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Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, named Howard Community College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list for 2013. Through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 V.A.-approved schools nationwide, HCC was among 1,739 colleges, universities, and trade schools selected for exhibiting leading practices in the enrollment and retention of students with military experience. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Howard Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. HCC is also a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges, and serves as the only community college Veteran Peer Support site of the Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative. For more information, contact a military and veterans’ affairs specialist at 443-518-4514, www.howardcc.edu/military, or
The college's Children's Learning Center (CLC) is partnering with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to provide more accessibility to high quality preschool education at an affordable cost to parents. The vision for the "Preschool for All" program is to educate all four-year-olds across the county while helping children reach 10 "quality benchmarks" established by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). For children from the age of eight weeks through prekindergarten, the CLC provides a high quality early care and educational program accredited by the MSDE, and staffed by experienced professionals.
At times, HCC's early childhood and teacher education faculty and students participate in CLC activities, providing enhanced attention and dedication to the children, and a practical learning experience for the students. Not only will the CLC and HCPSS program prepare children for kindergarten and beyond, through funding provided by the Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Education Enhancement Grant for Preschool Services, parents may also attend workshops to support school readiness, gain access to extended day care, and have their children attend vision and hearing screenings from the Howard County Health Department.
A classroom in HCC’s new health sciences building is equipped with computerized mannequin patients, a replica ambulance, and other devices that place emergency medical services/paramedic program students in simulated life-and-death situations. HCC’s Angel Burba, the program director, says the high-tech facilities and simulated learning are a boost to the program she launched more than 10 years ago. The students receive instruction from professionals in the field, and then put that training to the test by taking part in ambulance runs, and assisting in hospital emergency rooms.
For HCC students Cory Boone and Nick Frazier, volunteering with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue gave them a chance to put their newfound skills to the test when they served as time and coordination managers on emergency calls that treated cardiac arrest patients. "It's a little different when you get to see the things you're learning…be applied and come out with the desired goal," Frazier said. Boone’s and Frazier’s experiences are an example of how students in the program come out ready to serve. "When I watch them perform the skills, I recognize the type of providers they’re going to be," Burba said. "They’re people we’re going to be proud to call graduates of this program."
HCC head coach Mike Smelkinson and his men’s basketball team accomplished a twenty-year first when they earned a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Tournament held in Danville, Illinois, March 18-23, 2013. On the road to the nationals, the Dragons completed the 2012-2013 Junior College and Community College Conference (JUCO) with a 9-win, 6-loss record during regular conference play, and won the Region XX B Division. HCC student-athlete Brandon Spain was named Most Valuable Player of the Region XX tournament, and Kayode Ajenifuga was named to the All-Tournament Team.
During the NJCAA national tournament, the fifteenth seeded Dragons lost their opening game, but won their second game in the consolation bracket, and even after a third game loss emerged finishing in the top ten of the tournament. HCC was the talk of the tournament for the way they played and the professional manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the competition.