Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Terri Lessnau of the Clermont County Boys and Girls Club which was established in 1996. They serve kids from ages 6 through 18 in New Richmond, Amelia and Glen Este. Terri shared how they have made numerous changes and partnerships to improve and stabilize their overall operation in the county. One major merger was to join together the Clermont County Club with the larger Greater Cincinnati Boys and Girls Clubs Organization. They have added a certified teacher and incorporated hot meals where they sit down together and learn manners.

The club operates on a Three Pillar Program:
  1. Graduate - working with the schools to help complete homework.
  2. Fit for life - requiring 45 minutes of physical activity daily.
  3. Ready to serve - working with local non-profits to help kids learn they can serve others.

Some of their other programs include:
  • First tee-A national program that teaches kids the game of golf.
  • Smart girls - Helping girls from ages 10-13 and 14-16 to make good decisions.
  • Passport to manhood - Helping boys from ages 10-13 and 14-16 to make good decisions.

A celebration will be held on Thursday, April 7 2016 at Receptions in Eastgate. Contact Terri at tlessnau@bgcgc.org or 513-888-0977.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Harry Snyder who is President of Great Oaks Career Campuses. In 1968 Hamilton County got things started with vocational education in our area. Today, they touch 36 school districts, serve over 28,000 adults, over 15,000 secondary students, have over 1200 business partners and offer 30 different career programs. Great Oaks is a state-funded school with a $60 million dollar budget. They offer all sorts of trainings and certifications for various fields including police, fire, aviation and CPR.

A few stats:
  • 94% of students are currently employed or enrolled in continuing education.
  • 46% go on directly to postsecondary education.
  • 84% of the 2015 student class passed a state of industry recognized assessment.
  • 96% of students are working in the profession in which they were trained.

Harry shared about a new program called RAMTEC. This stands for Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative. They collaborate with manufacturers, begin with short-term adult training, offer many certifications (Fanuc, Motoman, Mitsubishi, Parker, Yamasaki, Alan Bradley), expand to high schools and expand to lower grades through a mobile lab.