Low-Cost Software for Students

Microsoft Corp. and an education consortium led by the University System of Maryland have been given approval by state officials to provide Maryland students with low-cost access to up-to-date desktop computer software. Under the agreement, students, teachers and staff members in 65 Maryland school systems, community colleges, independent colleges and public universities will pay a reduced fee for the licenses for each year of the three-year agreement. The University System of Maryland will serve as the sole fiscal agent for the agreement. The software will be provided by Bell Education of Rockville.

Donation to Bickford Scholarship Fund

The Prince George's County Board of Trade Education Foundation Inc. has donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund recently established to honor departing Prince George's Community College President Robert I. Bickford. Bickford was president of the college in Largo for 27 years.

Company News

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission recently awarded 22 contracts valued at $3,478,236 for water mains and sewers, water and sewer house connections and other contract services in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. The contracts awarded to companies based in Prince George's County were:

B&P Utilities Inc. in Beltsville was awarded $29,470 for water main and sewer construction on Concord Drive in Concord Manor. Also awarded $37,220 for water main and sewer construction on Lakeview Lane in Lakeview, $14,925 for site-specific water and sewer house connection construction in various locations in Montgomery County and $26,071 for site-specific water and sewer house connection renewals in various locations in Montgomery County.

Taylor Utilities Inc. in Capitol Heights was awarded $16,725 for water main construction on Evergreen Parkway in Bowie. Also awarded $29,830 for site-specific water and sewer house connection renewals in various locations, $183,600 for water and sewer house connection construction in various locations in Prince George's County and $22,680 for site-specific water and sewer house connection renewals in various locations in Montgomery County.

Rapp Contracting Inc. in Beltsville was awarded $19,525 for sewer construction on Dudley Station Road in Upper Marlboro.

City Contractors Inc. in Hyattsville was awarded $22,243 for site-specific water and sewer house connection renewals in various locations. Also awarded $43,555 for site-specific water and sewer house connection construction in various locations in Montgomery County.

ATEC Industries Inc. of Beltsville won a $2 million contract from the Postal Service for research and development services.

Biscayne Contractors Inc. of Forestville won a $1.5 million contract from the Postal Service for research and development services.

Giant Food Inc. of Landover promoted Stephen W. Neal to vice president and zone director. Deborah Lilly was promoted to vice president of corporate diversity.

Digex Inc. of Beltsville named Nancy Faigen president and chief executive.

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