Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Partnership gets national publicity

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

A partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and Citigroup earned national recognition in the Workforce Development category of the 2004 Bellwether Awards in Orlando, Fla., last month.

The partnership was one of 10 finalists recognized for developing creative workforce solutions through such programs as pre-employment training, a satellite campus at Citigroup and career discovery and coaching courses.

"It involved working with Gateway to offer courses to prepare people for the workforce and create employee development for potential employees at Citigroup,'' said Faith Kenney, Citigroup's senior business analyst. "We are working with the college to develop life-long learning development for employees and basic skills enhancement.''

The awards are presented by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida, which issued a call for Bellwether Awards nominations in the fall of 2003. The awards were established in 1995 and are part of the Community Colleges Futures Assembly, which focuses on cutting-edge, trend-setting programs.

From the applicants, 10 finalist colleges were chosen in three categories, including Workforce Development, with winners selected in each area.

"Gateway is very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Citigroup,'' said Angie Taylor, Gateway's vice president for business and industry services.

Founder's Citation

Donald Spencer of Avondale, who served nine years on the board of trustees at Ohio University in Athens, will receive the Founder's Citation today at the 200th anniversary of the university.

Spencer was a trustee from 1974 to 1983 and served as president of the board from 1979-1980.

"As a minority on the board, I realized I represented a small voice, but I was able to get something done,'' said Spencer, a retired teacher and real estate broker. "After a conversation with Bishop Desmond Tutu, I introduced a motion asking the university to divest its investments in South Africa because of the racial turmoil there. The motion eventually passed by a 4-3 vote.''

Spencer said he worked diligently to increase the number of African-American teachers at the college.

Medical center benefits

The Lincoln Heights Medical Center, which serves low-income families in northern Cincinnati, was itself a beneficiary last month.

St. Gabriel Consolidated School collected more than 65 boxes of food, school supplies and books for the center as part of the school's service project.

The food was distributed to needy families; the books to children who are patients at the center; and the school supplies were given to young patients after they visit the center.

Two troopers honored

LEBANON - Two veteran troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon post were recently recognized for investigative work.

Trooper Christopher Crisafi received a certificate of recognition for his work in eight felony investigations that resulted in the arrest of nine suspects during 2003. Crisafi also received an ACE award for the recovery of five stolen motor vehicles in 2003, which resulted in the arrest of five suspects.

Trooper Andrew Allgeyer received a certificate of recognition for his work in five felony investigations, which resulted in the arrest of five suspects during 2003.

Crisafi joined the patrol in 1997, while Allgeyer joined in 1998. Both have spent their careers at the Lebanon post.

"Both (Crisafi) and Allgeyer have gone to several different training sessions," said Patrol Lt. Michael Sanders, commander of the Lebanon post. "They have a pretty high level of dedication to what they do. Both of them are good, thorough investigators.''

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