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THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Glendening administration is planning to send Marylanders back to school to learn about technology.

In a letter to state businesses this week, Gov. Parris N. Glendening said the state would co-sponsor a first-of-its-kind Maryland College Technology Showcase Dec. 12-13 at the Merrick School of Business of the University of Baltimore.

The showcase will include classes, technology demonstrations, speakers and exhibits by high-technology companies in Maryland.

Major F. Riddick Jr., the governor's chief of staff and acting chairman of the state Information Technology Board, told the board that during the showcase the governor will teach a class over the state's "distance learning" network.

Mr. Glendening appealed to businesses to underwrite the cost of the event, which is estimated at $60,000 to $100,000.

Mr. Riddick said the event will be staged without direct state funding.

He said the conference goal is to spread information to Marylanders about how information technology advances can affect their lives and to give companies information about employing new technologies.

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