East Tech Alumni Association announces summer, fall events

East Tech Alumni Association announces summer, fall events

The East Tech High School Alumni Association (ETAA) recently announced it’s upcoming schedule of events for late summer and fall.

July 29, 2017: East Tech Alumni Scholarships/Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, 1pm at the Mediterranean Party Center located at 25021 Rockside Road, Bedford Hts.  Luncheon tickets are $25.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 216.571.0513 or 216.991.4126.

August 20, 2017: Alumni “Scarabs Picnic” (All Classes) 10am – 7pm, Stafford Park, 5440 Mayville Ave., Maple Heights, Oh., Represent your Class with Tents/Banners, Hot Dogs & Beverages are complimentary, bring your family and Picnic Baskets, Vendors please contact 216.577.4526

Scarabs Forever Weekend schedule:

  • September 29, 2017: East Tech High School Homecoming Football Game-Alumni Section (Stay tuned for Location/Time), Alumni After-Party @ Lancer On 21 @ 2134 Rockwell Avenue.
  • September 30, 2017: Alumni Walkathon Registration ($10) Wear Your Gold & Brown T-Shirt, Registration is $15 with pre-ordered T-Shirt, starting at 9:30a.m. @ East Tech High School, Alumni will join in unity with the East Tech Homecoming Parade at designated corner, and Alumni Basketball Game scheduled at 2pm.

East Tech Class of 72’ Class 45th Gala Celebration Reunion Contact Information: 216.926.4865

East Tech Class of 67’ Class 50th Reunion Contact Information: 216.375.6155

“I believe it is important for us to pay homage to our alma mater, as well as embrace the responsibility of passing on our school traditions and history to the baby scarabs, giving them some of what we received in terms of school unity and an appreciation of humble beginnings.  If ever there was a time, the time is now to get involved. There are so many ways you can participate, just simply pass the word of events, join the membership, donate a dollar or two, mentor, volunteer at alumni events or at the school, join our alumni leadership committees, join the alumni class scholarship bandwagon, you name it we are in to win it,” said Greta Stakely-Humphrey, president, East Tech Alumni Association. “Giving thanks to alumni, class reunion committees, CMSD, school staff, friends of East Tech and the East Tech/Central Community for your support in believing in our children from whence we come.  We are looking forward to continued growth and fellowship. Many thanks to ETAA’s alumni planning committees for their tireless work in preparing for the upcoming alumni association’s events.”

For more information regarding upcoming events email info@easttechalumni.org or call the East Tech Alumni Office at 216.571.0513 or 216.571.4846

About East Tech Alumni Association
Alumni “Scarabs” from the Class of 1939 all the way to 2017 newest alum are invoking the mystique and power of this ancient symbol as members of the East Tech Alumni Association (ETAA).  A scholarship driven and service oriented not-for-profit organization focused on the alumni, current students, community and the future of East Tech High School (ETHS).  Once a thriving powerhouse and ambassador of the Cleveland Public High Schools, ETAA’s vision is to serve East Tech High School in the same way suburban or private high schools alumni associations support their schools.  ETAA promotes unity, pride and school spirit through the alumni school assistance program, reunion assistance, scholarship program, Community Alumni Schools Together (CAST) program and sponsored events that speak to camaraderie. Alumni Leadership Conferences, annual scholarship awards event, social events, class reunions, and “Walk 4 Dollars 4 Scholars” Walkathon, alumni picnics embracing of all classes.  These programs are designed to boost academic progress, build resilience and confidence in students consistent with the school’s historic status as one of Cleveland’s exceptional educational institutions.  ETAA has been successful in enlisting support from parents, alumni, school staff, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, city officials and the community at large. In collaboration with alumni classes and business partnerships, ETAA to date has awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to deserving student as they pursue higher education.

The Association’s Founding Members in 1981 set the groundwork of vision, and purpose that sparked a chain of events leading us to the present. ETAA’s success in promoting the welfare of ETHS scholars “Baby Scarabs” is due to the organization’s character of scholarship driven and service oriented concepts.

Tri-C Women in Transition program offers free help to pursue education, career

Tri-C Women in Transition program offers free help to pursue education, career

Cuyahoga Community College is launching a new session of Women in Transition, a free program aimed at helping women pursue education, training and career development.

The program begins the week of Aug. 21 and is available at the Metropolitan Campus in Central. It is also offered at the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Western Campus in Parma and Corporate College West in Westlake.

The eight-week, noncredit career development program is free and open to the public.

women_studyingParticipants build confidence and skills through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy. The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The courses are designed to help women develop confidence, build self-esteem, identify marketable skills, explore interests, research options for careers and job training, and examine Tri-C educational and workforce options.

Registration is required. For more information or to enroll, call 216-987-2272 (Eastern Campus), 216-987-4974 (Metro Campus), 216-987-5091 (Western Campus) or 216-987-5764 (Corporate College West). Details can also be found at tri-c.edu/women-in-transition.

The schedule for each location is below. Participants must attend every day of the week the classes are offered.

Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Aug. 22 to Oct. 12

Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Aug. 21 to Oct. 11
  •  6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays – Aug. 22 to Oct. 12

Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Aug. 21 to Oct. 11

Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – Aug. 21 to Oct. 12

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for the program include:

  • Women in various stages of transition in their lives i.e. returning to work force, unemployed, divorced, widowed, seeking career change or just feeling “stuck”
  • Individual intake appointment completed and eligibility determined prior to start of class
  • Registration is required for enrollment

Other Services Available with the Women in Transition Program:

  • Help with assessing financial aid resources
  • GED information
  • Workshops to define and strengthen your life management skills
  • Information, resources and referrals to appropriate Cuyahoga Community College programs / services as well as other appropriate external resources and agencies
  • Pre-employment skills including resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and presentation skills
  • Help on improving your nutritional well being
  • Improve your status with financial literacy
  • A network of academic contacts and new friends

Tri-C’s Women in Transition program typically serves about 300 women a year. Initially known as The Displaced Homemakers program, The Women in Transition Program was created in March of 1978 by the Ohio General Assembly as a pilot program. It is rumored that a wife of one of the Vice President’s pushed for the program and the program began on Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus. The original program started through the counseling department as a credited course. The initial purpose of the program was to provide services and referrals to divorced women, women with limited skills, and women who no longer had financial security.

Through the years the program has thrived under different leaders, rally trips to Columbus, and new initiatives.

In 2006, the program changed its name to the Women in Transition (WIT) Program. The program has continued through grant support and individual donations and is subsidized through the College’s budget. The current program serves women who are experiencing any transitional phase in their lives. The program has evolved with the times, always focused on fulfilling the needs of the women it serves. Evolving populations took the program from being one focused on social services to a program that focused on making post-secondary education attainable. The current WIT program is focused on helping women transition to degree completion and workforce skill attainment.

Word from Lowell: Proficiency testing fails to teach life skills

Word from Lowell: Proficiency testing fails to teach life skills

Lowell Perry Jr., director 

During this month’s Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood (CCPN)  advisory council meeting, discussion focused on activities available to CCPN kids during out-of-school-time hours. The group shared ideas for activities that are education but also contribute to helping children develop life skills. Things that help to improve academic performance and also stimulate the senses and curiosities of our young people. The robust group discussion yielded some very interesting information that confirmed a long held suspicion of mine – kids need more educational and fun things to do.

In our desperation to ensure kids are passing proficiency tests, have we unwittingly been making them less prepared for life, by taking away the things that can stimulate creativity and improve socialization and life skills?

A child can only absorb so much before the law of diminishing returns sets in and their brain shuts down. The things that stimulate creativity and may have been an incentive for some kids to want to be in school, things like music, art, and sports, are the very first things the “fun-suckers” cut when budgets are tight. I always thought the primary purpose of school, especially in K-12, is to stimulate critical thinking which is an important life skill when entering the workforce. Gaining solid social skills runs a very close second. School is more about learning how to learn than the actual stuff you get crammed into your head to get a grade. I have yet to use the pythagorean theorem throughout my life for instance. But the disciplines I learned from doing homework, working as part of a group, and how to get along with others who are different from me, have been invaluable.

I admit a bias when it comes to the subject of sports, being a life-long jock, but minimizing, and even eliminating sports in some cases, might well be one of the most misinformed actions far too many school systems have taken in the name of education. Is it any wonder that too many kids are overweight, emotionally distressed, and have a hard time getting along with others? Sports is not only a healthy outlet for kids, but is also one of the best ways to teach social skills around cooperating with others. Not to mention that the activity of sports contributes to better attendance in the form of mitigating some preventable health issues like asthma, as well as an incentive to not skip school. I know in my case, I rarely missed a school day when I knew gym class was on the docket for the day!

And let us not forget the fact that competitive sports in particular, contribute to the family doing something together as a unit in support of one another.  Music and art have similar merits in that regard. Let’s be honest, it is far more fun to go out and shoot hoops with your son than to labor over math problems!

So what am I saying here? We absolutely have to ensure our kids are learning what they need to in order to be proficient in their core academic subjects or they won’t graduate and have a chance to go onto college and/or career. But academic proficiency based on passing a test is far from an accurate indicator of success in college or life. Young people have to be allowed to be kids and have fun too, or I guarantee you, they will struggle at college and at life. To be fair, parents who focus too much on athletic prowess too early with their kids in the hopes of raising the next LeBron James, run the risk of ironically burning them out on the sport.  There must be balance.

So let’s cool the jets on making kids go to school on Saturdays, adding more hours in the school day to teach math, or enrolling them in homework boot camps. Get them involved in sports. Take them to the museum to learn about art and history. Go to the zoo or the aquarium to learn about wildlife and our environment. Encourage them to take up an instrument. Or get them bullish on STEM through coding or entering a robotics competition. All of the above is also a way for a family to share in knowledge together. The point is that learning doesn’t have to only be through boring repetition, but can also be fun!

VNTG Home transforms home goods, communities

VNTG Home transforms home goods, communities

Early this year, VNTG Home opened a 25,000-square-foot retail space in Tyler Village that offers more than 3,000 one-of-a-kind pieces of vintage furniture, art and home decor items.

VNTG Home is more than just a place to shop for vintage furniture. The marketplace offers a variety of services:

  • Home Transition Services which encompasses help with estate sales, home liquidation, “white-glove” moving, consignment and even donation options that benefit local nonprofits.
  • Upcycling is another VNTG Home services. The marketplace has a team of paint and graphic artisans, and an upholstery team, working with 150 wood colors and 600 fabrics to give used furniture a whole new look.
  • Furniture consignment through the VNTG website.
  • Design center for interior designers that provides a spacious workspace with easy access to ANTG Home’s 100s of fabric choices and a broad custom paint collection.

Founder of VNTG Home, Megan Apple, says her vision was not only to create a revolutionary new retail experience but have that same business support social and environmental VNTG_entrance1080sustainability. This passion and vision for saving beautiful things and building communities led her to creating a non-profit program within her newly opened retail business. The VNTG Home non-profit program gives a portion of donated item sales to local, philanthropic organizations. Donors to the non-profit program receive free white-glove pick up service – leave the heavy lifting to us.

As part of this program, VNTG Home has relationships with a number of non-profit organizations that in exchange for helping drive donations of furniture or home goods, the organization will receive proceeds when those goods are sold.

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is a VNTG Home non-profit partner. Through this partnership, anyone who donates furniture to VNTG Home to be refurbished and sold can selected Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood as the beneficiary of proceeds from the sale.

As part of this program, VNTG will pick-up donations of home goods or furniture at no cost. For more information how to donate home good or furniture on behalf of Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood click here.

Read more about VNTG Home in this profile by Cleveland.com.