southern Middle while the new Lothian Elementary is built over the next two years.

Southern joins eight other schools with similar early closings — Annapolis High School, Central and Severn River middle schools, Phoenix Academy and Crofton, Lothian, Mills-Parole and Point Pleasant elementary schools. The last day of classes at other schools across the county is Friday, June 14.

Parents and employees should also note the following key dates in place with the revised calendar: The last day of school for graduating seniors is May 30; and the last day of class at the two Centers for Applied Technology is June 10.

AACC tests emergency system

The alarm will be no cause for alarm. Anne Arundel Community College will test its emergency siren and campuswide public emergency notification system at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, on the Arnold campus at 101 College Parkway. The college conducts the test once each term to make sure it's working correctly. After the siren sounds, the public address system will announce that it was only a test. Information: 410-777-2315.

'Day of Action'

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will host a "Day of Action" parent convention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The event will be held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, 121 S. Villa Avenue in Annapolis. Parents from public housing communities in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are invited to attend. There will be a panel discussion and sessions addressing topics regarding parenting and support for children. The day will also include activities and games through which participants can win prizes. Information: 410-222-5356.

Internship program

Anne Arundel Community College is seeking employers to participate in its internship program. Students get real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information, go to aacc.edu/foundation or aacc.edu/internships.

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: 410-777-2203 or aacc.edu/finaid.

Tuition aid at AACC

Financial aid is available at Anne Arundel Community College. In addition, the college has a no-fee, interest-free payment plan that allows the cost of tuition to be spread throughout a term. Payment plans are available. For information about financial aid, call 410-777-2203 or go to aacc.edu/finaid. Students can also meet with a financial aid representative on a walk-in basis at the Arnold campus, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC at Arundel Mills or the Fort Meade Army Education Center.

Cybersecurity 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 to allow contributions from the community. Preference will go to U.S. citizens living in Anne Arundel who are attending a cybersecurity studies program, are enrolled full time and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply: aacc.edu/aid/scholarships. Those interested in contributing to the fund or establishing scholarships can contact the AACC Foundation: 410-777-2515, foundation@aacc.edu or aacc.edu/foundation.

Digital award

Anne Arundel Community College's Bridge to Success program was recently named a winner in the community college category of the Digital Education Achievement Award. One of the aims of the program is to provide an introduction to subject matter and online learning for underserved populations, nontraditional students and those seeking higher education who are unsure of their readiness. Information: 410-777-1249.


Anne Arundel Community College has been named to the Military-Friendly Schools list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, a company specializing in military personnel's transition to civilian life. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Information: aacc.edu/militaryhttp://aacc.edu/military.

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