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Dave Harms, of Walbridge, a social studies instructor at Penta Career Center,


                   Dave Harms

was selected by The Center for International Comparative Education (ICE) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to participate in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program to the country of Jordan.

This month, Harms is in Jordan to study the country’s culturally diverse population and its immigration history. He and his group will visit the Wadi Rum, a desert region in the southern part of the country, as well as other historical, cultural and religious sites such as the Dead Sea, Jerash, Petra and the Red Sea. Upon his return, Harms will infuse Near East learning in the areas of “People in Societies” and “Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities” for Ohio content standards and into BGSU’s undergraduate and graduate education programs so that both students and other teachers can benefit.

The GPA program is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to The Center for ICE at BGSU. Harms will be traveling with three Northwest Ohio school teachers, five graduate students and three undergraduate students from BGSU. Those interested in following Harms’ experience in Jordan may visit his blog at

Penta student earns SkillsUSA gold medal
Matt Travis, of Oak Harbor, a 2010 graduate of Woodmore High School and

              Matt Travis

Penta Career Center’s Public Safety/Criminal Justice program, has earned one of the highest honors in high school career-technical education – first place in the National SkillsUSA Championships

Travis traveled to Kansas City, Mo. June 20-25 to participate in the criminal justice contest. He competed against 30 other high school students from across the U.S. to earn the top award, which was a gold medal. He qualified for the competition by earning first place in the same contest this past spring at the 2010 SkillsUSA Ohio Championships in Columbus.

At the National SkillsUSA Championships, Travis took part in a written exam and practical exercises in the areas of U.S. Constitutional Law, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to handle an entry-level law enforcement position. In addition to earning a gold medal, he received a $10,000 scholarship to Brown Mackie College.


Penta seeking outstanding alumni for 2010 awards
Penta Career Center is seeking nominations for its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are bestowed to individuals who have completed a career-technical program at Penta Career Center, formerly known as Penta County Vocational School, and who are currently working in a successful career. Nominees must have completed a high school or adult education program at Penta before 2000.

Applications are available by calling 419-661-6360 or may be downloaded from the Penta website at (click on “Alumni”). The deadline for completed applications is Aug. 20.

Since their inception in 1993, these prestigious awards have been presented to 105 Penta alumni. Recipients of the 2010 awards will be honored at a banquet at the high school on Nov. 4.


Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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