Education

Updated April 25, 2022

Elizabeth Wayne Offers S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps 

Elizabeth Wayne Preschool in Maumee will host summer camps in May and June for children ages 3-6 years old.

Camps will offer numerous educational activities with a core basis in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music). Children will be encouraged to build, create, experiment and problem solve through hands on activities. There will be six weeks of theme based camps and each will run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Snacks will be provided. Children must be potty trained to attend. A discount is provided for those who register for all six weeks.

Registration and a list of camp themes can be found online at ewpreschool.org or call (419) 893-3383 for more information.

Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program Open

Ohio students seeking to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL) now have the opportunity to receive financial aid thanks to a new program announced by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

The Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program is meant to promote and encourage job growth for Ohio’s commercial drivers through educational training in programs related to employment opportunities. Funds awarded to eligible institutions through a competitive application process will be disbursed in the form of grants and loans to students who enroll in approved CDL training programs at those institutions. The student aid program was originally enacted in the state’s biennial budget bill (HB110), with additional parameters of the program set forth in SB166, signed by Gov. DeWine.

“Commercial truck drivers are a vital part of Ohio’s economy, and this program will allow for the growth of this in-demand occupation,” said ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner. “I am grateful for the leadership of Governor DeWine and the General Assembly in addressing this critical need and providing the funding to help Ohio students succeed.”

Students receiving funds to complete a CDL program must commit to reside and be employed in Ohio for a minimum of one year upon completion of the program. A total of $5 million in funding is available through the program over the next two years, and eligible institutions can request a maximum of $200,000 per year to support their CDL programs.

The application period for institutions is now open. Application materials can be found on the ODHE website at https://www.ohiohighered.org/cdl.

Owens Receives Grant For In-Demand Job Training

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has invested nearly $190,000 in Owens Community College to create the Ohio Short-Term Certificate Grant Program, allowing in-state students to receive up to $2,000 in need-based aid toward the cost of in-demand, career certificates.

Eligible students may apply for and receive up to three different awards, provided the certificates are completed in succession.

These certificates include 26 credit and noncredit options in manufacturing and skilled trades, pre-apprenticeships, health support professions, logistics, office support, sales and first responders. Credit certificates are 30 hours or less, while noncredit certificates are 900 clock hours or less.

“We are excited to bring this opportunity to Owens Community College students,” said Dr. Denise Smith, Owens provost and chief academic officer. “After they complete their short-term certificate or credential, they will be prepared for licensure, if it’s required for employment, or they will be able to take the next step in a career pathway.”

Students may apply online for the Ohio Short-Term Certificate Grant Program funds immediately, using the online application at www.owens.edu/financial_aid/scholarships/.The total award of $186,966 is available until December 30, 2023.

For more information, email the Owens Community College Office of Admissions at admissions@owens.edu.

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