GPA: Terra State names asst. dean of Technology & Skilled Trades

Press Staff Writer

       Terra State Community College announced the addition of Nate Kohlenberg as assistant dean of the Technology and Skilled Trades division.
        Kohlenberg will be responsible for coordinating open enrollment training programs and customized training for Terra’s manufacturing and industrial partners. He joins Terra State from Motion Controls Robotics Inc., where he served as the controls engineering supervisor since 2018.
        Kohlenberg, from Green Springs, is an alumnus of Terra State, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in electricity and power controls in 2016. He holds numerous industry certifications, including a Functional Safety Engineer certificate through TÜV Rheinland. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran and served as a sonar technician.
        He brings more than a decade of experience and an in-depth industry perspective to Terra State, hoping to provide community manufacturers and industrial facilities the resources the college and the Kern Center offer for workforce training and upskilling.
        “Continuing to educate your workforce is essential to cultivating a productive and motivated culture within your organization,” Kohlenberg said, “Skilled labor with industry-applicable skills is in high demand now more than ever.”
        Kohlenberg is looking forward to building connections with local manufacturers and expanding Terra State’s reach and offerings for industrial focused workforce training. He hopes to make training more accessible for partners, whether delivered on campus at Terra State, virtually and self-paced or at the partner’s facility.
        “I want to be on speed dial for our manufacturing partners when they need training,” Kohlenberg said, “Companies have a lot to get done and I’m hoping to take the search for industry training off their plate.”
Reunion planned
        A reunion is being planned for the Genoa High School class of 1961, Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at the barn of Joanne (Riedeman) Luebke, 18620 Moline-Martin Rd., Martin. For more information, call 419-343-9698.
Small Business Basics
        The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, three-hour “Small Business Basics” that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
        Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
        The September schedule includes:
        • Wednesdays, Sept. 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Sept. 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, 43420 Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, Room 103.
        Seminars are free and open to the public.
        To register or for more information, contact Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at 419-559-2210 or
Girl Scouts invited to
connect with Ohio parks

        The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the USA, is inviting girls to connect with nature during the third annual Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. Events will be held across the country and at Ohio State Parks on Sept. 11 and 12.
        “We invite girl scouts of all ages to come out and explore the natural wonders our parks have to offer,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “By exposing young girls to things like hiking, fishing, and archery, we are showing them the beauty of our natural world and encouraging them to strive for conservation of these precious resources.”
        ODNR, along with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), recognizes the importance of exposing girls to the outdoors. A study done by the Girl Scout Research Institute in 2019 revealed that 70 percent of girls who were not already outdoor enthusiasts at the start of the study increased their confidence, interest, and commitment to the environment through Girl Scouts.
        Events are free and open to Girl Scouts, families, and friends. The lessons from Ohio State Parks include Stream Stomp/Creeking, Keep Our Beaches Beautiful, Milkweed Pod Hunt, She’s a Force of Nature, and more.
        Visit to access the interactive map of state parks and browse all events.
GLOW Trail Fundraiser
        The American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES) international high school students are planning a Haunted GLOW Trail Fundraiser Oct. 8 and 9 from 6-10 p.m. in Parking Lot #7 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.
        In addition to the glow-in-the-dark haunted trail, food and games, the event will also be a Hygiene for Humanity Backpack Drop-off point. Kids donating new hygiene items or a new or gently used backpack will receive a free game ticket.
        Admission will be $5 for ages 6-15, $10 for ages 16 and up and free for kids 5 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Maumee Bay State Park, World Affairs Council of NOW and educational programs for ACES students.
Waite Purple &
Gold Dinner set

        Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 107th year as an educational institution in East Toledo at the 57th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner Celebration, which will be held Friday, Oct. 22 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        A social hour and gift basket raffle will kick off the evening’s festivities at 6 p.m. Soft drinks, beer and wine will be provided. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
        This year, five Waite graduates will be honored and inducted as Distinguished Waite Alumni.    The 2020 honorees, who are being inducted this year because of COVID-19, include:
        • Holly S. Vargo Brown, class of 1980, honored in the field of Education and Community Service.
        • Richard N. Fields, class of 1965, honored for the field of Business and Community Service.
        • Robert W. Holland, class of 1972, honored for the field of Public Service and Community Service.
        • Margret R. McKeane Niedbalski, class of 1981, honored for the field of Business and Community Service.
        • Larry W. Oberdorf, class of 1964, honored for the field of Education and Community Service.
        Inductees have distinguished themselves as successes in their respective careers. This would include those who have received honors through meritorious service in selected careers and/or served as benefactors to mankind.
         A $50 per person reservation is required for the evening.
        For more information regarding reservations and donations, email David M. Yenrick, chairman of the Waite High School Alumni Association, at or call 419-697-1949


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