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Dislocated workers in Northwest Ohio seeking opportunities to learn new job skills can find help through the Constructing Futures program administered by the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center (NOCEC).

The program is open to any adult and/or dislocated worker, especially women and minorities. It requires participation in one of four training sessions which will be held five hours per day for 12 weeks. Some of the trainings will be in Toledo while others will be at other locations in the area.

The training consists of OSHA and Safety training, employer expectations, ABLE/GED preparation, environmental 101, CPR/First Aid, work ethic, basic education skills, communication, leadership, Labor 101, math for the trades, critical thinking skills, life skills, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship, computer fundamentals, problem-solving, financial literacy, job-shadowing, job-readiness skills, and mentoring/tutoring.

NOCEC will work with Penta Career Center, Four-County Career Center, Alliance of Construction Professionals, Area 9 Lucas County Workforce Investment Board, and WSOS Community Action Commission to conduct the trainings and provide other services.

Several unions, including Insulators Local 45, Bricklayers/Tile Setters Local 3, Cement Masons Local 886, Glaziers Local 948, Painters Local 7, Roofers Local 134 and Plasterers Local 886, will provide the apprenticeships.

Once participants complete the pre-apprenticeship program, they can apply to registered apprenticeship programs. If no programs are accepting new apprentices, WSOS staff will assist in job placement activities until there are openings in the registered apprenticeship programs.

For more information, call Karey at 419-578-1802 or Jermain at 419-578-1809.





Owens Community College students will spend a night under the stars to raise homeless awareness as part of the academic institution’s fifth annual Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City Thursday, April 1.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Owens students will spend 20 consecutive hours camping out on the college’s courtyard lawn between Health Technologies Hall and College Hall on the Toledo-area Campus.

The goal of the sleep out is to raise awareness of homelessness occurring in the surrounding communities and to raise funds and collect basic hygienic, cleaning and clothing items, as well as non-perishable food items to benefit the Sparrow’s Nest in Toledo. The event will conclude at 12 p.m. Friday, April 2.

In addition to monetary donations, desired items for collection include personal hygiene, cleaning, clothing and non-perishable food items. Suggested items are deodorant, garbage bags, sandwich bags, toilet paper, powder laundry detergent, printer paper, pens, perfume, hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bleach, towels, dish detergent, scarves, gloves and socks, among others.

Donations can be dropped off on the college’s courtyard lawn between Health Technologies Hall and College Hall during the Tent City event.

The Sparrow’s Nest, which is located in Toledo, is a division of the Cherry Street Mission Ministries. The organization provides emergency relief such as shelter and food for homeless women, and helps them build their confidence through the Ready for Life program.

For more information, call 567-661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.

Area residents and students with career aspirations in a health-related field are invited to Owens Community College’s Health Career Expo Tuesday, March 30.

Sponsored by the Career Services Office, the Expo will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Throughout the event, attendees can meet with local health care representatives and ask questions about their professions.

In addition, those attending will be able to fill out applications for various employment opportunities. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring copies of their resume and to dress professionally in preparation for any impromptu interviews.

Local employers scheduled to attend include Mercy Health Partners, ProMedica Health System, Lima Memorial Health System, Bittersweet Inc., HCR ManorCare, Blue Sky Therapy, Lutheran Homes Society, Absolute Rehabilitation and Consulting Services Inc., Luther Home of Mercy, The University of Toledo Medical Center and Wood Haven Health Care, among others.

In addition, Owens will have information available for those interested in pursuing an education in the health care field.

For more information, call 567-661-7501 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7501.


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