Issue 45, April 2012 - Northeast Ohio OneStop



Issue 45, April 2012 - Northeast Ohio OneStop
April 2012
EGCC Scholarships to Help Women Succeed
Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC), Hard Hatted Women and YWCA Warren have joined together to help
prepare women for the skilled workforce. EGCC is offering
scholarships for women interested in pursuing trade and technical careers through WISE (Women In Sustainable Employment) Pathways.
WISE Pathways is a 45-hour career exploration and readiness
workshop that highlights careers in energy, skilled manufacturing and construction. Through panel presentations by employers, training providers and women already working successfully in these fields, participants learn what opportunities
exist; what they need to do to be strong candidates for them;
and what it’s really like to be a woman in a nontraditional career. WISE Pathways students also acquire
core skills in teambuilding, communication, conflict resolution and dealing with sexual harassment. Site
visits and hands-on projects give women concrete experience on which to base career decisions.
WISE Pathways participants will be enrolled as students at EGCC and will earn three credit hours toward an Associate of Technical Study degree. Classes will be held at the YWCA in Warren. Cost of the
course is $315. Eastern Gateway will provide scholarships for about a dozen women taking these classes.
“Hard Hatted Women is grateful for support from the U.S. Department of Labor and for the partnership
of Eastern Gateway and the YWCA Warren. Women are often clustered in low-wage occupations with
no benefits and few opportunities to advance. WISE Pathways gives women the tools they need to get
on the path to long-term economic security,” said Chrisse France, Hard Hatted Women Board President.
The U.S. Department of Labor has allocated $200,000 to Hard Hatted Women for its Tradeswomen
TOOLS model in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Trumbull Counties, including the WISE Pathways program.
WISE Pathways is 50 percent supported by the federal funds. Hard Hatted Women is a statewide,
non-profit, agency that matches female talent to industry demand by developing a pipeline of qualified
female candidates in growing high-wage industries, such as energy and utilities, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, and construction. The work engages women and girls in critical STEM pathways
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that strengthen the financial security of families and the
economic competitiveness of communities.For more information, call (877) 353-1114, ext 34.
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Mahoning: 141 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Youngstown, OH 44512 (330) 965-1787
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What’s New:
MCTA Awarded 2nd State Auditor’s Award
For a second consecutive year, MCTA has received the
prestigious Auditor of State Award following an audit
by the office of the State of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.
“This second award recognizes our continuing efforts
to implement and maintain effective and efficient fiscal
policies and procedures to properly spend and account
for all funds entrusted to MCTA,” said Bert Cene,
MCTA Director. “We are once again pleased to be
acknowledged for the diligence with which MCTA carries out its fiduciary responsibilities in accomplishing
the mission of serving the Mahoning and Columbiana
County workforce needs.” The Auditor of State Award
is presented to local governments and school districts
upon the completion of a financial audit and that meet
the criteria of a “clean” audit report.
MCTA Fiscal Department with Director Bert Cene
and Ohio Auditor of State Award.
First Braydich Scholarship Awarded at Choffin
Dr. Rudolph Braydich (left) and Dr. Mark Braydich present the scholarship
check to Choffin Dental Assisting Program student Megan Donahue.
The Mark and Rudolph Braydich Scholarship Foundation presented the first annual scholarship of
$6,200 to Megan Donahue, a student in Choffin Career & Technical Center’s Accredited Dental Assisting Program. The scholarship covers full tuition and students fees. The program is accredited by
the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. It is the only ADA accredited program in the area where student’s graduate with five national and state credentials/certificates.
Dr. Rudolph Braydich is chairman of the post-secondary advisory board of Choffin Career Center
Adult Education Department and has been a member of the advisory board for 22 years. Dr. Rudolph
Braydich and Dr. Mark Braydich practice dentistry in Hubbard.
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What’s New:
Shale Training Comes to Columbiana County
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Eastern Gateway Community College will host May 21 an information session
on shale industry training at the Columbiana County Career & Technical Center, Lisbon. Open to the public, the event will provide information on entrylevel jobs, training programs, program requirements and application process
details. The session will be from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m.
“The gas industry has clearly stated its preference for a local workforce and is
committed to hiring local employees as fast as workers can be identified and
trained,” said Tracee Joltes, assistant director of workforce outreach at EGCC.”
The biggest challenge to building a well-prepared local workforce for the gas
industry rests in recruitment and pre-employment training for this industry
especially because of its unique culture. Eastern Gateway will offer recruitment
and pre-employment training in high-priority occupations, targeted by the
ShaleNET grant, which include; derrick operator, rotary drill operator, service
unit operator, roustabout, welder/brazer and CDL. Successful graduates of these programs will possess the
entry level skills and aptitudes necessary for successful entrance into the industry,” Joltes added.
Eastern Gateway has been working to develop relationships with local oil and gas companies to support
the ShaleNET training efforts. Work sites have been made available to the trainees and companies have
committed to interview successful completers as their workforce needs dictate, she said.
As a partner to the ShaleNET grant, the college applied for training funding to offer these initial classes
for free or at discounted rates. The ShaleNET grant – Marcellus ShaleNET – a comprehensive recruitment,
training, placement and retention strategy for jobs in the Marcellus Shale gas industry was launched in
2011 with a $4.964M community-based job training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Eastern Gateway is the only Ohio college participating in the grant
program. For more details or to schedule training, call (740) 264-5591 or (800) 682-6553, ext. 310.
New MYCAP Officers
R. Renee Walton assumed her duties as Chief Executive
Officer of Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action
Partnership April 2, coming from IMPACT Community
Action of Franklin County. Pictured are new MYCAP
officers: (back row, from left) Frank Nolasco, Assistant
Treasurer; David Arnold, Vice-Chair; Tito Brown,
Chair; Ron Chordus, Treasurer; (front row) Nancy
Wickham, Secretary; Walton, and Marilyn J. McDaniel,
outgoing Chief Executive Officer. Walton said she is
excited about the opportunities and the partnerships in
the area and is looking forward to getting to know the
partners and what is available in the community.
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What’s New:
2012 Youth Explosion
Aims to Prepare
Tomorrow’s Leaders
Among the MCTA Youth that participated in the Youth Explosions were
(from left) Kerrisha Lebert, Ivellisse
Ayala and Krystal Brown.
The 2012 Youth Explosion held at Youngstown State University
April 21, was sponsored by A.C.T.I.O.N. and YSU in conjunction with 15 local nonprofit organizations including Mahoning &
Columbiana Training Association (MCTA). The approximately
150 high school students from across the Mahoning Valley who
attended heard presentations from local government, business
and community leaders.
The purpose of Youth Explosion is to prepare youth to be tomorrow’s leaders and to be agents for change within their communities. There were presentations on networking for success, going
the extra mile to empower one’s community, preparing for the future and public speaking. Youth were encouraged to join community organizations as junior board members. Speakers included:
State Senator Joe Schiavoni, D-33; Bert Cene, Director of MCTA,
and Joe Caruso, President and Chief Executive Officer, Compass
Family & Community Services.
The youth could apply to become members of the Youth Board of
Directors or Youth Advisory Boards of the various participating
EGCC Sets Application Day
MYCAP’s BrownGains Certificate
Paulette S. Brown, MSW,
LSW, who is employed as a
self-sufficiency planner at
the Mahoning-Youngstown
Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) Center for
Family Economic Success,
has completed certification
as a Financial Social Worker,
the only practitioner with
this credential in Mahoning County. Paulette earned
a Bachelor and Masters
Degree in Social Work at
Youngstown State University.
Eastern Gateway Community College students can avoid
the late application rush for summer semester classes by
attending Application Day on May 16 at the college’s
Valley Center located on the 4th floor of Choffin Career
& Technical Center, 200 E. Wood St., Youngstown.
While students can apply daily at the center, Application
Day that runs from 2 until 6 p.m., was created to
encourage students to complete the process before the
last minute rush. Admissions representatives will be
available to help students through the process.
During the session, students can complete the admissions
application process, file for financial aid and complete
placement testing. Those applying for financial aid must
bring their 2011 W-2 or tax return. Students transferring
from another institution should bring an official
transcript. For more information or questions, call the
Valley Center at (330) 744-8967.
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Ohio Department of Job & Family
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
Trumbull County Department of Job
& Family Services
Eastern Gateway Community College
Ohio Rehabilitation Services
Trumbull Metropolitan Housing
Senior Employment Center
Coleman Professional Services
Trumbull Business College
National College –Youngstown
Trumbull County Board of Commissioners
Mahoning & Columbiana Training
Ohio Department of Job & Family
Mahoning County Career & Technical
Choffin Career & Technical Center
Youngstown State University – Metro
Eastern Gateway Community College
Ohio Rehabilitation Services
Mahoning County Department of Job
& Family Services
Senior Employment Center
Mahoning-Youngstown Community
Action Partnership
Youngstown Metropolitan Housing
Mahoning County Board of Commissioners
Compass Family & Community Services
Community Corrections Association
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.
YWCA Youngstown
Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association
Ohio Department of Job & Family
Columbiana County Career & Technical
Kent State University – Salem Campus
Kent State University – East Liverpool
Eastern Gateway Community College
Ohio Rehabilitation Services
Columbiana County Department of Job
& Family Services
Community Action Agency of Columbiana County
Columbiana County Educational Service Center
The Counseling Center
Columbiana County Office of Economic
Compass Family & Community Services
Columbiana County Port Authority
Columbiana County Board of Commissioners
Columbiana County SCSEP
Shining Reflections
Columbiana Metropolitan Housing
Eastern Ohio Corrections Center
NewBold Technical Institute
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