Congrats to Adult Education’s Industrial Maintenance Grads

Congratulations to the 2023 Adult Education Industrial Maintenance Graduates—Owen Blanton, Dillion Brown, Justin Campbell, Charles Curren, Tammie Dial, Kelly Keller, Joshua Kirk, Moe Min Win, Jarrid Miracle. Not pictured: Ethan Hollenbaugh, Wesley Troutman and John Webber. You are ready to work with almost a year’s worth if training.

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!

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If you live in central Ohio and want hands-on learning—Come to Tri-Rivers!

TRCC’s Treasurer/CFO inducted into MTC’s Alumni Hall of Fame

Above, Tammi Cowell is picture with Dr. Amy Adams of MTC.

Tammi Cowell, Tri-Rivers Treasurer/CFO. 

Mrs. Tammi Cowell, Tri-Rivers Treasurer/CFO was inducted into Marion Technical College’s Alumni Hall of Fame Thursday, November 17, at a ceremony held in the Health Technolgoies Center on the Marion Campus.

Mrs. Cowell oftentimes talks about people today needing more grit.   Mrs. Cowell IS the definition of grit—she displays true grit. Her courage and resolve as she has faced life’s obstacles is truly amazing.

She started her career at TRCC.  She was a very young mom and a high school secretary at Tri-Rivers. She handled both roles—and her many other roles —with a confidence and maturity that belied her youthful age. She moved from that position to the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent. 

As a life-long learner she continued her education, here at MTC, then earning a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. All along she continued to grow in her career. She left Tri-Rivers to become the treasurer/CFO at Northmor and then hired back at Tri-Rivers as Treasurer/CFO. 

At Northmor Mrs. Cowell improved their cash balance from $0 to $6 million in five year. And since returning to Tri-Rivers she has doubled Tri-Rivers’ cash carryover balance in just three years by implementing cost savings measures and managing or initiating several grants.


                          MTC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees, l-r: Tammi Cowell, John “Tom” Gleespen, Sue Jacob and Darl Snyder.

Mrs. Cowell is also active in the Ohio Association of School Business Officials  (also know as OASBO) by serving as a board member and worker bee on many committees. 

Locally she is active in the Junior Service Guild and Marion Women’s Club Home. She’s also board member for the Women’s Business Council and has been active with United Way and the Salvation Army.

In 2019 she received Central Region Distinguished Service Award by OASBO’s Foundation for School Business Management. That same year she was selected as an Emerging Leader for OASBO. Tammi was named as an Outstanding Alumni at Tri-Rivers.

Mrs. Cowell has taken her Associate Degree and continued to build on it…She has continually given back to Marion Technical College by serving for many years as a business advisory committee member. She IS a proud MTC graduate and a wonderful ambassador.

Whatever job Mrs. Cowell has, she takes it to the next level. She not only has grit, she is disciplined, tenacious and a force in her field. She is very deserving of this award. Congratulations, Mrs. Cowell! All of us at TRCC are proud of you!



Ohio Means Jobs Virtual Job Fair Nov. 2

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Students from Ohio State Marion start classes at TRCC

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

Tri-Rivers joins Ohio Technical Centers statewide campaign

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Nikki Hamilton receives Pam Decker Memorial Award

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

Congrats to 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.