A unique partnership between BP and the University of Toledo is going to develop Toledo Public Schools students into engineers.

Select TPS students will earn full tuition and money for academic-related fees through the new Rocket Engineering Prep Program. The students will attend the UT College of Engineering in exchange for successfully completing three summers of enrichment and mentoring programs during high school.

More than 200 people who make the district run - the volunteers - were feted on Thursday, April 14, at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the UAW Hall on Ashland Avenue.

The audience was treated to a delicious lunch by Chef Les and heard stirring remarks by Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, along with Toledo Board of Education Vice President Chris Varwig and board members Stephanie Eichenberg and Polly Gerken.

Offering a rigorous curriculum so the students of Toledo Public Schools can compete in a global economy is one of the six core commitments that drive district administrators.

On Thursday, March 24, Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, joined with Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, president of the University of Toledo, to announce an exciting new collaboration between TPS and UT that will give added support to students in the College Credit Plus program so they can graduate with an associate of arts degree while still in high school.

On Tuesday, March 15, representatives from Medical Mutual of Ohio presented Toledo Public Schools with a $450,000 donation that will be used for scholarships and to grow two mentorship programs.

The money will be disbursed to the reconstituted Toledo Public Schools Foundation over a three-year period to help fund college scholarships for TPS students. A portion of the donation will also be used to expand the district’s Young Men of Excellence and Young Women of Excellence mentorship programs.

The odds were long when Ian Denner, a junior at the Toledo Technology Academy, joined more than 2,000 high school students in applying for a month-long camp to be held this summer at Apple's world headquarters in Cupertino, California.

But Ian beat those odds, learning recently that he is one of only two dozen students nationwide chosen for the Apple Engineering Technology Camp, which will be held from July 11 until August 5. The students -- identified as the next generation of innovators and possible future Apple engineers -- will get a chance to collaborate closely with Apple hardware engineers through a variety of hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions.