This is a take a look at enterprise information from across the Mahoning Valley

Also among today’s business updates: Antone’s Kitchen; United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley; Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership; Urban Micro Farms; Watu Market; and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

CANFIELD — Area high school juniors and seniors recently got a unique look at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center’s Adult Career Center.

The students were able to explore career training options during the adult technical school’s first immersive tour. Students were placed in groups, viewed real-world scenarios, engaged in hands-on events and learned about training that the career center’s adult programs have to offer.

Students were able to view everything from a live burn in the fire tower, where they got a chance to put out the fire, to the scene of a mock car crash and auto extrication with actors playing victims. The groups were then invited to the EMS and medical labs to see how paramedics, EMTs, medical assistants and medical office specialists attend to a patient post-accident. Students also toured the working welding and automotive technology labs. 

“This was a jam-packed day full of opportunities for students to see how the Valley’s skilled tradespeople, health care workers and first responders serve the community on a daily basis,” Jodi Glass, MCCTC Adult Career Center’s recruiter and marketing coordinator, said in a news release. “Our hope is that by offering interactive tours like this, we will help spark an interest in career training that can lead to a rewarding future.”

Antone’s Kitchen partners with United Way

YOUNGSTOWN — Antone’s Kitchen is celebrating its 60th anniversary by teaming up with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

For each family-style meal purchased during the next year, Antone’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to the United Way.

“Seeing first-hand the impact the United Way has had on the children and families of our community throughout the pandemic, Antone’s is proud to be celebrating our 60th anniversary by partnering with them to further those efforts,” Chad Scianna Sr., operator of Antone’s Kitchen, said in a news release. 

Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, said the organization is “very excited to partner” with Antone’s Kitchen.

“All of the proceeds from this promotion will stay right here in the Mahoning Valley, providing the essentials for children and families in need in our community,” Hannon said.

Partnership brings fresh, local produce to Warren store

WARREN — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership recently announced a partnership with Urban Micro Farms and Watu Market to provide fresh, local produce in the store.

TNP has been addressing food access insecurities through the Healthy Community Store Initiative to help store owners source produce locally. The effort has expanded a local distribution network with Urban Micro Farms, a Black-owned local farm that grows fresh produce in the city. 

Watu Market, a Black-owned convenience store located at 2957 Niles Road, is a new participant in the initiative. The store was able to expand its fresh produce offerings by receiving refrigeration and baskets through the Finance Fund — Healthy Food for Ohio grant that was awarded to TNP in the beginning of 2021.

Watu Market currently has a variety of fresh vegetables grown by Urban Micro Farms. 

“This collaborative approach to mitigating the impacts of food insecurity in Warren not only supports healthy eating, but a healthier food distribution network by lowering food miles and supporting local growers,” Christian Bennett-Mosley, TNP’s Healthy Food Access coordinator, said in a news release.

TNP released the Warren Community Food Security Strategic Plan in 2017, which identified impediments to healthy food access and emphasized the need to take a multifaceted approach such as supporting urban agriculture and farmers markets and partnering with stores to increase fresh food offerings.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to host open house

YOUNGSTOWN — Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics will host a public open house at 11 a.m. today at its Youngstown campus, 1453 Youngstown-Kingsville Road NE.

Attendees will tour the campus classrooms and hangar, learn about the 16-month program, view interactive demonstrations, meet faculty and interact with current students.

“We are incredibly happy to resume our tradition of introducing potential students to PIA and providing our employers with the opportunity to share information about the positions for which they are recruiting,” Suzanne Markle, PIA president and CEO, said in a news release.

PIA administration and attending employers will be available to discuss issues trending in aviation maintenance career education.  

“Employers are traveling to PIA to begin the recruiting process as early as first semester, and even partnering to raise career awareness prior to enrollment, which is indicative of high demand,” Markle said.

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