Crofton redistricting OK'd

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education unanimously approved Wednesday a plan that will redistrict Crofton-area schools beginning in 2014. The plan has the following provisions:

•Students who live in the area of Wilson's Grove, also known as the Enclave at Reidel Pond, will be redistricted from Crofton Meadows Elementary and Arundel Middle school, and instead will go to Nantucket Elementary and Crofton Middle. Students who now attend Arundel High will stay there.

•Students who live in the areas of Chelmsford Drive, Johns Hopkins Drive and nearby streets will change from Nantucket Elementary to Crofton Meadows Elementary, but will stay with Crofton Middle and Arundel High schools.

•The undeveloped areas south of Chelmsford Drive and east of Underwood Road will switch from feeding into Crofton Elementary to Crofton Meadows Elementary. It will stay with Crofton Middle and Arundel High schools.

All of those recommendations take effect in August 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.

The plan also calls for students in the area of Walden Drive and associated streets to switch from Nantucket Elementary to Crofton Elementary, but stay with Crofton Middle and Arundel High. That component won't take effect until August 2015 after completion of renovations to Crofton Elementary.

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 campus-wide event, AACC Campus that Cares Week, April 22-27. The week features volunteer opportunities on campus and off campus.

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 aacc.edu/foundation or aacc.edu/internships.

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 aacc.edu/finaid.

Summer classes

Registration for summer noncredit classes at Anne Arundel Community College is under way. Information: aacc.edu/noncredit.

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 aacc.edu/finaid. 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: aacc.edu/aid/scholarships. Those interested in contributing to the fund or establishing scholarships can contact the AACC Foundation: 410-777-2515, foundation@aacc.edu or aacc.edu/foundation.

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.

Military-friendly

Anne Arundel Community College has been named to the Military-Friendly Schools list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, a company specializing in military personnel's transition to civilian life. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Information: aacc.edu/militaryhttp://aacc.edu/military.

Engineering scholarships

Anne Arundel Community College has been awarded a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help support the college's Engineering Scholars Program. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $4,000 annually to financially needy, academically talented students to help them graduate from the school's engineering programs, transfer to a four-year institution and enter the workforce. Information: 410-777-2222.