HCC to sponsor fair for disabled students

Howard Community College will hold a college fair for students with disabilities from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the college's Burrill Galleria in the Science and Technology Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The fair is sponsored by the college's Project Access, a program designed to help people with disabilities make the transition into postsecondary education and become successful learners.

Representatives from about 35 postsecondary institutions - including two- and four-year colleges and career schools - will offer information on their admission requirements, disability support programs and career service offerings.

The fair will include workshops and a "career corner," where people in a variety of fields will share their strategies for achieving professional goals. An "assistive technology" demonstration also is planned.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625.

Budgets will be topic before school board

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to adopt its budget request for fiscal 2007 operating and capital budgets and the fiscal years 2008-2012 capital improvement program.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-7194.

College seeks alumni for recognition

Howard Community College is seeking graduates who have assumed leadership roles or achieved professional excellence for this year's HCC Distinguished Alumni annual recognition program.

Those chosen will be recognized for their professional accomplishments, community leadership, continuing education, diversity of experience, interests and successes.

The distinguished alumni will be introduced at the college's commencement exercises May 19 at Merriweather Post Pavilion and will be recognized at other college events during the year.

Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday.

Information: Cynthia Sikorski, 410-772-4732, or complete a nomination form at www.

Students' poetry sought for contest

Howard County students in grades 6 and 7, 8 and 9 and 10 to 12 are invited to submit original poems for The Write Stuff Poetry Contest sponsored by the Howard County Library.

Winners will be invited to read their poems at an event April 27 at the Miller branch library in Ellicott City.

Students can submit up to three poems of not more than 30 lines each.

The deadline for submissions is March 15. Judges will evaluate the poems for originality, theme, overall appearance, unusual imagery and language.

Information is available at local libraries or online at www.

Learning-disability group to meet

The Howard County chapter of the Learning Disability Association will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

A video, Learning Disabilities and Discipline With Richard Lavoie, will be shown and discussed.

Information: Nanette Schweitzer, 410-418-5258.

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