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Community college gets $549,000 grant

Howard Community College has been awarded a $549,000 grant to create a National Science Foundation program that will provide scholarships for full-time, financially eligible students majoring in the physical sciences, engineering, computer science, environmental science, biotechnology, bioinformatics or mathematics.

The Science and Technology Scholarship Program will help prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions. Scholarship recipients will have opportunities to participate in cultural activities, career exploration and planning and internship and community service projects.

Selection criteria include grades, a student essay and letters of recommendation.

The foundation is an independent federal agency.

Information: www.howardcc. edu.

School board to meet Nov. 29 in 2 sessions

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Advance registration is requested.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing and a public work session on the "Long-Range Attendance Area Plan." A public hearing also will be held on "Policy 2030, Ombudsman."

Those who want to testify are asked to limit presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing. Pre-registration will be held during business hours, up to the close of business on the last working day before the hearing.

To sign up to speak: 410-313- 7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046 (two weeks' advance notice requested).

Career academies subject of meeting

The county school system's Office of Career and Technology Education will hold its second information session for ninth- and 10th-graders and their parents to introduce career academies and other programs available to high school students with certain academic and career interests.

The session will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Career academies represented will be architecture and engineering; biotechnology and health services; business and entrepreneurship; culinary arts and hotel management; human resources; energy, power and transportation; and multimedia arts and technology.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Workshop on taking tests set for Nov. 27

The Stressless Tests Program will offer a new workshop, "Testing, Testing," for parents of middle school and high school students from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Parents can learn why students who do well in class might not do as well on tests and strategies to help them.

Participants will be given the new Stressless Tests Parents Kit. The cost is $85 per family.

Middle school study skills classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17 and from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 17 at Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City.

The cost is $165, which includes a copy of the Study for Success digital video disc.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

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