2021 Welding Completers celebrate success

Congratulations to Tri-Rivers-Adult Education’s Welding, Fabrication & Allied Processes program completers. They were recognized at a ceremony held in the Giauque Auditorium January 20, 2021.

(Left to right in the above photo: Instructor Tom Reynolds, Welding completers: Elizabeth Santillan, Jace Chevalier, Brock Howard, Nicholas McCall and Trent Avon. Not pictured, Evan Kalbes who earned Perfect Attendance and Director of Adult Education Richard George.

What a special class! They made it through 650 hours/100 days of skills training during Covid!

Trent Avon earned the High Pressure Pipe Weld Certification—this is a difficult certification to attain and the first time a student has earned it in the Tri-Rivers program. Congratulations to Trent!

Each student received several “tough to attain” welding certificates, including Trent Avon earning the High Pressure Pipe Weld Certificate—a first! Evan Kalbes earned perfect attendance. Their main instructor Tom Reynolds said welding is an art. Watch for a more in-depth story on creative pieces these students fabricated.

Welding & Fabrication is one of the few career choices that is in high demand at all times. Since welders are needed in almost every industry, it gives them the flexibility to switch industries without changing careers. Let’s face the facts; most career choices have ups and downs.

Welding on the other hand has endless opportunities that keep fueling the demand. Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice. Welders are needed in almost every industry and those who want to advance their career have the ability to do so with additional training.

A few examples of the fields in which Welders can find career opportunities: Inspection, Engineering, Robotics Education, Project Management and Sales.

For program details Click Here: Welding, Fabrication  Allied Processes

Dial in to join April 15th Board Meeting

Tri-Rivers Board of Education will hold the April 15, 2020 meeting as a phone conference meeting due to the Coronavirus—Covid-19, restrictions barring gatherings. Tri-Rivers School Building is closed. 

Dial in number and ID/Password for board meeting on the 15th at 6:30
+1 929 205 6099 US
Meeting ID: 971 8257 5333
Password: 642696

Tri-Rivers is a TechCred training provider. Photo taken in RAMTEC

$$$ Available From the State of Ohio to Upskill Your Workforce through TechCred

Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.
An initial list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.
The online application period runs October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program. 
TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

No matter your industry, technology is having an impact on the future of your business and the nature of your work. Ohio’s TechCred program gives businesses the chance to upskill current or future employees to help them qualify for a better job in today’s tech-infused economy.

What is TechCred?
The program funds up to 20,000 technology-focused credentials over the next two years.
For a credential to qualify, the credential:
• Must be short-term, less than one year to complete
• Must be technology-focused
• Must be industry-recognized

What’s in it for employers?
Employers know that hiring tech talent is expensive. TechCred helps employers offset the training costs of taking their dedicated
workforce and making them their top tech talent.

How do businesses get started?
1. Identify skills needs and employees
2. Partner with an education or training provider, like Tri-Rivers!
3. Apply online: TechCred.Ohio.Gov
4. Enroll employees in the program
5. Submit proof of completion of credentials
6. Receive reimbursement for completed credentials
Enrollment ends Oct. 31, 2019
Training can be scheduled during the next 18 months.

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC is a TechCred training provider!

Check out our technology-focused credentials below. Several more manufacturing, healthcare and business credentials are pending!
This is an AMAZING opportunity for companies.

FANUC – Handling, Tool, Operation and Programming
Description: This course covers the tasks that an
operator, technician, engineer or programmer will need to setup, record and/or troubleshoot programs on a FANUC Robot
Cost : $1,936.00—Hours: 62 hours—30 hours online (prerequisite) and 32 hours in class.

FANUC – 2D iRVision Operation and Programming
Description: This course covers the basic tasks of procedures required for an operator, engineer or programmer to set up a vision process, vision application, and vision hardware.
Prerequisites: Handling, Tool, Operation and
Cost: $1935.00—Hours 32 hours in class

Description: Our introduction to Basic Programming and Material Handling with the DX 100 controller. In this course you will learn robotic safety, powering up and down, jogging robot with coordinate systems, modifying points, motion type and sped, how to recover from alarms and errors, copying, cutting and pasting instructions, inserting call and jump statements, inputs and outputs, monitoring variables, creating and working with user frames, defining and using position variables and programming SFTON and SFTOF instruction
Cost: $1900.00—Hours: 32 hours in class

HYDRAULICS—Parker Hydraulics
Description: This course is meant for the maintenance technician that needs hands on exposure to hydraulics pneumatic system found in the modern manufacturing facility. Student hands on labs are meant to expose the students to various problems and design consideration in the hydraulic systems through frequent hands on labs.
Cost: $1000.00—Hours: 32 hours in class

If you have questions about these programs
or about TechCred, contact
Holly Ramey in RAMTEC at 740-389-8590.

Industrial main group 2019

Congrats! Industrial Maintenance grads

Congratulations 2019 Industrial Maintenance graduates!!
Brandan Beaver—99% Attendance Award
Thomas J. Beers
Reginald Bonner II
Cory Bonsel
Allen Guadarrama—99% Attendance Award
Eric Hines—99% Attendance Award
Stephen McDonald
William Christopher Neumeyer—Perfect Attendance
John Roberts
Brandon Tomlin
Ethan Van Gorden—Perfect Attendance
Cody Vulgamore

Attendance Award Winners:
Ethan Van Gorden (Perfect Attendance); Brandan Beaver (99% Attendance); Eric Hines (99% Attendance); Allen Guadarrama (99% Attendance); William Christopher Neumeyer (Perfect Attendance; also traveled the farthest, coming from Grove City)

Learn more about Industrial Maintenance Click Here

The Industrial Maintenance Training Program at Tri-Rivers provides the skills necessary to perform industrial maintenance tasks in today’s manufacturing operations. This is a complete curriculum. Our professional instructors give you hands-on training in each of our classes—Intro to Robotics, Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, HVAC training, Basic Electricity and Electronics, Introduction to Computers and Hydraulics, Pneumatics, PLC’s, Machine Tools and more. We’ll give you the knowledge and skills to get you prepared for the 21st century.

You’ll do more than read a textbook. You will design, build, test and troubleshoot. You’ll demonstrate your knowledge. Be prepared to learn!

To register contact:
Holly Ramey

Assessment Test Dates
Call for dates: 740-389-8590

Tuition Fee: $9,640.00
Lab Fee: $375.00
Application Fee: $95.00
Total: $10,110.00

Monday through Thursday and select Fridays

Orientation: August 1, 2019 @ 5:00pm

Start Date: August 5, 2019 through May 6, 2020

Tuition for Industrial Maintenance includes texts, workbooks, lab supplies, and initial certification tests in Welding and HVAC EPA 608.

Federal Financial Aid is available to qualified students.

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2019 Tri-Rivers honors Outstanding Alumni

The Outstanding Tri-Rivers Alumni awards were presented to Career Center and Adult Center graduates who have contributed to their communities, are outstanding in their career fields and/or have furthered their educations. These individuals are Tri-Rivers Success Stories.

DeeDee Farmer was a graduate of the first class at Tri-Rivers Career Center in 1977. After graduating from the Secretarial program, she worked in Customer Service at Central Soya in Marion. She then worked for Popped Right Popcorn, now known as Wyandot Popcorn, where she became the Customer Service Manager.

In 1988, while at Popped Right Popcorn, her three-year-old son, Darren, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She left the workforce temporarily to care for Darren and his siblings, Corey and Nicole. She knew she would eventually have to return to work.

While caring for a child with a chronic illness, working various part-time jobs and raising her family, DeeDee started working on her nursing degree at Marion Technical College and graduated in 1993. After passing her NCLEX exam, she worked in the Oncology Unit at Grant Hospital. She then returned to Marion and worked in the ICU and then the ER at Marion Med Center. She then worked in the ER in Marysville, Bucyrus, St. Ann’s and Marion General.

Sixteen years ago, she started working for Tri-Rivers Adult Education’s Nursing program. She went back to school and earned her BSN. She currently teaches in the Practical Nursing, LPN to RN programs and is the coordinator for the Skills Lab. She also keeps all the records for 150 plus nursing students.

She exemplifies Tri-Rivers mission of educating students, giving opportunities to go forth and be prosperous in our own community. She inspires the students she works with, bringing her passion for nursing and serving as a positive presence in the lives of these students.

Drew Mosley graduated in 2007 from Marion Harding High School and was a top student in Tri-Rivers Engineering Technologies program. He was the student that given a project, drawing, or program problem would figure it out and help all his friends (which was everyone) figure it out. He was and is a natural teacher.

He went to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and graduated as a Technology Education instructor. He honed his skills by student teaching at Cardington and coaching their Vex Robotics team. While finishing up his degree at BGSU he needed a few courses that he could take at Columbus State. He must have really made a big impression there. He was so good that Columbus State hired him and placed him as a Technical Training Instructor for Honda of America Manufacturing.

He has become a very valued part of the Honda team. He has taken on great responsibilities and is by far the youngest trainer at Honda. He has hosted many tours and has always done a great job with our Tri-Rivers students. He has judged the state SkillsUSA, Vex Robotics and the National Robotics Challenge contests.

This past Fall Drew also taught Mitsubishi PLCs and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics industrial certification courses for Tri-Rivers in the evening.

Wherever he goes, whatever projects he focuses on throughout his life the people around him will always be better off because he one of those people that will make a huge impact on the world around him.

Marion Township Fire Chief Ben Meddles has dedicated his life to public service for our Marion area. He began his Public Safety studies at Tri-Rivers 29 years ago when he enrolled in a Volunteer Fire Fighter Training class. He completed that training and continued right on with his Basic EMT class. After completing those studies, he was employed by the Marion Township Fire Department where he continues to serve our community today. In 1993 Ben enrolled in our Paramedic Program and he graduated from the Paramedic program in June 1994.

Chief Meddles began his career at Marion Township in 1989 as a part-time fire fighter / EMT, then in 1992 he was promoted to Dispatcher, in 1993 to a Career Fire Fighter, in 2004 he was promoted to Lieutenant, and in July 2016 he became Chief of the Marion Township Fire Department.

Chief Meddles values lifelong learning and has received additional training throughout his career; including Hazmat training, Technician Level, Water Rescue Technician, EOC Training and Advanced Fire Investigation training. As a Lieutenant he was in charge of the water rescue team. He has conducted multiple water and ice-rescue trainings over the years. In local paper archives there are articles detailing Chief Meddles commitment to community safety and training. In addition to responding to fire and EMS calls throughout his career, Chief Meddles has provided valuable safety training to instruct the public about fire safety. He has helped teach hundreds of community children lessons in fire safety.

Chief Ben continues to give back to Tri-Rivers by serving on our Public Safety Program Advisory Board.

Kathryn Keller not only graduated from Tri-Rivers Patient Care Technician (PCT) program, she also graduated from the Practical Nursing and the LPN to RN program—earning numerous certifications and licensures.
Through her education and mentoring, Katie has touched many lives—not only her patients, but her family, friends and the students she mentors.
In 2010 she enrolled in PCT program. She always showed excellent leadership qualities, which is a necessity in the healthcare field. With her care and compassion for others, it was obvious healthcare was her calling.
Upon Completion of the Patient Care Technician Program, she chose to enroll in Tri-Rivers LPN Program and completed it in 2012. During this time, she showed how truly driven she was, and no matter what obstacle was placed in front of her she would conquer. Upon Completion of the Practical Nursing Program she began working at a local nursing home. During this time, we were very fortunate to be able to stay in contact with her, while doing clinicals at that facility. The interaction and care she provided to her patients was phenomenal. The residents absolutely loved her, she could make them feel as if they were the only one she was caring for.
After working in the field for a year and completing her prerequisite courses, she then enrolled in Tri-Rivers LPN-RN program in 2013, which she completed in 2014. During this time, she exhibited exceptional growth as a nurse. Upon Completion of the RN program she quickly accepted a job at The Center for New Beginnings at Marion General Hospital.
This was definitely her calling. Not only had Katie dreamed of being a nurse, but she also dreamt of following in her grandfather’s Jim Schuler footsteps. Dr. Shuler was an OB/GYN in Marion for numerous years, and touched many lives.
She is currently working to achieve her BSN at the Ohio University, and is currently giving back to Tri-Rivers, by being a preceptor to our current students. Her lifelong learning goal is to become a Midwife.


Tri-Rivers honors Whirlpool’s Distinguished Service

2019 Distinguished Service Recipients
The 2019 Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service winners were honored at the Annual Board Dinner Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

This year’s Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service winners were from WhirlpoolJoseph Hopple, Kevin Slane, David Lehner, Cameron Lee and Darryl Young.

These individuals’ contributions and partnerships with Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC have helped to solidify that the training in RAMTEC brings and keep jobs in our community as well as creating new advanced training for the area manufacturing communities.

On March 15,  2014 Senator Rob Portman visited RAMTEC for a Round Table discussion. Joe Hopple of Whirlpool was at that meeting. It was at this Round Table that bringing Whirlpool’s Apprenticeship program to RAMTEC was discussed.

The meeting was the catalyst to a great partnership between RAMTEC and Whirlpool that has led to high quality training for Whirlpool associates and has also enabled 9 of RAMTEC graduates to earn great paying and highly rewarding careers in robotics, automation and maintenance.

Hopple has also been a great partner in our many initiatives to bring collaborative robotics training and projects to Tri-Rivers.

Hopple, a proud graduate of a Pioneer Career Technical Center, believes in Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC’s mission. His support and input have been invaluable to Tri-Rivers’ RAMTEC.


Tri-Rivers Engineer Technologies Instructor Ritch Ramey met Kevin Slane (not pictured) and David Lehner at an Apprenticeship meeting in 2014. This meeting was the beginning of the RAMTEC secondary and post-secondary training excellence. The RAMTEC Instructors were able to use their state-of-the-art facility to help Whirlpool maintenance and tooling staff get incredible real-world, hands-on training for their Apprenticeship Program.

After Lehner took the RAMTEC FANUC Industrial Robotic Certification class with some of his staff, he asked if his son could still sign up for the high school Engineering Technologies program. Not only did his son, Nick, sign up, but three of his friends also joined the program. Nick excelled in the program and his dad became a valuable member of the Engineering Technologies Advisory Committee.

Cameron Lee started working with the Whirlpool Apprenticeship program in 2017. He has been in constant contact with the RAMTEC Team on the needs and progress of the RAMTEC staff and Whirlpool associates. He cares deeply about the success of the program and students.

Lee, along with Lehner, helped to establish a Summer Skilled Trades program for RAMTEC’s recent graduates. They interviewed nine applicants and hired six of them into great paying jobs and amazing experience.

Darryl Young has assisted by judging at the Chuck Speelman Vex Robotics Middle School Classic. He also brought an advanced robotics project for Whirlpool to RAMTEC students. He challenged RAMTEC’s students and their instructor, Mark Edington, with a “real world” project that when completed would go into the Whirlpool plant. It was a tough assignment, but they pulled it off. A launch day was held with Whirlpool Associates for the unveiling of this project. And plans were made for more research and development projects from Whirlpool for RAMTEC students. The Whirlpool Maintenance Staff has helped Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC create current and relevant training not only for the Whirlpool Apprenticeship Program, but also for Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC secondary and postsecondary students.

l-r:  RAMTEC Instructor Mark Edington, Whirlpool Maintenance Team: Joseph Hopple, David Lehner, Cameron Lee, Darryl Young and Kevin Slane (not pictured) and Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Engineering Technologies Instructor Ritch Ramey.

The first Distinguished Service Award was presented in 1993 to Jack Lautenslager, who is often referred to as Mr. Tri-Rivers. Lautenslager spearheaded the efforts to pass the original levy that provided the funds to build the Career Center that opened in 1976. He continued to share his expertise and talents with Tri-Rivers his entire life. Today the Distinguished Service Awards are presented in his memory to individuals or groups who donate their time, resources and/or talents in order to make Tri-Rivers Career Center an amazing resource for the communities it serves.

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Adult Diploma Welding graduation

The fourth Tri-Rivers Adult Diploma Welding program graduation was  held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 in the RAMTEC Legacy Room at Tri-Rivers Career Center.

Students earning the state-issued high school diploma included: John Baylous, William Dunn, Samantha Frazier, Taylor Johstone, Justin Leong and Nathan VanBuskirk.

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma AND industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

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.

In order for students to get into the program they do not have to pass OGT/Proficiency test, however, they are required to pass the ACT WorkKeys.

Currently Tri-Rivers offers the program with Welding Skills training; however, they will be expanding it to include skills areas such as healthcare.

For more information call Holly at 740-389-8590.





Welding, Fabrication & Allied Processes Graduation

The Tri-Rivers (Adult Education) Welding, Fabrication and Allied Processes Program Diploma graduation was celebrated Thursday, January 17 at 5pm in the Giauque Auditorium. The graduates included, left to right:  Allison Maggs, William Bowser, Joshua Kraviec, Hillary Gliem, Daniel Ross, Jr, Mychal Wade and Sean Linder.

Skills learned in the full-time, 650-hour program included: Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, Structural Fabrication, Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging, MIG and TIG Welding, Intro to Pipe Welding, Lincoln/FANUC Robotic Welding, Math for Welders and OHSA 10 Safety Training.

All students had to have 90% plus attendance to graduate. Bowser, Gliem and Joshua Kraviec earned  Perfect Attendance Awards and Sean Linder received an Excellence in Attendance Award.

Adult Director Richard George, said, “When you add all the individual certifications that the seven graduates earned, that’s a total of 68 nationally-recognized industry credentials.”

George told the graduates that “you’ve had just finished almost nine months of education and training. The two most important skills that a potential employer looks for is excellent attendance and that you are trainable. The credentials you earned show that you have mastered the top two skills employers look for.”

The Lead Instructor for the program was Levi Retterer. Other instructors and staff included: Tom Reynolds, Mark Edington, Amy Pirnstill, Nikki Hamilton, Larry Hickman and Holly Ramey.






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Adult Education Open House Oct. 29

Join us for our Fall Open House Monday, October 29, 4-7 pm at the Adult Education Healthcare & Public Safety Building, 1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road—behind BW3s.

At our Open House you can learn more about our LPN to RN, Practical Nursing, Patient Care Technician, Paramedic and EMT programs.

There will be tour throughout the evening and we will be available to answer all of our questions.

For attending, you will also receive a $50 voucher toward your application fee.

We look forward to seeing you!!!

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Industrial Maintenance Grads ready to work

Congratulations 2018 Industrial Maintenance graduates!! Be proud of your accomplishments. Starting in August of 2018, class members came to school Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9pm, for 600 hours of training.  Now they are highly trained technicians ready for employment and/or advancement.

Graduates include: James Brown, Scott Deemer, Richard Eaches, Robert Gildner Scott Kimes, Derek Martin, Clinton Osborne, Thomas Perin, Jayson Pfeiffer, Chase Schnapp, William Sexton, Harveer Singh and Adam Whitaker.

The Industrial Maintenance Training Program at Tri-Rivers provides the skills necessary to perform industrial maintenance tasks in today’s manufacturing operations.

Tri-Rivers’ professional instructors  provide students with hands-on training in each of the following classes—Intro to Robotics, Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, HVAC training, Basic Electricity and Electronics, Introduction to Computers and Hydraulics, Pneumatics, PLC’s, Machine Tools and more. Students gain knowledge and skills to be prepared for immediate employment.

The graduates did more than read a textbook. They designed, built, tested and troubleshooted. To enroll or learn more about Industrial Maintenance visit program page.


2018 Industrial Maintenance
Perfect Attendance Awards:
Scott Kimes, William Sexton, Jayson Pfeiffer and Scott Deemer.