Matt Smith

matt1Matt Smith
Executive Chef, Sheraton Columbus

A graduate of Tri-Rivers Culinary Arts is the Executive Chef for Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square. Matt is responsible for millions in food revenue annually. He recently received the Columbus Chapter’s American Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year award.

Attending Tri-Rivers was one of the best decisions I’ve made. My instructors allowed me to see the talent and leadership hidden inside of me.  I continued my education at Hocking College and then worked my way through the ranks of a professional kitchen.

Olivia Mueller

olivia1Olivia Mueller

A graduate of Tri-Rivers Digital Media & Entertainment was hired by Images by Daniel Michael. While at Tri-Rivers Olivia interned with the Director of Communications and was involved in SkillsUSA and Ambassadors.

With the photography and design skills I learned at Tri-Rivers, I was able to land my dream job straight out of high school. I’m doing what I love and loving what I’m doing, thanks to Tri-Rivers Career Center.

Breanna Napper

breanna1Breanna Napper

Engineering Technologies student at RAMTEC. Her goal is to work for Honda.

Tri-Rivers isn’t like a typical high school; that’s the best part about it. My program challenges me on a daily basis through various types of learning styles. I wake up every day excited to learn more about engineering and machining. I feel that it will help me in my future career. But I have to say my favorite part of Tri-Rivers is how passionate everyone is about their programs and future careers.

Derek Johnson


Derek Johnson

Derek, is a graduate of Tri-Rivers Engineering.  A graduate of Tri-Rivers/Marion Technical College Engineering. He also received a BS in Mechanical Engineering form The Ohio State University. He is currently the Engineering Coordinator for FT Precision in Fredericktown, Ohio. He lives in Marion. Several of FT Precisions employees have trained in Tri-Rivers RAMTEC. Here’s what Derek had to say about the training:

“I have received only positive feedback from our personnel who attended the three training sessions in Tri-Rivers RAMTEC.  From a business standpoint, we are already receiving payback from our investment due to the increased number of individuals recovering robots and eliminating downtime associated with recovery.”

Katie Bash


Katie Bash

A graduate of Tri-Rivers Center For Adult Education’s LPN and LPN to RN programs.

“Tri-Rivers made a difference in my life because as a single mother of three children, the program was set up in a way that was great for me. The instructors were extremely supportive; you always felt like you had a resource to go to. When I first thought of being a nurse, being an ER nurse is exactly what I thought of being.  I like the fast pace and I like that it is always changing and you never know what to expect.

It’s everything I could ask for in a nursing career.”

Ben Meddles


Ben Meddles

Marion Township Fire Chief is a Tri-Rivers Paramedic graduate.

‘I, along with numerous members of the Marion Township Fire Department, received my training at Tri-Rivers Career Center.   During the ceremony, Brian Thomas, a 1996 EMT and 1999 Paramedic graduate of Tri-Rivers, was also sworn in as a lieutenant. “

Chelsie Brenzo


Chelsie Brenzo

State SkillsUSA officer

“I was recently chosen as one of four SkillsUSA State Officers to the Ohio Delegation traveling to Washington D.C. for the SkillsUSA World Leadership Training Institute. I will be representing the more than 29,000 SkillsUSA students and advisors enrolled in Ohio’s Career Tech System. I’m honored to be selected.”

Kevin Helmondollar


Kevin Helmondollar

Tri-Rivers Adult Education LPN to RN Graduate. Kevin is now a director of nursing, supervising 40 nurses.

“Tri-Rivers provided me with the education I needed to be able to achieve everything I wanted to do as a nurse.

The instructors were intense and they were caring. The most important thing I learned from Tri-Rivers was to be a good nurse. I chose Tri-Rivers because they have an excellent pass rate on the NCLEX RN and NCLEX LPN.”

Kai Davidson


Kai Davidson

Criminal Justice Graduate. Named Civilian of the Year by the Marion Sheriff’s Department where she is a dispatcher. She completed her basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and her Basic Peace Officer Training Program.

“I received training, along with multiple certifications for my career field. I use the skills I learned at Tri-Rivers on a daily basis.”

Katie Keller

Katie Keller
Patient Care Technician, LPN and LPN to RN Adult Education Graduate

“The Nursing programs at Tri-Rivers made it possible for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse. The teachers are very involved and want you to succeed. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather who was an ob/gyn doctor in Marion. I’m now working in my dream job as a labor and delivery nurse and walking the same halls he did.”