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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.


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.


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