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More than 200 people gathered at Terra Community College Sept. 14 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Skilled Trades Center.

Terra President Marsha S. Bordner, Ph.D., welcomed the visitors and Helene Zielinski, chairperson of the board of trustees, presented a short historical perspective of Terra.

Featured speakers included Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce and Bill Russell, associate vice chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Skilled Trades Center will be approximately 23,225 square feet at a total cost of about $3.5 million. Funding for the project is from a combination of state and local funds. The building will house state-of-the-art labs including HVAC, welding, power technologies and truck driving.

This is the first new building on the Terra campus since the Early Learning Center opened in 1997.

Construction is expected to last a year. The building vacated by these labs will then be renovated into an allied health wing and a music wing.

Teachers throughout the Portage River Watershed recently had the opportunity to join Dennis Clement of Ohio EPA to learn more about water quality monitoring.

The workshop was a “kick-off” for new and current schools that test along the Portage River in the fall and spring. After completing the workshop, teachers involved can apply to become a “Qualified Data Collector” Level 1 with the EPA.

The Portage River Monitoring Program began in 1994 and has kept going through various grants and donations from private individuals and businesses. 


Preparing college-bound kids for life away from home can be an anxious and task-filled time. While many parents will be focusing on diet, laundry and personal safety, they too frequently forget the important subject of car care and repairs before sending their offspring and vehicle off to college.

“Learning the essential points of car care is something that ideally should be part of the process of learning to drive,” said Bob Kazmierczak, operations manager of AAA Car Care Plus. “But often those key points are never taught or only briefly reviewed and never utilized because teens’ vehicles are maintained by someone else while they are living at home.”

Before sending their teen and vehicle off to college, AAA encourages parents to review four main areas about properly maintaining a vehicle and preparing for the unexpected.


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