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The Apollo Educational Foundation met for a regularly scheduled meeting. During that meeting, they honored Ohio Means Jobs by unveiling a plaque with their logo that will be going on the Partners for a Skilled Workforce Wall. They wanted to honor the organization for the longstanding relationship with the two organizations. Joe Patton, the director of Ohio Means Jobs Allen County explained their partnership and is excited to continue that partnership.

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Keith Horner's new contract was approved during a board of education meeting on Thursday. The contract will go into effect starting August 1st, 2021, through July 31st, 2026. Horner said that he is proud that the board has been open to exploring new careers to offer to students. Recently, the board has added electrical and firefighting to their list of courses.

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Nearly two dozen packages were waiting to be shipped out from Apollo filled with toiletries and treats for some lucky Apollo alumni service men and women. Every year, the social studies teacher Melissa Roll coordinates sending the care packages and the items are donated by students and staff at the school. 

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For the class’s “Education Day”, they were invited to Apollo to talk with the superintendent and get a tour of the school. With over 700 attending students at Apollo, they were able to see the hands-on teaching that makes the school so unique.

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The Garden Café will be open to the public Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM for lunch. It is operated by the career center’s Junior and Senior Culinary Arts students, with a different homemade menu served every day. All-you-can-eat buffet style meals are $7 and include a full hot bar, salad bar, and dessert.

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For the last few weeks, Construction Equipment Technology students at Apollo Career Center have been working on community service projects at Camp Robin Rogers (1090 Conant Road, Spencerville, OH). Projects include paving a new sidewalk to the All Ability Playground, and a ramp into the building. Tiles, culverts, and drainage pipes for water displacement have also been installed throughout the camp.

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October is National Manufacturing Month. To honor it, Apollo Career Center brought in representatives from Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of powered forklift. Machining and welding students at Apollo were shown what working at Crown could be like, and what benefits they could receive. A Crown representative says it's important for students to know what career opportunities lie right here in their area.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is back in the district this week, making various visits, including a stop at Apollo Career Center.

Since he hadn't made a visit in a while, Jordan was invited by Apollo's superintendent to show the latest updates to their programs. Jordan says Apollo is a great place for students to prepare for those real world jobs. He says the economy is growing more, making it a great opportunity for those ready to hit the ground running after graduation. Jordan says the employers he spoke with all mention having open jobs in the manufacturing industry, specifically welding.

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Students at Apollo Career Center are starting to learn about opportunities after graduation.

Grob Systems put on a presentation on their apprenticeship program for students in robotics, CNC technology, electrical systems technology and welding. It's an annual presentation they do as applications are now open for their apprenticeship. It's an opportunity for students to earn a wage while going to school and learning on the job at Grob. One representative of Grob says this should, at the very least, get the students starting to think about what they want to do after graduation.