GPA: Mercy Health launches program to expand associate education

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        Mercy Health announced a collaboration with Guild Education, the nation’s leading education and upskilling platform, to offer an innovative education program to eligible Mercy Health associates.
        Mercy Health will pay 100% of all part-time and full-time associates’ tuition and fees for select clinical pathways including nursing, medical assistant, and laboratory programs. Associates are eligible immediately upon employment. Additionally, the new education program will cover tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement for 115 academic programs, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and nursing degrees.
        “We are committed to providing career growth to our associates as they serve our patients,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “Our collaboration with Guild will open many doors for our associates, enabling them to realize their career aspirations and enhancing their ability to care for our communities.”
        Recent reports show that registered nursing is the fifth-most in-demand job in the American workforce. In order to address the current labor shortage, 1.2 million new registered nurses will be needed in the United States by 2030. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in health care jobs is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030 - much faster than the average for all occupations - adding an estimated 2.6 million new jobs.
        Mercy Health’s collaboration with Guild Education will a range of educational programs to support associates  with their career growth including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, clinical certifications for pharmacy technician and medical assistant, a master’s degree in data analytics, and more. These programs are provided by 16 of the nation’s leading universities and learning partners in Guild’s Learning Marketplace. Guild provides personalized coaches to   support associates’ educational journeys - from enrollment to graduation.
        To learn more about the program, visit
Terra State to host Preview Day
        Terra State Community College will be hosting Preview Day on Friday, Nov.19, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on Terra State’s Fremont campus, located at 2830 Napoleon Rd. The event is free and open to the public.
        During Preview Day, prospective students can attend sessions to learn about each academic division; speak and ask questions with current students; tour the campus, including The Landings residence halls, and talk to the admissions and financial aid teams. Each person will also receive a free lunch.
        “Preview Day is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn what Terra State Community College has to offer and receive great tips on what to expect during the application and financial aid process,” said VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Garien Hudson.
        For more information or questions, contact Kyleigh Lash  at
        Those planning to attend may register online at
        Masks are required, and guests can park in the General Technologies Building (Building B) parking lot and enter the Student Activities Center (Building C).
Owens to present Mustard’s Retreat
        The Music Business Technology students from Owens Community College will present the second concert of the 2021-2022 Accent on the Arts series, featuring Mustard’s Retreat, Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
        Audiences are invited for an evening of storytelling, original music and things to laugh about with Mustard’s Retreat, which has been telling stories and delighting audiences for 40 years. Read more about them at
        Accent on the Arts is a free concert series presented in the spacious, 526-seat seat Mainstage Theatre in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Owens Community College Toledo Campus. The Center for Fine and Performing Arts is located at: 7270 Binker Rd., Perrysburg.
Terra State receives grant, donations
        Terra State Community College has been awarded the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) II grant from the Ohio Department of Education for $253,016.
        The college will use the funds for academic support services and hybrid curriculum development. The funds will also be used for professional development trainings for faculty and staff.
        “Our faculty have done an excellent job developing corequisite courses in Math and English and have already shown success early on,” said Garien Hudson, vice president of student affairs and enrollment services. “This grant will allow us to further enhance on our ability to support students in these critical first year courses. It’s no secret, when students successfully complete Math and English in the first year, it’s a positive indicator for future academic success and completion - which is what we desire for all of our students at Terra State. What a great opportunity we have to invest in an initiative that will make have an exceptionally positive impact on our students.”
        In addition, Sandusky County Communities Foundation awarded Terra State Community College $2,000 for the 2022 Midwest Rhythm Summit for musician fees and marketing and awarded Terra College Foundation $2,000 for books for children ages 0-5 for the Imagination Library.
Stone Lab offers virtual
field trip videos & lesson sets

        Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab have released the first two in a series of virtual field trip experiences for students in grades 4-12.
        Information is available at, along with links to purchase lesson sets as they become available. Individual lessons are priced at $50.
        Each field trip includes a video, teacher materials, student worksheets and presentation slides, making it easy to integrate the materials into the classroom. Teachers can also schedule a Chat With A Biologist session after they complete the field trip, giving their students the chance to meet real-life working scientists who study the topics covered in the lesson.
        “We wanted to offer teachers and students a chance to still have a version of the Stone Lab field trip experience when travel to the lab isn’t possible for them,” said Dr. Brian Alford, Stone Lab assistant director. “We also hope the lessons will help enhance learning for our field trip groups, either to prepare them for their visit or to review what they learned once they’re back in the classroom.”
        The Fish Identification lesson introduces students to information about Lake Erie fish and how to identify them. The set includes video from a Stone Lab fish trawl along with teacher materials, student worksheets and classroom presentations. The accompanying Chat with A Biologist session can be scheduled with Alford, fisheries Extension educator Tory Gabriel, or Stone Lab manager Kevin Hart.
        The Benthic Macroinvertebrates field trip focuses on collecting common benthic macroinvertebrates and using them to determine the health of aquatic ecosystems. The set includes video showing collection techniques in a stream, along with teacher materials and worksheets that allow students to estimate the health of an ecosystem. The accompanying Chat with A Biologist session can be scheduled with Alford, Hart, or Ohio Sea Grant Assistant Director Dr. Kristen Fussell.
        Other planned topics for virtual field trip lessons include herpetology (reptiles and amphibians such as snakes and frogs), plankton (small and microscopic organisms drifting or floating in water), and measurements of water quality. Each lesson is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, the Ohio Learning Standards for Science and the Model Science Curriculum.
        Follow social media, the Ohio Sea Grant email newsletter and the website for announcements as additional virtual field trips are completed. Newsletter sign-up and links to social media channels are available at
        The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit


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