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9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

National Employ Older Workers Week began Sept. 22

WEST AKRON — Sept. 22-28 is National Employ Older Workers Week, and Mature Services officials are reminding employers of the value older workers bring to the workplace.

“We sometimes forget that older workers are still the largest segment of the working population and that their contributions to our economy are significant,” stated Paul Magnus, vice president of work force development for Mature Services Employment and Training Solutions, in a press release.

“There is a common misconception that older workers lack computer skills or are unwilling to learn new things. This could not be further from the truth,” said Caroline Barborak, project director for the Akron office. “Our organization provides free on-the-job training and job search assistance for older adults so they can continue to be competitive in today’s market, and we have no lack of older adults anxious to enroll in the program.”

Mature Services Employment and Training Solutions is funded, in part, through the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which allocates funds to pay trainees at minimum wage while they are engaged in on-the-job training assignments with local nonprofit agencies and government offices.  

Employers interested in hiring an older worker, or who would like to partner with Mature Services Employment & Training Solutions in a training opportunity, may visit www.matureservices.org or call 330-253-4597.


Grand opening at West Akron dance studio set for Sept. 28

WEST AKRON — A grand opening will take place Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sheena’s Platinum Movements, a new dance studio at 1947 West Market St., No. 106.

There will be coffee and desserts, raffle prizes and a chance to meet the director and register for upcoming classes for ages 3 and older.

Sheena’s Platinum Movements, owned by Sheena Mason, is a noncompetitive dance studio that promotes the building of self-esteem and fitness through the art of dance, according to Mason.

Classes will begin the week of Oct. 1.

For more information, contact platinummovements@gmail.com.


Summit of Sustainability luncheon featuring founder of Polar Bears International

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Robert Buchanan will be the keynote speaker for the Summit of Sustainability awards breakfast taking place Oct. 24 at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station Ballroom, 35 S. Broadway St. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with the breakfast and program beginning at 8 a.m.

The second countywide awards program will showcase the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction and involvement of employees in companies with 25 or fewer employees, companies with 26-250 employees, companies with more than 250 employees and nonprofit/community and public sector (governmental/schools) organizations.

Buchanan founded Polar Bears International (PBI) as an organization with a focus on polar bear research and proactive education on how to conserve polar bears and their habitat. Funding provided by PBI helped support research that led to the listing by the U.S. government of polar bears as a threatened species.

Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased at www.SummitofSustainability.org. Companies or organizations can purchase a table of eight ($250) or individual luncheon tickets for $25 at the website.

Founding members are the city of Akron, Summit County, Keep Akron Beautiful, the Greater Akron Chamber and ReWorks. Sponsors include: Sustainable Champions — METRO RTA, Sterling Jewelers Inc. and the Akron Zoo; Conservation Leaders — Dominion Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, The University of Akron, River Valley Paper Co., Smart Business Network, Hasenstab Architects and Waste Management Recycling Services-Greenstar Ohio Facility; Resource Guardian — Affinity Consultants Inc., Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Visual Marking Systems; and Media Sponsors — The Summit 91.3FM and Lockett Media.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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