Students from Ohio State Marion start classes at TRCC

Eighteen students from The Ohio State University Marion started classes today at Tri-Rivers Adult Education as part of our partnership for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology program. We appreciate our education neighbors and partners.

Tri-Rivers joins Ohio Technical Centers statewide campaign

Tri-Rivers Career Center—Adult Education—joins Ohio Technical Centers’ “Fast Track” Campaign Statewide effort designed to grow awareness of adult programs that close the gap between workplace demands and talent pool competencies.

Ohio’s adult and continuing education programs, operating at 51 locations throughout the state, are now collectively known as the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs). To build awareness of the new brand and, most importantly, the upskilling opportunities available to adults statewide, Tri-Rivers Career Center is joining the “Fast Track” Campaign effort. The Ohio Technical Centers, with the new slogan, “Your Fast Track to Success,” are the state’s educational providers offering adult learners the training and credentials for the most in-demand jobs and a direct path to employability.

“The Ohio Technical Centers and their programming are catalysts providing immediacy and impact for adults of all ages throughout the state. This is especially critical as Ohio’s economy has more opportunities than ever for a skilled workforce to meet the growing demand all over Ohio,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

“It seems like every day I value even more that our state’s 51 Ohio Technical Centers serve as pathways for adults to quality employment. In addition, many programs are free or low-cost options equipping them with the skills they need to enter a career or to further their postsecondary education,” Gardner said.


The “Fast Track” Campaign will raise awareness of the various programs available throughout the state, including at Tri-Rivers. These include workforce training programs that award industry credentials, licenses, or certifications and provide a direct pathway to employment. Ohio Technical Centers also offer free services through Ohio’s ASPIRE program, which focuses on individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to succeed in postsecondary education, training and employment. In addition, Ohio’s Adult Diploma Program, available through the Ohio Technical Centers, provides free job training for adults aged 20 and above to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and industry credentials.

“Our Adult Education programs at Tri-Rivers have been built through active partnerships with local employers to ensure they get what they need from their local workforce,” said Dr. Charles Speelman, superintendent for Tri-Rivers.

“ Through strong partnerships with local business and industry,Tri-Rivers-Adult Education continues to meet the workforce demands of the moment by responding rapidly through customized training programs and other services for adults,” said Dr. Speelman.

All Ohio Technical Centers programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, national accrediting agencies, and specific third-party credentials. In 2021, the Ohio Department of Higher Education reported that 71% of those enrolled in a technical program received a credential, certificate, state license or passed a technical assessment upon completion, and 90% of those completing a technical program found employment.


Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs), a division of the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents, are an association of 51 independently operated career technical centers offering educational programs to adults specific to local needs, improving the job skills and professional competencies of Ohio’s workforce.

These Centers close the gap between urgent, in-demand workplace expectations and worker marketability through accredited programs in skilled trades and credentialed careers and ongoing interaction with local employers. In addition, Ohio Technical Centers facilitate and encourage professional development through a range of customizable services for students, employers, and the broader community. The result is a refreshed, competent, and adaptable talent pool eager to apply their education immediately and for the longer term.

Tri-Rivers offers adult students quality full-time and part-time programs, including LPN to RN, PN (LPN Training Program), Patient Care Technician, Paramedicine, EMT, Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Robotics Training (FANUC, Yaskawa Motoman, Universal), Precision Machining, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Hydraulics, the Adult Diploma Program and more. Visit, and for details. Call 740-389-4682 for health care programs and 740-389-8590 for skilled trades programs.

To learn more about all of the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs)  visit

Nikki Hamilton receives Pam Decker Memorial Award

Congratulations to Nikki Hamilton, Adult Education Financial Aid Administrator, for receiving the Pam Decker Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding and dedicated service to students and the financial aid community. Presented by FACA-Financial Aid Coordinators Association.

Congrats to Adult Diploma Graduates

Congratulations to the Adult Diploma graduates! They not only earned their diplomas but gained valuable welding skills! You are AMAZING!

Graduates include (pictured above with Superintedent Dr. Charles Speelman, Instructor Tom Reynolds and Transitions/Placement Coordinator Amy Pirnstill) l-r : Tammie Dial, Brian Shoemaker, James Clegg, Dallas Day, and Sarah Studer.

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and an alternate pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn an industry-recognized credential aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs (after passing the WorkKeys, course requirements, and assessments) AND awarded a state-issued high school diploma.

What makes this program different from a traditional high school setting is the delivery of instruction to adults. Instead of measuring academic achievement through clock hours, seat time or credits earned, the focus is on a competency-based approach that provides a self-paced option. Once competencies have been learned, adults then demonstrate mastery of skill. Each eligible adult works with the provider to create a customized student success plan.

Tri-Rivers honors Presidential Post Acute for Distinguished Service

Introduction by Dr. Emeline Kelly

Presidential Post-Acute was chosen as one of the Distinguished Service Award recipients this year. The core component of nursing education and other healthcare programs is the clinical experience. Through this experience under the guidance of licensed and working nursesstudents can take the knowledge they learned and are tested on in the classroom and now apply it in real situations with real patients.

Implementation of our HealthCare Programs requires collaborative partnerships with our clinical sites. Our nursing faculty believe that success in completing nursing education requires the adoption of an effective hands on approach to familiarize the students with new knowledge and essential needs of the patients they will be caring for.

Implication of collaborative Partnership with Presidential

Presidential Post-Acute has been our clinical partner for many years. This distinguished award reflects both past and current service Year after year, they provide us clinical support in preparing our healthcare students in obtaining valuable clinical experiences; allowing our students the opportunities and privilege to care for their residents. These clinical experiences assist students in developing clinical judgement, and critical thinking as well as cultivating their learned skills.

Pictured: Dr. Emeline Kelly, Tri-Rivers; Hillary Suter, Presidential Post Acute;
Dr. Charles Speelman, superintendent; and Linda Dotson, Presidential Post Acute.

The Clinical site

Presidential Post-Acute is a full-service skilled nursing and long-term care facility within the Marion community. They provide a range of services to their residents including physical, occupational, and speech therapies. As well as long-term, palliative, and hospice care.

Presidential Post-Acute is known for its professional and compassionate team of physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical (vocational) nurses as well as state-tested nursing assistants. The Presidential team provides 24-hour care to ensure that all rehabilitation and skilled nursing needs are being met. The residents that reside here can enjoy the finest in senior living paired with the flexibility needed to meet their needs.

Presidential Post-Acute has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best nursing and senior living homes in the region with outstanding results.

The healthcare team is known for being passionate about the residence road to recovery and providing comfort and understanding every step of the way.

The impact of Pandemic

Their commitment and dedication in supporting our students was even more evident during the pandemic Because of COVID 19 all Clinical sites closed their doors and suspended clinical rotation. This resulted in challenges, practical worries, fewer learning opportunities, and even fundamental doubts among faculty and students.

Presidential Post-Acute was one of the first facilities to allow our students to return and participate in clinical education during this trying time. The Nursing administration and staff at Presidential accepted our nursing faculty and students, provided respectful and professional communication about matters such as responsibility for COVID testing, mitigation strategies, the provisions of uniforms and personal protective equipment, and structurally sharing guidelines with nursing faculty and students to provide safe patient care. Through collaborative efforts between the facility’s and education program’s nursing leaders, a safe, and nurturing learning environment was implemented.


Tri-Rivers honors CenMac Metalworks for Distinguished Service

Pictured: Matt Comer, vice president for CenMac Metalworks, Presenter and Welding Instructor Levi Retterer,

Superintendent Dr. Charles Speelman, and CenMac employee and TRCC Board Member Mick Landon


Introduction by Levi Retterer

Tonight it is my honor and privilege to present a Lautenslager Distinguished Service award to CenMac Metalworks. I was lucky to have been an employee of CenMac Metalworks for several years before I started teaching at Tri-River Career Center full time, and still look back at all of the valuable things that I was able to learn during my time there that has really helped me through my career.


CenMac was started in 1960 under the name Central Machine, and it was primarily a metal stamping and tool and die company that supplied several local companies with hinges and latch mechanisms.


Jerry Galbreath joined Central Machine in 1994, and his son Rod joined the company in 1998 and took over as president in 2012. At that time, they were in a small 7,000 square foot shop at the intersection of st rt 309 and st rt 98 and had 13 employees including Rod and Jerry. In that time between 1998 and present day, the company has grown and continues to prosper.


 When they built their new manufacturing facility in 2003 on Fairground street, I remember Rod reminiscing that he did not know how they were going to fill all 25,000 square feet of new space. Fast forward to today and they have expanded that same shop to 68,000 square feet and are breaking ground on an additional 25,000 square feet. They have gone from having a handful of customers who made up 90% of their sales, to now having their largest customer be only 33% of their sales and no other single customer being more than 6% of total sales, showing how much they have diversified since their inception. 


Today the shop employs over 90 individuals and operates on two shifts. This includes around 20 skilled tradesmen and women in the welding department, a majority of which are TRCC graduates. (I often like to joke with Rod that when I was there, the welding department was made up of one other gentleman and myself, and since I left to come here as a teacher, it took 19 people and 9 Robotic welders to replace me. Rod always reminds me that that may not exactly be the case…) 


CenMac is a shop that many people in the trades strive to work for. They provide living wage jobs and benefits to their employees and have a culture within the shop that makes it a great place to work. It is never uncommon to see the president and Vice president out on the shop floor running the scrubber or cleaning things up when they need to, and whenever I am lucky enough to be able to stop in and visit the shop to check on students that are on advanced placement, I always look at how the employees react when the boss is walking around the floor. No one acts nervous around the boss and you can tell that there is a mutual level of respect amongst all that work there. I have no doubts that this is a huge reason for their continued growth and success.


Throughout the years, CenMac has supported Tri Rivers in a multitude of ways. They have donated practice materials to the welding program which is crucial to our operations. They also employ a number of our alumni from our adult and secondary programs as well as current students who are on advanced placement. I am always able to rest easy knowing that students that we send there to work will be treated fairly, not be taken advantage of and will be in a safe working environment. Numerous members of our advisory boards are employees of CenMac metalworks and they are always willing to give us valuable feedback and insights as to what our program needs to provide to our students to make them successful and employable. We also have a member of our very own board of education who is employed at CenMac, Mickey Landon. 


We are proud to be industry partners with CenMac Metalworks and are thankful for all of their support over the years. Rod was unable to join us tonight, But it is my pleasure to present this distinguished award to Vice President Matt Comer and our own Mickey Landon.

Hillary Suter–2022 Outstanding Alumni

Introduction by Billie Fields-Baer

Good Evening, welcome friends, family, colleagues, and our Board of Education members. It is my honor to present to you the 2022 Tri-Rivers Adult Education Outstanding Alumni…Hillary Sutter.

Hillary can be described as a devoted student to Tri-Rivers Adult Education. Not only because she has always strived to do her best, while continually challenging herself, but because she has graduated from every adult healthcare program in which Tri-Rivers Adult Education has to offer. Hillary is a 2006 graduate of the Patient Care Technician Program and a 2006 graduate of the Emergency Medical Technician Program. Upon completion of these two programs, Hillary began her Health Career Career at Med-Corp as an ambulance transporter, where she worked for three years.

After leaving Med-Corp, she continued to work in home health care for an additional four years. It was during this time Hillary decided that she wanted to enhance her knowledge and enrolled in the Tri-Rivers Adult Education Paramedic Program, which she completed in 2007. In 2012 Hillary enrolled in our Practical Nursing program which she completed in 2013. Upon graduating from the Practical Nursing program, she worked with the MRDD population at Angeline Industries for two years. Striving for more challenges, Hillary then began working at Presidential Post Acute as an LPN where she gained experience for three years before returning to Tri-Rivers yet again to enroll in the LPN to RN program, which she completed in 2019.

Upon graduating from the RN program, Hillary worked as a contingent RN at Presidential Post Acute. Where she also took on the role of Assistant to Christin Browning Nurse Practitioner, making rounds on patients at various facilities.

Hillary not only had a long-standing history, but had a great rapport with the residents and the staff, and therefore was offered the position as Director of Nursing of the facility in which she currently holds.

As the Director, Hillary has been faced with many challenges beginning her new. Position at the onset of the COVID pandemic, which came with numerous challenges. She has also learned to fill the roles of various positions within the facility due to staffing shortages, such as MDS, scheduling, and fiscal while continuing to work as a floor nurse. Not only has she survived running a LTC facility during a pandemic, she has also survived a remodel, a flood and a re-remodel of her facility

Therefore, it is obvious to why Hillary has been chosen as out 2022 Outstanding Tri-Rivers Adult Education Alumni.



Jack Holliday, Jr.—2022 Outstanding Alumni

As we honor our Distinguished Adult Ed Alumni this evening, let me begin by taking a moment to share a brief history of our Paramedic Program.

In early 1980, the North Central Ohio Emergency Medical Services Training Council, recognized the critical need for advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care, in the greater seven county area. They approached Marion General Hospital for help in developing an educational program that could supply Advanced EMT’s and Paramedics to fulfill that need.A Paramedic Advisory Committee was organized in May of 1981. It was their task to guide the formation of a paramedic education program and to oversee the application for state accreditation of the program through the Ohio Board of Regents. In November 1981, that accreditation was granted.


The first Paramedic class at Marion General Hospital began on October 5, 1982, and ran through to the second week of June, 1983. Twenty students started the program and twenty students completed the program.Then on July 1, 1984 the Hospital signed an agreement with Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School that consolidated the resources of both facilities in order to take advantage of the educational and financial benefits of such a merger. The school became known as Tri-Rivers/Marion General Hospital School of Paramedicine.


One of the Distinguished Alumni that we are honoring this evening was a member of the very first class that was held after that consolidation. That alumni is Jack Holliday Jr.


Who is Jack Holliday Jr? He’s the son of Jack Holliday Sr., a distinguished public servant himself. Jack Sr. served eighteen years as Chief of Marion Township Fire Department and he was a member of that very 1st Paramedic Advisory Committee back in 1981. His son, Jack Holliday Jr. developed his interest in firefighting and public safety services at a very early age. Jack Jr., graduated from Marion Harding High School on May 31, 1981 – he enlisted in the Ohio National Guard and was in basic training on July 1st, just a few weeks later. Later that year he completed his firefighting training at the U.S. Air Force Fire Fighting School – Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign County, Illinois.


In 1982 Jack completed his EMT training back in Marion, Ohio. In 1983 he completed the Ohio Fire Academy. Then in 1984-1985, Jack was a member of the first Tri-Rivers/Marion General Hospital Paramedic School class.


I found it interesting that right at the time that Jack was completing his studies in our Paramedic program, it was reported in The Marion Star under an article entitled; “Tri-Rivers is home to good things” that “A review team for the Ohio Board of Regents concluded that the Tri-Rivers / Marion General Hospital School of Paramedicine is one of the best classroom and clinical programs in the state”.


In 1987 Jack began his career at Marion Township Fire Department. He became a Fire EMS Instructor in 1989. In 1993 he was promoted to Lieutenant at Marion Township. Jack is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program – at the National Fire Academy in Maryland, which he completed in 2000. And in 2016, Jack Holliday Jr. retired from Marion Township Fire Department.

Accepting the award on Jack’s behalf were Richard George and Dr. Emeline Kelly. 

He then started back at Tri-Rivers as a Paramedic instructor and today Jack is our Lead Paramedic Instructor for the program. At Tri-Rivers our programs provide excellent training, combined with excellent students, to produce graduates who go on to complete distinguished service for our community.


Like many of our graduates, Jack is a true advocate of lifelong learning, He continues to train and advance his knowledge and skills by taking online courses through Columbia Southern University. Jack is finishing up work towards completing a Public Safety Services Bachelor’s Degree. Since his return to Tri-Rivers, Jack has been instrumental in strengthening our community / school support. He’s a very strong supporter of Tri-Rivers Career Center, our School of Paramedicine and the programs and training that we provide.


Unfortunately, Jack could not be here this evening – he just had his hip replaced on March 2nd, and he really did hope to be able to be here. I spoke with Jack yesterday and he shared that he is still with staples and stitches, and living in the power assist chair. (He is hoping to have those staples and stitches removed later this week.) His ultimate goal is to be back to school by April 1st for the Prep Class for the largest single Paramedic class that we have had in several years, 18 Paramedic students.


Jack’s father passed away in 2013, but I believe that somewhere up above, he’s smiling down as his son is being recognized as a one of our Tri-Rivers Adult Ed, Distinguished Alumni, this evening.

Introduction by Richard George

Congrats to the 2022 Adult Ed Welding Cohort

Congratulations to the 2022 cohort of Adult Ed Welding Fabrication & Allied Processes graduates—Jamie Cavey, Andrew Decker (Perfect Attendance); Meagan Dunham; Charles Haley; Alex Jankowski; Camden Marsh and Nathan Rhoads.

All grads had over 90 percent attendance for the 650-hour, 100-day, 6.5 hours daily program. Together they earned 63 nationally recognized credentials/certifications.

The evening was a time of celebration, not just for the graduates, but equally for those who support them—parents, spouses, family and friends.

We hope that the graduates will reflect on their time at Tri-Rivers as being among the happiest and most productive days of their lives.

We are proud of each of you and sincerely congratulate you.


Welding Fabrication & Allied Processes Instructor Tom Reynolds congratulates welding graduate Andrew Decker for receiving a Perfect Attendance award.