Education Digest


Information session to be held at HCC for Project Access

Howard Community College will hold an information session on its Project Access program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 in the college's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The session is for high school students with disabilities and their parents. Project Access is designed to facilitate the transition to post-secondary education for high school students with disabilities and to increase their rate of success. Career counseling and job placement services are also offered.

Participants receive year-round mentoring from a selected group of successful college students with disabilities.

A Project Access Summer Institute for students completing ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades in Maryland public and private high schools will be held July 11 through Aug. 5. The program offers instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, college survival skills and drama.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625.

Child care fair to be held in Clarksville on Jan. 22

"Children On Board," the Howard County annual preschool and child care information fair sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Child Care Resource Center and Maryland Family Magazine, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

Admission is free.

The fair is intended to provide a one-stop shop for information for parents, guardians, grandparents and providers of child care.

Information on child care and preschool programs will be available for parents, who will have an opportunity to meet teachers and program directors.

Representatives from community service organizations that provide programs and services to young children in Howard County will be on hand.

The new 2005 Early Childhood Education Guide will be distributed free to visitors.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Open houses scheduled for new career academies

The Howard County public schools' Office of Career and Technology Education will hold open houses at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City, to introduce its new career academies to parents and their eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders.

The open house for the multimedia and arts cluster and business and entrepreneurship cluster - academy of finance - will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 18; for the architecture and engineering cluster - energy, power and transportation and construction technology academies - Jan. 11 and 19; and for the biotechnology and health services cluster, Jan. 12 and 20.

Anyone who needs an interpreter should call Nancy Ralls, 410-313-6629, by Jan. 6.

CA accepting applications for exchange program

The Columbia Association will accept applications for its Sister Cities High School Student Exchange Program until Feb. 18.

Participating Howard County students will spend about two weeks during the summer living with a family in one of Columbia's sister cities - Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain.

After returning to the United States, the students will be hosts to their French or Spanish counterparts for two weeks. Organized group activities are planned for the students in the United States and abroad.

Applicants must be Howard County high school students who have completed level two of high school French or Spanish by the end of the academic year or have equivalent fluency.

The cost, including airfare, food, lodging and activities, is about $1,300. Students who live on Columbia Association-assessed property receive a $150 discount.

Information: 410-715-3162.

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