November 2018 Around Town

Lakota Seeking Internships for Students

One of Lakota Local Schools’ goals is to prepare all students for their future by getting them to be college-, career- and innovation-ready. Lakota is committed to partnering with area businesses to offer students real world learning experiences through internships, project based learning, expert visitors, tours and more. This approach offers students deeper, richer and more relevant learning experiences to complement the rigor available through its academic courses.

Local employers, especially in highly technical and specialized professions, traditionally recruit college-level students. Employers have found that this process begins too late and are now beginning their recruitment efforts as early as high school by working with school districts like Lakota to offer internship programs. Lakota is seeking partners in all industries to help students begin exploring the possibilities of their future. Whether you are an employer in need of interns or a student eager for an internship, go online to learn more.

Vote for Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting for the second annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards begins on November 1. We’re looking for your favorite nominees across multiple categories, including: food and beverages; services; medical; recreation; shopping and more. Readers nominated their favorite businesses, and the top nominees are now part of the final voting round. Voting is open until November 30 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced in a special issue in February. Go online and click the Readers’ Choice logo to vote for your favorite locals!

Community Foundation grants $30K to EDGE Teen Center

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty recently announced a $30,000 grant to EDGE Teen Center in Liberty Township to purchase a van for the EDGE Community Service Program. The grant is part of the Foundation’s focus on identifying micro-solutions to transportation barriers throughout the community. “We are excited to partner with EDGE to help improve access to community service opportunities for local teens,” said Erin Clemmons, Community Foundation president and CEO.

The EDGE Community Service Program provides service opportunities to 400 teens at 15 area organizations. In 2017 they provided 1500 round-trips that allowed students to perform more than 4,000 hours of service. Transportation to and from service sites is provided free of charge for students, many of whom do not yet drive or do not have access to a car to drive themselves. The $30,000 grant will cover the purchase of a new 15-passenger van to replace EDGE’s existing 20-year-old vehicle. Additional grants and fundraising efforts will cover maintenance, fuel costs and other program expenses over the projected 10-year life of the new vehicle.

Animal Hospital of West Chester Expanding in 2019

Animal Hospital of West Chester recently announced the expansion of the practice with a 7,500 square foot building that is expected to be complete in spring 2019. The new building will be on the same property and will provide over three times the amount of space to include five exam rooms, separate dog and cat ICU treatment rooms, and the latest veterinary equipment and services. Grooming and boarding will have a separate entrance. The practice will remain open during construction while the new building is complete. For information: 513.777.5131.

West Chester Resident Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Mike Eilers of West Chester recently attended the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston, where he was recognized for the prestigious honor. Eilers is a data expert who developed a digital thread tool for GE Aviation that stitches together data about materials and parts used in engines from 12 factories using seven databases in three countries, saving $4.4 million last year. Prior to his work, there was limited visibility into inventory, quality and production levels.

The annual Forbes 30 Under 30 recognizes 600 young stars in 20 different industries across the globe. Winners are vetted from thousands of nominations and are selected for their impressive and inspiring careers and experiences. Eilers lives in West Chester with his wife, Maria, and their two daughters.

Family Promise of Butler County Receives Support from Chamber

At the 2018 August Chamber Golf Classic, participants had the opportunity to buy an extra putt from Joe Hinson, Chamber president and CEO. All proceeds went to Family Promise of Butler County, an organization dedicated to helping address the needs of children and families who are homeless in Butler County by providing shelter, meals and comprehensive support services. Because families struggling with homelessness should stay intact and be treated with dignity and respect, they aim to empower families versus enable them. The West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance and their members were proud to raise $650 for the organization at the annual event.

Park at Liberty Center for Charity

Throughout November and December, Caring Community Collaborative (C3) is the charity honoree of the Liberty Center Foundation’s Change for Charities program, where a portion of parking meter proceeds at Liberty Center benefit local nonprofits. C3’s mission is to bring diverse sectors (businesses, houses of worship, different cultures) of the community together to educate and raise awareness of community-wide concerns, to identify needs, to build responsive partnerships to address and response to issues, and to advance the quality of life for our community. At Liberty Center, there are 204 parking meters which contribute to C3.

Liberty Township School Wins Major Award

Liberty Township’s Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) has earned the Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. The annual award is a rare honor, and the local school is one of only 16 in Ohio to win the designation. MTCES opened in 1998 to just 20 students in the basement of a local church and now serves 535 students in grades K-8. It’s the only school in Butler and Warren Counties to win this year’s award. Congratulations, MTCES!