Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and tax exempt public service agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services. The mission is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. Priority will be placed on volunteer projects that fit the following criteria:
1. Projects serving veterans and their families, whether that’s repairing homes or improving facilities; and
2. Projects involving veterans volunteering to help other veterans in the communities where they live.
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Spencer Wolf, a 2013 graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School’s career-tech digital design program, will represent the United States in this summer’s WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is one of 19 U.S. qualifiers in the 43rd international test in 45 categories that include automotive technology, bricklaying, manufacturing, restaurant services and graphic design.
Wolf works with clients at his own design firm, Wolf Graphic Design, while enrolled at Sinclair Community College. He qualified for the Aug. 11-16 WorldSkills events based on his demonstrated knowledge and skills in a seven-hour design test offered to top SkillsUSA competitors. WorldSkills draws competitors from 72 countries within five continents. Resumé-building gold, silver and bronze awards are presented.
The Office of Career-Technical Education, in partnership with the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education, will designate exemplary career-tech seniors from the Class of 2015. For the fourth consecutive year, one promising senior will be chosen from each of Ohio’s 15 career fields. The association will award the Darrell Parks Scholarship of $1,000 each to two of the 15. The partnership, which is new in 2015, will provide increased recognition, including certificates from Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross and visibility in a presentation during the association’s conference this summer. To learn more and download the scholarship application form, click here. Submission deadline is March 15, 2015.
The Ohio Department of Education has released the list of industry-recognized credentials used for school and district report cards. Use this link to the Career-Technical Education Data and Accountability webpage for the credential list and information on the credential application process for community stakeholders.
State officials have added a robust student section to their Ohio Means Jobs website, hoping it will push K-12 students to think more and earlier about career exploration in the face of the always-changing job market.