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BUSINESS UPDATES | State Farm agent donates fire prevention kit to Poland Fire Department

Also among today's business updates: PNC Foundation; Alta Care Group; and TechCred.
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Local State Farm agent Carrie Ratliff, right, and team member Elizabeth Farmer recently visited the Poland Fire Department. Ratliff donated a fire prevention kit to the fire department as part of the Fire Prevention Week campaign. (Contributed photo)

POLAND — Local State Farm agent Carrie Ratliff recently donated a fire prevention kit to the Poland Fire Department to help firefighters educate the community about fire safety.

State Farm agents across Ohio are teaming up with their local fire departments to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The goal of the campaign is to educate the public about actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

Smoke alarm tips:

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps — beep, beep, beep — means smoke or fire. Get out, call 911 and stay out.
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
  • All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

For information about smoke detector placement and safety, click here.

For information on protecting your home against common causes of house fires, click here.

Alta Care Group receives $6,500 grant from PNC Foundation

YOUNGSTOWN — Alta Care Group was awarded a $6,500 grant from the PNC Foundation through its Grow Up Great early childhood education initiative.

The grant will help support Alta’s UPSTREAM program, which is a home-based literacy and social skills program provided to families of children in preschool through second grade. The goal of the program is to increase a parent’s and/or guardian’s ability to nurture their child’s social, emotional and literacy development so he or she is better prepared to succeed in school.

“We are incredibly grateful to PNC for its support of early childhood education in the Mahoning Valley. With these funds, we’ll be able to increase our impact throughout the community and continue this important work,” Joe Shorokey, chief executive officer of Alta Care Group, said in a news release.

UPSTREAM’s goal is to prepare children in the preschool program for kindergarten success, and children in the elementary program for the third-grade Reading Guarantee, the release states.

“It is well known that 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5, so there is a tremendous opportunity to engage them in early learning, and we have seen firsthand the positive impact Alta Care programs have had on young children and families in the Mahoning Valley,” Ted Schmidt, PNC regional president for Youngstown, said.

Husted announces August TechCred application period

COLUMBUS — Lt. Gov. Jon Husted this week announced that the tenth application period for TechCred will open Aug. 1 and close Aug. 31.

“The TechCred program continues to help individuals earn new skills that give them more job security and greater earning potential,” Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, said in a news release. “Ohio businesses benefit as well. They get the talent they need to innovate, grow and compete in a tech-infused economy.”

Since the start of the program, 1,310 Ohio employers have been approved for TechCred, which will fund up to 23,723 tech-focused credentials to upskill Ohio workers. The results of the June round, which closed June 30, will be announced in the coming weeks.

TechCred asks employers to identify the specific skills they need and the number of employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. Then, in partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online here and the state will reimburse up to $2,000 for the training upon completion of a credential.

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