Daily News

WednesdaySeptember 17, 2014

Middletown campus hosts trucking open house, forum

Employers involved in the trucking and logistics industries participated in an industry Open Forum  Tuesday at the Cincinnati State Middletown Campus, as part of a larger Open House event to inform the community about the college’s partnership with the Truck Driving Academy and Southern State Community College.

Industry leaders met Tuesday with representatives of Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center and Southern State to discuss employers needs and how the colleges might better meet them. Truck drivers are in high demand at the moment, but employers indicated that turnover can often be high among new recruits who do not fully understand the business. Among the suggestions to emerge from the session was development of courses dealing with finances and the small business aspects of trucking operations that drivers need to know – including leasing, personal finance, taxes and money management.

A second segment open to the public Tuesday evening was designed to give participants an opportunity to learn about careers in the field and discuss education and training options one-on-one with representatives of Cincinnati State and Southern State.

The commercial driver’s license (CDL) training that is being offered through the Truck Driving Academy is a 160-hour program that qualifies successful participants to sit for the Ohio CDL exam. Among the features of the program:

  • Students will have the opportunity to earn a Class A CDL or a Class B CDL license in four weeks. (College officials are studying the possibility of offering an eight-weekend option as well.)
  • Students in the four-week program will sign up through Southern State; spend the first week in the classroom (starting Sept. 29, 2014) at the Middletown campus and the last three weeks on the road.
  • Students will train on the Academy’s fleet of vehicles, which features a variety of tractors, buses and trailers (with a variety of engines, transmissions and trailer types).
  • Program fees include instruction, licensing, HAZMAT training and all endorsements.
  • The course includes a state test for a Class A or Class B CDL license, taken at the state of Ohio’s CDL facility on Tylus Avenue in Middletown.

College to host GED practice tests

Cincinnati State will be hosting a “See for Free” service over a two-week period in late September and early October that will let Greater Cincinnati residents determine if they are ready to take the recently-overhauled GED.

Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 3, GED Testing Service will give students the chance to take the GED Ready™ practice test for free at an adult education center. According to Bari Ewing, director of Cincinnati State’s College Access Programs, Cincinnati State has made arrangements at the Clifton campus to host the tests.

Those interested in taking the practice test should call (513) 569-1830 to reserve a seat. There is a $5.00 charge for parking in the Central Parkway Garage.

Fresh batteries for old laptops

Certain individuals on this campus have, or once had and then passed along, Dell Latitude E6510 or E6520 laptops. Those laptops have had their lease extended another year. The good people in Information Technology Services realize that the original batteries in most of these machines have by now died or are down to their last overtaxed electrons. Though it has declined to come through with new machines, ITS has decided to furnish the possessors of these laptops with a new battery. The challenge now is to locate all of the said possessors of said machines.

To put it more formally, ITS has ordered a new battery for each E6510 or E6520 laptop on Lease 23 to replace the current batteries. If the name of your laptop begins with 23 or L23 (for example, 23MA14125 or L230456), you can pick-up a new battery at the Helpdesk walk-up service window. You will need to provide your name and laptop name so that ITS can track the distribution of the new batteries, and you will need to sing “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” while the Helpdesk technician goes to look for your battery.

We made up the last bit, of course. The Helpdesk doesn’t care if you sing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” or “In A Gadda Da Vida.” They’ve heard it all.

In any event, ITS thanks this group of laptop users in advance for their cooperation and support.

Women’s Empowerment Workshops

The Women’s Empowerment Alliance of Cincinnati State (WEACS) is presenting a series of workshops for the 2014-15 academic year.  The next one is coming up on Thursday, Sept. 18 at noon in ATLC 108, when Dr. Athealia Bell leads a discussion of Women’s Sexual Health. Other topics in the series include mentoring, cooking, domestic violence, finances and journaling.

We hope that you will support us in this initiative by:

  • Integrating some of these workshops into your class syllabi.  
  • Bringing your students.  
  • Offering extra credit for students who wish to attend. 
  • Helping us spread the word. 

Please encourage our students take advantage of all that is offered at Cincinnati State. -- Sincerely, the WEACS Advisory Board.  

Home Builders director will address students today

The Cincinnati State Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders will hear a presentation today from Dan Dressman, the executive director of the Cincinnati Home Builders Association.

Mr. Dressman will speak at 3 p.m. at the kick-off general meeting of the club in Main 142. Anyone interested in joining the college chapter of the NHAB, or in hearing Mr. Dressman’s remarks, is welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Gregory Kelly, acting president of the club, at gdkelly@cincinnatistate.edu.

The NAHB Cincinnati State Chapter normally meets on Wednesdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Today is Constitution Learning Day; student elections

Today (Sept. 17) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the ATLC Lounge, Student Activities will sponsor a Constitution Day Learning Event. Pick up a copy of the United States Constitution, take a quiz, and be entered in for a drawing for $25 gift cards.

Also today Student Activities will be serving popcorn in the ATLC Lounge and conducting Student Government elections from noon – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Student Government elections will continue Thursday, Sept. 18 during the same hours in the ATLC Lounge, but the incentive on this day will be cotton candy.

This year elections will be held electronically. Students may vote at either ATLC event, or remotely through Blackboard. Directions for voting outside the events are listed below.

Directions if voting outside of the events for elections:

  1. You will receive an email stating voting has opened
  2. Login to Blackboard. Click on the Community College green tab, at the top.
  3. My Organization-Select 2014-2015 Elections, click on the link .
  4. Answer questions 1 &2. Just like when you take a quiz or test hit save answer on the right, then save & submit at the bottom.

For students at the Middletown Campus: A Constitution Day event is scheduled today, and voting is open there for student government elections. “We look forward to having Middletown representation as part of our Student Government,” said Andrea Milani, Director of Student Activities.

For more information about any of these events, please stop by the Student Activities office in ATLC 204 or contract Andrea at andrea.milani@cincinnatistate.edu.


SURGE-A-PALOOZA 2014 is today

Don’t forget, SURGE-A-PALOOZA is today! It all starts at 11 a.m. in the Conference Center. Be sure to drop your raffle ticket into the basket to enter a chance to win a prize.

Here’s a link to the schedule of events for today.