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Updated December 5, 2017

CIFT Student Credential Recognized By State
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) now has two industry-recognized credentials through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
Established as the CIFT Food Industry Certification, the program provides two recognized, food industry credentials that can verify high school student expertise in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources, bioscience, food science and safety, bioresearch and food marketing and research.
“The demand for a skilled workforce is a growing concern for food companies,” said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT. “The CIFT student credentials provide a welcomed solution to this need, and we look forward to working with academic institutions as well as companies employing the participants in an effort to enhance the industry.”
To be eligible for the CIFT Food Industry Associate credential, a student must complete 120 hours of training combined with 100 hours of hands-on experience. For the CIFT Food Industry Specialist credential, a student must complete 480 hours of training and 500 hours of hands-on experience.
As these students enter the workforce, CIFT encourages companies to seek candidates who have acquired the credentials. There are more than 60,000 people working at nearly 1,000 food and beverage companies across Ohio. The industry ships more than $24 billion worth of products every year. The state consistently ranks among the highest output in the nation in dairy, fruits and vegetables, bakery, snacks, soft drinks, coffees, sauces, syrups and countless other food products. Such impressive facts make Ohio one of the nation’s leaders in food/beverage processing and agribusiness.
More details on the credentials, including requirements, current recipients and the application are available at www.ciftinnovation.org.

Notre Dame Academy Schedules Placement Tests
Notre Dame Academy (NDA) will hold events where prospective students and parents can learn more about NDA academics, testing practices, awards, and scholarship information. There are several ways to apply to Notre Dame Academy: online at www.nda.org, during an open house or visit NDA to receive an admission packet.
Saturday, December 5 – High School Placement Test, 8:00 a.m. to noon; parents’ coffee and questions, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
The HSPT is required for eighth-graders wishing to enter Notre Dame Academy in the fall of 2018. No RSVP is needed to take the test. Honors scholarships are based on HSPT scores.
Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic college preparatory school for grades 7-12, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, promotes the holistic development and empowerment of young women for leadership and service by providing an exceptional educational experience permeated with gospel values.
For more information on NDA, visit www.nda.org or call (419) 475-9359.

Dyslexia Program For Parents Announced
An event for parents, offering tips and strategies to help support children’s learning, will be offered on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee.
Participants will gain understanding of the cause and prevalence of dyslexia from presenter Pam Croson, director of the Dyslexia Education Training Center.
To register for this free event, contact Wendy Smenner at (419) 214-3066 or e-mail wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org.

S.A.V.E. Announces 2017-18 Public Lecture Series
Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment Inc. (S.A.V.E.) is offering the following free public lectures at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The lectures are offered from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Global Climate Disruption: How Do We Know? What Can We Do? Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Dr. Andy Jorgensen, associate professor of chemistry and environmental sciences at The University of Toledo.
The Third Battle for a Clean Lake Erie, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie, an environmental grassroots organization.
Our Sustainable Future – Ready or Not, Here We Come! Tuesday, April 4, 2018. John Krochmalny of SAVE and Northwest State Community College’s Education for Sustainability.
For further information on S.A.V.E. or the upcoming lectures, please contact Sr. Rosine Sobczak at (419) 824-3691 or e-mail rsobczak@lourdes.edu. S.A.V.E. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate people of all ages about the environment and to link ecology and spirituality to bring others a greater appreciation of the natural world. The S.A.V.E. office is located on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis and the home of Lourdes University.

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