Sen. Portman visits RAMTEC

Sen. Rob Portman visited the RAMTEC (Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) on the Tri-Rivers Career Center campus Saturday, Saturday, March 15. He met with chambers of commerce representatives from Logan, Marion and Union counties, as well as business & manufacturing leaders, area career center superintendents, Tri-Rivers students and staff. The round table focused on education and jobs and how the two go hand-in-hand.

Senator Portman with Superintendent Speelman, Honda, Whirlpool, NUCOR, Autotool, ACTE, Marion Industrial Center and many other leaders were in our building today to here what TRCC is doing to overcome the manufacturing skills gap in America.

 

He and the other participants began their visit with a tour of RAMTEC. While there, he had the opportunity to meet with the first high school students in the country to be FANUC certified robot technicians.

Senator Portman with Superintendent Speelman, Honda, Whirlpool, NUCOR, Autotool, ACTE, Marion Industrial Center and many other leaders were in our building Saturday, March 15, 2014, to hear what TRCC is doing to overcome the manufacturing skills gap in America.

Senator Portman strongly urging the need for more facilities like RAMTEC to help create skilled workers needed in thousands of American companies now.

Senator Portman with Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Junior Scott Gould. Scott’s goal is to be a robotic technician and he is one of only 3 high school FANUC certified robot technicians in the nation.

Sen. Portman with Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Junior Scott Gould. Scott’s goal is to be a robotic technician; he is one of only 3 high school FANUC certified robot technicians in the nation. Left is TRCC Superintendent Speelman.

Scott Gould, a junior at Tri-Rivers and one of the students to earn FANUC certification, told members of the round table, that some students don’t believe they can “handle the course work” to become a technician. He said he believes that coming to RAMTEC and getting hands-on will show them they can do it.

Senior Mason Dancz, who was also has earned in FANUC certification demonstrated FANUC robots. Dancz said his training has prepared him to program, troubleshoot and repair the robots.

Portman said a trained workforce is crucial for our economic development in Ohio. Portman said, “We have 100,000 jobs open in Ohio right now but not a skilled workforce to fill them. That’s where RAMTEC come in and meets a crucial need.”

He also emphasized that students today are graduating from college and cannot find a job in their field. He questioned if these degrees are what we should be encouraging our young people to pursue. Instead he urged people to encourage students to look at all options, including vocational (career and technical schools).

These skilled positions are high paying, rewarding careers.

Tri-Rivers Celebrates Superheroes


February is  Career and Technical Education Month. This year the theme is Celebrating Superheroes!

As graduates we are here for you!!!   We are Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, State Highway
Troopers, Nurses, LPNs, Home Health Aides, Dietary Aides, Rehab Aides, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Web Designers, Interior Designers,
Photographers, Automotive Technicians, Engineers, Illustrators, Cosmetologists, Salon Owners, Make-Up Artists, Art Directors, Chefs, Caterers, Restaurant Owners, Pastry Shop Owners, Physical Therapists, Radiographers, Respiratory Therapists, Sheriff’s Deputies, Preschool Teachers, Special Needs Aides, Elementary and High School Teachers, Nannies, Veterinary Assistants, Vet Technicians, Dog Groomers, Construction Workers, Corrections Officers , Owners of Businesses, Roofers, Insulators, Architects, Computer Repair Technicians, Police Officers, Network Technicians, Network Systems Analysts, LAN Administrator Engineers, Robotics Technicians, Maintenance Technicians, Metal Fabricators, Equipment Operators, Diesel Technicians, Tool & Die Makers, Machining Supervisors, CNC Programmers, Welders, Company Foremen, Pipe Welders, Tractor Technicians, Parts & Service Managers, Ag Sales & Service Managers, Transmission Specialists, Brake Specialists, Automotive Assemblers,  Videographers, Hair colorists, Bakers, Dispatchers, Animal Care Techs, Preschool Directors, Headstart Aides, Serving in Every Military Branch, Leaders in Our Communities. We are Trained Here, Work Here and Stay Here.

Thank a Tri-Rivers Graduate Today!!!

TRCC RAMTEC’s Matt Reebel qualifies for State Vex Competition

Congratulations to TRCC RAMTEC student, Matt Reebel, he earned a trip to the Ohio State Vex Championships to be held February 22 at Harding High in Marion.

Thirty-six high school and 18 middle school teams will qualify for the Ohio State Championship (OSC). Ten high school teams and three middle school teams will qualify for the Vex Toss Up World Championships at the OSC. OSC High School three team alliance winners, runner up alliance, Design, Excellence, Programming Skills, Driver Skills and Innovation award winners will advance to the Worlds.

(photos:  The 3 team alliance tournament champions are from Tri-Rivers and North Union.)

See complete list of Ohio Vex qualifying contests  here.

 

NTHS Fall Induction Ceremony

NTHS Fall New Inductees.

Tri-Rivers National Technical Honor Society welcomed Fall Inductees at a formal ceremony December 10, 2013 at 7pm in the Giauque Auditorium at Tri-Rivers. The new inductees included: Victoria Baldwin, Healthcare Professions, River Valley; Cassandra Blanton, Healthcare Professions, Marion Harding; Benjamin Highfill, Construction Technology, Marion Harding; Cherokee Huffine, Healthcare Professions, Cardington; Melissa Lindsay, Healthcare Professions, Marion Harding; Lendi Meade, Healthcare Professions, Marion Harding; Scott Mills, Ag & Industrial Power, Ridgedale and Mariah Morgan, Healthcare Professions, Cardington.

The National Technical Honor Society recognizes outstanding leadership, educational excellence, and scholarship.

photos on Facebook.

Members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The organization is committed to:

  • Providing the highest quality recognition for outstanding students in career and technical education,
  • Supplying excellent services to our diverse and multi-cultural membership and member schools,
  • Providing scholarship opportunities for its members,
  • Creating new and emerging relationships between the educational community and business and industry,
  • Being a flexible organization on the leading edge of technology and constantly responding to change,
  • Maintaining financial responsibility to meet our increasing needs,
  • Sustaining growth, innovation and continuous improvement based upon ongoing evaluation.

Exploring Careers Day 2013

Tri-Rivers welcomed students to Exploring Careers Days, Dec. 3 and 4. Students attending included sophomores from: Highland, Mt. Gilead, Pleasant, the Tomorrow Center Cardington, Ridgedale, River Valley, Marion Harding, North Union, Elgin, and Rushmore.

Exploring Careers Day provides students the opportunity to visit and do hands-on activities in three career programs of their choice. The students selected the programs they wished to explore earlier this year when TRCC Guidance Counselors visited their schools. Today, many of the students took home not only experiences but actual items that they made during their sessions.

Photos from the morning session  on Dec. 3 on FACEBOOK.
Photos from the afternoon session on Dec. 3 on  FACEBOOK.
Photos from morning and afternoon sessions on Dec. 4 on FACEBOOK.

Meet Kaitlin Beltz

Meet Kaitlyn Beltz
Kaitlyn is a graduate of the
Cosmetology program.

I’m a proud graduate of Tri-Rivers. The skills I learned at the Career Center helped me pay for my college. And the leadership skills I learned through SkillsUSA help me in 

every aspect of my career. Tri-Rivers made me a more versatile person.

—Kaitlin A. Beltz, Cosmetology graduate