Education

High school post-grad program receives $10,000 AT&T contribution

Year Thirteen guides students in career pathways

AT&T Check Presentation

Pictured above, left to right: AT&T Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio Nicolette Jaworski, State Representative for the Ohio 88th District Bill Reineke, AT&T Director of Governmental Affairs Trint Hatt, Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, SIEDC President & CEO David Zak, Heidelberg University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Schwartz, Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Barber, Terra State Community College Dean of Business, Humanities, and Industrial Technologies Cory Stine, Tiffin City Schools Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 6, 2018 – The AT&T Foundation presented a $10,000 contribution on Monday to the Year Thirteen, a program providing high school seniors with mentoring and resources to ensure high school success and help them attain post-secondary career goals. The contribution will help fund a part-time director position for the program, which will launch this fall with the Tiffin Columbian High School graduating class of 2019.

Education and student success are a cornerstone of AT&T’s community initiatives. Since 2012, AT&T employees have provided more than 1.6 million hours of mentoring to students, and its AT&T Aspire initiative has committed more than $400 million since 2008 to promote student success in school and beyond. “We are very proud to support this new program for students in Tiffin,” said Nicolette Jaworski, AT&T’s Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio. “It aligns perfectly with our desire to see more students be successful.”

The program was modeled after the successful Presidential Pathways initiative started at Marion City Schools under the current superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, Gary Barber. “Much like the Presidential Pathways program, the Year Thirteen will allow us to build and leverage relationships within the community, keep our talent local, and focus on workforce development by putting in place a dynamic system aligned with our community’s needs,” he said. “It will also be a measuring stick for our school system.”

The program focuses on eight key areas designed to promote student success leading up to and following graduation. These areas are: high school success, relationship building, career exploration, career success, job skills, work skills, and community engagement. All students in their senior year at Tiffin Columbian High School will be connected with a counselor that will check in with them periodically throughout the school year and the year following their graduation to promote the student’s success in university, vocational school, or entering the workforce.

Several organizations have partnered to participate in the program including: Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Terra State Community College, Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Family, Adult & Children First Council, and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC).

SIEDC facilitated the grant process, citing a workforce gap as a key county-wide concern. “Unemployment is consistently low, and the biggest pipeline of talent is our educational system – K12 and higher education,” SIEDC President and CEO David Zak said. “Improving college completion and preparing high school students for successful careers is, therefore, a top priority, as the workforce needs are at all skill and education levels.”

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Seneca County to hold third annual Manufacturing Showcase

Showcase LogoLocal manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 31, 2018 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is once again partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s third annual Manufacturing Showcase on October 12, 2018 at the Heminger Center on the Tiffin University campus. The event is an opportunity for area students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in hands-on skill demonstrations.

Carol Kern of Seneca DJFS is looking forward to another successful event: “We are excited to host this event for the third year, to get students talking about their options, and we are pleased that businesses and educators see the value in introducing students to different career paths.”

The showcase will focus on six skills: team building, lean practices, employability, machining, supply chain and mechanical engineering/electrical trades/automation. For each skill, there are six spaces available for a hands-on demonstration.

Eleven schools within Seneca County will send 700-750 students to participate in the showcase. The event will last a full day, with students split into one morning session and one afternoon session. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

Several manufacturers are already on board; Callies Performance Products, The Mennel Milling Company, NSI Crankshaft, and Charter Steel of Fostoria have signed on as well as American Fine Sinter, National Machinery, Taiho, Webster, Ballreich’s, and Toledo Molding & Die of Tiffin. Sentinel Career and Technology Center will also have a skilled booth. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for a space at the showcase, please contact Carol at 419.447.5011 ext. 322, or visit http://senecashowcase.wordpress.com.

Check out last year’s event:

Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel to partner on eight programs

Press release provided by Terra State Community College.

Terra VSCTC Signing

Terra State Interim President Dr. Ron Schumacher (left) and VSCTC Superintendent Greg Edinger.

Fremont, OH, July 18, 2018 – Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (VSCTC) have announced a cooperative arrangement to develop career pathways for VSCTC students in a variety of programs.  The two institutions will work with area businesses, industries, economic development organizations and secondary and higher education entities to provide education and workforce opportunities to students.

The arrangement will offer students educational opportunities in eight programs:  Auto Technologies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Culinary and Hospitality Management, Digital Information Technologies, Engineering Technology and Robotics, Health/Medical and Welding.  Additional programs can be added at any time and both institutions will not duplicate course offerings.

Terra VSCTC

Left to Right: Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez, VSCTC Superintendent Greg Edinger, Terra State Interim President Dr. Ron Schumacher, Ohio Representative Bill Reineke

“This particular agreement is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio,” says Dr. Ron Schumacher, Terra State Interim President.  “It’s a true collaboration where we can share resources to provide courses for students of all ages seeking credit or non-credit training.  Families who participate will save thousands of dollars on higher education for their children.  It will also allow students to gain experience with industries with the possibility of earning professional credentials during school.”

One featured program, Auto Technologies, was outlined during the signing ceremony held this morning.  Students can enter the program in their sophomore year of high school.  Upon graduation from high school, student participants will have numerous certificates, work experience and an Associate Degree from Terra State.  Students then can choose to enter the workforce or continue their education.

“Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel have been able to improve efficiencies of these programs and provide more opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and education to positively impact the area workforce.  This program will move people through the pipeline to employment faster,” adds Greg Edinger, VSCTC Superintendent.

VSCTC serves a six county area and the following school districts: Fremont-Ross, Fremont St. Joseph, Clyde-Green Springs, Fostoria, Gibsonburg, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota,

Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Port Clinton, Seneca East, Tiffin Calvert, Tiffin Columbian and Upper Sandusky.

 

Cybersecurity Educational Initiative Summit coming to Terra State Community College

CyberSecuritySummitPress release provided by Terra State Community College.

Fremont, Ohio, July 17, 2018 – Registration for the Terra State Community College Cybersecurity Educational Initiative Summit is now open. The Summit will take place Friday, October 26, 2018 to educate and bring awareness of Cybersecurity to the community and industry leaders.

The Summit will feature David Kennedy, Founder and CEO of TrustedSec and Binary Defense who will speak during the lunch session. Breakout sessions will be led by industry professionals including:

  • Gregory Tapocsi from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General
  • Troy Wildermuth of Cift Innovations
  • Adam Luck of IGS Energy
  • Scott Blough of Tiffin University
  • Loren Wagener of CentraComm
  • Mark Beadles of OARnet

In 2017, Terra State was designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic years 2022 byt the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose and mission of CAE2Y is to collaborate and reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation.

Registration for the Summit is $25 and includes lunch and access to all breakout sessions. To learn more or register for the Summit, visit terra.edu/cybersummit or contact Haley Crabtree at 419.559.2314 or hcrabtree01@terra.edu.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

 

Tiffin University and IGS Solar announce new solar array for Heminger Center

Heminger 2Press release provided by Tiffin University.

TIFFIN, OH, JULY 16, 2018 – Tiffin University (TU) and IGS Solar will begin construction this month on the first solar project to be constructed on the rooftop of the Heminger Center located on Miami Street. The solar system will drive a cleaner, emission-free energy platform, as well as mark the beginning of TU’s environmental commitment.

The solar array will consist of 705 panels constructed on 14,000 square feet of rooftop space on the Heminger Center located in the heart of campus. Sized at approximately 240kW (DC), the array will generate roughly 270,000 kWh’s per year which is enough to supply approximately 26% of the annual electricity consumption for the Heminger Center.

This amount of solar power is enough to provide clean electricity for approximately 24 residential homes, offsetting an estimated 195 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year that would otherwise be emitted by a conventional fossil fuel power plant. That amount of emissions avoided is also equivalent to removing 42 cars from the road annually, or avoiding burning 213,331 pounds of coal.

IGS Solar will own, operate, and maintain the array. The company is helping the University integrate solar generation into their energy portfolio while helping them better control the long-term energy costs for their buildings.

The project is estimated to begin construction in October 2018 and be online November 2018.

“With current challenges that surround funding for non-profit universities, Tiffin University feels strongly that we need to examine all means for cost saving initiatives,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “The University is also intentional in doing what is right for the student body, faculty, staff, and local community by putting forth clean energy standards and striving to meet them.”

“We hope that opportunities for solar in Ohio continue to grow because the economic benefits are substantial,” stated Patrick Smith, Vice President of IGS Solar. “Working with Tiffin University to help control their energy costs by utilizing clean, renewable power has been a great success. We look forward to being a long-standing sustainability partner to the Tiffin University for years to come.”

OSU Extension and USDA partner on Small Business Innovation Research grants

osu extensionThe USDA is seeking new technology and/or creative product ideas from grass roots innovators!  Got a great idea?  The USDA may be interested in funding the research and development of your concept!  Ohio State Extension is partnering with the USDA to promote the accessibility and availability of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.  OSU Extension will be offering two (2) workshops, one in Northeast Ohio (Lorain County Community College on June 19) and one in Southwest Ohio (OSU Lima Campus) to orient interested innovators, researchers, and practitioners to this grant opportunity and the grant application process.  Registration is open!

 

USDA logo

OSU will support innovators with coaching and mentoring through the grant writing process.  The USDA Request for Applications (RFA’s) are focused on select topic areas, so interested candidates are encouraged to visit the website (see below) to learn more.  If selected for a Phase I USDA SBIR grant, the recipient will receive $100,000 to develop a concept – no strings attached except to report back the results of the research and development.  If the initial phase is successful, additional funding (up to $600,000) is made available to complete the research and bring the solution to the market.  This is not a loan. Innovators own the intellectual property they create and maintain the ownership of their company.  Small businesses (between 1 and 500 employees), including small and mid-sized farms are eligible!

For more information about SBIR grants use this link: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/small-business-innovation-research-program-sbir .

Register for a workshop today using the links below.  Your idea may be a game and life changer!

June 19 (Northeast Ohio):   https://bit.ly/2I7exc6

June 21 (Southwest Ohio):  http://bit.ly/2KktoMO

2018 Economic Development Award – Arnold Machine

The 2018 Economic Development Award was presented to Arnold Machine for their recent 25,000 square foot expansion, creating 25 new jobs.

Zach Arnold started Arnold Machine in a garage as a small custom machine shop, beginning with machining and fabricating, in 1994. The business grew quickly, and branched out into designing and manufacturing manufacturing systems in a 50,000 square foot building in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin. The company now has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC.

Arnold is a Sentinel Career Center alum and still maintains a strong relationship with the career technology institution. Arnold serves on their business advisory council and hires on students through a work-study program, as well as a new three-phase employment program that starts students out working in their Junior year of high school and prepares them to be hired on upon graduation. More than 40% of the workforce at Arnold Machine are now Sentinel grads.

In 2016, Arnold Machine announced a new, 25,000 square foot addition to their facility, adding 25 jobs. The expansion was built and completed, the space is full, and 11 of the 25 positions have been created and filled.

Arnold has had a long relationship with SIEDC. In 1996, they purchased their first brand-new machine using the Revolving Loan Fund with SIEDC’s assistance. Today, Zach Arnold serves on the SIEDC Board of Trustees.

 

Economic Development Award criteria:
A community based project that will significantly impact other development in the community. A project that underscores the commitment of the business or owners to the community. A project that eliminates a potential blight in the community. A project that brings recognition to the community and is imaginative.

SBA seeking Emerging Leaders for training program

emerging leadersThe U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking 15 applicants for its Emerging Leaders Initiative to be held in Tiffin later this year. This is the first time the program, a seven month course for entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level, is being offered in a community of this size.

The training program is provided at no cost to the participants, and the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth curriculum gives small business owners an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through a combination of executive education, practical tips based on real-life business experience, and advice from business leaders that can be readily applied.

From the SBA:

Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.

Given the success of SBA’s Emerging Leaders, the SBA has expanded the initiative to include 60 locations to help growing entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Interested candidates can apply here, or contact Tom Sangrik at (216) 522-4198 or thomas.sangrik@sba.gov.

Additional information about the program can also be found in this FAQ.

Terra State to offer Mechatronics Certification at Fostoria Learning Center

Terra Logo 12.8Press release provided by Terra State Community College

Fostoria, OH, March 22, 2018 – Beginning with the Fall 2018 semester, Terra State Community College will offer Mechatronics Certification at the Fostoria Learning Center.  The certification is one of the College’s state-approved certificate programs, which also prepares students to take FANUC certification credential exams.

The Mechatronics Certificate prepares students for industrial automation in applications (engineering) positions, as well as service (maintenance) type positions. Students use robotics with programmable controllers, as well as conventional control systems, to solve problems in an industrial flexible manufacturing laboratory. The goal of the program is to produce multi-craft skilled tradesmen to maintain plant equipment to maximize uptime and address the skilled labor shortage of our partner employers.

Fostoria Learning Center Executive Director Tracey Lawton is excited about the new program.  “The Mechatronics Certification is another example of the outstanding partnership we have with Terra State,” says Lawton.  “Together, we are creating the skilled workforce needed in our area.”

Mechatronics Certification will allow students to pursue jobs in high-demand areas, such as, automation technicians, integrated manufacturing technician, field service representative and hydraulics and pneumatics specialist.

For more information or to register, interested persons can contact Terra State at 419.559.2349 or admissions@terra.edu.  The Fostoria Learning Center is also hosting an Open House on Thursday, April 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. where Terra State representatives will be available to talk about the Mechatronics Certification.  For more information on the Open House, contact the Fostoria Learning Center at 419.408.5540 or director@fostorialearningcenter.org.

Terra State’s Kern Center expands leadership training opportunities

Terra Logo 12.8Press Release from Terra State Community College

Fremont, OH, February 21, 2018Terra State Community College’s Kern Center has announced a new partnership with Development Dimensions International (DDI) to offer leadership development training.  DDI is a human resource firm widely recognized for leadership and management training programs that improve employee performance.  The company received the top ranking as the number one leadership development provider by Kennedy Consulting Research and Advisory’s The Kennedy Vanguard Matrix.

According to Steve Hillard, Terra State’s Executive Director of Workforce Development & Corporate Partnerships, the partnership will allow businesses to access the expertise of DDI at a more affordable cost.  “The Kern Center is able leverage our partnership to acquire materials at a much lower cost and to bring certified trainers from a more local region that saves on travel expenses.”

The Kern Center will be offering trainings three times a year.  Modules will cover topics, such as, Communication for Leadership Success, Coaching for Peak Performance, Driving Change, Resolving Workplace Conflict, and Building and Sustaining Trust.

“The Kern Center is able to accommodate any company’s budget and training program focus,” Hillard says.  “This partnership enables the Kern Center to offer another level of leadership training to businesses in need of a program that goes beyond the basics.”

The next DDI training series begins February 28.  To register or receive more information about future DDI offerings through the Kern Center, contact Peter Palko, Workforce Development Account Executive, at 419.559.2325 or ppalko01@terra.edu.  Interested persons can also visit http://www.terra.edu/ContinuingEducation.html.

ABOUT THE KERN CENTER
Terra State Community College’s Kern Center for Workforce Development and Corporate Partnerships designs and delivers training programs and courses, certification and testing, and apprenticeship programs for individuals and organizations. The Kern Center prides itself on offering high quality training and flexible delivery options that can help you or your organization meet and exceed your goals. The staff at the Kern Center looks forward to working with you!

ABOUT DDI
Since 1970, DDI has helped thousands of organizations achieve superior business performance through selecting, developing and retaining extraordinary people.

DDI’s two major areas of expertise include:

  • Helping companies find and hire better people faster.
  • Building leadership capacity and capability, enabling organizations to meet their current and emerging business needs.

DDI’s innovative solutions, including Web-based technologies, are customized to the needs of each client by a team of 1,000 experienced associates in 70 locations around the world. For more information about DDI, visit www.ddiworld.com.