Matt Smith, CEC, CCA / Executive Chef
Named Chef of the Year for the Columbus, OH area by the American Culinary Federation
2001 Tri-Rivers graduate
From a Steakhouse in Marion to running one of the largest food service operations in Columbus, Ohio, Chef Smith has had a very exciting and challenging career. After Tri-Rivers, he continued his education at Hocking College. From there he rose through the ranks at the Hyatt hotels and resorts to become an Executive Sous Chef before taking over his own properties with the Westin, and Sheraton respectively; he now currently manages a 1.8 million square foot operation in the heart of downtown Columbus. Chef Smith has been nationally recognized five times for his efforts and contributions to the Culinary field, education, and community involvement.
…Tri-Rivers opened doors to a career path that suited what I enjoyed and hadn’t really thought of as a career. The
hands-on approach and fundamentals in the trade classrooms at Tri-Rivers offer an exponential leg up. Then I continued in post-secondary education. The end result is that the toolbox that Tri-Rivers offered me has been a huge asset to my success…
Kai Davidson, School Resource Officer in the Pleasant School District
2013 Tri-Rivers graduate
Kai said Tri-Rivers helped her along her career pathway in law enforcement. When she graduated, she worked as a dispatcher for the sheriff’s office. She then joined the Navy Reserves Military Police for six years. Eventually, she became a deputy sheriff. Today, she is a School Resource Officer (SRO) and loves making a difference in students’ lives. She believes in using a positive approach and enjoys talking to students and helping them make wise decisions.
…I would not be where I am today without Tri-Rivers. My instructor was a role model to me. I liked the smaller class size and the academics. Plus, SkillsUSA helped me to develop leadership skills.
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, 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.”
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. “
Patient Care Technician, LPN and LPN to RN Adult Education Graduate
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Tri-Rivers Career Center affirms that equal opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, and ancestry of person.
Tri-Rivers Career Center
2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd
Marion, Oh 43302
Adult Ed: 740-389-4682
High School: 740-389-4681
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Summer Hours (HS and Adult)
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mo-Fr: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.