Technology training being offered through iSTAR
A new class to train those interested in a new or an advanced career in database computer programming is currently forming.
The next class of the Innovative Strategic Training Achieving Results (iSTAR) database programming initiative is set to begin Jan. 14.
The program, which targets the unemployed and underemployed, provides participants with free tuition, books, and paid, on-the-job training to prepare them for careers in computer software engineering, computer systems analysis and computer programming.
It is available to residents in several Ohio counties including Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood. To be eligible, applicants should have some experience in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and Access, and be able to attend eight-hour classes Monday through Friday for 16 weeks. Classes are available at Northwest State Community College in Archbold as well as the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo.
“I was an Army officer, a real estate agent, and still found myself without a job,” said Bill Rychenen of Bryan, who was one of the program’s first graduates. “I need a job that will allow me to move forward. I have to keep working to provide for my family. I believe this program has allowed me to do that. Computers are not going away.”
The iSTAR database programming classes are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration. Northwest State Community College is administering the grant in partnership with WSOS Community Action Commission.
Students who complete the 16-week course will receive 18 weeks of paid, on-the-job training with the goal of continued employment. Graduates will receive industry certifications as well as a Database Programming Certificate from Northwest State.
All credits earned through the program can be applied toward an associate’s degree at NSCC. iSTAR also offers career coaching along with other services designed to help students succeed.
For more information or to complete an online application, visit www.istar-initiative.com or call Sarah Stubblefield in Archbold at 419-267-1512 or Carrie Arndt at UT at Toledo at 419-267-1494. Interested persons may also call Roger Fisher at 419-334-8911.
Senior luncheon planned
The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will host a Senior Citizen Luncheon Dec. 12 at Oak Harbor High School.
All district residents 62 years of age and older are invited to attend the event, which will include lunch and entertainment by the high school choir and band.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with entertainment by the high school music department in the auditorium. Luncheon will be served in the cafeteria at approximately 12:15 a.m.
Those wishing to attend are asked to make a reservation by Dec. 3 by calling the board office at 419-898-6210 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is $2, which is payable at the door.
Genoa plans Senior Luncheon
Genoa Area Local Schools will present the 27th Annual Senior Citizens Luncheon Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Genoa High School/Middle School cafeteria.
The event is open to anyone age 62 and older living in the Genoa Schools District. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Carol Despones at the high school at 419-855-7741, ext. 21203. The deadline for reservations is Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.
Small Business Tax Workshop
A Small Business Tax Workshop – a free seminar designed to assist a small business with its tax planning – will be held Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Terra State Community College, in Building B, Room B-101, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
Presenter John Krupp, CPA, who has more than 30 years of experience working with small businesses, will discuss income, sales and payroll taxes, tax filings, tax changes and more.
This workshop is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Terra. For more information or to register, contact Bill Auxter at 419-559-2210 or email
Penta Career Night set
Penta Career Center will host its annual Career Night Monday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at its campus, located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township.
The event is specifically designed to introduce high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors; middle school students and parents to the variety of career-technical training options available at Penta Career Center.
From 5 to 6 p.m., several representatives from colleges and universities will be available to discuss post-secondary options for students and parents.
In addition, students interested in attending Penta during their 10th-grade year are encouraged to attend a special presentation in the Susor auditorium about Penta’s Sophomore Exploratory program at either 6:10 or 7 p.m. The Sophomore Exploratory program is designed for students who are interested in investigating career-technical fields before making decisions about their educational, career and life plans.
During Career Night, students and parents will be able to speak with instructors, meet alumni and discuss career opportunities with representatives from business and industry. Information sessions will take place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. in the Susor auditorium.
Potential students who are currently freshmen, sophomores or juniors can register to win a $100 Best Buy gift card, as well as 15 other gift cards. (Must be present to win.)
Penta offers 30 career-technical training programs for high school students during their junior and senior years of high school at the school’s main campus. In addition, Penta offers several one-year and two-year program options at satellite locations for area students. Some of these programs include Marketing Education and Teaching Professions, which are available to students within several of Penta’s member school districts.
For more information about Career Night, contact the Student Services and Admissions Office at 419-666-1120, ext. 6480 or visit www.pentacareercenter.org.
Cap & gown collection drive
Owens Community College’s Student Government is encouraging past college and university graduates to help future graduating classes by donating their caps and gowns to those less fortunate as part of a Graduation Donation Program.
Through Dec. 14, Owens’ Student Government will accept a variety of new and gently used caps and gowns. Collected caps and gowns will be available for graduating Owens students to use during Fall Commencement for a $10 deposit, while supplies last.
Interested graduates can pick up their cap and gown now in the Student Health and Activities Center Room 165 on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.
Caps and gowns of all colors will be accepted. The Student Government will work with area colleges and universities and donate caps and gowns to assist their students.
Caps and gowns may be dropped off at the Student Health and Activities Center room 165. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Community blood drive
Owens Community College and the American Red Cross will host a community blood drive Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.
The Blood Drive will be staffed by Owens surgical technology and sterile processing student classes. Qualified donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7206. Interested parties are encouraged to make an appointment by registering on the website at www.redcrosssblood.org and entering the sponsor code OWENSCCPERRYSBURG or calling the above number.
Early learning book bags
The Harris-Elmore and Genoa Branch libraries are offering early learning book bags for check-out.
Each bag consists of several books on a designated concept, such as counting or learning shapes, along with a game that reinforces the concept. The books are designed to help preschool-age children learn skills to help them prepare for kindergarten.
The bags were made possible through a $500 grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. For more information, call Amy Laity at 419-862-2482.
FFA alums plan metal drive
Woodmore FFA Alumni will host their annual scrap metal drive Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the high school parking lot.
Items that will be accepted include scrap metal, appliances, copper, aluminum and other metal items. For more information, call 419-862-2721, ext. 350.
In the spotlight
Glenda (Toneff) Cotner, was featured in the “Faculty Spotlight” at Cleveland State University.
Prior to her recent appointment to the department as a College Lecturer, Cotner, a 1981 graduate of Lake High School and a resident of Oregon, has been both a PhD student and part-time instructor at Cleveland State.
In the spring term of 2012, she was selected by her students as one of the Top 50 Engaging Instructors at the university. She has extensive experience in K-12 education, serving as a teacher, school counselor, principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent. Her experience has been primarily in large urban districts, serving as Curriculum Director of Toledo Public Schools, and more recently as Deputy Chief of Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland Schools.