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Ohio Department of Education and Board of Regents Plan Events in Lima Prior to State of the State Address

Release date: 2/15/2013

What:               Recognition of Career Tech Month highlighting programs and partnerships at Apollo Career Center. Recognition will include Welding, Construction and Equipment Technology, Automated Manufacturing Technology, ABLE-Adult Work Force and Culinary Arts Programs.

Who:                 Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael L. Sawyers, along with Interim Chancellor Stephanie Davidson, will recognize achievements and partnerships, then tour the facilities. Apollo Career Center Superintendent Judy Wells and several area business leaders will participate. 

When:              Tuesday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.

Where:             Apollo Career Center
                          3325 Shawnee Road
                          Lima OH 45806-1454
Background:   Career Tech Month is intended to raise the public’s awareness of the value of Career Tech Education programs for students, schools, communities, business and industry, and the economic well-being of our nation. The Department of Education and Board of Regents are hoping to help further raise that awareness with their visit.


What:               Event highlighting the importance of internships and co-ops to the business community.

Who:                 Interim Chancellor Stephanie Davidson and Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael L. Sawyers will highlight the importance of internships and co-ops. They will be joined by Rhodes State president Debra McCurdy; Dan Schoch, chair of the Cooperative Education and Internship Advisory Committee; and leaders of partnering companies. 

When:              Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.

Where:             Rhodes State College
                          120 Keese Hall
                          4240 Campus Drive
                          Lima OH 45806-1454
Background:   Rhodes State is among those Ohio colleges and universities that received a portion of a one-time, $11 million grant devoted to developing co-op and internship programs. The funding will be used to support the Honda-created Ohio Manufacturing Education Collaborative and support an additional 39 student internships.


What:              Roundtable Discussion on College Attendance and Completion with special emphasis on DREAM (Dare to Reach Excellence, Achievement and Meaning) Program.

Who:                Board of Regents Interim Chancellor Stephanie Davidson
                         Department of Education Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael L. Sawyers
                         Ohio State Lima Dean and Director Dr. John R. Snyder
                         Ohio State Lima Director of Admissions Sara Ambroza
                         Bryan Albright, Assoc. Director, Enrollment Services, Ohio State Lima
When:              Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.

Where:            The Ohio State University
                          Lima Visitor and Student Services Center
                          4200 Campus Drive
                          Lima, Ohio 45804
Background:   Since 2007, the DREAM (Dare to Reach Excellence, Achievement and Meaning) program has helped dozens of at-risk Allen County high school students realize the dream of a college education. Each year, Ohio State Lima works with these students and their parents to explore opportunities in higher education and to complete their admissions and financial aid applications. After successfully completing a series of these preparatory sessions, each student receives a $1,500 scholarship, renewable for four years at Ohio State Lima.