2017 Sentinel’s most successful year yet

sentinel logoThe 2016-2017 school year was another record setter for Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers. The stats for the Tiffin campus are astounding:

August 2016 – May 2017

  • 96% Skill Attainment/WebXam (CTE end of course exam) passage rate among 2017 graduates.
  • 99% 12pt. industrial credential passage rate among 2017 graduates. Industrial Credential Examples: Pro Start, NATEF/ASE, NCCER, NIMS, AWS, STNA, APCO-911, to name only a few.
  • 94% or higher retention rate from the first day of school to the last.
  • 2016-2017 total enrollment: 532, with 180 Career Technology Education graduates.
  • 2017 placement rate: 50% Career, 35% College (2/4 year/or apprenticeship program) & 15% military.
  • 43 State Champions among career technical student organizations (SkillsUSA, FFA & Educators Rising).

Sentinel Career & Technology Center Director Elissa Heal is looking forward to another successful school year this fall, expanding business and industry relationships and offering new outlets for students.

“Continuing to strengthen relationships with the business community is a priority at Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers,” she said. “Each of our 15 career programs have a business advisory team made up of industry/educational representatives from their career field. Offering high quality career technical education to students in our community is a top priority.”

Expanding upon character education – one of the pillars of all VSCTC programs – Drug Free Clubs will be offered starting this fall in addition to other programs designed to serve both the students and community.  VSCTC is also rolling out the “Bronze-Platnum” program model, which will expand options for students and provide opportunities to area businesses and industries. The program is still in development; more information will be provided this fall.

About VSCTC
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968.  The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college.  For more information about programs, or to apply to be a student, visit www.vsctc.org.

DC Weld Tech to offer welding basics

Welding it togetherLocal welder Dave Clark is hoping to make a difference in his community with a training program for out-of-practice or aspiring welders. The aim of DC Weld Tech is to enrich the community by offering a cost-effective training program in the field of welding in a one on one setting.

From Dave:

“We feel this important to the community to offer a skilled trades training which will open to doors to those individuals looking to better themselves by obtaining a better job or if they choose to further their education in the field.

“We have been a family owned and operated welding and fabricating company for over 20 years. Now we would like to share what we have learned over those years with our community with our new company DC Weld Tech. This new venture will allow us to to give back to our neighbors by offering a skilled trades training program in the field of welding. This course will be cost effective in a one on one setting. These individuals will be able to obtain a job in the field, the knowledge to take a certification test, or to further their education at a higher level. Our hope is to be able to offer this course to anyone with a willingness to learn who may not be able to afford college and would benefit from a one on one setting.”

For more information, visit www.dcweldtech.com.

Evenings in downtown Tiffin

Tiffin 2Spend an evening in downtown Tiffin! There are many businesses – restaurants, retail and attractions – open late during the week.

Open after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays:

Food and Drinks

Retail

  • Avon at Cabin Creations (Open late on Thursday) – Retailer of Avon products.
  • The Beanstalk & Company (Open until 6 p.m. Thursday) – Children’s clothes, toys, and accessories store.
  • Cabin Creations (Open late on Thursday) – Supplies for arts and crafts.
  • Cabin Creations Gift Shop (Open late on Thursday) – Gift shop items.
  • Burns Electric (Late hours Monday and Thursday) – Appliances, lighting, custom cabinetry, countertops and flooring.
  • Deckers Furniture (Late hours Monday and Thursday) – Whole home furnishings, accessories and carpeting.
  • Lee’s Floor Covering (Open late on Thursday) – Offers and installs all types of floorcovering including carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, custom blinds and drapes.
  • Level Up – Buys, sells and trades video games, movies and music and sells new skateboards and parts.
  • Line Drive Sports Cards – Buy, sell and trade sports cards and collectibles. Friday Magic tournaments, Saturday Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments.
  • Ma Chere Claire Boutique (Open late Wednesday and Thursday) – Women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and more. Located at the back of Ye Crimper’s Shoppe.
  • Paper & Ink –  Book seller featuring bestsellers, local authors and history, periodicals and collectable/trading cards.
  • Phillips Electric (Open late on Thursday) – Retailer of all major brands of home appliances.
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – Appliance and mattress store, featuring kitchen accessories, wine and craft beer.
  • Simply Susan’s (Open late on Thursday) – Women’s boutique selling clothing and accessories, as well as crafted consignment items and scrapbooking supplies, and hand dipped chocolate.
  • Washington Street Outfitters – Women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, vinyl records, gifts and more.

All of this information and more can also be found on the Discover Tiffin! mobile app, available from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Tiffin event planning assistance

Event Prep Packet(1).jpgSIEDC’s Downtown Marketing Committee in partnership with the City of Tiffin has made available a guide to event planning in Tiffin. The checklist includes vital contacts to ensure that an event meets all city regulations as well as additional items that you may want for your event.

The form is designed for a downtown event, but could easily be used for any type of event.

Stop by the Tiffin City Municipal building at 51 East Market St., or download it here.

 

Tiffin Art Guild to celebrate move with grand opening, exhibition

TAG Grand Opening PosterOn June 3, from 4-6 p.m., the Tiffin Art Guild is holding an open house celebration to welcome friends and members to their new location at 130 S. Washington St. The free event will include tours, refreshments and door prizes, as well as an exhibition.

The celebration will feature local fused glass artists “Three Artisans,” Elaine Bast, Jill Groves & Fran Jackson as their present their latest uniquely designed art glass creations . The Exhibition will remain on display until June 23.

About the Tiffin Art Guild
The Tiffin Art Guild & Gallery was created in 2006 to bring new and varied artwork to the Tiffin Community and surrounding communities. We offer varied art classes for both children and adults and are always looking for teachers and new ideas on classes to offer. We provide a place for artists and those who appreciate art to gather and display their artwork. We also need more members and volunteers in order to continue and expand on our mission.

 

New dance studio opens in Tiffin

On Pointe - Body Works

(left to right) Kaitlyn Boehler, Vicky Boehler, Brooklyn Boehler

Press release provided by On Pointe Performing Arts Studio

Now open for business, On Pointe Performing Arts Studio, LLC is accepting registration for Fall 2017 classes. On Pointe is a new dance studio located in Bodyworks.

On Pointe offers dance classes for ages 3 to 18. They accept dancers of all levels. Classes offered are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop.

Vicky Boehler, owner and founder, along with her two daughters, Brooklyn and Kaitlyn, are excited to see the company develop. The studio will incorporate educational learning during class for younger students, as well as add the personal touch that people are looking for in a small town.

“We’re determined to instill the arts and education into our growing community,” said Vicky Boehler. “Not only do we strive to build a strong relationship with local universities and schools, we want to connect with the Tiffin community. Our mission is to inspire passion, imagination and creativity.”

Training for fifteen years, the daughters developed a strong passion for dance and desired to own their own studio. Their mother was drawn into the business venture. She was captivated by the art and enjoyed attending every performance. As Tiffin University alumni, they believe their education, varying expertise, and experience has prepared them for this adventure.

“We’re so thankful to Larry, Diane and the rest of the Bodyworks’ family for welcoming us into their facility,” said Boehler. “We look forward to working with them.”

On Pointe will have an open house on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another open house is scheduled Saturday, August 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and potential students will have the opportunity to visit the studio, meet the teachers and owner, and register for classes.

The studio will host a summer dance camp from Monday, June 26. 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The camp is offered for ages 3 to 8; no experience required. This year’s theme, “Groove at the Zoo,” will include educational activities, crafts, and a dance performance for parents to view. The camp is $25. A registration form for the summer dance camp is available at Bodyworks.

Registration forms are available and must be returned to Bodyworks. Upon registration, everyone will have a chance to win three months free tuition for one class and have a free trial class per genre. On Pointe also offers a family discount and a multiple genre discount.

For more information, please contact On Pointe by email onpointeperformingartsstudio@gmail.com or call 419-455-4082. More information can also be found on their Facebook page.

Ironwood Steak House to open in June

IronwoodA new restaurant, called the Ironwood Steak House featuring the Black Birch Bar, is planning to open in mid-June. The restaurant combines atmosphere and high-quality cuisine to provide an upscale dining experience in a comfortable setting. Located at the private Mohawk Golf and Country Club, the Ironwood is open to the public.

The menu is still being finalized but will feature traditional steakhouse fare and limited-time specials. The remodeled kitchen also boasts a broiler to quick-sear steak with infrared heat – technology used in many high-quality steak establishments. Local Chef Jimmy Jones, with more than 20 years in restaurant experience, will be heading the kitchen.

The dining room overlooks the golf course, providing beautiful views of the green through a wall of windows. There is also a private dining area that can be closed off for private events, and limited outdoor accommodations. Together, they seat roughly 140, with an area that could be used for small entertainment. Additionally, patrons can enjoy the Black Birch Bar, a full-service bar with a lounge area, located at the entrance of the establishment.

The Ironwood is the product of a partnership of more than 40 investors looking to bring a high-end steakhouse to Seneca County. The restaurant has been in the works for quite some time, with investors split into committees for everything from marketing to personnel, to get to the finished product.

At opening, the Ironwood will serve dinner Wednesday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Reservations can be made using OpenTable. Outside events can also book the Ironwood Catering Service.

A sneak peek at renovations:

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Businesses, farmers, entrepreneurs invited to explore Chinese consumer opportunities at Gateway ’17

AlibabaThe Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to send a delegation to this event. If you are interested in attending call the SIEDC office at 419.447.3831. From Alibaba’s press release:

Alibaba Group is hosting Gateway ’17, an inaugural conference to help U.S. businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs explore growth opportunities and reach millions of Chinese consumers. Gateway ’17 will take place at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on June 20-21, 2017.

Gateway ’17 is expected to attract more than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. The event will include keynote speeches from leading entrepreneurs, including Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, as well as category breakout sessions, business solutions sessions and marketplace networking opportunities.

With incomes rising in China, the Chinese middle class continues to grow as does consumer demand for access to high-quality products from the United States. Alibaba helps U.S. businesses by connecting them to Chinese consumers and empowering them to grow their businesses by accessing the China opportunity.

“China is an important and viable market for a wide range of products and services. This event will open doors for Michigan businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs by helping them identify and enter into new relationships there,” said Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan. “By participating in Gateway ’17, Michigan businesses will have a unique opportunity to reach new customers in the fastest-growing economy in the world, and we encourage all companies looking to expand into exporting to attend this event.”

“A company with the reach and influence of Alibaba could have chosen any city to host its first conference and we are thrilled they picked Detroit,” said Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. “This represents a great opportunity for Detroit’s small business owners and entrepreneurs to have access to Alibaba’s global network.”

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

Additional Information:

Obtaining a liquor permit

Department of Commerce SealThinking about starting a business that involves liquor sales, or adding liquor sales to an existing business? Here are some of the basics of filing for a liquor permit in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Commerce Liquor Control Division is the state agency responsible for liquor licensing.  They issue new licenses and annual renewals, as well as transfers, for the 25,000 private Ohio businesses that are alcohol manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and organizers of special events where alcohol is sold.

There are several different types of liquor permits depending on use, and a limited number of each type of liquor permit is available to each county/city based on population. A complete list and explanation of what is covered under each specific permit can be found here. You can check the availability of the permit you would like to request here, and search the database of permit holders here.

Once you have determined which permit you will need and its availability, you can fill out an application. There are two applications: new bar, restaurant or carryout (application here) and all other types of permits (application here). The Division provides a complete guide to the application process here.

Special permits available in downtown Tiffin:

In 2013, the City of Tiffin established a Community Revitalization District with the Division of Liquor Control, which created 15 liquor permits available within the downtown Tiffin district. These D-5L permits are restricted to the approved district and carry several requirements, the most notable of which is that the establishment be a retail food or food service business, serving beverages by the glass for consumption on premises, and whose food/meal receipts total at least 75% of sales. The addresses included in the district can be found here, and the requirements, as stated by the Ohio Revised Code, here.

Feasel’s invests quarter million in expansion

Feasel's 4Feasel’s Frame and Collision is adding new space and equipment to their auto-body shop on State Route 224 just West of Tiffin.

Jeff Feasel said the business needed new space, and they wanted the ability to offer more to their customers. “Over the last five years, each year has been better than the last,” he said.

20170421_134130The new, 3,600 square foot building will create seven additional bays for radiator repair and washing, house a new alignment rack, and provide additional work space. They will also use the space for spray-on truck bed liners, a service that no other Tiffin shop currently offers. The total investment in construction and equipment is roughly $250,000.

This new addition is the latest in a series of improvements to the business. Over the past four years they have installed a new, environmentally friendly paint booth, renovated their office, and added welding and aluminum repair to their services.

“I am excited to keep serving this wonderful community,” Feasel said.

The expansion is expected to be completed this July.

Feasel’s Frame and Collision is a family-run business started by Jeff’s parents, Rick and Jan, in 1984. To learn more about the business, click here.