Tri-Rivers Career Center Receives Generous Contribution from Honda to Enhance Student Driver Education

Caption: Students at Tri-Rivers embrace the future of driver education with enthusiasm as they engage with cutting-edge driving simulators, above, to learn safe driving habits.



[Marion, Ohio, August 16, 2023] – Tri-Rivers Career Center, a respected institution known for providing comprehensive career-focused education, is pleased to announce a significant contribution from Honda, a prominent figure in the automotive industry. This collaboration marks an important step in further enriching the student experience through an innovative driver education initiative.

“This remarkable contribution from Honda will enable Tri-Rivers Career Center students to gain practical driving experience and develop safe habits, ensuring they are well-prepared for their forthcoming Ohio driver training tests,” expressed Jennie Rinnert, C.E.I. Aide and a primary proponent of securing this contribution. She continued, “The simulators open new avenues for our students to learn in a controlled and engaging environment.”

It is only the second day of classes at Tri-Rivers, and the initiative has been met with enthusiasm from both students and educators alike. The installation of cutting-edge driving simulators adds a practical and immersive dimension to the curriculum, allowing students to engage in realistic driving scenarios and experience a range of scenarios they might not normally be able to experience prior to being licensed.


About Tri-Rivers Career Center: Founded in 1973, Tri-Rivers Career Center has remained dedicated to equipping students with the skills needed for successful careers, fostering independence, and promoting lifelong learning. With over 40 years of dedicated service to the community, Tri-Rivers Career Center is a beacon of excellence in career-focused education. Our mantra, “allowed to, inspired to, and expected to be amazing,” drives our commitment to empowering students. Serving nine associate schools across three counties, we prepare students for success while fostering independence and a lifelong love for learning. Discover more at

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility and the Honda USA Foundation With a legacy spanning over six decades in the United States, Honda continues to uphold its commitment to making positive contributions within the communities it serves. Honda’s mission revolves around creating products and services that empower individuals to reach their full potential, while also practicing sustainability and fostering inclusivity. In alignment with its corporate social responsibility endeavors, Honda and the Honda USA Foundation focus on supporting education, environmental sustainability, mobility solutions, traffic safety, and community enrichment. Learn more at

For more information on Tri-Rivers Career Center or the driving simulator initiative, please contact Jennie Rinnert at 740-389-4681 or visit Tri-Rivers’ website at

Schedule for Seniors May 18/Senior Recognition 7pm

Senior Schedule for Thursday, May 18

Your day will start in the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria)

8:30 – Welcome & Breakfast Announcements-—Mr. Solis

8:50 – Farewell Speech—Mr. Solis

9:00 – TRCC Program Trivia—Swag Bag: Mr. Solis

9:15 – CTSO Awards—Mrs. Lucas

9:25 – Housekeeping—Mrs. Lucas

Thank you to Chef Branam and  cafeteria staff for a delicious breakfast!

Bus Assignments – Look at the table chart for your “Block color” bus assignments to and from the Coliseum.

9:35 – Senior Group Photo
Depart from the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria) through the front doors in an orderly fashion to the TRCC digital sign at the front of the pond/property where we will have our Senior Group Photo. Please stay away from the pond and the highway traffic.

9:45 – Load buses for Coliseum.
Once our Senior photo is complete, we will move to the buses for loading to transport to the Coliseum for practice.

10:00 – Arrive at Marion Coliseum for practice

Depart Coliseum for TRCC
At the completion of practice, you will load onto the same bus and return to TRCC for dismissal.

Arrive at TRCC-Receive Ordered Lunch—MPR

All Dismissed

Students arrive at the Marion Coliseum for Senior Recognition at 6pm
The event starts at 7pm


Tri-Rivers empowers students with Teach Arts Ohio grant

Caption: Tri-Rivers Interactive Media students had the unique opportunity to work closely with professional illustrator, Jerzy Drozd, above, to develop their storytelling and artistic skills. 


Tri-Rivers Career Center’s Interactive Media program recently completed a highly successful program funded by the Ohio Arts Council’s Teach Arts Ohio grant, according to Josh Ebert, one of the program’s two instructors.

“The grant awarded with public funds provided by the state enabled the school to bring in a resident artist to teach our students the art of visual storytelling through creating and publishing mini-comics,” explained Ebert.

Over the course of one semester, students in Tri-Rivers’ Interactive Media program had the unique opportunity to work closely with professional illustrator, Jerzy Drozd, to develop their storytelling and artistic skills, said Jeff Davidson, also an Interactive Media instructor.  “The program was highly successful, with our students not only learning valuable technical skills but also gaining confidence in their creative abilities.”

Ebert said the program was not only beneficial for students, but also had a positive impact on the surrounding community. “Students were able to publicly showcase their work at the end of the semester. Through a partnership with the local comic store, Thunderfury Comics, they hosted an event in honor of Free Comic Book Day, which drew a large crowd and generated a great deal of positive feedback. This not only provided students with valuable exposure, but also helped to promote the arts in the community.”

“We are excited about the success of this program and grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Ohio Arts Council through the Teach Arts Ohio grant,” said Dr. Charles Speelman, superintendent of Tri-Rivers Career Center. “The impact of this program has been far-reaching, not only for our students but also for the community as a whole. We look forward to continuing to provide our students with unique and valuable educational experiences like this in the future.”

The Teach Arts Ohio grant is part of the Ohio Arts Council’s mission to foster and encourage the development of the arts and cultural opportunities in the state, said Davidson. “Tri-Rivers Career Center is proud to have been selected for this grant and looks forward to future collaborations with the Ohio Arts Council.”

For more information on Tri-Rivers Career Center or the Teach Arts Ohio program, please contact Ebert or Davidson at 740-389-4681 or visit Tri-Rivers’ website at

David Willey selected as National ‘Lifechanger of the Year’ winner

David Willey, our Construction Trades Academy (CTA) instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center, has been chosen as a Grand Prize Finalist for the 2022-23 LifeChanger of the Year Program. He received a $5,000 prize, which will be awarded as a $2,500 individual prize and a $2,500 donation to his school.

Willey was surprised with his award Thursday, April 6, 2023 during a school assembly with more than100 students and faculty members in attendance. The award was presented to him by National Life Group representative Tony Khoury and Tri-Rivers Career Center Superintendent Charles Speelman.

Willey joined Tri-Rivers Career Center during the 2017-18 school year after working as a commercial carpenter and foreman. He had a successful career, but felt a calling to share his knowledge and inspire the next generation of carpenters.

Under Willey’s leadership, the CTA program has grown from around 20 students in the Level 1 and 2 programs to more than 100 students in the Construction Trades 10 (preconstruction), Level 1, and Level 2 programs. 

Willey utilizes tradesmen he knows from the field to provide specialized training such as Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). 

Willey believes every student deserves multiple chances to succeed. He guides and supports his students through difficult situations. Willey holds them accountable and teaches them to learn from good and bad experiences. He helps them to grow personally and in their chosen career paths. 

“David Willey has not only built the best construction program in Ohio, but he has built strong young men and women,” said Speelman. “We—students, staff, administrators, community members— couldn’t be more thankful that he chose to leave his very lucrative career to become a teacher. What he has done and continues to do is priceless.”

LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. 

Each year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

To be considered for an award, nominees must be K-12 school or district employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students.  Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

 Make a positive impact in the lives of students

 Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride

 Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

 Possess a proven record of professional excellence

 Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

 Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

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