Education briefs

Parental guidance

Crofton Elementary School parent Carol Streeter has been named a semifinalist for the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award, a statewide honor recognizing parents who help their community schools. School officials said Streeter has taken the lead in creating and enhancing science, technology, engineering and math programs at Crofton Elementary. She initiated NASA Best, a program designed to support STEM practices in county schools. As a result, "students are now talking about real-world problems and creating solutions to these problems, which could be the jobs of tomorrow," Crofton Principal Ginger Henley wrote in her nomination letter.

Semifinalists will be judged on their contributions in five areas: communication, volunteering, learning, decision-making and community collaboration. Announcement of the finalists and the statewide winner is set for May 18.

Community service

The Corporation for National and Community Service named Anne Arundel Community College to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year. AACC's Center for Learning through Service coordinates volunteer service for classroom curriculum, student organization projects and individual interest. Last year, AACC students volunteered more than 18,000 hours, equivalent to $402,000 in the region's economy. The center will host a campuswide event, AACC Campus that Cares Week, April 22-27. The week features volunteer opportunities on and off campus.

Casino school

Anne Arundel Community College will host an information session regarding its casino dealer school at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, 7438 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Participants can learn about casino gaming in Maryland and find out what it takes to be a successful dealer. Information:

Scholarship winners

Two seniors in Anne Arundel public schools have received scholarships through the National Achievement Scholarship Program to pursue post-secondary endeavors. Phylesia Fralin of Meade High and Adan Rodriguez of Arundel High will each receive a single-payment $2,500 award to study accounting and film production, respectively.


The Zonta Club of Annapolis is offering one $1,000 and two $500 scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. The program is designed to assist women living in the county who are beginning or returning to college in 2013. To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior who plans to enroll or a current student enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited college, university or trade school. Applicants must complete an application and an essay describing motivations for the chosen area of study, career goals and additional information on nonacademic interests. For information or an application, email or call 410-437-1145. The deadline to apply is May 15.

Internship program

Anne Arundel Community College invites employers to participate in its internship program. Students from a broad range of disciplines want real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information on how the internships work or to offer an internship, contact the college's internship office at or

Nursing scholarships

Through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive $3,000 scholarships through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The scholarships will benefit county residents enrolled in the college's registered nursing associate's degree program who demonstrate financial need as established by the AACC financial aid office. Information: 410-777-2203 or

Tuition aid at AACC

Financial aid is available at Anne Arundel Community College. In addition, the college has a no-fee, interest-free payment plan that allows the cost of tuition to be spread throughout a term. Payment plans are available. For information about financial aid, call 410-777-2203 or go to Students can also meet with a financial aid representative on a walk-in basis at the Arnold campus, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC at Arundel Mills or the Fort Meade Army Education Center.

Cybersecurity scholarship

Barrett and Anne McKown of Edgewater have established a $25,000 scholarship fund at Anne Arundel Community College to help offset tuition and educational expenses of county residents who enroll in cyber-related studies. The couple set up the Barrett and Anne McKown Scholarship for Cybersecurity Study to allow contributions from the community. Preference will go to U.S. citizens living in Anne Arundel who are attending a cybersecurity studies program, are enrolled full time and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply: Those interested in contributing to the fund or establishing scholarships can contact the AACC Foundation: 410-777-2515, or

Digital award

Anne Arundel Community College's Bridge to Success program was recently named a winner in the community college category of the Digital Education Achievement Award. One of the aims of the program is to provide an introduction to subject matter and online learning for underserved populations, nontraditional students and those seeking higher education who are unsure of their readiness. Information: 410-777-1249.

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