Tri-Rivers Nursing Graduates take a selfie

Tri-Rivers graduates 74 Healthcare Professionals

Tri-Rivers Patiend Care Technician graduates pose for a photo

Megan Ditmars, Stephanie Kirk and Autumn Hamon pose before graduating from their Patient Care Technician program.

Seventy-four healthcare professionals graduated during Tri-Rivers 2017 Adult Education Healthcare Graduation held at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Marion—35 from the School of Practical Nursing and 24 from the LPN to RN Diploma program and 15 from the Patient Care Technician program.

Dr. Emeline Kelly, DNP, MSN, ACNS-BC,RN, Director of Nursing, said the 2017 graduates are exceptional and she expects great things from them. She also thanked families and friends who made sacrifices and provided ongoing support to the graduates.

This year’s recipient of the highest honor for the Practical Nursing Program—The Margaret Helen Gast Award—went to Ryan Michael Irons. This award represents the highest level of achievement in the Practical Nursing. “Margaret Helen Gast was the Director of the School of Practical Nursing for a number of years. The recipient of this award is recognized for being able to establish therapeutic relationships, demonstrating academic excellence; and conducting themselves self in a manner fitting the role of a practical nurse,” said Dr. Kelly.

The recipient of the highest honor for LPN to RN students—the Judith Ryan Higel Award—was Emily Yvonne Lake. This award is named in honor of Dr. Judith Ryan Higel. “For seventeen years, Dr. Higel served as the Administrator of the nursing programs at Tri-Rivers where she also served as the Director of Adult Education for a number of those years. The Judith Ryan Higel award is given to a student who is exceptional academically as well as clinically, supportive of their classmates, and a true role model for other students,” said Kelly.


The Patient Care Technician Highest Level of Achievement , the Judy Louis Norris Award was presented to Courtney Blair. “For 22 years, Ms. Norris was the Director of Adult Education and developed a myriad of programs, including Patient Care Technician. This award is given to a student who is exceptional academically and clinically, supportive of their classmates, and a true role model for other students,” said Dr. Jasmine M. Rausch, DNP, RN, CENP, C-OB, C-EFM, Nursing Education Programs Manager.

Tri-Rivers Nursing graduates show off their decorated caps.

Tri-Rivers Nursing students Sarah Stark, Tiffany McGregor, Kelli Love show off their decorated graduation caps.

During the ceremony Tri-Rivers Chief Instructional Officer, Larry Hickman, commended the students on their dedication and hard work and challenged each of them to pass their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). He also reminded them of Tri-Rivers slogan: A School Where You are ALLOWED to, INSPIRED to and EXPECTED to be AMAZING.

Hickman talked about the quality of education at Tri-Rivers and the fact that Tri-Rivers School of Nursing was ranked number one in the State of Ohio by by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates. “That is amazing and indicative of the quality of Tri-Rivers Nursing program, staff and students.”

Dr. Kelly also attributes the high passage rates of Tri-Rivers nursing graduates to the staff working one on one with students and offering “unparalleled support for students during their training.”  Kelly explained that they look at each individual student and work hard to support their goals of becoming a healthcare professional. “Each student is different. We recognize those differences and provide the support that helps them succeed.”

One of the indicators of success, is having excellent attendance. This year three students received Perfect Attendance Awards. “We believe that attendance is the top priority when it comes to a student’s performance. The best trait a person could probably have in any company or organization is their dependability, and the main factor of being dependable is attendance,” said Dr. Kelly.

The following students received the perfect attendance awards: Ryan Michael Irons, Practical Nursing; Heidi Joy Ferriman, LPN to RN and Courtney Blair, Patient Care Technician.

Highest Academic Achievement Award recipients were : Sarah Elizabeth Stark, PN; Courtney Blair, PCT.

Outstanding Clinical Performance Award recipients: Jean Marie Monroe (PN Day); Heaather Marie Harris (PN Evening); Heidi Breanne Clark (LPN to RN Day); Cori Ann  Collins (LPN to RN Evening);Autumn Hamon and Destiny Toland (PCT).

Graduating with honors were Jessical Beal and Melonie Bumgarner, Patient Care Technician program.

LPN to RN Diploma graduates include: Linsey Bowen, Heidi Clark, Ajah Cocherl, Candace Collins, Cori Collins, Amanda Davis, Erin Dziak, Twilla Evans, Heidi Ferriman, Tiffany Hicks, Danielle Holt, Jason Hughes, Emily Lake, Holly Leverett, Sharon Lomax, Jewellene McConnell, Jennifer McCune, Caitlyn Patrick, Ruby Ramirez, Lindsey Shull, Savannah Smith, Lauryn Webb, Stephanie Weber and Emily Wilfer.

School of Practical Nursing graduate include: Hannah Adkins, Ciera Bills, Katelyn Bird, Kirsten Blanton, Rebecca Brown, Shelly Brown, Megan Burris, Tracy Crabtree, Crystal Evans, Heather Harris, Brittney Hearn, Johnetta Heckard, Jenna Huffine, Jessica Hutchinson, Ryan Irons, Kara Jordan, Sara Kelly, Amanda Kinsell, Bridgett Kitchen, Theresa Lange, Kelli Love, Michelle Markley, Alyssa Martin, Tiffany McGregor, Shaylah Monnette, Jean Monroe, Chelsea Moore, Kierstan Neagles, Lillian Reese, Samantha Showalter, Kristin Speakman, Sarah Stark, Tiffany Stauffer, Candace Turner and Makenzie Wright.

Patient Care Technician graduates include: Jessica Beal, Courtney Blair, Melonie Bumgarner, Megan Ditmars, Keegan Gullifer, Autumn Hamon, Stephanie Kirk, Sarah Lutz, Sarah Morris, Brooke Newsom, Jashantae Scott, Ashley Stone, Destiny Toland, Bridgett Vandyke and Addison Vansickle.

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Staff Years of Service Awards

The 2017 Staff Service Awards were presented at the End of the Year Staff Meeting.


5 Years of Service

Five Years of Service: Eliza Gentkowski, Carrie Heimlich and Jennie Rinnert with Superintendent Chuck Speelman.









2017 10 years of Service

10 Years of Service: Amy Hansen, Julie Myers and Superintendent Chuck Speelman.









Larry Hickman, 15 years of Service

15 years of Service: Larry Hickman and Dee Dee Farmer.









Lori Burkhart 25 yaers of service

25 Years of Service: Lori Burkhart








Ritch Ramey, 30 years of service

30 Years of Service: Ritch Ramey








Retiring staff: Barb Bell, 31 years; Laura Wixtead, 30 years; Cindy Salyer, 23 years; Maria Augustin, 19 years; Toni Kimberling, 18 years; Ted Davis, 17 years; Steve Lawrence, 14 years; Pam Collins, 12 years; Cindy Binns, 9 years.

2017 HS Retirees

2017 HS Retirees

Ted Davis 2017 Retiree

Ted Davis 2017 Retiree

Industrial Maintenance Class 2017

Congrats to 2017 Industrial Maintenance Grads

Congratulations to the 2017 Industrial Maintenance graduating class. You have earned vital industry certifications and nearly 100 percent of you have jobs!!! That is AMAZING!!!

Graduates include: James Bender, James Bittner IV, Tyler Burton, Jordan Engler, Drew Fairchild, Daniel Hall Jr, Rodney Hoskins, Darrell Todd Jacobs, Kyle Miracle, Stephen Blake Miracle, Arneshiah Mitsch, Collin Mosley, Mason Schaadt, Dwight Shoemaker, Corey Webb and Charles Thomas Wentz.

James Bittner IV and Tyler Burton both earned Perfect Attendance awards.

Industrial Maintenance 2017 Perfect Attendance Awards

Industrial Maintenance 2017 Perfect Attendance Awards Recipients James Bittner IV and Tyler Burton with Industrial Maintenance Coordinator Ted Davis.

Ted Davis, the Industrial Maintenance Coordinator, was honored for his years of service as he retires this year.

The Industrial Maintenance program prepares a student for entry-level industrial and commercial employment.  Students will receive training in a broad range of industrial maintenance including machine trades, electricity, electrical controls for machines, hydraulics, pneumatics, welding, electrical and mechanical troubleshooting, introduction to programmable logic controllers and heating and air conditioning.

Possible Certifications:
• NCCER Core Curriculum
• NCCER Electrical Level 1
• American Welding Society—
AWS D1.1 Structural Certification
• EPA 608 & R410-A Certification


Pictured with Industrial Maintenance Coordinator Ted Davis.We also congratulate Ted, who is retiring.

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Tri-Rivers Honors Outstanding Alumni

Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni recipients were honored at the 2017 Board Dinner, Wednesday, April 19 in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Career Center. The Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni awards recognize 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.

Four individuals were honored at Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni:

 • Tyler Lowe

“I have the pleasure of telling you about a young man I have watched grow up into a productive citizen,” said Terri Mantey, Tri-Rivers VOSE Coordinator. “He went to school with my kids. I have watched him play sports. I watched him walk across the stage at graduation. Then, I did not see him for a while, unless he attended his brother’s games and events at the school.”

Mantey said she was pleased to see him sitting in the adult education classroom one afternoon as she was leaving school. “He was now, officially, a Tri-Rivers adult education student studying paramedics.”

Mantey continued, “Last September, my husband, Joe, had a bad accident loading heifers in the trailer at the barns on Patten Pike. My son, Jacob, called as school was letting out to tell me to come right over, dad was bad. Keep in mind, through all the years I have never received such a phone call.”

“I went over to find my husband sitting on the ground in pain, telling us to give him a minute to catch his breath. No one had called for help, because he did not want help. Well, I have never been good ignoring accidents. I called 9-1-1,” Mantey said.

A short time later, Mantey heard the ambulance and emergency vehicles heading down the road, getting closer.  The person who took care of her husband and talked him into going to the hospital was Tyler Lowe.

She said he was very patient but matter-of-fact with Joe. “Tyler talked to Jacob and me about what was going on. Soon, they were on their way to the hospital, sirens blaring. I headed out to the hospital also,” said Mantey.

“While I sat in the waiting room, worrying, waiting to go back to sit with Joe, Tyler came out to tell me what was going on. Again he was very informative and kind.” Mantey continued.

Long story, short, Joe’s accident was very dangerous. He had 6 broken ribs, 2 in several places. His spleen burst, nearly killing him, and had to be removed. Then he had blood clots that went through his heart and nearly killed him. We spent 14 days in Trauma ICU and 3 more in Trauma unit. He healed and returned to work.

Mantey said Tyler did not just take Joe to the hospital and leave. He stayed in contact with my children to see how he was doing. That dedication to a trauma patient who was also a family acquaintance are part of what makes him good at what he does.

Tyler attended Hocking College and then Tri-Rivers Adult Education. He started his career as a volunteer at Fort Morrow Fire in Waldo in 2003 and he continues to volunteer there. He worked at Marion Township Fire from 2004-2007 and throughout paramedic school. First Consolidated Fire District hired him in 2007 as a full-time firefighter/paramedic and he continues that employment. He is on the Marion County Sheriff Tactical SWAT Team Medic from 2012 to present. He received the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Award from Sheriff Tim Bailey in 2017.

Tyler is pictured above with his wife, Brittany, his mother and father, Pam and Terry, his mother-in-law and his father-in-law Patricia and Mish Muir,   Joe and Terri Mantey, and Richard George.



• Logan Mitchell

“My first encounter with Logan was in 2010 when I was a substitute in the Diversified Health Occupations program,” said Billie Fields-Baer, Patient Care Technician Program Coordinator.

“When I first met Logan, he lacked confidence and doubted his own abilities. However, I knew after a few interactions with him, that he would excel in the health care field,” said Fields-Baer.

Logan is a 2010 graduate of Elgin High School, he also attended Tri-Rivers Career Center, Diversified Health Occupations program. Upon graduation, Logan chose to continue his education in our Adult Education, Patient Care Technician Program, where he earned his credentials as a State Tested Nurse Aide, Certified Home Health Care Provider, Patient Care Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant and as a Phlebotomist. After graduation, he began his career at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, where he utilized his Medical Assisting, Medical Administrative Assisting, Patient Care Technician and Phlebotomy certifications. It was during this time that Logan realized that phlebotomy was his passion, and then he pursued career as a Phlebotomist at The Ohio Reformatory for Women. During his time at ORW, Logan was promoted to Lead Phlebotomist, and director of the phlebotomy lab.

Currently, Logan is employed by Quest Diagnostic where he is a phlebotomist in a private physician’s office. Logan also provides training and coverage to other local Quest Diagnostic office labs. Logan continually gives back to his community, he still provides training to all new hires at ORW, and provides approved continuing education to the correctional nurses. Logan is an active member of our High School and Adult Education Advisory Boards, where he offers input to insure that our curriculum includes current policies and procedures within the Phlebotomy and Lab occupations.

Logan continues to give back by allowing our current Patient Care Technician Students a clinical site setting at his facility. Logan is living out our mission of contributing, advancing, and succeeding; of being a community member who stays involved in his profession, contributing back to Tri-Rivers and our community by sharing his skills and knowledge.

Logan is pictured with his parents  Craig and Melody, grandparents; Bea Sigrist and Joyce Mitchel, Aunt & Uncle; Linda and Tim Disbennett, and Aunts; Teresa Fleming and Becky Bonds, Richard George and Billie Fields-Baer.

• Candice DeWitt

Candice DeWitt is a graduate of the Career Center’s Business Program. When Candice was a student at Tri-Rivers, the business program was a combination of business/computer programming/hardware modules.

“What I remember most about Candice during her years as a student was that she was smart. Really smart,” said Ellen Messenger, Director of Communications.  “In fact, I met her when her instructor came to me and told me about a student who was finishing her work too quickly and seemed to know the lessons or lab assignments before they were even taught. In other words, she was keeping her instructors busy trying to keep her busy and engaged.”

“But, nothing was working. So they asked if I would like this young lady to intern with me, said Messenger.  “Needless to say she was an awesome intern. She jumped right in and helped with our website and really anything I asked her to do. She was mature and a huge asset.”

Since leaving Tri-Rivers, Candice has continued to excel and grow. She became the Lead Website Designer for NuWave Media/Marion Online, then started Neighborhood Image and purchased Marion Online in 2010.

She also worked as the fiscal specialist for the Delaware County Auditor’s Office from 2009-2016.

In 2016 she became the Budget Director for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office where she replaced a long-time employee and accepted the challenge and responsibility of managing the day-to-day financials of the multiple departments at the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Bailey says she does an outstanding job in analyzing budget issues and solving problems.

In fact her work was so exemplary that in December she was named “Civilian of the Yea” by the Sheriff’s Department. Quite an honor and indicative of what she accomplished that first year.

She and her husband, Sean, continue to operate Marion On Line, while working full-time jobs. They are both dedicated to the Marion community.

In fact, most recently they donated their time and expertise to create a website for the MarionMade initiative. You can check it out at She continually gives back to the community by offering low cost or free websites and internet marketing services and training for local non-profits.

Candice is truly MarionMade…and a blessing to the community. She is a Tri-Rivers success story. Above, Candice is pictured with her husband, Sean.

• Dylon Caudill

Our next recipient, Dylon Caudill is a graduate of our Engineering Technologies program. He has been an exceptional asset to his community, state and country in the area of robotics.

Dylon first attended the Vex Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California as a high school Senior, and then as a college student at Marion Technical College. While in college Dylon also worked for Ridgedale schools as their Information Technology expert. He also helped their Vex Robotics team and worked many of our area events.

Two years ago the Ohio Vex leadership team recommended him to the Robotics Engineering Competition Foundation to be the Ohio representative. There were 6,000 Vex Robotics teams worldwide and 180 teams in Ohio at that point. Dylon quickly became invaluable to the world organization because of his work ethic, professionalism, personality, enthusiasm and knowledge of robotics and the competitions. They made him the Midwest Director for the Robotics Engineering Competition Foundation in 2015.

He now travels around the world helping with professional development, camps and competitions. This year, with Dylon’s leadership, Ohio now has more than 400 Vex Robotic teams and there are 18,000 teams world-wide.

Dylon helps run the largest robotics competition in the world in Louisville each Spring. It is hard to believe how much this young man has accomplished in his 22 years.

Mr. Ramey, his former Engineering Instructor at TRCC, says “Dylon assisted in writing the Straight A grant, as well as writing a grant to partner with Columbus for professional development, training camps and competitions over the next 10 years. He also was a part of the team that developed the national robotics curriculum and certification for career tech in robotics education.”

Mr. Ramey said that Dylon truly represents what career technical education is all about.”

Dylon was unable to attend the event as he is at the Worlds Vex Robotics Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.







Distinguished Service

TRCC honors Distinguished Service

Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service recipients were honored at the 2017 Board Dinner, Wednesday, April 19 in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Career Center.

2017 Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service Awards

The first Distinguished Service Award was presented in 1993 to Jack Lautenslager, who is oftentimes 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 and Center For Adult Education successful.

Three groups/individuals received Distinguished Service Awards:

Fairhaven Community

One the necessities for implementing a successful nursing program is to have an effective collaboration that expands traditional clinical education boundaries and leads to new opportunities for nursing education and practice, said Richard George, the Director of Adult Education. “For over 15 years, the Fairhaven Community Nursing Center has provided a great deal of support to the Tri-Rivers Center for Adult Education nursing programs. They have partnered with us by allowing our nursing students many opportunities for hands-on clinical training. The varying levels of patient care allow nursing students to refine skills learned in classroom and laboratory.”

Fairhaven’s commitment to our school and the community extends to providing student preceptorship opportunities.  Preceptorship is a practical clinical experience, in which, a practicing nurse volunteers to give personal instruction, training, and supervision to a nursing student.

We sincerely appreciate the support that Fairhaven provides to our students – friendly staff, amazing facilities, high tech environment, and a highly reliable and efficient communication system. The best part is that when you walk through the doors, it feels like home, said George.

• Christy Biller, RN at Fairhaven Community Nursing Home

Christy Biller, RN, receives a Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service Award. Presented by Richard George, Director of Adult Education at Tri-Rivers.

Another necessity for implementing a successful nursing program is to have an effective program advisory committee, particularly for programs that serve to enhance the workforce, said George.

“The opportunity to obtain input, feedback, ideas, and different perspectives from individuals with a vested interest in the success of our programs and most importantly, our students, is paramount to the success, growth, and improvement of a career school, as well as the design, development, and improvement of the programs of study,” said George.

It was an honor for us to recognize Christy Biller, a Fairhaven employee who has been a member of our healthcare advisory board for over 10 years and in 2015 accepted the position to serve as the Chair of the Healthcare Program Advisory committee.

Christy has a great professional reputation and is associated with a very reputable employer; she has been the Staff Development Coordinator and Unit Coordinator for rehab at Fairhaven Community Nursing Center.

Christy’s commitment is evident as she consistently attends meetings, is prepared and provides a meaningful review of the Healthcare programs in key areas including equipment, facilities, program curriculum, and student outcomes. She has assisted in scheduling, arranging, and managing meetings.

Her participation in our Healthcare Program Advisory Committee helps ensure compliance with our accrediting and regulatory agencies. She understands the skills and knowledge required in the profession and can connect that with the health and nursing program of studies.

She has been a great advocate for the Career Center and its students and shows a vested interest in the success of our institution. She is always willing to help out and her service in providing advisement and support of our programs and students is very much appreciated. She is a very deserving of the honor of receiving a Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service Award.

• Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson has played an active role in providing technology training to area students. He has partnered with Tri-Rivers for years and has been a huge supporter of Tri-Rivers and RAMTEC,” said Chuck Speelman, TRCC Superintendent.

Mark has been teaching Industrial Technology at Harding High School since 2004. He has consistently worked at the National Robotics Challenge held at the Marion Veterans Coliseum and Fairgrounds.

He helped to host the original Vex Contest for Ohio at Harding in 2009. He has also helped to run every Vex Robotics camp since our first one in 2012. His support of RAMTEC includes being involved in RAMTECOhio Vex programming and being a teacher for Vex Robotics Train the Trainer.

His support of RAMTEC is one of the main reasons we had such a successful Level I Engineering Tech program this year. He sent us eight very well trained engineering students. He is part of the pipeline to fill the skills gap in Ohio.

Robinson truly was a very important piece on the creation of RAMTEC. He has helped us develop a great relationship with Harding High School. He is a tireless worker and has always been involved in all our contests, camps and events.

Mark was unable to attend the ceremony due to being at the World Vex Robotics contest in Louisville, Kentucky.






Tri-Rivers Nursing School Ranked #1 in Ohio

The Tri-Rivers School of Nursing was recently ranked number one in the State of Ohio by  Eighty-four schools in Ohio were analyzed and 30 qualified to be ranked, said Dr. Emeline Kelly, Tri-Rivers Director of Health & Public Safety program. Dr. Kelly said RegisteredNursing.Org ranked nursing schools in Ohio by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates.
“They went back to the most recent years of data available up to five years, then averaged the schools’ pass rates, weighted the recency of the exam and considered the number of students taking the exam.”Dr. Kelly explained that the National Council Examination (NCLEX-RN) is the nationwide examination for licensing of nurses in the United State and Canada. Most recently the 2016 graduates of Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program achieved 100% passage of the NCLEX. In 2014 Tri-Rivers nursing program was the only RN program in Ohio with more than 10 graduates to achieve a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, in 2015 they achieved 95.6%.Dr. Kelly said the goal of the Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program at Tri-Rivers is two-fold. “First of all, we want our graduates to successfully obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse. Secondly, our students also receive education that focuses on the professional environment and current practice issues including evidenced-based practice and patient experience, in order to make them successful employees for today’s health care agencies.”

“We also place importance on continuing education by instructing our students that it is an expectation that they will obtain further education, minimally a baccalaureate degree,” said Dr. Kelly. “Additionally, we hold our faculty and staff to a high standard, relying on current practice and innovative educational strategies.”

Dr. Kelly attributes the high ranking from RegisteredNursing.Org and high pass rate of the NCLEX to her team who works one on one with students and “offers unparalleled support for students during their training.”

“We look at each individual student and work hard to support their goals of becoming a healthcare professional,” said Dr. Kelly.  Each student is different. We recognize those differences and provide the support that help them succeed.”

Katie Keller, a graduate of Tri-Rivers Patient Care Technician, LPN, and LPN to RN program, said, “I wanted to become a nurse because my grandfather was an ob-gyn in Marion, Ohio for many, many years.  He delivered thousands and thousands of babies. He had a great legacy of being a great doctor and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. Tri-Rivers made that possible for me. I am now a Registered Nurse working at Marion General in their labor and delivery room, walking the hallways that he walked, working in the same delivery rooms and I couldn’t be happier.”

Keller said, “I’m proud of my hometown and our labor and delivery at Marion General  where I work. We have an awesome team. There are actually multiples of us who have graduated from Tri-Rivers.  “Tri-Rivers taught us teamwork.”

Dr. Kelly said at Tri-Rivers School of Nursing it is “all about relationships. We are partners with our students. Their success is our success.”

To learn more about Tri-Rivers Healthcare programs, visit You can also direct your questions to Pam Collins at or 740-389-4682 ext 5526.  Visit to learn more about their ranking system and see how other schools in Ohio are ranked.

Tri-Rivers Center For Adult Education’s Open House is Monday, April 24, 4-7pm at the Adult Education Healthcare & Public Safety Building, 1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio. You can visit the Nursing programs, and learn about Industrial Maintenance, Paramedic, EMT, Welding and RAMTEC programs.
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New Adult Welding Classes in Tri-Rivers RAMTEC

Welding is one of the few career choices that is in high demand at all times. To meet those demands Tri-Rivers Center for Adult Education is offering three part-time classes and one full-time class in their state of the art RAMTEC training center on the Tri-Rivers campus, 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd, Marion, Ohio. Students can enroll now for the 48-hour Basic Welding class that starts January 16, according to instructor Levi Retterer.

Part Time Welding Course Offerings

“Since welders are needed in almost every industry, it gives them the flexibility to switch industries without changing careers,” said Retterer. “Most career choices have ups and downs; whereas, welding has endless opportunities that keep fueling the demand for welders.”

The three part-time classes include:

Introduction to Welding, which is designed to instruct students in welding safety and welding techniques. This 20-hour class is available Jan. 9-12 and April 17-20, 4-9pm, Monday through Thursday.

Basic Welding  teaches students the basic knowledge of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and oxyacetylene cutting. This 48-hour program is available Jan.16-Feb. 2 and April 24-May 11, 4-8pm, Monday through Thursday.

Advanced Welding is for the individual in the field of welding with experience in arc welding and/or has completed the Basic Welding program. This 48-hour program is available Feb. 6-23 and May 15-June 1, 4-8pm, Monday through Thursday.

The full-time 650-hour Tri-Rivers Adult Education Welding program in RAMTEC starts August of 2017 and runs through January of 2018, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm, said Retterer. “This program covers the basics of Shielded Metal Arc Welding Flux Cored Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding with structural fabrication skills and hands-on practice and skill attainment lab sessions

Welding Brochure 650 hour course

The full-time welding program gives students the opportunity to earn industrial certifications, said Retterer.

To register for a part-time welding class or the full-time class, contact Suzy Wall at or 740-389-4682, extension 5500 or contact Holly Ramey at or 740-389-8590. Financial Aid is available for the full-time program.





RAMTEC instructor is a finalist for national award

mark-e_updated-webTri-Rivers RAMTEC Instructor Mark Edington, who was named Ohio’s Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)  Postsecondary Teacher of the Year earlier this year, has been selected as the 2016 Region 1 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. He will be one of five instructors nationwide vying for the 2017 National Award at the ACTE Excellence Awards  Nov. 30th in Las Vegas, according to Larry Hickman, Tri-Rivers Chief Instructional Officer.

“This is quite an honor—a well deserved honor—for Mark,” said Hickman. “We are lucky to have his talents, experience and expertise in our RAMTEC Center. This award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in career and technical education at the postsecondary level.”

“Mark Edington’s dedication to career-technical education shows through his passion to share his knowledge with students,” says Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. “In 2013, Edington came out of retirement to teach the new Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Training Program at Tri Rivers Career Center. As the only dual FANUC and Motoman-Yasakawa Certified Robotic Trainer in Ohio, he possesses unique skills that he has used to prepare his students for real-life situations.”

“Using a combination of theory and hands-on practice that he has learned throughout his career, Mr. Edington teaches students to react to real-world scenarios and cultivate problem-solving skills that will help them throughout their careers,” said Hickman.  “Mr. Edington was one of the hosts of Ohio ACTE’s summer conference professional development program in 2016 and continually shares his knowledge with colleagues for the benefit of all Career Tech students.

“Over the last three years in his education career, Edington has provided 245 students with thousands of hours of training. He has been instrumental in helping to fill the skilled-labor gap, not only in his community but throughout the state, as he has provided training to instructors that will be sharing this knowledge at eight regional robotics & advanced manufacturing technology education collaborative (RAMTEC) career centers,” said Gardner.  “His unique knowledge and willingness to come out of retirement to give his time to students shows his passion for career and technical education.”

The national postsecondary teacher of the year award, along with several other ACTE Excellence Awards will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.

(Shown above with his wife, Linda, at the Ohio ACTE Awards Ceremony)

LPN to RN grads achieve 100% passage of NCLEX

2016 graduates of  Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program achieved 100% passage of the NCLEX (National Council Examination)lpn-to-rn-pix-web

The goal of the Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program at Tri-Rivers Center for Adult Education is two-fold.
“First of all, we want our graduates to successfully obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse. Secondly, our students also receive education that focuses on the professional environment and current practice issues including evidence-based practice and patient experience, in order to make them successful employees for today’s health care agencies,” said Dr. Emeline Kelly, Health & Public Safety Programs Director for Tri-Rivers.
“We also place importance of continuing education by instructing our students that it is an expectation that they will obtain further education, minimally, a baccalaureate degree,” said Dr. Kelly. “Additionally, we hold our faculty and staff to a high standard, relying on current practice and innovative educational strategies.”
Dr. Kelly attributes the high passage rate to working one on one with students and offering unparalleled support for students during their training. In 2014 the program was the only RN program in Ohio to achieve a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX, in 2015 they had 95.6%. This year 100%.

Kelly explained that they look at each individual student and work hard to support their goals of becoming a healthcare professional. “Each student is different. We recognize those differences and provide the support that helps them succeed.”

2016 Industrial Maintenance Graduation

The 2016 Industrial Maintenance Training Program recently held its graduation in the Giauque Auditorium on the Tri-Rivers Campus.  This program provides skills training necessary to perform industrial maintenance tasks in today’s manufacturing operations.  The graduates learned to design, build, test and troubleshoot.

They received hands-on training in Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, HVAC training, Basic Electricity and Electronics, Introduction to Computers and Hydraulics, Pneumatics, PLC’s, Machine Tools and more.

2016 Industrial Maintenance Graduates. Standing left to right are: Instructor Ted Davis, Joey Conley, William Goodrich, Melvin Boes, James Patrick, Walter Petty, John McDaniel, Bryon Miller, and Adult Director Richard George. Kneeling: Andrew Michalek, Ken Paul, and Mike Bisch.13323582_10156991456395578_1737894833779873615_o