FCC commencement marks a new beginning for graduates

When Maureen McClellan started at Frederick Community College two years ago, she wouldn’t talk about her age to anyone. FCC is filled with nontraditional students, some of them well into their 50s taking a full course load. But it’s not typically the case to meet a full-time college student on campus who’s 15. So McClellan had some reservations. McClellan, now 17, was one of more than 350 students to participate in the college’s 60th commencement Thursday evening. More than 1,000 received degrees or certificates this year. (News-Post)

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Maryland Eastern Shore student graduating college at 19 years old

Working as a certified nursing assistant at Peninsula Regional Medical Center is just the first step on a Salisbury woman's journey to a career in the medical field. "I work 5 South, orthopedics and urology unit," said Vasavi Veerapaneni. "I love it. It does get busy sometimes, and it's hard work for sure, but I'm getting a lot of experience. And now, I know for sure I want to stay in this field." Veerapaneni is aiming to become a physician's assistant.  At age 19, Veerapaneni will graduate Friday, May 25, from University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a bachelor of science in biology — and a prestigious academic honor that included a $5,000 stipend. (Daily Times)

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Teacher brings third- and fourth-grade students to his Johns Hopkins graduation

College has long been a theme in Alejandro Diasgranados’ classroom at Aiton Elementary School in Northeast Washington, D.C. The teacher’s third and fourth graders’ reading groups were named after prestigious universities like Stanford and Johns Hopkins, and the Laurel resident had shared with his students that he was pursuing his master’s degree in education at Johns Hopkins. His students, he said, expressed that they wanted to attend his graduation months ago, but he wasn’t sure the plan would come into fruition. (Balt. Sun)

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Four students charged after swastikas, racial graffiti found at Glenelg High School

Four Glenelg High School students were charged with hate crimes after swastikas and racial epithets, including one that police said targeted the central Howard County school’s African-American principal, were found painted on campus sidewalks, outside walls and the parking lot Thursday morning. Howard County police said they used video from surveillance cameras to help identify the 18-year-olds, who are facing multiple counts of destruction of property based on bias. (Balt. Sun)

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May 24 // Hyper-local summer jobs program ramps up in Fells Point and Canton

A hyper-local summer youth jobs program is getting ready to start its second year in the Fells Point and Canton neighborhoods. "This is Working" is a program endorsed by City Councilman Zeke Cohen for large and small businesses in his 1st District that encompasses southeast Baltimore's communities from Fells Point to Highlandtown. Some of the summer jobs will even be located at City Hall as aides in city council offices. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Howard poised to double funds for school security

Following a closed-door meeting Friday on security in Howard County schools, County Executive Allan Kittleman and three County Council members have added an additional $1.4 million to the county’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Democrats Mary Kay Sigaty and Jon Weinstein and Republican Greg Fox co-sponsored an amendment to add the one-time funds to the county’s proposed capital budget, which is used for construction and similar projects. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Frederick County school board makes tough cuts to close budget shortfall

The Frederick County Board of Education closed its shortfall Wednesday night and is set to vote on the budget at its meeting next month. The board voted to cut $200,000 from the salary resource pool, but the district’s chief financial officer assured the board it could still fund the pay scale transition for all three units of employees — teachers, administrators and support staff. (News-Post)

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HCC Foundation reaches $10 million in net assets

As Harford Community College celebrates its 60th anniversary this academic year, the Harford Community College Foundation also reached a significant milestone in 2018 — $10 million in net assets. Established in 1989, the Foundation has one purpose — to secure community and individual support for Harford Community College by raising funds for student scholarships, enhancing student programs and offering grant funds to the campus community for innovative projects that benefit both students and faculty. (Aegis)

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