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Maritime Academy named High Progress School of Honor
Renee Marazon, Superintendent, The Maritime Academy of Toledo, along with teachers, staff, and cadets recently unveiled a banner from the Ohio Department of Education recognizing The Maritime Academy as a “High Progress School of Honor.”

The academy was one of only 90 schools in the state and the only school in Lucas County to earn the award this year. Honored schools have sustained high academic achievement and made substantial progress while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students.

The Department of Education named 38 High Performing Schools of Honor and 54 High Progress Schools of Honor.

“These schools are proud examples of what can happen when principals, teachers, parents and community members come together believing that all children can learn,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “Teachers in this year’s 90 Schools of Honor uniformly believe that all children can learn despite the challenges presented by their backgrounds and experiences. What they have done is working. I am urging them to help other Ohio schools learn how they can overcome their challenges as well.”

The “High Progress Schools of Honor” award follows Maritime Academy jumping four-letter grades on the 2011 – 2012 State of Ohio Report Cards to earn an Excellent Rating.

“I cannot say enough about our teachers, staff, and cadets who made this possible. The School of Honor award is their award,” said Marazon. “We have over 200 students at our school and 80 percent are at or below the U.S. poverty level. But they did not let that stop them. Over the last year our cadets and teachers committed themselves to improving academic performance. We instituted an after-school program designed to help each student with reading and math enrichment. This proves that students can excel regardless of the economic or other obstacles they face in life.”

Class reunions
The Macomber-Whitney All Class Reunion Committee will sponsor an All-Class Reunion representing the graduating classes from 1931-1991 Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Parkway Place Banquet Hall, located at the Anthony Wayne Trail and Detroit Avenue, Maumee. For tickets and/or information, call 419-450-8085.

Lake High School class of 1983 will hold a Potluck Picnic Reunion Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon-7 p.m. at the Jensen Compound, 10501 Corduroy Rd., Oregon.

Classmates are invited to bring their spouses/significant others and their kids for a fun day full of activities. Bring a dish to share – either a main dish, salad or dessert. Soda and water will be available. Other items that will be needed include a canopy, plates, utensils, napkins, chairs, yard games and alcoholic beverages.

For more info, call Mark Jensen at 330-357-6265.

Lake plans Safety Town
Registrations are currently being accepted for Lake Township’s Safety Town program, which will be held Aug. 5-9 at Lake Elementary School, 28150 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury.

The five-day summer safety program is open to children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Participants will learn many aspects of safety. The program will be led by teachers, Lake and Walbridge police officers, firefighters and other specialized professionals who will use fun, age-appropriate activities.

The fee is $15 per child, which covers the cost of t-shirts, snacks, materials and a picnic on the last day. Registration forms are available on the Lake Elementary website and at the Lake Township Police Department. The deadline to register is July 1.

For more information, contact Jenny Lowe at 419-290-1418 or, Lake Township Police Officer Steve Poiry at 419-666-8100 or visit Lake Township Safety Town on Facebook.

Plus 50 Encore training
Terra State Community College was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 Baby Boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The college will assist adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers for Baby Boomers.

Terra State offers certificates in allied health, office administration medical clerk, medical scribe, home health care and early childhood special needs; associate degrees in health information technology, medical assisting, nursing, medical office administration, physical therapist assistant, health care administration, law enforcement/criminal justice and early childhood; transfer degrees in biology, health information management, social work, psychology and education; and non-credit training for pharmacy technician, state tested nursing aide, CPR and basic life support and Safe Zone.

Kathy Berger, who also serves the college as a recruiter, will coordinate the local Plus 50 Encore Completion Program.

“Many people in our area have experienced outsourcing of jobs, cut backs and downsizing leading to layoffs,” she said. “We can assist mature adults in enhancing their skill set which will increase employment opportunities. Terra State is partnering with community members to make this program a success.”

Terra State is one of 36 new colleges recently selected for the project. Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 initiative colleges have worked with baby boomers and helped them prepare for new careers. An independent evaluation of AACC’s Plus 50 initiative found that 89 percent of students agreed that college workforce training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72 percent attributed landing a job to such training.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2 million grant to AACC from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust. The program supports AACC’s work to increase the number of students who finish degrees, certificates and other credentials.

For more information, contact Berger at 419-559-2377 or email

Nursing program accredited
Terra State Community College Associate Degree nursing program has been awarded initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Accreditation is a voluntary process and shows that the nursing program meets the national standards based on quality and effectiveness. The nursing program had to evaluate, ensure the curriculum met the standards and continue a regular improvement process to maintain agreed-upon standards of educational excellence.

The initial accreditation status is for a five-year period and then the nursing program will be required to submit an updated self-study and have a visit from the NLNAC in the fall of 2017.

Owens receives national recognition
Owens Community College has earned the distinction of being named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Owens is the only community college in Ohio to receive the national recognition.

“Owens Community College is committed to service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our students to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world,” said Krista Kiessling, Owens Director of Service Learning. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”

The College’s Office of Student Learning was established in 2011 with the mission of making service to the community an identifiable aspect of the academic institution’s culture. Outreach initiatives are focused on engaging students and employees in service activities that benefit the academic institution and the surrounding communities.

The Office of Student Learning maintains partnerships with over 50 community agencies that utilize Owens student volunteers to support community initiatives. Among the on-campus service-learning opportunities include the Owens Harvest Food Pantry and the Community Garden. The sites serve as on-campus living and experiential learning laboratories to support students in need, while also enabling the application of educational learning mastered within academic courses.




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