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Video projection scenario program is very high tech
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:46

The Owens College Emergency Preparedness Training and Operations Center virtual training system features a one-of-a-kind video projection scenario program which is displayed onto separate glass walls located within four separate pods.

First responders will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of structure burn scenarios within each 221 square-foot pod to include residential, commercial, processing and electrical fires, using actual water in a controlled virtual fire and smoke-filled environment.

The system is designed to replicate a city scene with various buildings ranging from a single- to four-story complex. Actual virtual training scenarios include a bedroom fire, storage facility fire, washer/dryer fire and a living room fire, among many others.

In addition to virtual fire training opportunities, the Center for Emergency Preparedness is in the midst of developing several other scenarios to include a virtual school house active shooter training exercise.

WorkKeys can help unlock students’ potential
Written by Rose Rennekamp   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:44

Employers want to hire people with real-world skills. They aim to find the perfect match between a candidate and a job. Doing so saves them precious time and money.

As a parent, you can help your teenager prove his or her readiness for the world of work. Verifiable skills are critical whether your student begins working during high school, immediately after graduation, or goes on to college.

Teens looking for a job can take one or more of the accurate and informative WorkKeys® assessments to show their work readiness skills.

WorkKeys assessments ( are available throughout the nation. They’re a great first step to link your student’s skills with specific jobs. The results help drill down to an occupation that truly matches your teen’s skills. In fact, more than 16,000 job titles, the world’s largest such database, have been profiled through WorkKeys.

Students jump feet-first into water-monitoring project
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:43

Woodville Elementary teacher Ken Green’s sixth-graders jumped in enthusiastically and “got wet” checking out the water quality in the Portage River.

The venture has been going on for more than a decade and recently, the “Portage River Congress” was awarded an OEEF Mini-Grant through Ohio EPA. Grant funds received will be used to help new schools with the purchase of monitoring equipment and provide current schools with refills and some new equipment.

With the assistance of the Ottawa and Wood Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the students monitor the Portage River in the fall and in the spring each year, testing for pH, dissolved oxygen, phosphate, nitrates and fecal coliform.

They also do temperature readings and a macro invertebrate count. A physical analysis is done using the QHEI method (qualitative habitat evaluation index) developed by EPA.

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