Local host families needed for student exchange...


Local host families needed for student exchange programs

Three foreign exchange programs are seeking host families for high school students from other countries for the 2000-2001 school year.

The visiting students are fluent in English and will attend area schools during their stay.

Exchange students in the World Heritage Program and American International Youth Student Exchange Program will arrive in August and stay until June.

American Field Service exchange students will arrive in August and leave in July.

The World Heritage program allows prospective host families to read biographical essays and select a student.

For more information on how to become a host family, call American Field Service, 410-349-0463; World Heritage Program, 410-327-6892; or American International Youth Student Exchange Program, 800-347-7575.

UMUC open house offers information for students

University of Maryland University College will hold an open house at its Annapolis Center, 190 Admiral Cochrane Drive, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 18.

A financial incentive is offered for those who register for classes during the event.

Participants will be able to talk to academic advisers and representatives, and complete admission and registration procedures.

They will also be able to learn about an alliance between University College and Anne Arundel Community College in which students can enroll in both institutions.

University College offerings include more than 300 online, distance-education courses.

There are more than 70 new undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, including many available completely online, the college said.

Those who register for their first UMUC course during the open house will receive a waiver of the $30 admission fee.

Information: 410-266-3774.

Public TV conference to focus on learning

Maryland Public Television will present a "Ready to Learn & Ready to Grow" conference for parents, teachers and child-care providers Saturday at the Annapolis Radisson Hotel, 210 Holiday Court.

The workshop encourages participants to use PBS children's television programs "as a springboard for learning, while developing character and assisting in children's educational growth," according to MPT.

Experts in infant brain development and character education will discuss issues in those fields, and concurrent sessions will focus on topics including conflict resolution, literacy for the emerging reader and the use of educational materials and related PBS programming in everyday settings.

Participants receive educational materials and credit hours toward their state child-care license in the area of child development.

Information: 410-581-4190.

Educational series planned for children at museum

Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road in Shady Side, will present a Children's Summer Educational Series this month for ages 6 to 10.

Sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day from July 17 to 21.

Both will be combined for a field trip on the final day.

Themes for daily programs include "Hands-on-History" and "Sailors of the Past," the latter presented through stories, songs, games and a costumed portrayal.

Preregistration is required. Each group is limited to 20 children.

The fee is $30. Information: 410-867-0970.

AACC issues schedule for fall, winter terms

Anne Arundel Community College has issued its full-course catalog for the fall and winter terms.

The book of nearly 300 pages includes a description of each course offered, the fees, available scholarships, an academic calendar and a list of full-time faculty members. There is also an admission application form. The catalog may be obtained in the Student Services Building on the Arnold campus.

Registration for fall courses continues through Aug. 27. Information: 410-647-7100.

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