Several apprentices in Raise the Bar’s Manufacturing Apprenticeship (formerly known as the Ohio Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education [OH FAME]) were honored during a graduation ceremony at the University of Findlay’s Winebrenner TLB Auditorium.
The ceremony marked the cohort’s completion of the two-year “learn while-you-earn” program.
Apprentices also received their Associate of Technical Studies in Applied Engineering during Owens Community College’s commencement the following evening.
Apprentices and their respective employers included: Lincoln Bockbrader, Simona-PMC; Ryder Egbert, Molten; Gabe Heilman, Molten; Brendon Iliff, Ball Corporation; Conner Klaft, ZF Active Safety; Clay Santos, Simona-PMC; and Cory Warnecke, Hitachi Astemo Findlay.
Upon graduation, the apprentices have been offered full-time employment at their apprenticeship locations.
Graduates in Raise the Bar’s ceremony received notes of congratulations from Raise the Bar’s Board President, City of Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn; Owens Community College’s President, Dr. Dione Somerville.
“Apprenticeships are becoming more prevalent in the manufacturing industry for outstanding reasons,” said Tricia Valasek, Raise the Bar Executive Director.
“Apprenticeships intentionally provide simultaneous high-quality instruction, mentorship, and on-the-job training for individuals to retain knowledge and skills as well as gain confidence. Employers know the importance of this purposeful development, and they are willing to invest the time and resources necessary to fill their workforce gaps.”
Each year the Manufacturing Apprenticeship program welcomes a new cohort of apprentices.
Companies currently seeking apprentices for the August 2022 cohort include Kalmbach Feeds, Hitachi Astemo Findlay, and Cooper Tire and Rubber (Mold Operations – Tall Timbers).
Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age.
President Biden spoke to those gathered following breakfast about the importance on Memorial Day and all year long of honoring the service members who paid the ultimate price in service to our country.
During the open time before and after breakfast Coleman was able to meet Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (pictured above)
Additionally, as an Air Force veteran and woman, she was honored to meet Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Joanne S. Bass, first female to serve in this role. (pictured below)
During President Biden’s movement through the audience following his remarks he took selfies with those visiting the White House.
Coleman and Randy Reese, Executive Director of DAV’s National Service and Legislative Headquarters were able to be photographed with Dr. Jill Biden before the attendees had to leave the White House to get on the bus for transportation to the Arlington National Cemetery for the service.
More than 30 Ohio colleges and universities are being recognized for supporting students with military backgrounds.
Governor DeWine and state education officials announced the first group of colleges and universities to receive the Collegiate Purple Star Award.
“Congratulations to the 33 schools chosen as the first Collegiate Purple Star campuses! Thank you for being examples of Ohio’s proud tradition of honoring our servicemen and women,” DeWine said.
“With these Collegiate Purple Star Award designations, service members, veterans, and military-connected students are able to pursue higher education knowing that their school has the necessary support system and guidance to help them find their next steps.”
Schools honored with the Collegiate Purple Star Award include Tiffin University, Owens Community College, Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.
Learn more about the award and see the full list of recipients by clicking here.
The City of Findlay took to its social media to answer some common questions about things like grass height and construction projects.
The city listed the following as the most common questions they get.
High grass – Grass height may not exceed 6 inches in height.
Junk Vehicles – Vehicles must be fully operable and have current registration
Garage Sales – Each resident may have up to two a year per code
Swimming Pools – Anything over 14 feet in diameter or length must be permitted and location verified prior to construction
Fences, Decks, and Sheds – A permit must be obtained and location must be verified prior to constructing
People who need to file a complaint can do so by clicking here.
People with questions may contact the Zoning Department at 419-424-7108.
– Comprehensive Behavioral Threat Assessment Training for Ohio Educators
– Strengthening Ohio’s Mental Health Workforce
– Enhanced Statewide Safety Support for Schools
– Improved Physical Safety in Ohio’s School Buildings
– Enhanced Penalties for Violent Crime
– Accurate and Complete Background Checks
The governor says these priorities will focus on helping school officials evaluate potential threats and develop appropriate responses, as well as improve the physical security of school buildings and campuses.
The governor said he’ll also work to expand Ohio’s behavioral health workforce to increase access to mental health services.
A high school in Hancock County won the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Paint the Plow contest.
Cory-Rawson’s plow was painted in honor of fallen Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis and won in a landslide victory.
Cory-Rawson won both the ODOT choice award and the people’s choice award.
“We are especially proud that the plow honoring the life and service of Officer Francis was voted the winner of this competition,” said Chris Hughes, the deputy director of ODOT District 1.
“At ODOT, we value our partnerships with law enforcement agencies at all levels as we work together to keep our highways and communities safe. Officer Francis was killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of Ohio and we are forever grateful for his service and that of all law enforcement officers,” said Hughes.
ODOT District 1 began holding an annual Paint the Plow contest in 2014.
It allows high schools and vocational schools within the district’s eight-county region to paint an ODOT snowplow blade with a message of school spirit, Ohio pride, patriotism or safety.
This year, 28 groups across the district’s eight counties painted plows – a record number of participants for the program.
The plows will be displayed at community events throughout the district.