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      Education, healthcare top hiring fields for college grads

      In the last week colleges and universities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan have handed out over 5,000 diplomas to graduates. Some graduates will pursue advanced degrees while others will look to enter the job market immediately. Beth Nicholson, Director of Career Services at the University of Toledo, says the situation is a lot more promising than in recent years. "Better than three years ago, that's for sure; is it where we would like it to be, no, but it is moving forward," Mrs. Nicholson said. The University of Toledo has set up a website to aid recent graduates in their job search- www.utoledu.edu.getajob.

      Over 800 students received associate degrees or certificates from Owens Community College last week. Cory Stine, Director of Admissions, says some will transfer to 4 year institutions, while others will attempt to enter the workforce immediately. "About 30% of our students every year tell us upfront that they want to learn some things from us, get a degree and transfer to a university," Mr. Stine said. To learn more about Owens log onto www.owens.edu.