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Amy Rock is New Trainer & Support Technician
Cleveland Connection Halts Free Service
Did You Know? Our Secrets for Better Computing
Amy Rock Joins Project Connect
We are pleased to announce that Amy Rock has joined Project Connect as a Trainer & Support Technician. This position was made available when Lynnette Sieradzki was promoted to HMIS Administrator at Info Line.
Amy comes from Prime ProData, where she trained users in their customized software and answered the technical support hotline. She has extremely strong administrative and customer relations skills and is sure to be a really good resource for your technical support questions. She is currently working on completing her Master's degree in GIS at the University of Akron, where her husband works.
Please join me in welcoming Amy to our team. You can contact her at or 330-315-1335.
Cleveland Connection Stops Free Website Hosting November 30th
If you are relying on Cleveland Live's free website hosting as your only presence on the internet, it's time to think of some alternatives.
According to a recent e-mail, "Community Connection Web site hosting will not be available after November 30, 2003. Until then, your current sites will continue to be displayed at their present URLs, and you can still update and maintain them using the existing tools."
If you are searching for hosting alternatives, TechSoup has some excellent resources. Visit www.techsoup.org and select the /Service Directory\ tab. Along the left, you will find a link to "Web Hosting Companies." They have a list which can help you narrow down your choices.
On a side note, Project Connect is launching a Website Developers Series starting December 3rd. Classes include Website Development & Management; FrontPage 1, 2, and 3; and PhotoShop: Graphics for the Web. Be sure to register early!
Junior Achievement Holds Online Auction
Find great, sure-to-please gifts for everyone on your list with this fun and easy way to do your holiday shopping. More importantly, your purchase will make a difference in a child's life by giving them the opportunity to experience Junior Achievement and visualize a future where their dreams can become reality.
The auction is a collaborative effort with the JA offices of Canton, Akron and Youngstown. It will support students in more than 45,000 students in 13 counties. There are 265 items ... something for everyone!
Register for the auction and you could win four Cavs tickets. No purchase necessary.
Some of the great auction items include:
Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested in bidding on great items to support Junior Achievement. For more information, contact or call 330-433-0063.
Would you like to help your local school receive unexpected funding to benefit students? For the fifth year, Summit Education Initiative (SEI) is giving away money—up to $20,000—to the stars of Summit County school-community partnerships.
Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth annual Celebrate the Stars: Partners in Education Awards. The awards recognize partnerships among Summit County schools and individuals, businesses and organizations that have significantly contributed to improving student achievement. Public, private, parochial and charter schools are all eligible, and self-nominations are accepted.
Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded to “Stars” in five categories: (1) Business or Community Organization (2) Parent, Grandparent, Guardian or Foster Parent Volunteers (3) Individual Community Volunteers (4) Teachers and (5) Students. Grant funds are provided to the schools involved in the partnership.
You are encouraged to nominate yourself or someone else in one of the above categories. You probably know more than one person who is deserving of an award: Does your business have a partnership with a local Summit County school? Do you or someone you know volunteer within a Summit County school to help make a difference in education? Do you know a high school junior or senior who stands out in his or her involvement within the Summit County community?
Nominations are available online at http://www.seisummit.org/stars.htm or by calling Eileen Russell, Project Coordinator, at 330.535.8833. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 5, 2003. Winners will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at St. Joseph Family Center in Akron.
Summit Education Initiative was created in July 1996 by a group of business, foundation and community leaders. Its mission is to engage and mobilize, in an innovative manner, a broad base of people and resources to significantly improve schooling and learning for all children in Summit County. For more information, visit www.seisummit.org.
Network After Five: Meet Stephanie Roberts from Channel 5 News & Weather
November 20, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Quaker Square Crowne Plaza Hotel
Women's Network, a division of the YWCA of Summit County, will be hosting a Network After Five event on Thursday, November 20, 2003, from 5-7 p.m. at the Quaker Square Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 135 South Broadway in downtown Akron. The special guest speaker will be Stephanie Roberts from Channel 5 News and Weather. She will speak about the challenges she has faced in the male-dominated world of news reporting, the efforts she has made to blend her high stress profession with her busy personal life, and the importance of effectively selling yourself and your abilities in a competitive market.
This wine and hot hors d'oeurves reception is complimentary for Women's Network members. There will be a $5 charge for nonmembers. Plan on bringing a guest, a stack of business cards and a question or two for Stephanie. The evening includes a holiday door prize drawing.
RSVP to the Women's Network office at 330-253-6131.
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Register for Upcoming Classes
Register for upcoming classes as soon as possible. Call 330-315-1335 or e-mail . Cost is $40 per person for staff and volunteers of member organizations;$60 per person for staff and volunteers of non-member organizations.
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