New U-Va. Programs

This fall, the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church will offer two new programs, one in information technology and the other in special education.

The new certificate program in Information Technology Certificate is a seven-course, 19-credit program that covers Internet technologies, systems analysis and project management. The program will provide training for college graduates, career changers and other professionals looking to enter the field of information systems.

Classes begin the week of Sept. 13. Interested students are invited to an open house Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church. To make a reservation or for more details, call Robert Rosseter at 703-536-1146.

The special education program will prepare individuals to teach students with learning disabilities. The one- to two-year program is designed for career changers, teachers with provisional licenses and other professionals without teaching experience. The non-degree program will satisfy the licensing requirements for special education teachers in Virginia.

An informational orientation will be held on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church. To make a reservation call 703-536-1133; for more information, call Laurie U. deBettencourt, 703-536-1129.

Recycling Bricks, Concrete

The Arlington Solid Waste Division of the Department of Environmental Services has expanded its Inert Materials Recovery and Recycling Program. County residents may now drop off small quantities of rocks, bricks, concrete and dirt free of charge. The material will be processed for gravel or fill material for use in county street, sidewalk or utility projects.

"The program has saved Arlington County approximately $200,000 per year because of avoided purchase of materials and the elimination of disposal costs," said Carl Newby, chief of the Solid Waste Division, in a statement.

Residents should drop off materials at the Earth Products Yard at the County Trades Center, 4300 S. 29th St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule a drop-off, call 703-228-6570. The facility is also open with no appointment necessary the first Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.