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Registration open for Penta Adult & Continuing Education
Registration is under way for full and part-time programs at Penta Career Center, Adult & Continuing Education. Full-time programs begin Aug. 14, however many of Penta’s part-time courses have flexible starting dates.

Full-time programs include Auto Body Collision Repair; Automotive Technologies; Builder, Contractor and Remodeler Technologies; Machine Trades; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R); and Welding.

 

Penta also offers courses in the health occupations area and include job training programs in Dietary Management and State Certified Nurse Aide (STNA).

Adults interested in part-time training at Penta can register for several programs and courses such as Pharmacy Technician; Medical Coding; Computer Technology; Small Engine Repair; Pressure Boiler Systems and Builder, Contractor & Remodeler Technologies. Apprenticeship training is also available in areas such as Plumbing, Millwrights, and Machine Trades.

For companies and businesses, Penta Adult & Continuing Education’s Corporate Services Group offers professional training and consulting services at a reasonable cost. The Corporate Services Group provides resources in the areas of human resource development; information technology and industrial training.

Penta Adult & Continuing Education also offers more than 300 online courses in areas such as writing, computers, finance and marketing. Through Penta’s partnership with ed2go, the online courses are taught by expert instructors and are available for $89 per six-week course.

Adults who want to improve their reading, writing, and math skills or study for the GED and/or the Compass/Accuplacer College Entrance exams can register for Penta’s Adult Basic Education programs, offered at a number of convenient locations.

To register for any of the Adult & Continuing Education programs, call 419-661-6555 or visit the Adult & Continuing Education office located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg. Additional information is available by visiting www.pentacareercenter.org and clicking on “Adult Education.” Financial aid is available for students who qualify.


Party in the Parking Lot
An adult Party in the Parking Lot will be held Friday, Aug. 16 from 7 p.m.-midnight on the campus of Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and St. Kateri Catholic Academy in Oregon.

The event will kick off with a memorial Mass at 6 p.m. in the chapel. The party will include brats and burgers, adult beverages and music provided by Arctic Clam.

The Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring the event. Call 419-732-ARMY (2769) for more information.


Tools for Schools
The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit is now accepting applications for the “Tools for School program.”

The Port Clinton Service Unit’s “Tools for School” program will assist local families in need of school supplies and book bags.

Applications for the program can be picked up at The Salvation Army Office, The Sutton Center, JFS, Ida Rupp Library, Oak Harbor Library and Genoa Library.

Completed applications should be dropped off at The Salvation Army Office located in suite #800 at The Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite 800,  Port Clinton.

The program is completely supported by The Ottawa County Community Foundation, Stensen Foundation and local donations. 


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

Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, insurance, financing and business planning.

The August seminar schedule includes:  

Aug. 7 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

Aug. 28 – 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 by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


School supply drive
The Ottawa County Republican Women, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, are sponsoring a Back to School Backpack Drive to provide backpacks and school supplies for Port Clinton, Oak Harbor, Genoa, and Elmore families who are unable to purchase them.

The collection of backpacks and school supplies runs through Aug. 3. Supply lists and drop-off boxes are located at Miller’s New Market in Genoa; Mann Technologies in Williston; Pills `N` Packages in Elmore; Community Market in Oak Harbor and Bassett’s in Port Clinton.

For more information or to arrange a pick-up of supplies, call Roni Reid at 614-361-1323 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Preschool teacher hired
St. Boniface Catholic School has announced the appointment of Tammy Steindam-Myers as the new preschool teacher for the 2013-2014 school year.

Steindam-Myers has 12 years of educational experience, including five years for WSOS Community Action Commission as a Head Start Home Based/Classroom teacher. She earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Terra Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Education from Ashland University.

For more information about St. Boniface preschool or elementary school, contact the school office at 419-898-1340 or visit www.ourstb.com. While the office is closed for summer phones are checked daily for messages. St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-6 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds.


Scholarship signups
Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signed the state’s newest school choice scholarship – the Income-Based Scholarship Program – into law as part of the state budget.

The new program will provide scholarships to help low-and middle-income families send their incoming kindergarten students to the participating private school of their choice.

School Choice Ohio – a statewide organization promoting quality education options for every Ohio child – is encouraging families to act quickly to sign their kindergarten student up, because there are only 2,000 scholarships available for the 2013-14 school year and the deadline to apply is July 31.

Scholarships are available for students entering kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year. Any incoming kindergarten student whose family’s income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines is eligible to apply. For example, an incoming kindergarten student from a family of four with a family income at or below $46,100 would be eligible to apply.

The scholarships are worth $4,250 and are to be used toward tuition at the participating private school the family determines is the best fit for the child.

The scholarship application is available now for download on the Ohio Department of Education’s website, or families can visit School Choice Ohio’s site at www.scohio.org/scholarship to access the application. Completed applications and supporting documents must be postmarked by 4 p.m. July 31.

For more information, visit www.scohio.org/scholarship.


Fall classes forming
The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Career and Technology Center Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free classes to help adults improve their reading, math, writing or English skills, prepare for the GED test, and get ready for college or an adult certificate training program.

“Local support is available,” said Lynne Barth, ABLE/GED coordinator of Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Career & Technology Center. “The GED test is changing in 2014, and we are prepared to help adult learners earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and create a pathway to a better life.”

Fall classes begin the week of Sept. 9. To register, or for more information, call 419-334-6901, ext. 4701 in Fremont or 419-898-3688, ext. 270 in Oak Harbor.


Terra board approves promotions
The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees approved a dozen faculty promotions during its July meeting held July 24.

Among those promoted from instructor to assistant professor were Steven Stauffer, of Walbridge, and Bruce Wassung of Fremont.

Faculty are promoted based on various criteria, including years of service to the college, educational degrees attained, teaching evaluations, and leadership at the college and in their profession.

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