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.



Ashley Kube, RN. —Outstanding Alumni 2020-2021

Ashley Kube, RN, is a nurse leader and nurse educator in our community. Graduate of Tri-Rivers PN and LPN to RN programs

The Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor our school presents to a graduate, and it is given in recognition of a graduate that has brought honor to Tri-Rivers through their professional achievements, community impact and leadership. We are honored  to celebrate Ashley’s achievements as a Tri-Rivers graduate, nurse leader and nurse educator in our community.

Ashley initially enrolled in Tri Rivers School of Nursing as an advanced standing student in January of 2013 in our Practical Nursing, or LPN, program. Her Tri-Rivers Instructor, Lori Conte, said, “It became immediately apparent to me that Ashley was a very dedicated, thorough, and caring future nurse. She was always striving to learn more, to do more and just be the best she could be, volunteering for extra assignments and doing extra research to make sure she gave safe care.”

Ashley graduated in June of 2013, and upon receiving her LPN license, immediately re-enrolled in the LPN to RN program at Tri-Rivers in the fall of 2013. Ashley not only graduated from our RN program the following year, but her clinical and academic performance was so outstanding that she was selected as the recipient of the Registered Nursing program’s highest award, the Judith Ryan Higel Award. 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.

After graduation, Ashley worked at Marion Manor as Registered Nurse, MDS Coordinator and charge nurse, where she put her heart into her work. She quickly became known as a patient advocate, providing meticulous and compassionate care to the patients assigned to her. At the same time, Ashley continued her education, graduating from Ohio University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2019. Not only has she shown a lifelong commitment to continuous learning, but she has also demonstrated that another strength she possesses is the ability to teach and inspire others. Ashley joined our own clinical faculty in 2016, teaching groups of students in various clinical sites over the next 3 years.

Her emphasis on patient safety and critical thinking made a lasting impact on the future nurses she taught during that time period. Ashley is currently working as a nurse leader and nurse educator at Avita Bucyrus Community Hospital. She has worked there as a Med Surg nurse, an ICU nurse, and now has the position of Student Nurse Residency and New Graduate Coordinator. During her time so far at Avita Health System, she has received advanced IV placement training, and has already been the recipient of a Daisy Award, a highly regarded award given to nurses for providing “above and beyond compassionate care to patients and families.”

Ashley has had a tremendous community impact in her career so far since her graduation from Tri-Rivers. She has influenced our community not only through the excellent nursing care she has provided, but also through her guidance on many future and new nurses through her teaching efforts.

Ashley is truly a distinguished alumna and deserving of this award. She teaches, guides, encourages, and mentors new nurses and helps their own passion for the field of nursing to be nurtured. She continues to be a role model in prioritizing patient safety, patient advocacy, and compassionate care. Ashley always speaks highly of Tri Rivers and never hesitates to encourage future Tri-Rivers students with her story. We are all honored to have walked with her for a time in her nursing journey, and we look forward to celebrating her future accomplishments with her.

Congratulations to the Adult Diploma May Grads

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

Graduates include: Corey Corbin-Adkins, Alex Dodd, Tiffani Hummel, Eric McCurdy and Michael Miller.

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.

2021 Industrial Maintenance Graduation

Congratulations to the 2021 Tri-Rivers Industrial Maintenance Graduates—Adam Furniss, Ryan Pahl, Matthew Parrish, Brian Salinas, Jerry Stevenson, Jeremy Thomas, Linken Tyler and Matthew Vandeerhoff.


The Industrial Maintenance Adult Education Training 600-hour Program at Tri-Rivers provides the skills necessary to perform industrial maintenance tasks in today’s manufacturing operations.

Furniss and Pahl received Excellent Attendance Awards.

Industrial Maintenance 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!


Industrial Maintenance Instructors: Corey Adams, Reddy Brown, Mark Edington, Dakota Elswick, Richard George, Chris Harriman, Larry Honaker, David Isley, Kyle Kanagy, Steve McFarland, Amy Pirnstill, Levi Retterer, Tom Reynolds, Tim Seeley, John Seibel, Larry Strickland, and Larry Wood

Support Staff: Nikki Hamilton, Amy Pirnstill

Program details: Industrial Maintenance-Tri-Rivers

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.