Four graduate class that provides IT skills

Despite snow emergencies, family emergencies, and long commutes, the six participants of the iSTAR program completed the class requirements on time and graduated May 9.

Doris Haycox of Oak Harbor; Mitch Delaney and Jonathon Cordes, both of Napoleon; Edward Hineline of Toledo; Morris Duke of Lima; and Matthew Milbrodt of Curtice shared their experience of becoming IT specialists with an audience of family, friends, and instructors at Northwest State Community College. 

“This program was like working a full-time job,” said Hineline, who would like to hone the skills he learned in the iStar program in internet security, “And the camaraderie and support among the six of us was really special.”


Port Clinton resident is a Spark for area families

A native of Oak Harbor, now a Port Clinton resident, Ken Sayre is recipient of a Spark award at WSOS.

Sayre is a family advocate currently working in the Pathways to Fatherhood Program at WSOS Community Action Agency. He was hired two years ago to provide services to veterans in the four-county area of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties in the Ohio VETS program. That program earned a Best Practice award in January from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.

Sayre was nominated for demonstrating leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation, five of the five pillars of excellence, criteria for the award. He demonstrated leadership by providing outstanding services to participants by helping them to overcome barriers and secure employment. He was innovative in utilizing key resources in the community for veterans and helping them to secure jobs through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) contracts WSOS has with employers. 

Sayres was cited in his nomination as a great steward of the community, a professional resource for others and a team player within the department.


Brenda Barton earns WSOS’ Spark award

Despite several changes of jobs and job sites within WSOS, Brenda Barton never lost her love for serving preschoolers and their families. She believes in the WSOS mission of helping people help themselves and that core value helped earn her the Spark Award for January.

Barton, an Oak Harbor resident and currently a center specialist at Genoa and Port Clinton centers, was honored for demonstrating leadership, quality and service, three of the five pillars of excellence, to children and families in the Early Childhood Program. According to her nominators, she demonstrated excellence through the quality of work she did and her leadership as she helped prepare the two centers for the accreditation process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“This award means a lot to me because I was nominated by the people I work with daily,” Barton said. “I appreciate that they see me as a leader and team member and that they realize that I work hard to help make our centers a great place for our children, families and staff.”

Barton was hired at WSOS in 1980 as a home visitor, a teacher who went to the homes of preschoolers enrolled in the WSOS Early Childhood programs. She would teach the child and instruct the parent on how to teach their child once the home visitor leaves. After ten years in that position, she became a classroom teacher at the newly established Genoa center. Later she was named the site coordinator/teacher. After another re-organization and change of job descriptions, Barton became the site coordinator. Throughout that time she served families at the centers in Port Clinton, Genoa, Elmore and Pemberville.

This award is presented to employees in the WSOS Family Development programs at who demonstrate innovative and caring service to the children and families of the program. The nomination must show how the nominee performs under the five pillars of excellence: leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation.

For residents who believe their families or a family they know could benefit from WSOS services, call WSOS at 800.775.9767 or visit, or Facebook or Twitter.

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