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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.



2018 Outstanding Tri-Rivers Alumnus Honored at Board Dinner

Alivia Christian

Alivia Young Christian is a 2012 graduate of Elgin High School, who majored in Tri-Rivers Health Care Professionals, which is now our Health Careers Academy. As a high school student Alivia was a standout—she was an active member of SkillsUSA, earned membership into the National Technical Honor Society, was selected as an Ambassador and a Teen Board member, plus she received one of the coveted Director’s Awards during the Senior Recognition evening at the Palace.

During her Senior year at the Career Center she was also dual enrolled in Marion Technical College. While at Marion Tech she worked at McDonald’s and for a short time she cared for her former junior instructor, Chris Pemberton’s mom. Chris said she completely trusted Alivia who was so caring and compassionate.

She completed her Associate’s degree at Marion Tech and received her RN in June of 2016. Alivia then started working at Marion General Hospital in July of 2016. She started on a medical floor for 9 months, then moved to step-down and just recently accepted a position in the ICU.

Alivia is the perfect nurse. Even in high school she always wanted to do her best. Unless she received a 100% on a test, it wasn’t good enough. She was and is a goal-oriented person and never happy with second best.

Alivia exemplifies our slogan of “A School Where You are ALLOWED to, INSPIRED, and EXPECTED to BE AMAZING!” At Tri-Rivers we truly expect our students to do amazing things. And Alivia with her attention to detail and desire to continually grow as a person and a professional is an AMAZING nurse. In a few weeks she will complete her BSN.


Robert Zwink

Robert Zwink is a 1996 graduate of Marion Harding High School, who majored in Tri-Rivers Electronics program.

Rob was nominated by his friend Joshua Simpkins who also graduated from Harding. Josh had this to say about his longtime friend:

I think Rob demonstrates that kids from modest backgrounds can still be very successful if they are willing to work hard and build a skill set that employers value.

I attended Marion Harding with Rob and then roomed with him when we both lived in Columbus in the late 90s. When I think of a self-made man, Rob is always the first person who comes to mind. After graduating from Tri-Rivers, he moved to Columbus with absolutely nothing—no money, no college degree—although he later earned a Bachelors of Computer Science from Franklin University—and no contacts beyond a few Marion people.

Rob initially got an entry-level job in tech support at Micro Center. Through hard work and determination, he worked his way up through various technology positions in the Columbus area including tech analyst for Lucent Technologies, Lead Software Engineer for Micro Electronics, Inc, and executive director for JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of SafeChain Financial, Inc.

SafeChain provides executive leadership, architecture strategy and engineering solutions in support of blockchain backed title software devices.

Also, Rob is just a thoroughly decent guy. He’s a committed husband and father of two sons. He’s always willing to help people who need it. He’s never forgotten his roots and for a guy like him—who marches to the beat of a different drummer—Tri-Rivers opened the door to what has become an exceptionally successful career and life.

We at Tri-Rivers share Josh’s sentiments. Rob represents everything an Outstanding Alumni should. He is extremely successful in his field, a good citizen, a committed family person and an active volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Ohio for over a decade.


Billie Fields-Baer

Billie Fields-Baer is not only a graduate of Tri-Rivers Practical Nursing and LPN to RN nursing programs but also a long-time employee of Tri-Rivers. From the beginning of her career journey to several graduations—LPN, RN, and BSN) and licensure, she has grown into the profession as a nurse educator and leader.

Through education and mentoring, Billie has touched the lives of many students. She has a passion for teaching and understands the role of Tri-Rivers in adult students’ lives. She goes above and beyond to ensure that her students have a good understanding of topics and how they affect their everyday practice. She is always on the sideline coaching, cheering and encouraging students to stay positive and believe in themselves. She doesn’t know how to say “no.” She will always find a way to help or accommodate people in need. Her creativity has always provided solutions to any problems encountered.

Billie started her career as a Medical Assistant and Office Manager in one of the local physician’s practice. While working full-time and raising five children, she enrolled in Tri-Rivers first Evening Practical Nursing program. She graduated in 2004 with honors and received the highest award in the Practical Nursing program—the Margaret Helen Gast Award.

In 2012, she made the decision to further her nursing career by enrolling into the Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program. Again, she graduated with honors and received the Judith Ryan Higel award. Soon after graduating from the RN program, she enrolled at Ohio University where she earned her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing and graduated Cum Laude.

This year she continued her nursing career journey by enrolling in a graduate program at Grand Canyon University with the goal of earning a Masters in Nursing Science.

In addition to her educational accomplishments, Billie has made multiple contributions to Tri-Rivers. Beginning in 2005, she has served as the instructor for the nursing prerequisite programs, Nurse Aide instructor and the Patient Care Technician Program Coordinator. Also, because of Billie’s caring personality and ability to connect and build rapport with students, she was chosen to serve as the success center’s academic and life coach. This year she also served as a clinical instructor in Tri-Rivers LPN to RN Program. It is obvious that Billie is involved in all healthcare programs; however, her main responsibility is being the Patient Tech Program Coordinator.

When she took over that role in 2016, she was able to make great improvements to the program and achieve record high outcomes, according to Dr. Emeline Kelly, the Nursing Director. Tri-Rivers received notification from the National Healthcareer Association commending the PCT program’s 2017 pass rates being above the national averages. It was reported that our 2017 pass rate currently sits at 97%, that is 19 points above the national average of 78%. The agency has requested to use the Tri-Rivers’ PCT program as a model curriculum because of these great outcomes.

Billie serves on the advisory committee for secondary’s Vet Science program and for the Health program at Marion Harding.




Steve McFarland

Steve McFarland is an electrician with over 25 years of commercial and residential experience. He’s a 1987 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School. In 1988 he entered the United States Army where he served as a 31 N 10 Communication System Circuit Controller. Steve served in Germany, was stationed in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1992.

In 2010 Steve enrolled in our Adult Education Industrial Maintenance program. He graduated from the program in May of 2011—a 600-hour program with perfect attendance.

In August of 2011 Steve started Steve McFarland Electric LLC which continues to operate today. In October 2011 he began to give back his talents and expertise to Tri-Rivers, when he was hired as a part-time instructor for the Industrial Maintenance program he had previously completed.

Steve is an excellent instructor. He has competed the training and is a NCCER Certified Instructor for Core Curriculum and Electrical. He has not only been a very enthusiastic and reliable instructor for Tri-Rivers, he has  hired some of our students to work for his company!

Steve has always received very high evaluations from his students at Tri-Rivers. One of the questions that is asked on the evaluation is, “What did you like best about the course?” Here is just a small sampling of what Steve’s student’s say: “The Instructor, hands on and demonstrations.” “Inside knowledge from master electrician.” “The theory and knowledge and knowledge that our instructor brought to the classroom.” “Hands on. The excitement of Steve, to teach and his first-hand experiences.”

This past winter, in Steve’s Electrical Control classes it was amazing to see our adult students volunteer to come up front, diagram what they were learning and interact with the class. That just doesn’t happen by itself,  it’s instructors like Steve, who earn the classes’ respect for their knowledge and their ability to share their expertise with students who want to advance in their careers. It’s his passion for teaching  that makes Steve an Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni award winner.










Marion CAN DO! receives Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service 2018 award


At Tri-Rivers we take great pride in providing the most up-to-date training opportunities. We could not do that without Advisory Committee Members and the support and input from area organizations and business groups. Tonight we recognize Marion CAN DO!. Their support has helped us move forward at the pace of business in order to meet the skills training needs of our area. For this we honor them with a coveted Tri-Rivers/Lautenslager Distinguished Service Award.

CAN DO! has been an important partner in the development of the Tri-Rivers RAMTEC program. We are privileged to have their staff helping to lead the way in recruiting strong manufacturing partners to our community. CAN DO!’s continuous support of manufacturing collaboration in our community has helped RAMTEC and Tri-Rivers grow strong Welding, Advanced Machining and Engineering Technologies programs.

The Marion CAN DO! team and board is made up of business leaders and innovators. When businesses come to town, CAN DO! connects with Tri-Rivers and works with us to find solutions to these companies’ skills training needs. CAN DO!’s Director Gus Comstock took over the leadership of the group in 2014. He came to Marion with an extensive background in economic development experience from his work in Chillicothe and Delaware. His guidance and experience has been invaluable to the area in general and to Tri-Rivers specifically. Gus and Executive Assistant Denny Ferguson have assisted us and supported us on numerous occasions.


Marion CAN DO! has helped to get Marion County into the Central Ohio mix of places to locate companies—emphasizing that we are not only an industrial and rail town, but that we have an educational corridor with Tri-Rivers, Marion Technical College, and Ohio State at Marion being integral parts of that corridor. At Tri-Rivers we are thankful for this support and promotion.

CAN DO! is dedicated to using the vast educational and technical training assets in our area to provide businesses with the most qualified workforce to fit the needs of new and expanding industries. Tri-Rivers welcomes the challenge to provide needed skills training and thanks CAN DO! for the opportunities they have facilitated.

All three of the counties served by Tri-Rivers—Marion, Morrow and Union counties—are part of the Marion Columbus Region. The 11-county Columbus Region is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the United States. The Columbus Region is known for its competitively priced real estate and rents, top-ranked market access, and strong workforce. CAN DO! is instrumental in this regional partnership.

On CAN DO!’s website you’ll find this quote: Marion is an innovative evolving community composed of multiple educational institutions and organizations collaborating to make Marion, Ohio, America’s Workforce Development Capital.

Tri-Rivers is honored to be part of this initiative and we are profoundly thankful for CAN DO!’s support, guidance and partnership.


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Open House for RAMTEC Robotic Tech Training March 14

Training for Area’s Immediate Openings
Do you want a great paying job? Or know someone who wants a great paying job?  Do you have the aptitude and attitude to succeed in the robotics field?  Would you like to make $18 to $26 per hour?  Join us March 14 for an Open House from 2pm to 6pm at RAMTEC on the Tri-Rivers Campus for an informational session on a customized training class designed to meet the robotic technician needs of area employers.

“Honda of America, Ohio Means Jobs, AeroTek, Robotworx, Tri-Rivers and other area companies will be at the Open House to assist you to gain the training needed to make great wages with a great career,” said Ritch Ramey, Engineering Coordinator for RAMTEC.

“Our first 15-day class will start April 16 and will guarantee participants an interview with a area company that needs associates with robotics skills covered in the RAMTEC Robotic Technician Training program,” said Ramey.

Overview of the program:
• FANUC—HTOP ((Handling, Tooling, Operations & Programming)—Robotic Training—40 hours in class training
• Yaskawa/Motoman—Robotic Training—40 hours in class training
• Additional Training—40 hours in class training Robotic Preventative Maintenance, Mechanical Blueprint Reading, and Technical Math.
Total Hours: 120

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC has partnered with FANUC Robotics to offer onsite certification training, including: Robot Operation, HTOP (Handling, Tooling, Operations & Programming), 2D iRVision Operation & Programming and Robot Maintenance.

RAMTEC has also partnership with Yaskawa Motoman Robotics to offer onsite educational certification training. Students will learn operation, programming and how it applies to Material Handling applications.

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC is located in Marion, Ohio on the Tri-Rivers Career Center campus, 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd, Marion, OH. The Center has the most up-to-date equipment. It is supported by industry partnerships with Robotworx, Whirlpool, Honda of America, U.S. Yachiyo, FANUC Robotics, and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, who have combined forces and talent to operate as an industrial robotics and advanced manufacturing center. The facility is geared to technically train students for high-skilled jobs in Automation, Robotics, CNC (Computer Numerical Control), Welding and Industrial Maintenance.

For more information call Holly at 740-389-8590 or email her at . Financial aide assistance available.

Tri-Rivers School of Nursing RN ranked as Best in Ohio

For the second year in a row, Tri-Rivers School of Nursing LPN to RN program has been ranked at the Best in Ohio by, according to a news release from the group.

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond, according to Sally Worthington of  “We analyzed past and present first time NCLEX-RN passage rates—weighted by year.”

She said, “The NCLEX-RN exam is used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to help assess a student’s competency and is required for licensure. Also, many state boards of nursing use the total overall NCLEX-RN pass rates for a school as one of the main ways to approve a school’s ability to provide a nursing education in the state. This is why we feel the NCLEX-RN pass rates are one of the best ways to determine a nursing program’s student preparedness, and that is why we decided to rank them using this method.”

“Eighty-nine schools in Ohio were analyzed and 30 qualified to be ranked”, said Dr. Emeline Kelly, Tri-Rivers Director of Health & Public Safety program. 

Dr. Emeline Kelly

Dr. Kelly said, “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.”

The National Council Examination (NCLEX-RN) is the nationwide examination for licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada. Most recently the 2017 graduates of Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program achieved 95.8% passage of the NCLEX. 

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.”
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   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, February 12, 4-7pm at the Adult Education Healthcare & Public Safety Building, 1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio. Learn more about LPN to RN, Practical Nursing, Patient Care Technician, Paramedic and EMT.