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Local high school students are working in conjunction with the AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides serving at Washington State Community College (WSCC) to raise donations for the Marietta Community Food Pantry. AmeriCorps members and area high school students in the TRiO Upward Bound program will be going door to door in the Marietta community to collect non-perishable food items. The program will actually begin Monday, January 13th. Households between East Montgomery Street and Putnam Avenue from 2nd Street to North 7th Street will receive informational flyers at their door. Households that receive a flyer are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items out to be collected between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Saturday, January 18th.

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Law enforcement officers, firefighters, and Criminal Justice students received free training through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) on December 17th at Washington State Community College (WSCC). The free training classes were made available thanks to the continued support of OPOTA of London, OH. The continuing series of classes held at WSCC benefit local law enforcement officers and firefighters by helping them to further hone their skills. In addition to helping existing authorities, these classes also provide criminal justice students with real world experience in the field that they hope to enter after graduation.

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In a competitive job market, some tricks of the trade can help job seekers increase their odds of obtaining employment. To get an edge over the competition, Network Alliance is offering free, bi-weekly job placement workshops beginning January 28th. Through Network Alliance, participants are able to improve their résumés, cover letters, and interview skills, as well as make valuable connections in the community to help them find employment. This project is a joint effort between Washington State Community College (WSCC), The Career Center – Adult Technical Training, and the Washington-Morgan Community Action Program that aims to help community members during their job search.

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Student loan debt is on the rise nationally as students struggle to find ways to pay for higher education. Many students have difficulty navigating financial aid. For student loan borrowers, many do not fully understand their repayment obligations after graduation. Washington State Community College (WSCC) is partnering with SALT to combat this tough issue by educating students about their options. SALT is an important financial aid resource that offers student loan debt solutions in a convenient web-based program. One of the most daunting challenges for current college students, as well as graduates, is how to manage and repay college loans. While SALT is not technically an acronym, it has been jokingly referred to as Students Against Loan Terrorism. The actual origin of the name SALT comes from the fact that salt was used as one of the first forms of currency in early civilizations. In either case, the aim of the program is the same- to help students set realistic goals for loan repayment as well as educating them about the many options that exist.

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