FAFSA Workshop at TRCC-Oct 4, 6-8pm


A FAFSA/Financial Aid Workshop will be held in
Tri-Rivers’ Auditorium, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, 6-8pm.
Need more information? Contact TRCC School Counselor
Kirstin Large—

This is an opportunity to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with assistance from financial aid professionals. Many two and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. require or strongly encourage filling out the FAFSA. The information you provide on this form becomes the basis for determining eligibility for federal and state grants, work study programs, some scholarships, and subsidized & unsubsidized student loans. 

The first hour of the workshop will be an informational session about financial aid. The second hour, if you bring all the necessary documents, will be used as a work session to complete the FAFSA with help from our representative from OSU.

College is not free. Students are charged tuition, fees, and room & board and must pay for books and supplies.  The total cost to attend college is referred to as the cost of education or the student budget.  While it is understood that paying for college can be a significant burden, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that college costs are paid.

Financial aid is help to pay for college!

Bring all of the following documents which pertain to you, your spouse and/or your parents for the FAFSA Completion session:

What Information/Documents Will I Need to Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA?

• FSA IDs – Both the student and one parent each need to create their own unique Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password at www.fsaid.ed.gov at least three days prior to completing the FAFSA. – Please do this before you come to the meeting if you plan to fill the FAFSA out during the meeting.

• 2021 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)

• 2021 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)

• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2021

• Documentation from you and/or your parent’s case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2021

• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2021

• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2021

• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2021 (for current college students)

• Bank statements

• Investment records

• Student and parental Social Security numbers

**There may be other nights taking place at the home schools as well.  If you cannot attend the meeting at TRCC listed above, please contact the guidance office at your home school to see if they are holding a FAFSA night.**

How to finish the FAFSA in 5 Steps: Finishing FAFSA iin 5 Steps

Why is FAFSA so important? FAFSAFirst

This is one of the most important events to attend if your
student plans to attend college for the 2023-2024 School Year.
Many colleges and scholarships REQUIRE a completed FAFSA.
This is a must for grants, work study programs, federal loans and scholarships.



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Safer Ohio School Tip Line

What Parents Need to Know

  • Information submitted to the tip line can be done anonymously.
  • The tip line accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day.
  • The tip line does not cost your school anything to utilize.
  • Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts within Ohio Homeland Security.  If action is needed, the analysts immediately forward information to local school officials, law enforcement agencies and the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) for action and follow up.
  • Contact your school or district directly about policies they have for notification to parents about tips received.
  • Information submitted to tip lines is not a public record under Ohio law.

Do you need help now?

Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.

Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.

The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices.

Throughout Ohio, you can text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.

For more information about the Crisis Text Line and for supporting resources, please visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services website.


988 Lifeline

Ohioans experiencing suicidal crisis, mental health or addiction-related distress can now call 988, an easy-to-remember three-digit number to access free, 24/7, confidential support for themselves or loved ones.

The Lifeline provides live crisis phone services in English and Spanish and uses Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages for people who call 988. The 988 dialing code will also be available nationwide for text or chat (English only).

Transition Fair set for Sept. 29

Tri-Rivers to host Transitions Night for Individuals with Disabilities

Tri-Rivers is hosting its first Annual 2022 Transition Night for individuals with disabilities and their families, Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30-7:30pm at the Career Center. The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will feature more than 47 representatives with informational booths focusing on Vocational, Educational and Independent Living resources. 

“We had an amazing response from area agencies, educational institutions, businesses, employment services and independent living advocates,” said Jamie Bando, Tri-Rivers Vocational Special Education Coordinator. “There will be so much information and guidance providing at this event. It is truly a gathering of tremendous resources all in one place. We hope families will take advantage of it.”

Bando said there will be two breakout sessions that evening covering important topics. At 6pm Lars Olsen from Alluvial Private Wealth will present on the topics of Guardianship, Social Security, and Estate Planning. A 6:30pm Jen Montag, from Marion Technical College, will discuss Accommodations in College (Disability Servivces). 

The more booths participants visit, the more chances they get to win amazing door prizes—a Spa Experience at TRCC’s Total Reflections Saon, a Picnic Table Built by TRCC’s Construction Trades, Season Pass to “Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights,” a Diaper Bag of Goodies, a Car Wash-n-Wax by Trcc’s Auto Tech, a Wooden Bench by TRCC’s Construction Trades, a Lavender Plant from TRCC’s C.E.I., an OSU Gift Basket, a MTC Gift Basket, additional Gifts Cards, and More!!!

The more than 47 booths at the event include: See the list in the flyer below.

The event is co-sponsored by these schools: Elgin, Marion Harding, Pleasant, River Valley, Ridgedale, North Union, Mt. Gilead, Cardington and Highland.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Mrs. Bando at 740-389-8581 or . 

2022-23—Covid Policy

Until we get further guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or Marion Public Health, we will ask any student who tests positive for Covid to isolate for 5 days and then return to school on day 6 if there is symptom improvement and they are fever-free.  Students will wear a mask on day 6 thru 10 if when return to school.

Chef Stalnaker earns Silver Medal

Chef Lance Stalnaker, Culinary Arts Instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center, earned a Silver Medal at the Columbus State Spring Classic held recently. He competed in the KC-4 category, Contemporary Hot Food Category with an entry of Spiced Rack of Lamb with Curry Sauce and Chermoula, Stewed Butternut Squash and Lentils, Confit Bell Peppers, and Candied Squash.

Competitors have sixty minutes to prepare four portions of a finished entrée plate based on the protein of their choosing. The competition is judged by American Culinary Federation Competition Judges which included Lead Judge Sarah Deckert CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and Thomas Peer CMC (Certified Master Chef).

This is Chef Stalnaker’s third ACF Professional Competition and according to him, he does it to help his students with their competitions. “How can I ask them to go and compete, and give them the help they need from me as their advisor if I have never experienced it myself”?

He goes on to say, “Just like I tell my students, you cannot come away from these competitions without being a better Chef in every way, putting yourself out there to be judged is not easy, but it is very fulfilling.” Chef Stalnaker has had two culinary arts teams finish in the top 3 at the national FCCLA Conference and says he owes that success to students who buy in and work hard, and to a supportive administrative staff at this school that supports his continuing education and development as well as that of his students.

Chef Stalnaker CEC, CCE, WCEC is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation and the World Association of Chefs Societies and a Certified Culinary Educator through the American Culinary Federation. He resides in Mount Gilead.

Senior Signing Day May 13, 2022

We invite parents/guardians to attend our Signing Day 2022, May 13, 2022. This event recognizes Seniors who have achieved their “E.”  They are ENROLLED in college, apprenticeships, etc, EMPLOYED and/or ENLISTED. Each Tri-Rivers’ Senior who has achieved their “E” will be recognized by Tri-Rivers Administration,  future employers, reps from colleges and the military. They will be recognized by program. (See the schedule below)

They will receive a letter or certificate from the Governor’s Office, CANDO! and TRCC congratulating them. The event photos will appear on our Facebook page.

We also invited their home school adminstrators and counselors to attend.

Any questions, contact Ellen Messenger, .


Tri-Rivers Community Service Day, Friday, April 22

April 18-22 is Community Service Week

Tri-Rivers Community Service Project – Making a Difference 4/22/2022

A letter from Building Principal Chris Solis to TRCC Families:

We hope all is well with you and your family. We wanted to communicate to our TRCC families that our students will be completing Community Service this Friday, April 22nd. The purpose of the activity is to learn to always give back to their community to serve others in making a difference. We require all Full-Time students to participate in this activity and attendance will be taken at each project site. Please dress appropriately for the day and be prepared for possible weather.

Tri-Rivers enrollment encompasses 9 associate schools. Our Level 1 (Juniors)  and Level  (Seniors) students will be participating in projects located in their communities. We are excited about this first time event that we would like to take place annually at this time. Here is a list of our Associate Schools and their community service project(s):

Mount Gilead – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to the Mount Gilead Administration Building 145 North Cherry Street beginning at 8:15-8:30 am. Completing projects in the Village.

Cardington – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Cardington High School and you will walk/be transported to the Municipal Building and working at Legion Park at 8:15 am.

Highland – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Highland High School by 8:00 am. Students will be working on the school grounds with the Horticulture Club.

River Valley – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to one of the following LOCATIONS (proper location is being shared with students)

  1. River Valley High School/Middle – Working at the school mulching, painting, and cleaning around school property. Report by 8:15 am
  2. Baseball/Softball Complex on Route 309 – Raking fields, and cleaning the park area. (12 students have been chosen for this project). Report by 8:15 am
  3. City Parking Lot A (corner of Prospect and Church) – completing city projects (20 RV students have been chosen for this project) Transportation provided at Tri-Rivers and report by 8:00 am. Student drivers need to report to Parking Lot A by 8:15 am.
  4. Center Street Community Health Center 136 W. Center St. – cleaning and landscaping property. (Level 2 Student Drivers have been chosen and need to report by 8:15 am).

Elgin – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Elgin High School by 8:00-8:15 am. You will be reporting to one of the following LOCATIONS (proper location is being shared with students)

  1. Elgin High School – cleaning school grounds, setting up for Elgin Relays, baseball game, softball game, cleaning admin. building (35 students have been chosen for this location).
  2. New Bloomington for Village and Park clean up/painting and report by 8:00-8:15 – (12 student drivers have been selected for this project)

Pleasant – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – Report to Pleasant High School by 8:45 am in the front of the building. (Location is being shared with students). Mulching and Landscaping around the schools.

Ridgedale – Level 1 and Level 2 students – Report to Ridgedale High School by 8:15-8:30 am. Non-drivers will be transported to the Morral Park Washburn and Brown Park Northeast Street Morral, Ohio 43337. Drivers can meet at the park. Project activities include painting and cleaning up the park area.

Marion Harding Level 2 Students – you will be selected to go to 1 of three elementaries (Specific location is being shared with students). Non-drivers will ride their traditional morning route to Tri-Rivers. At around 8:15 am they will be transported from Tri-Rivers to their specific location to one of the following schools. Drivers can report to their specific location by 9:00 am.

  1. George Washington Elementary (400 Pennsylvania Ave.) – 15 students have been assigned to work on raised garden beds and cleanup around the school.
  2. Taft Elementary (1000 Robinson Ave.) – 10 students have been assigned to work on raised garden beds and cleanup around the school.
  3. Harrison Elementary (625 Brightwood Drive) – 15 students have been assigned to work on raised garden beds and cleanup around the school.

Marion Harding Level 1 Students – students have been selected to go to 2 locations for the day. Non-drivers will ride their traditional morning route to Tri-Rivers. At around 8:15 am they will be transported from Tri-Rivers to their specific location to one of the areas. Drivers can report to their specific location by 8:30 am.

  1. City Parking Lot A (Corner of Prospect and Church) – 39 students have been assigned to complete city projects.
  2. Marion County Sheriff’s Office (100 Executive Drive Marion, Ohio) – 10 student drivers have been assigned to work on projects with deputies. Arrive by 8:15 am.

North Union – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – students have been selected to go to the following locations (specific location will be shared with the students):

  1. Richwood High School – 20-25 students will arrive at North Union High School cafe at 8:15 am for details. Students will be going to Richwood Lake and Park Clean Up.
  2. Magnetic Springs baseball field – 23353 OH-37, Marysville, OH 43040. Arrive at 9:00 am for field clean up. (10-15 students)
  3. Richwood Fairgrounds – 1 Gill St. Richwood, OH 43344. Clean up for facilities (15-20 students)

Home school students / Non Associate School Students / Part-Time students – Level 1 and Level 2 Students – please arrive at Tri-Rivers during normal school hours. . You will be working on projects around our school.
★★ If you are not a part-time student (Homeschool students and non Associate School Students) please arrive at Tri-Rivers during your normal school hours at 8:15 am start.
★★ If you are a part-time student who normally attends in the morning please arrive at Tri-Rivers at 8:15. If you are a part-time student who normally attends in the afternoon please arrive at normal time.


  1. Is this MANDATORY? – Yes and we will be taking attendance for the events. It will be counted as an unexcused absence if the student does not participate and could result in loss of credit and truancy issues.
  2. If my child is sick for this event how do I report their absence? Please send an email to
  3. Will lunch be available for the students? Students will either be fed at their location with pizza or school issued bag lunches.
  4. What if the event ends early? Student drivers will be released and can go home. Bus riders can leave if transportation is provided or they will have to be transported by their Associate High School.
  5. How will we know if the event is CANCELED? You will receive a school text alert from Tri-Rivers in which we would ask for the students to report to school for their traditional school day.
  6. What if I have a Work Based Learning Student? We would ask for those students to participate as much as possible in their school sponsored projects and then leave for their scheduled work.

7. How will I know specifically where my child will be located for their Service Project if there are multiple projects sponsored by the school? A school text alert will be sent to the students prior to Friday.