AACC to offer first certified security, cybercrime courses
Anne Arundel Community College has become the first college in the United States to have its curriculum in information security and cybercrime certified as meeting the national training standard for Information Systems Security Professionals No. 4011, one of five national standards for education and training requirements in information assurance for information systems security professionals.
Tbrhe college submitted its application in mid-January, seeking approval for both credit and noncredit instruction. A national board of subject matter experts reviewed the submission.
The college received state approval last year to offer an associate of applied sciences degree in cybercrime and a certificate in cybercrime.
The curriculum is offered through the AACC Cybercrime Studies Institute. All courses are taught in a specially equipped training facility and computer lab housed at AACC's Glen Burnie Town Center site. Information: 410-777-2975.
Schools to offer classes to keep up skills in summer
Six elementary schools will be host to this summer's Elementary Summer Academy. They are: Belvedere, Jacobsville, Oak Hill, Odenton, Richard Henry Lee and Shady Side.
Classes will be offered mornings from July 7 to 31.
Designed for pupils in kindergarten through grade five this year, Summer Academy helps children maintain their skills over the summer break. Information: 410-222-5384.
Horizon Organic Farm to hold dinosaur exhibit
Dinosaurs will return to Maryland this summer during "Dinosaurs Galore, the Summer Shindig!"
The event will bring dozens of 6-foot dinosaur statues to the 875-acre Horizon Organic Dairy Farm and Education Center at 100 Dairy Lane in Gambrills from May 1 to July 6. Hours for the farm are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Most major events will take place on the weekends. On May 1, a black-tie reception will provide a preview of the dinosaur statues. Selected weekends will feature other events and family entertainment, and each weekend will allow visitors a chance to learn about organic farming and Horizon Organic Farm and Education Center while visiting the dinosaurs.
The dinosaur statues will be auctioned to the public July 13. The farm and Dinosaurs Galore are open during the week for school, corporate and other group tours by appointment. Information: 410-923-7600.
Two county pupils win Knott Scholarships
Archbishop Spalding High School recently announced that two Knott Scholarship recipients are members of the Class of 2007.
Helen Higuera of Annapolis, a pupil at St. Mary's School, has maintained a straight-A average throughout middle school. She is an award-winning pianist and athlete who plays field hockey, basketball, swims and also rides horses.
Michael Woodburn of Millersville is a pupil at Indian Creek School and has a 4.0 grade point average. He plays basketball, baseball and lacrosse in addition to being a member of the band.
Nineteen Knott Scholarship recipients were chosen from more than 200 applicants this year. The scholarships were based on outstanding academic achievement by Catholic students in the Archdiocese Of Baltimore.
Writing contest on peace for middle school pupils
All Maryland middle school pupils are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.
The contest, which is sponsored by the Peace Action chapters in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and the Benjamin Peace Foundation, is open to seventh- and eighth-graders enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled pupils in corresponding grade levels. This is the seventh consecutive year for the contest.
To enter, pupils must submit an essay of up to 1,200 words on the following topic: "Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.' What are ways in which you would like to further one of the following: peace, justice or respect toward all peoples? How would you do it?"
Entries should be double-spaced on a word processor or typewriter. The essay must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the pupil's name, address and phone number or e-mail address^; school's name, address and phone number^; and the name of the teacher sponsor if applicable.
Essays and accompanying materials must be postmarked no later than May 5 and mailed to Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis 21403-3328.
Three cash prizes will be awarded: $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. The winners will be honored at a ceremony, although attendance is not required to receive an award. All contestants will receive a certificate. Information: 410-263-7409.
Bay group sponsors student art contest
Anne Arundel County students are invited to participate in the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's 2003 River Sojourns Youth Art Contest.
The winning entry will be featured as the logo for the 2003 Toyota Prius Chesapeake Bay River Sojourns. The winner and his or her parents will receive tickets to the group's Taste of the Chesapeake black-tie gala in October.
The contest is open to all elementary, middle and high school students. The alliance is seeking colorful 8 1/2 -inch-by-11-inch images that depict the spirit of the bay's rivers.
Submissions should be on white paper, and artists may use watercolors, acrylics, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pastels, photographs, flat media sculptures or raised-relief art.
The winner's design will be used on commemorative T-shirts for all four sojourns. The first-, second- and third-place winners and a family member also will be invited to participate in any of the four sojourns. The winners and three honorable mentions will receive sojourn T-shirts.
Submissions must be postmarked by April 18 and sent to Sojourn Art Contest, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 3310 Market St., Suite A, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Include name, address, telephone number, school, grade and date of birth on the back of the submission. Submissions are limited to one per person.
Class at library to teach sign language to babies
Anne Arundel County Public Library will offer "Signing With Kids," sign language for very young children, at three branches this spring.
The class for caregivers and children ages 6 months to 24 months will provide instruction in basic American Sign Language signs and tips for introducing and reinforcing this means of communication through fun activities. All classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m.
Classes will be held on the following days at the following locations and times:
Tuesday, North County, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. 410-222- 6270.
April 28, Crofton, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton. 301-261-3909.
Sailing schools offer class on diesel engines
The Annapolis School of Seamanship, in cooperation with the Annapolis Sailing School, will offer a weekend class, "Diesel Engine Basics for Boaters." The course will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 and 27, May 31 and June 1, June 21 and 22, and July 19 and 20 at the school.
The 12-hour class includes basic operating theory, preventive maintenance, and basic trouble-shooting and repair skills. Students will receive lecture-based and hands-on instruction.
Tuition is $329, and includes the textbook Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder. Registration is required. Information: 410-267-7205.
Great Kite Fly: St. John's College will sponsor the Great Kite Fly from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the back campus in downtown Annapolis. Children and adults can make and decorate a simple kite during a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in the lobby of Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Registration is required for the workshop. Kites will be flown from noon to 3 p.m. 410- 626-2530 or 410-626-2881.
Children's Fair: Camp Blaze will co-sponsor the Annual Children's Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at Big Vanilla Athletic Club, 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold. The theme for the day is Hometown Heroes, and a tribute honoring heroes from the area will be presented from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Booths will offer advice to parents and provide activities for children. 410-974- 0026
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