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New welding fast track certificate starts in May at Terra State

Terra State Community College will offer a new 11-week Fast Track Welding Certificate beginning in May.

Students will take three classes – Materials, Safety and Blueprint Reading – online. They will complete seven other courses on campus. Upon successful completion of the coursework, the students will receive a welding certificate.

“For years, we have had a very successful Fast Track Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning program that students can complete in nine months,” said Andy Carroll, dean of Engineering and Mathematics. “We believe this 11-week welding certificate program can be just as successful in getting skilled welders into the workforce quicker.”

Instructor Dave Mitchell, right, helps
a student in the welding lab.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 51,000 new welders will be hired by 2020.

The classes begin May 20 and end Aug. 5. Students who wish to pursue an associate degree in welding later can apply these credits toward a degree.

For more information on the certificate program, call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349.

Cap & gown collection drive
Owens Community College’s Student Government is encouraging past college and university graduates to help this spring’s graduates by donating their caps and gowns to those less fortunate as part of a Graduation Donation Program.

Through May 10, Owens’ Student Government will be accepting donations of new and gently used caps and gowns in Student Health and Activities Center Room 165. Items collected will be available students graduating from Owens to use during spring commencement for a $10 deposit, while supplies last, as part of the Student Government outreach program.

Interested graduates can pick up their cap and gown in the college’s Student Health and Activities Center Room 165 as of April 24.

“Owens Community College’s Student Government sees the cap and gown collection program as a great opportunity for college and university graduates to give back by donating their cap and gown to those less fortunate students,” said Marlissa Nordhaus, Owens Student Government vice president. “We want to make sure that the last thing students need to worry about on their special day is having enough money for a cap and gown.”

According to mNordhaus, caps and gowns of all colors from other colleges and universities will also be collected.

“We intend to work with area colleges and universities and provide them with the donated caps and gowns to assist their own students,” she said.

Academic Committee fundraiser
The Genoa Academic Committee will hold a fundraiser Tuesday, May 21 at Rayz Café in Genoa, where between 5 and 9 p.m., 10 percent of all food proceeds will be donated to the G.A.C., a committee that encourages, promotes, supports and rewards academic excellence.

Solomon School Auction
Solomon Lutheran School, located at 305 W. Main St., Woodville, will conduct an auction May 11 at 4 p.m.

Live and silent auction items will include being a guest of the Ohio State Marching Band for the day at Skull Session, along with two game tickets; a Lake Erie fishing charter for eight; a Woodville Pool family pass; Jan Pugh pottery; a signed Minnesota Vikings jersey; a quarter-side of beef; one night state in a bed and breakfast in Amish Country; a player piano with 100 rolls and much more. Auctions will be conducted by Aspacher & Schroeder Auctioneers.

Admission is $20, which includes bid and upscale grazing stations. Babysitting will be available for $5 per child, which includes dinner. For tickets or to make a donation, call 419-849-3600.

Oregon Safety Town
Oregon Safety Town, a safety program for children entering kindergarten or first grade, will be held June 11-21 at Starr School.

Sessions will be offered from 8-10 a.m. and 10:30-12:30 p.m. Registration forms are available at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd. or online from the “Community Involvement” section on the City of Oregon Police website.

Children need not be Oregon residents to attend. For more information, email

Golden Eagle Café open
The Golden Eagle Café at Clay High School is now open for lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays through May.

Lunch will be available from 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Reservations and pre-orders are required, to enable students to plan a successful lunch service. Food is promised to be served 10 minutes after ordering or it’s free.

A set banquet-style menu will be offered on Tuesdays, with seats reserved for a noon service. Pre-orders chosen from menu will be offered for dining in or carryout on Thursdays. For menu information or to make reservations, call the Golden Eagle Café at 419-693-0665, ext. 2162.

Terra non-credit healthcare courses
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering several non-credit healthcare courses. Among the offerings are:

• Pharmacy Technician Training, which offers training needed to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to pass the CPhT exam. Meets 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from June 3-Aug. 5. Cost is $899, including all books and materials

• STNA Training. After completing the 75-hour course, students will be prepared to take the state written and competency exam for State-Tested Nursing Aide. Two sessions are available (June-days, August-evenings). Cost is $549, which includes course packet

• ICD-10 Training. Medical coders can get a jump on the new mandatory ICD-10 rules with the eight-hour training, which will be offered in September (dates TBA). Cost is $299, including textbooks.

To register or for more information, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.

Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour “Small Business Basics” seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The seminar will help entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

Seminars will be held:
• May 1 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

• May 22 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra, toll-free at 800-826-2431 or email

Terra, UT form education cohort
Terra State Community College will offer a new opportunity for early childhood educators next fall.

Students with associate degrees in early childhood education can earn their teaching license through a new degree completion program with the University of Toledo.

“I think this is a really wonderful opportunity for past and present students,” said Stacey Pistorova, lead faculty in the ECE program at Terra State. “They can complete their associate’s degree, be licensed pre-K and under, and then locally complete the bachelor's degree and be licensed through third grade.”

An advising/information meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 1 in Building A, Room 103 at Terra State, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

For more information, call Stacey Pistorova at 419-559-2216.

Owens employees recognized
Two Owens Community College employees have been chosen by their peers to receive Exemplary Awards for outstanding dedication and service to higher education.

The recipients include Peter Johns, of Oregon, Lab Technician for Manufacturing Technology, who received the Employee of the Year Award and Mark Karamol of Delta, director of E-Learning, who received the Administrator of the Year Award.

The Exemplary Awards program was established in 2003 and honors employees who make significant contributions to enhance the College’s mission of providing quality service and education over a period of time. Recipients are nominated and selected by their fellow Owens employees.

ProMedica CEO to speak
Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer for ProMedica Health System will serve as the featured speaker at the 44th annual commencement at Terra State Community College May 10 at 7 p.m.

Oostra has been in his current position since 2009. Prior to that, he served ProMedica Health System in several capacities, including president and chief operating officer, regional president and corporate vice president for strategic business development.

Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and St. Kateri Catholic Academy will host “Stritch-A-Rita-Ville” on Saturday, May 4 in the gym on campus, located at 3225 Pickle Rd. in Oregon.

This year, a unique, interactive dueling piano will be performing provided by Aces Wild Entertainment. There will also be a Mexican buffet that will include tacos, burritos, rice, salsa and more.

Tickets are $20 per person and $200 for a reserved table of 10. Advance reservations are required. Call Cheryl Moore at 419-693-0465, ext. 217 to purchase tickets or visit for a form to reserve a spot.

Lake alums plan reunion
The Lake High School class of 2003 will hold a 10-year reunion June 22 at Fifth Third Field, where the Toledo Mud Hens will take on the Pawtucket Red Socks at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $42, which includes a ticket to the game, a meal featuring grilled hot dogs and Angus beef hamburgers, chips, cookies, assorted beverages and two sides, plus a beer, wine and soda bar for three hours.

RSVP by May 10 by sending checks payable to Betsy DeAnda, P.O. Box. 15, Clay Center, OH 43408.

Owens to host Honors Band Day
Area residents with a passion and an enjoyment of music are invited to Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts as over 60 of the region’s finest high school musicians present a High School Honors Band Concert Monday, May 6.

Presented in conjunction with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ third annual Owens High School Honors Band Day, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.

Musical selections presented by the group will include “American Salute,” “New York: 1927,” “Sabre and Spurs March,” “Dances Americanesque,” “Southwest Saga” and a tribute to the Broadway “Jersey Boys” production.

Eastwood, Lake and Emmanuel Christian will be among the high schools participating in Honors Band Day.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7081.

Macomber/Whitney reunion
Macomber/Whitney class of 1956 will hold a 57-year reunion July 27 at 4 p.m. at Bayview Yacht Club.

Graduates of the classes of 1953-59 re also invited. For reservations, call Dave Czajka at 419-385-2292 or 419-99-1532. All reservations must be pre-paid. No walk-ins.

Instructor Dave Mitchell, right, helps a student in the welding lab




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