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CERTIFIED: Sheila Riffle, administrative assistant to the vice president for administrative services at Eastern Gateway Community College, has earned certification as a professional in human resources.

The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Riffle has the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass an examination demonstrating a mastery of the field.

“Certification as a human resource professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resource profession,” said Mary Power, CAE, executive director of the HR Certification Institute.

The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession. The institute seeks to promote the establishment of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet those standards.

A Wintersville resident, Riffle is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the college in 1994, she worked at the former St. John Medical Center.

HONORED: Longtime Weirton Medical Center employee Monica Grossi is the facility’s 2012 Employee of the Year.

Grossi, a 32-year employee, has been a registered nurse in WMC’s Pediatric Department since 1981.

A graduate of Madonna High School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, she says her favorite part of her job is “my kids.”

“Monica has a way of brightening the day of everyone she encounters. Couple that with excellent nursing skills and an unmatched compassion, you get Monica Grossi,” said WMC Communications Director Kelli McCoy.

ACCREDITED: Life Line Hospital in Wintersville has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with its national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

Life Line underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in September.

A team of expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with numerous standards including infection prevention and control, medication management, and leadership.

“With joint commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis and involving all employees in the hospital. The accreditation helps us create and maintain a culture of excellence,” said James L. Steinkirchner, chief executive officer.

Life Line Hospital is a physician-owned, long-term acute care hospital providing care to medically complex patients.

PROMOTED: West Liberty University administrator Sherri Mason has been promoted to financial reporting manager.

Mason has been with West Liberty for nearly 25 years, serving as an accountant and then senior accountant.

In her new role, she will continue to be responsible for external reporting, act as the lead on the West Virginia OASIS project and supervise the new senior accountant, payroll and accounts payable department.

She is a graduate of Fairmont State University, earning a bachelor of science in accountancy degree, and resides in Sherrard, W.Va., with her husband and two daughters.

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PROMOTED: Melissa Jasko has been promoted to senior agent-personal lines at Assure America, Weirton.

Jasko, who attended West Virginia University, has been employed at Assure America since 2005 and holds the professional designation of API from the Insurance Institute of America. She also is the recipient of a number of professional and agency awards.

As one of West Virginia’s largest independent insurance agencies, Assure America has offices in Chester, Weirton and Wellsburg and represents more than 10,000 policyholders.

NAMED: Eastern Gateway Community College has hired a new assistant director and an academic coordinator for its TRiO Upward Bound program.

Amy Colantoni is the new assistant director, and Christopher Hoover is the new academic coordinator.

Colantoni, a Steubenville resident, attended Eastern Gateway and then transferred to the University of Akron, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business organizational communications and public relations and her master’s degree in higher education administration. Prior to joining the college, she was the director of student activities at Bethany College and an admissions counselor at Lake Erie College. She was nominated as an Outstanding Woman in Higher Education.

Hoover, also a Steubenville resident, received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from West Liberty University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He previously worked for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Upward Bound, the oldest and largest of the seven federally funded TRIO programs, helps prepare low-income, potential first generation college students in grades ninth through 12th for higher education. Students participate in in-school, after-school, Saturday and summer activities. Currently, 953 programs exist nationwide and serve more than 56,000 students annually.

The Upward Bound program at Eastern Gateway began in 2007 and serves eligible students annually from Buckeye Local, Edison, Indian Creek, Steubenville, and Toronto high schools. Applications from interested eighth- and ninth-grade students are accepted. For information about the program, call (740) 264-5591, extension 301, or e-mail upwardbound@egcc.edu.

HELP AVAILABLE: The Ohio Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center offers free help to adults who are interested in entering or re-entering college, including locating colleges that match their areas of interest, assistance with financial aid forms and admission, help with GED and more.

For information, call Dennis Vince at Eastern Gateway Community College at (800) 68-COLLEGE or (740) 264-5591, extension 204.

SHALE: A three-week ShaleNET Roustabout/Floorhand training program is set from Feb. 25 through March 15 at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Steubenville campus.

The enrollment process should be started as soon as possible to meet the registration deadline of Feb. 11.

The program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides an in-depth orientation for people interested in entry-level labor positions in the oil and gas industry.

The program is offered tuition free to eligible participants through the college’s partnership with ShaleNET, a federal grant program to train workers for targeted jobs in the shale gas industry. However, applicants are responsible for the cost of a pre-enrollment drug screening, background check and physical exam. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and must pass a basic skills test prior to the Feb. 11 registration deadline.

Tracee Joltes, work force outreach assistant director at Eastern Gateway, said the jobs in highest demand include general laborers, heavy equipment operators and commercial truck drivers, among others.

“The gas industry has clearly stated its preference for a local work force and is committed to hiring local employees as fast as workers can be identified and trained,” said Joltes. “The biggest challenge to building a well-prepared local work force for the gas industry rests in recruitment and pre-employment training for this industry, especially because of its unique culture.

“Job requirements are tough in this industry. Many of them require working 12-hour shifts in all kinds of weather for two or three weeks at a time, doing whatever is asked of them in preparing the site, setting up and dismantling rigs, performing routine maintenance and otherwise making themselves useful,” she said.

Information about the program and enrollment process can be found at www.egcc.edu/shale. Students also may call (740) 264-5591, extension 310, to request an application packet.

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APPOINTED: Gary W. Cain, East Springfield, has been reappointed to the State Auctioneers Commission.

Cain’s appointment will expire Oct. 9, 2015.

HONORED: Melanie DiCarlo was selected as the employee of the month for January at Eastern Gateway Community College.

DiCarlo, a Steubenville resident, serves as administrative assistant to the president and secretary of the Eastern Gateway Community College District. She joined the college in 1994.

Currently pursuing an associate of applied business degree in business management at Eastern Gateway, she plans to graduate in May. She graduated from Bradford School with a secretarial certificate.

DiCarlo worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for more than 13 years prior to coming to the college. She serves as the college’s liaison for the Jefferson County Leadership Program and is participating in the program. She also serves as secretary of the Ambassadors Club for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.