Nominations sought for Teacher of the Year award
The East Toledo Family Center is seeking nominations for the East Toledo Teacher of the Year Award.
The criteria for the award includes educators who have lived, worked or served in East Toledo and have demonstrated character in one or more of the following areas: innovation, dedication, collaboration, volunteer and/or advocate. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by someone else. Forms are available at the Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., East Toledo, or by calling 419-691-1429. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 29.
Selection is determined by a vote of the Renaissance Gala Planning Committee. The award will be presented at the Family Center’s annual Renaissance Gala April 24.
Genoa Community Christian Academy, 303 W. 4th St., still has space available for the 2009-2010 school year. Call 419-855-4187 for more information.
Also, home educators should note that the CCA Cougars are now preparing for the 2009-2010 basketball season. Junior or senior high-age boys who are interested in playing with a character-building team should call Monica Church at 419-855-4187, ext. 5 or 419-307-3407.
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores offers numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and may be delivered on site.
January seminars scheduled at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor include:Jan. 8: 9 a.m. to noon – “Ohio Means Jobs/Career Explanation.” Learn about the advantages of using the state job-searching Web site.
Jan. 14: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – “Individual Resume Writing Assistance.” Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only by calling 419-898-3688 or 1-800-665-1677, ext. 270.
Jan. 19: 9 a.m. to noon – “Money Smart.” Learn about banking services, checking accounts, credit, charge cards and borrowing. Discuss consumer rights, saving money and home ownership.
Jan. 21: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Discuss applications, resumes, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more.
For more information on the Job Stores, visit www.northcoastjobs.org. All basic services are free of charge.
Small business basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra 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, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
The January schedule includes:
Jan. 6: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Jan. 27: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
The seminars are free and open to the public.
A Scrapbooking Day to benefit the Woodmore Afterprom will be held Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodville Community Center.
Private Pilot Ground School
Fremont Flight Academy, located at the Fremont Airport, one mile south of Terra Community College on SR 53, is offering the second annual Private Pilot Ground School.
Classes will be held Saturday mornings Jan. 16 through March 20. To earn a private pilot’s license, the FAA requires that a student be able to pass a written, oral and flight exam. The school offers students the knowledge and confidence to pass written and oral exams.
For more information, or to register, call Tim Williams at 419-332-8037.
Vanguard-Sentinel’s Public Safety Program is offering a Professional Firefighter program that starts Jan. 7, 2010.
The course is 240 hours in length and is generally offered once a year. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, with occasional Saturdays, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Public Safety Building in Fremont.
Registration is required by Dec. 28. An orientation is scheduled for Jan. 7. For more information, call Lorrie Dymond or Mary DeLong at 419-334-6901, ext. 405 or 409.
Travel plans continue in the spring session of Terra Community College’s ElderCollege program.
Scheduled trips include excursions to the Biltmore House, America’s largest privately owned home, in Asheville, N.C. in April, and a Grandparents and ME! Excursion to COSI in Columbus for the grandparents and their grandchildren scheduled for July 2010. Seats on the motor coach are still available for both trips.
The group’s Winter Sampler is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. on Terra’s campus, when instructors will talk about their programs and answer questions.
ElderCollege is a membership organization open to the public at Terra for adults age 50 and beyond who share a common desire to learn. The course schedule varies from term to term but usually includes such topics as computers, history, art and music. There are also several educational outing opportunities during each term.
For more information, visit www.terra.edu/learning or call 419-559-2255.
Fraud exam course
Beginning spring semester, Terra Community College will offer a new class that will address issues taken from today’s headlines.
The Fraud Examination course was developed by Terra accounting Professor Jack Fatica, who is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Education in the area of fraudulent accounting has become critical as more and more fraud cases are being reported.
“We need additional people trained in fraud examination so that they can be put in place to spot crimes as well as keep them from happening in the first place,” Fatica said.
The course is meant to be just an introduction to the field. Students interested in a degree would need to obtain further education at a four-year college or university. It would be useful to any business or law enforcement major, according to Fatica.
Fatica said the course also might be valuable to members of the community who work in accounting or manage a business.
Topics to be covered include an introduction to fraud, including why people commit fraud; fraud prevention; fraud detection; fraud investigation and types of fraud, including consumer fraud, bankruptcy, divorce and tax fraud, and e-commerce fraud.
The class meets from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 12. Tuition for the three-credit hour course is $371.52.
Call 419-559-2410 for more information.
Lab to be named for business owner
The employee-owned O.E. Meyer Co. has made a $50,000 donation to Terra Community College to honor the memory of its long-time leader, Omar Meyer. Jr.
The company has pledged $10,000 a year for five years and will receive the naming rights to the welding lab when the new Skilled Trades Center at Terra opens next fall.
“We’ve been wanting to do something for Omar, and we think this will be a very fitting honor,” said Rod Belden, CEO. “Omar was such a caring man and his influence on our company was significant. He truly was the catalyst in making the O.E. Meyer Co. what it is today.”
Thanks in large part to the donation, the Omar Meyer Welding Lab will feature state-of-the-art equipment when it opens. The new Skilled Trades Center will also house labs and classroom space for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning program as well as power technologies and the truck driving academy.
O.E. Meyer Co. has industrial locations in Sandusky, Fremont, Galion, Lorain and Maumee, and homecare divisions in Sandusky, Fremont, Lorain, Tiffin and Toledo.