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The International Boxing Club and Learning Center, located at 1717 Adams St. in downtown Toledo, is opening a Vocational Training Center.

This project was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation. 

IBC Executive Director Harry Cummins, an East Toledo native, says the center will offer young men and women the opportunity to gain new, marketable skills in construction, electrical installation and plumbing.

“They will work with adult mentors who are employed in the industry to build walls, lay floors, install drywall, paint/finish walls, plumb pipes/systems, install electrical systems and frame a model “home” (smaller than a normal residence) in the first year of the program,” according to Cummins.

“The first model will be built on-site in our Vocational Training Center and will remain as a teaching tool. In the future, we may build other sheds/model homes that can be sold to local non-profit organizations to realize service generated income for the program,” he said. “All Vocational Training Center activities will be coordinated and conducted in an environment where safety is a paramount, oversight by adult role models is constant, and emphasis is placed on doing quality work, every time.”

The project is supported by Lucas County Administrator Peter Ujvagi; Marilyn Jacobs, of the Department of Labor; and City Councilman Mike Craig.

For more details, call Cummins at 419-450-8435.


Owens Community College has announced the creation of a new commercial photography technology associate degree program being offered within the School of Arts and Sciences this fall at the Toledo-area campus.

The two-year associate degree program, which recently received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents, is the only commercial photography technology academic program in Northwest Ohio.

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ photography programs have experienced “phenomenal” enrollment growth and popularity among students during the past several years, according to department chair Doug Mead.

“In a one-year span, the enrollment in photography increased by nearly 60 percent and the department anticipates even greater growth with this new academic program,” he said. “The creation of the commercial photography technology degree program will open new doors for students and help support the continued growth and development of the photography industry.”


Literary specialist and poet Tracie Vaughn Zimmer shared with the young people in her session at the Teen Café during the Claire’s Day that a writer needs to address all five senses to truly capture the reader.

As I sat and listened to her – the jacked-up sounds of the Black Swamp Blues Society playing in the background, the smells of the freshly grilled hamburgers being cooked up by the Washington Local Schools Culinary Arts program, the feel of the smooth Sharpie pen in my hand as I took notes, the taste of the yummy cookies from the good people at Swan Creek Retirement Village for the teens in their special space and place, and seeing smiles everywhere throughout the day – I knew she was providing the angle for this story.

The ninth annual children’s book festival held at the Maumee Branch Library May 15 offered so much to attendees that one could have very easily experienced sensory overload.

And that is a good thing.


Giving money to people along road

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