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Community college announces new honors program

Howard Community College has announced its new Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program, in which students will learn in small, supportive classes and through field trips, speakers and cultural events.

Participants who complete the required hours of honors course work and participate in designated college events will receive an "Honors" designation on their transcripts.

The program is open to any student, full- or part-time, who meets academic eligibility standards.

The late Frederick K. Schoenbrodt, a longtime chairman of the Howard County Board of Education, served on the college's first board of trustees.

Applications are being accepted for the fall semester.

Information: Prof. Vladimir Marinich, 410-772-4946, 410-772-4856 or

College gets 2-year grant for child care training

Howard Community College has received a two-year grant of $126,394 from the Maryland Department of Human Resources' Child Care Administration, to be used to fund training and technical assistance for formal and informal child care providers who care for infants and toddlers.

The college offers course work for infant-care and toddler-care certification and one-on-one technical assistance through its Division of Continuing Education and the Howard County Child Care Resource Center.

The program has helped more than 80 child care workers complete course work for certification and advance to the next level in the statewide credentialing process.

Information: 410-772-4977.

Schoool system receives financial-reporting award

The Howard County school system has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its fiscal year 2004 comprehensive annual financial report.

The award, given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, was presented to the school system's financial officer Beverly Jones at the June 21 school board meeting. It is the first time the system has received the award.

School-supplies drive set to begin Friday

Prepare for Success, Howard County's backpack and school-supplies drive, will begin Friday.

Drop-off boxes to collect backpacks and school supplies for Howard County children in need will be placed in county government office buildings, libraries, Columbia village centers, Columbia Association sites, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, British American Auto Care, the Body Factory, Play Wise Kids; Magellan Health Services, Champs in Columbia; and the Long and Foster office in Clarksville.

The campaign will run from Friday to Aug. 9. Information: 410-309-9695.

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