Back-to-school event Aug. 23


Anne Arundel County Public Schools will host students, families and community members through an event designed to connect students and parents with resources and information as the opening of school nears.

The school system's Office of School & Family Partnerships, in partnership with Abundant Life Church, will host a free Back-to-School Expo as part of the church's annual Super Saturday Kids Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23. The church is located at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie.

The event will feature principals, representatives from the county departments of health, recreation and social services; the Anne Arundel County Reading Council; Centro de Ayuda; and others who will be on hand distributing backpacks and school supplies, sharing information and answering questions.

Bilingual interpreters will be available to assist Spanish- and Korean-speaking families.

School supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade must be present to receive the supplies.

AACC specialist certified

Marcelle Y. Lee, an instructional specialist in Anne Arundel Community College's CyberCenter, recently became one of 4,000 people in the world to earn a Global Information Assurance Certification as a certified intrusion analyst.

Lee works to develop curriculum to keep the college's courses up to date and said she plans to use her certification to enhance AACC's cyber training programs. She says the skills she learned in studying for the certification are relevant to developing additional network forensics curriculum that the college offers to businesses and government agencies.

Lee, a resident of Severna Park, earned bachelor's degrees from the University of Maryland, the University of London and the University of Maryland University College. She began her cybersecurity and digital forensics training at Anne Arundel Community College, where she was part of the 2012 team that placed first in the international U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center Digital Forensics Challenge in the Community College Division.

Orientation for military, veterans

Anne Arundel Community College's military and veteran students can begin orientation at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Free. Go to aacc.edu/orientation to sign up and get location details. Information: 410-777-2888 or email orientation@aacc.edu.

Financial aid access

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.