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Plus 50 Healthcare Career info event planned at Terra
Terra State Community College in Fremont will host its second Plus 50 Career event Dec. 4.

The focus of the event will be careers in the healthcare field, namely medical scribe/medical coding, health information technology, medical assisting, medical office administration, pharmacy technician training and State Tested Nurse Aide training.

“We will explain how to return to school, including the admissions process, campus resources and financial aid information,” said Kathy Berger, who coordinates the program at Terra State. “Participants will also be able to explore our labs and interact with a panel of local healthcare professionals.”

Lab tours will begin at 5:30 p.m., the panel will begin at 6:15 p.m. and campus tours will begin about 6:30 p.m.

There is no charge for this event. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

“The Plus 50 program is for those 50 years of age and older, but of course you can attend even if you are younger than 50,” Berger said. “This is good information for everyone who wants to improve their lives through education.”

Terra State is one of 36 new colleges recently selected for the Plus 50 Encore project. Since 2008, American Association of Community Colleges and its network of Plus 50 initiative colleges have been working to help Baby Boomers prepare for new careers.

For more information on the event or the Plus 50 Encore Program, call Kathy Berger at 419-559-2377 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Golf classic benefits scholarships
One hundred twelve area residents recently enjoyed a day of golf and entertainment in support of alumni scholarship programs as Owens Community College’s Alumni Association held its 11th annual Golf Classic. The 28-team event netted more than $25,400 to benefit scholarship and outreach endeavors.

Since its inception, the Owens event has raised more than $314,400 to support students pursuing a college education at Owens.

The event, held at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, featured 18 holes of golf, lunch, grazing dinner and an awards program.


Marching Rangers heading to Busch Gardens
The Northwood High School Marching Rangers will perform at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.

The band will perform at the entrance to Christmas Town for the enjoyment of guests visiting the Virginia park on opening weekend.

Celebrating its fifth season, Christmas Town features more than six million glittering lights, entertaining shows, shopping and traditional culinary delights.

Guests can take a step into the not-so-distant-past at Holiday Hills where mid-twentieth century Christmas Celebrations come to life, or stroll through the park and let the warmth of the season take over while they sip a mug of Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate.

The lights of Christmas Town will twinkle until Dec. 31.


Entrepreneur workshop
Aspiring entrepreneurs 50 and older are encouraged to attend an Entrepreneur Mentor Workshop Dec. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, 101 S. Front St., Fremont.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the workshop, which is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce.

The event will connect “encore entrepreneurs” over the age of 50 with successful business owners and community leaders who can offer advice and possible assistance.

The workshop is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. Mentors from SBA’s network of resource partners include the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College and SCORE, who can help mentor throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business. Attendees will also hear from a successful “encore entrepreneur,” Yuval Zaliouk of YZ Enterprises, the Maumee-based manufacturer of Almondina brand cookies.

To register or for more information, visit http://events.sba.gov/eventmanagement/EventListing.aspx?state=OH.


Penta Career Night set
Penta Career Center will host its annual Career Night Monday, Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. The Penta campus is 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.

Penta offers 31 career-technical training programs for high school students during their junior and senior years of high school at the school’s main campus. Penta also provides several one- and two-year program options at satellite locations, including Marketing Education and Teaching Professions, which are available to students within some of Penta’s member school districts.

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 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 Penta instructors, meet alumni and discuss career opportunities with representatives from business and industry.

For students and parents interested in a general overview about Penta, a special information session will be held at 6:30 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, and other gift cards as well. (Must be present at the event to win.)

For more information about Career Night, contact the Student Services and Admissions Office at 419-666-1120, ext. 6499 or visit www.pentacareercenter.org.


Clay Limelighters plan fall play
The Clay High Limelighters will present the comedy, “The Twelve Daughters of Hercules” Dec. 6, 7 and 8 in the school auditorium.

The show, written by Ben Kingsland, tells the story of how Hercules, now with 12 daughters, embarks on an adventure to relive his glory days, only to leave his girls to learn the art of heroism.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $8 for adults. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Karen Nyitray at the high school at 419-693-0665 or at the auditorium box office prior to each performance.


Small Business Tax Workshop
A free Small Business Tax Workshop designed to assist small businesses with tax planning will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Terra State Community College, Building A, room A-305, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

Topics included are income tax, sales tax, payroll tax, tax filings, tax changes, and more. The presenter is John Krupp, a CPA who has more than 35 years of experience working with small businesses.

This workshop is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Terra State. For more information or to register, contact Bill Auxter at 419-559-2210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Fundraiser held
The Genoa eighth-grade girls volleyball team held a bake sale Friday evening, Oct. 18 to raise money for the Ottawa County Humane Society.

The girls presented the money to the shelter on Saturday, Oct. 19, in addition to volunteering several hours of community service at the humane society.


Book fair set
The Terra Association of Future Teachers (TAFT) will sponsor its second annual Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 2-5 in Roy Klay Hall (Building A), room 103 on the Terra State Community College campus.

The book fair will open with the popular “Cookies with Clifford” event Dec. 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. Those attending can sample delicious cookies, meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, enjoy a storytime and check out the wide assortment of books for infants to adults from Scholastic.

Hours for the book fair are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3-5. For more information, call Stacey Pistorova at 419-559-2216.


Santa Shop seeking vendors
Together in Education (TIE), the parent- teacher group at RC Waters Elementary in Oak Harbor will host The Santa Shop Friday, Dec. 13.

The Santa Shop is an in-school shopping experience where students can purchase gifts for family, friends and pets in the safety and convenience of their own school.

Businesses that wish to participate may reserve an 8-foot table featuring items for sale ranging in price from $1-$5. The table rental fee is $10, which will help defray the cost of hosting the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Table set-up will be available before the event. TIE will provide lunch for vendors.

At the Santa Shop, students may browse the tables and make their purchases. TIE will provide small, white lunch sacks for the students to use to “wrap’ their gifts.

There are 475 students at RC Waters, plus teachers and staff. We will charge $10 per table, to help with the cost of hosting the event. For more information, call the school at 419-898-6219.


Brown applauds bill
State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) last week applauded the House passage of House Bill 107, which creates a $1 million pilot project to provide grants to certain businesses for employing high school students to career exploration internships.

The grants are limited to businesses that operate primarily in Ohio and would equal 50 percent of the wages paid to student interns with a maximum of $5,000. Prior to being eligible for a grant, a business must submit both an application and a completion report to the Development Services Agency. Businesses can be eligible for no more than three grants a year.

“The sooner we integrate students into an Ohio work setting, the more likely they are to remain in our state,” Brown said. “This bill will be helpful to our businesses and students looking for practical work experience in Ohio and I was pleased to co-sponsor the legislation.”

The project would be funded by money left over in a casino licensing fund that was earmarked for workforce development efforts. Grants would be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

HB 107 passed with bipartisan support and will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


College savings bill
Two senators are leading a new effort to make a college education more affordable in Ohio, with Senate Bill 244 introduced Nov. 20.

Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) along with Sen. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) sponsored the Ohio College Savings Act, which would increase the maximum tax deduction for families investing in college 529 savings plans to $10,000 per student. Current law allows a $2,000 annual deduction, one of the lowest amounts in the nation.

Gardner, chairman of Senate Finance Subcommittee on Education, said the bill would help families save for college while ultimately helping the state’s economy.

“If Ohio was just at the national average in college attainment, we would increase personal incomes and purchasing power for Ohio families,” Gardner said. “This bill is not a fiscal burden on Ohio’s budget. Instead, this effort would be a major educational and financial benefit for Ohio families and Ohio's future.”

The bill has already received support from the higher education community, including Bruce Johnson, President of the Inter-University Council of Ohio.

“This incentive attacks head on what is, arguably, the biggest issue facing students contemplating college today—borrowing to pay for their college education and going into debt as a result,” Johnson said.

C. Todd Jones, President of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio agreed.

“Savings are a critical part of financing a college education, and AICUO fully supports increasing the 529 limits to encourage families to save,” Mr. Jones said.

The bill also creates the Joint Committee on Ohio College Affordability, which would make recommendations as to additional ways Ohio can improve college opportunities with the goal of greater degree completion and reduced student debt.

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