Community college to offer online noncredit coursesCarroll...


Community college to offer online noncredit courses

Carroll Community College is offering online noncredit courses through the World Wide Web.

Each course will have an orientation, communication with an instructor and activities. Classes on Web page design, Internet and Microsoft will be available.

Classes begin the second Wednesday of the month. Students must have a computer with Internet access.

For information or to register for Internet classes: or 410-386-8100.

Evening course offered on political conventions

Carroll Community College will offer "The American Political Process: The Convention" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, July 31 to Aug. 21, at the main campus on Washington Road.

The class is designed to help the student understand the place of political conventions in governmental process. Richard Gordon will cover the history of conventions in the United States, the delegate selection process, and what to expect at a convention. Current issues also will be discussed.

Registration: 410-386-8100.

Sherri Hughes to oversee WMC graduate programs

Western Maryland College has appointed Sherri Lind Hughes, associate professor of psychology, as assistant dean of graduate programs.

The position was created because the graduate programs are continuing to attract more students, said interim President Joan Develin Coley. Enrollment has increased 25 percent to 30 percent in the past five years.

Hughes will continue to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as coordinate the newest graduate program in human resources development.

As assistant dean, Hughes, who joined the WMC faculty in 1989, will work with program coordinators to support individual programs. She also will chair graduate coordinators' meetings, analyze the needs of programs and participate in planning programs.

Hughes earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson College and a master of science and a Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of a 1994 psychology textbook on workers and the workplace.

Law enforcement group donates $2,000 scholarship

The Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. recently presented Carroll Community College with $2,000 for students who are pursuing a career in law enforcement at the college.

MLEO stipulates that students must be in good scholastic standing, in need of financial assistance and planning a career in law enforcement. College faculty select the scholarship recipient.

Robert G. Pepersack, president of MLEO, and John W. Spurrier, chairman of the MLEO Scholarship Committee, presented the check to Craig Clagett, vice president of planning, marketing and assessment at the college.

Information: 410-386-8400.

WMC receives $200,000 to increase technology

Western Maryland College has received a $200,000 grant designed to increase use of technology in the classroom.

Funded over two years by the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund, the program provides for hiring a director of instructional technology to work with 20 of the 84 full-time faculty members on how to better integrate technology into the curriculum and how to develop new technology-based courses.

The trained professors will act as technology ambassadors for the faculty.

The grant provides laptop computers for faculty participants, as well as upgrades for some of the college's computer laboratories.

The college will supplement the project to hire student assistants, and renovate classrooms and laboratories. The program could include increased use of PowerPoint and other applications for presentations, class-specific Web pages, online chat rooms on class topics and electronic assignments.

The training staff is expected to be in place by January 2001.

Peggy Altoff to be member of national council board

Peggy Altoff, supervisor of social studies for Carroll County public schools, has been elected as one of six new members of the board of directors of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Her three-year term started yesterday.

Supervisor for the past seven years, Altoff started her teaching career in 1969 in Baltimore City. In 1988, she went to the Maryland State Department of Education for five years as a specialist in gifted and talented education, then social studies.

She has worked with the National Council for the Social Studies, as well as the state council, in various capacities.

Last year, Altoff was named Maryland Council for the Social Studies Educator of the Year.

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